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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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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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A Potential Breakthrough in Alzheimers Research from Nigeria: ABS Implications

As noted elsewhere on this blog, traditional knowledge is increasingly seen as a source of scientific innovation with commercial applications. A recent example of this phenomenon comes from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, where researchers suggest a plant extract from Nigeria may help combat Alzheimer’s disease.  The extract from the leaves, stem and roots…
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Rethinking Copyright for Indigenous Creative Works

This post first appeared on Policy Options, the magazine published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).    As it embarks on another five-year periodic review of the Copyright Act, Canada has an opportunity to reflect on its copyright regime in light of the gaps that exist between it and Indigenous creative works. Indigenous…
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