Tag Archives: Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Remains Marginalized in Canada’s Healthcare System

As Canadians, we often take for granted that we have the right to decide what happens to our bodies. From diet and nutrition, to the courses of medication that we take or the surgeries that we undergo, we are accustomed to having a say in how we are treated and to being supported in those…
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ABS Canada Welcomes and Congratulates uOttawa Faculty of Law First Elder-in-Residence, Claudette Commanda

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (located on unceded Algonquin territory) recently announced that Claudette Commanda will serve as its new Elder in Residence. This position aims to help further reconciliation and promote learning of Indigenous legal mechanisms and respect for traditional protocols. Claudette will offer knowledge to both students and staff, with a…
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A Potential Breakthrough in Alzheimers Research from Nigeria: ABS Implications

As noted elsewhere on this blog, traditional knowledge is increasingly seen as a source of scientific innovation with commercial applications. A recent example of this phenomenon comes from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, where researchers suggest a plant extract from Nigeria may help combat Alzheimer’s disease.  The extract from the leaves, stem and roots…
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Rethinking Copyright for Indigenous Creative Works

This post first appeared on Policy Options, the magazine published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).    As it embarks on another five-year periodic review of the Copyright Act, Canada has an opportunity to reflect on its copyright regime in light of the gaps that exist between it and Indigenous creative works. Indigenous…
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