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The Marriage of Traditional Knowledge and Climate Science: Ethical Considerations

As an increasing number of institutions recognize Traditional Knowledge (TK) as a valid source of information relating to climate change, climate researchers are turning to Indigenous nations and communities to support and corroborate “climate science.” This interaction between research scientists and Indigenous nations or communities has the potential to raise ethical issues where the relationship…
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Confidence Building: Reconciliation and Indigenous Medical Experience

Unreserved is a CBC podcast and self-described “radiospace for Indigenous community, culture, and representation.” Its November 13, 2016 episode features interviews between host Rosanna Deerchild and individuals working in the healthcare, lifestyle, and wellness spaces. The focus of the interviews is the myriad ways Indigenous traditional knowledge (ITK) can be incorporated into western medicine, focusing…
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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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“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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