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Focus on Indigenous Data Sovereignty as Part of ‘Shifting Horizons’

On Thursday, March 28th, ABS Canada attended the Indigenous Data Sovereignty panel at the Shifting Horizons research data conference at the University of Ottawa. The purpose of the conference, hosted by the uOttawa Library, was to provide a series of workshops for the academic community in order to enrich the data management experience. The Indigenous Data Sovereignty…
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The Inuit Igloo Tag – A Trademark Model for Empowering Indigenous Cultural Expression

The Inuit living in Canada have cultivated an artistic reputation worldwide for their distinctive styles of painting, carving, and block printing. In 1949, a collection of Inuit artwork debuted in Montreal, attracting unexpected interest and acclaim. This attention spurred a growing trend of contemporary art and craftsmanship which has proved to be incredibly profitable for many Inuit.  In 2017,…
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Nike Shoe Design Stolen from Guna Indigenous Women and Marketed as Puerto Rican

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…
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Walking the Talk in Reconciliation: Federal Court Issues Decision in Indigenous Languages

For the first time in history, a Canadian court has issued a ruling in two Indigenous languages. The ruling in Whalen v Fort McMurray No 468 First Nation by the Canadian Federal Court – a summary of which was issued in both Cree and Dene – overturned the suspension of Fort McMurray No. 468 First Nation…
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40th WIPO IGC: Mixed Impressions as Experts Seek a New Mandate

Pre-Session Strategy Meetings Experts and delegates gathered in Geneva for the 40th session of the WIPO IGC, which commenced on June 17 and ended on June 21. With a crowded agenda, the 40thsession marks the last session for the 2018-2019 biennium. In preparation for this meeting, two countries, South Africa and Indonesia, each organized pre-IGC…
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