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Protecting Indigenous Property

Published: August 15, 2008, Author: JayTaber

In this briefing memorandum, indigenous scholars discuss intellectual property rights as perceived by indigenous nations. Noting the right to collective ownership as an essential element of indigenous culture, the authors clarify the fundamental difference in cultural perspectives that presently plagues relations between corporations, states and indigenous peoples.

Protecting indigenous property, as they observe, requires developing a legal system to regulate access to indigenous traditional knowledge. Characterizing the present non-indigenous international legal system, the authors remark that, “The absence of mutual respect is anarchy”.

Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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