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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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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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Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Expert Panel for the Review of Environmental Assessment Processes Consider the Role of ITK in Environmental Assessments

In September 2016, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change established an Expert Panel for the Review of Environmental Assessment Processes to re-evaluate Canada’s environmental assessment framework. One of the Panel’s Terms of Reference states that “the Government of Canada fully supports the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous…
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Indigenous Knowledge and the Forest Herbicide Controversy in Northern Ontario

The Use of Herbicides in Northern Ontario In Northern Ontario, on Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation’s traditional territory, the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests (MNRF) has been airdropping herbicides made of glyphosate to eliminate unwanted plants that stifle tree growth. The community, however, argues that the herbicide is poisoning and killing plants that are…
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