Tag Archives: genetic resources

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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Saskatoon Focus Group: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy

For those just reading our blog for the first time, ABS Canada is a research group focusing on the perspectives of Indigenous stakeholders in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regimes over genetic resources. The goal of the ABS Canada project is to provide an independent platform for capacity-building through education, training, networking, consultation and the…
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Bison Conservation Efforts a (Small) Step in the Right Direction With Respect to Reconciliation

Canada’s new federal government has stressed reconciliation with Indigenous peoples as a major theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Yet the federal government’s approach to this commitment has left some Indigenous communities feeling frustrated. A recent example is the re-introduction of Plains Bison into Banff National Park by Parks Canada. While the reintroduction of bison…
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Funding for Biotech Startups Raise Biopiracy Concerns, May Have Implications for Entrepreneurship Based on Traditional Knowledge

The emergence of startup funding programs has interesting implications for Indigenous entrepreneurship, especially in the areas of  traditional knowledge and associated genetic resources.   This week, for example, the American company Y Combinator put out a call for startup companies working on water availability in the face of growing uncertainty caused by climate change. The call invites…
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