Tag Archives: indigenous peoples

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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“Tiered or Differentiated Approach to Traditional Knowledge?” Coast Salish Cowichan Sweater, Ghana Kente, Nigeria Adire and Arnhem Bark Paintings

The WIPO Secretariat recently organized a series of roundtables in advance of the 32nd negotiations of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). This seminar was a prologue to the substantive negotiation for the last WIPO-IGC for 2016 that focuses on a draft instrument on the protection of…
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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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Aboriginal Centred Curricula: Weaving Reconciliation into Legal Studies

With the movement towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, law schools have been called upon to develop Indigenous-sensitive curriculums and mechanisms that facilitate Indigenous participation within the legal profession. Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law has taken the lead in this area: not only have they become the first law school to make…
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