Recent Posts by Chris Koziol

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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Reconciling Traditions: A legal workshop on access and benefit sharing, indigenous traditional knowledge, and biodiversity

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…
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ABS Canada hits the road: student workshop in Thunder Bay

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…
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Expanding the Debate: A Licensing Scheme for Traditional Knowledge?

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…
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