Tag Archives: indigenous peoples

Can cultural appropriation inform our understanding of ABS?

The idea of borrowing, imitating and using aspects of indigenous culture has sparked plenty of debate. Dr. George Nicholas, a professor at Simon Fraser University, has created a guidebook to confront this issue and to help limit the impact of cultural appropriation. More importantly, Dr. Nicholas’s research on cultural appropriation can inform our understanding of…
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Indigenous voices being marginalized at WIPO?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently playing host to the 30th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (backgrounder available here).   The meeting is being held in Geneva, Switzerland, where delegations from each of WIPO's 188 member states are in the process of negotiating language…
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Ottawa Focus Group

From May 5-6, 2016, ABS Canada held the second of three scheduled capacity-building workshops and focus groups on Access and Benefit Sharing with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. The forum’s objectives included awareness-raising, capacity-building, and identification and discussion of issues relating to ABS in Canada from Aboriginal and other stakeholder perspectives. Insights collectively generated from this participatory forum…
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