Just weeks before the new “Puerto Rican-themed” Nike Air Force 1 shoes were to be released, Nike cancelled the whole thing. The so-called Puerto Rican design was in fact an outright copy of a traditional mola design unique to the Guna, an Indigenous tribe from Guna Yala in Panama and from parts of Colombia. The Guna…Read more
About: Rebecca Park
Rebecca Park is a Research Assistant with ABS Canada. She is a settler living on unceded Algonquin territory, where she is pursuing a Juris Doctorate at the University of Ottawa. Her experience as an environmental field researcher has taken her to Nunavut, Peru, and Panama, where she was grateful to have learned directly from the Inuit, the Yagua people, and various Afro-Panamanian communities about issues at the cross-section of colonialism and environmental degradation. She now turns her attention towards learning about Indigenous laws and legal traditions in hopes of building solutions and making reparations.
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Photo: "Reimagined Waterways" by Amanda Amour-Lynx, a Two-Spirit Mi’kmaq interdisciplinary artist, social worker, and educator. Her work can be found at www.amour-lynx.art. June is both Indigenous History Month and Pride Month in Canada. The designation of a month to honour the history, heritage, diversity, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples, and to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ identities, is important for recognition,…Read more
Teff is an Ethiopian ancient grain used to make injera, a spongy fermented flatbread that is a food staple of Ethiopian culture. In 2007, a Dutchman, Jans Roosjen, obtained two patents for teff flour. The Dutch District Court of The Hague recently invalidated those two patents in Ancientgrain BV v Bakels Senior NV, and Ethiopians are…Read more
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