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Carving Up Canada

November 3, 2010

To anyone who’s paid attention, the fact that globalization is an agenda for privatizing all wealth and resources into the hands of transnational corporations is nothing new. Nor is the…

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Access & Benefit: Genes

November 3, 2010

Nagoya, Japan – The 10th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity produced a truly wilted plan for governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and indigenous peoples to meet the…

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Indigenous knowledge and value

November 1, 2010

Western knowledge is a commodity that is sold only to those who can afford access. Young people today look at the internet and think, of course knowledge is free! Look…

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What is knowledge?

November 1, 2010

This is a potent question at a time when Indigenous nations struggle to assert rights to intellectual property. But before we look at the economics and politics of knowledge in…

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The Beauty of True Mentoring Relationships

November 1, 2010

Having a good mentor in life is a very precious gift and great honor. There are wonderful people on the face of this planet who have mastered some of the…

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Aggression Unabated

November 1, 2010

Minorities in Focus examines the process of genocide in West Papua, where indigenous independence and autonomy have been systematically undermined since the 1963 invasion by Indonesia. As the ethnic cleansing…

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Wind River

November 1, 2010

Gas Pains In perhaps the perfect example of why excessive energy consumption is a poor plan, the EPA study of toxic chemical groundwater contamination by natural gas drilling companies might…

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Achieving Coherence

October 31, 2010

Communications in Conflict Fighting for Our Lives Before November 30, 1999, most people in the world had no idea what the World Trade Organization (WTO) was or did. The anti-globalization…

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Trappings of Culture

October 31, 2010

In a consumer society, settler culture not only assimilates indigenous peoples into the dominant market relationships, it also assimilates the trappings of indigenous culture as yet another commodity. For those…

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Gambling on Globalization

October 31, 2010

Indigenous tourism in the Americas — like ecotourism elsewhere — is fraught with difficulties, the main one being how to establish respectful relationships within the hostile process of globalization.

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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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