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Breaking Away from the Indian Act? Cautious Optimism over the Dissolution of the Department of Indigenous and Norther Affairs (INAC)

On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a major restructuring of the bureaucracy responsible for administering Canada’s Indian Act. The Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) is to be dissolved, and its responsibilities shifted to two new Ministries. Carolyn Bennett, previously the Minister for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, has assumed the new…
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ABS and TK Governance Implications of Environmental Assessment Act Review

In June 2016, the Government of Canada launched a comprehensive review of federal environmental and regulatory processes, including a review of federal environmental assessment processes under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. One stated reason for this review was that to better include the voices and perspectives of Canada’s Indigenous peoples as part of Canada’s…
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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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