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…Read more
About: Chris Koziol
Chris Koziol is the Project Manager of ABS Canada, a SSRHC-funded research initiative based at the University of Ottawa, where he is currently a Juris Doctor candidate. Chris recently completed a Masters in International Affairs at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where he also worked as a teaching assistant. He is a 2013 honours graduate of the Arthur Kroger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University where he minored in law and human rights. Chris is originally from Victoria on Canada's beautiful west coast.
Recent Posts by Chris Koziol
The relationship between the federal government and Canada's indigenous peoples has undergone a number of significant developments over the past 12 months. The election of a new government in Ottawa, the long-anticipated release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report into Canada's residential schools, and the launch of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and…Read more
On Tuesday, October 4, members of the ABS Canada team travelled to the beautiful city of Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario to meet with law students and faculty at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. Our presentation, entitled “Reconciling Traditions,” introduced law students to genetic resources and the role Indigenous TK plays in…Read more
Traditional knowledge (TK) often helps researchers to locate, understand, and usefully apply genetic resources extracted from plants and animals. In some cases, TK provides the basis for cartographic insights and data on a wide range of otherwise inaccessible information. However, one of the sources of disquiet about TK is the perception that it is sometimes…Read more
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