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Clashing rights: When indigenous legal systems collide with Canadian law

Historically, Aboriginal legal systems have received little to no recognition under Canadian law. It was not until the Constitution Act of 1982 that Aboriginal rights were formally recognized and protected under section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. Yet, Aboriginal rights recognized under Canadian law are limited, and subject to interpretation by the courts. In light…
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Canada’s environmental policies must respect Aboriginal traditional knowledge

The Government of Canada has launched a review of the federal environmental and regulatory processes. As part of this strategy, The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna has created a four-member expert panel to undertake the review. Consultations will be held across Canada beginning in September 2016, allowing the panel members to take…
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Ecuador’s strategy for tackling biopiracy

A new report published by the Ecuador government identifies countries that have biopirated Ecuador’s genetic resources. A majority of the identified countries are developed countries. United States, Australia, Germany, Netherlands and South Korea were identified as the top five countries that have applied for the highest number of patents by illegally using genetic resources derived from…
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