Recent Posts by Andrea Lesperance

Lessons from Mexico to Canada: GM Crops as Threats to Indigenous Ways of Life

A legal battle over GMO crops in Mexico may shed light on how Canada will interpret Aboriginal and Treaty rights as they relate to economic and agricultural activity on land subject to those rights.   Glyphosate is a powerful herbicide. It was developed into a commercial product called Roundup by Monsanto in the 1970s, and…
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Indigenous Rights Affected by Canada’s Copyright Act: Issues and Opportunities

Canada is currently undergoing a review of the Copyright Act to determine whether the legislation has struck a fair balance between users, creators, and owners of literary and artistic works. These reviews take place every 5 years – the last one was done in 2012. There are potential ABS/Indigenous rights implicated in this review. Indigenous…
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Saskatoon Focus Group: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy

For those just reading our blog for the first time, ABS Canada is a research group focusing on the perspectives of Indigenous stakeholders in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regimes over genetic resources. The goal of the ABS Canada project is to provide an independent platform for capacity-building through education, training, networking, consultation and the…
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Federal Government Makes Big Promises as it Announces Review of Laws Related to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Recently, the Government of Canada announced it had assembled a working group of ministers to review all federal laws and policies related to Canada’s Indigenous peoples.   Ministers involved include Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Health Minister Jane Philpott, Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Natural Resources Minister…
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