Yearly Archives: 2017

Implications of Digital DNA on the Nagoya Protocol

“Biopiracy” refers to the phenomena whereby plants and animals are physically removed from Indigenous communities, without their knowledge or consent, in order to extract and manipulate genetic material from those plants or animals. This is typically done to commercialize some characteristic of the plant or animal that has marketable properties. For example, the anti-freeze proteins…
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Implications of the Clyde River Case for Indigenous Peoples

“True reconciliation is rarely, if ever, achieved in courtrooms.”   So writes the Supreme Court of Canada in its recently released decision in Clyde River (Hamlet) v Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. This case is being considered a victory for the residents of Clyde River – it was their appeal that brought the case before the Court…
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Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Remains Marginalized in Canada’s Healthcare System

As Canadians, we often take for granted that we have the right to decide what happens to our bodies. From diet and nutrition, to the courses of medication that we take or the surgeries that we undergo, we are accustomed to having a say in how we are treated and to being supported in those…
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ABS Canada Welcomes and Congratulates uOttawa Faculty of Law First Elder-in-Residence, Claudette Commanda

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (located on unceded Algonquin territory) recently announced that Claudette Commanda will serve as its new Elder in Residence. This position aims to help further reconciliation and promote learning of Indigenous legal mechanisms and respect for traditional protocols. Claudette will offer knowledge to both students and staff, with a…
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