iPortal (M3, #5)


URL: http://iportal.usask.ca/

The Indigenous Studies Portal, maintained by the University of Saskatchewan Library,  is a research tool leading to books, articles, theses, documents, photographs, archival resources, maps and more.  This site has over 17,000 records.   The search tool is simple and an option for an advanced search is available.  Categories to browse through include but are not limited to: Arts, Community, Society, Land Claims, Language, Indigenous knowledge, History.  A search for the term Decolonization, for example, leads to many hits.  These include general articles as well as scholarly peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, e-books, images, media, theses and websites.  This website, although still under-development, seems to be an excellent and indispensable tool for researchers looking for valid sources on most topics pertaining to Indigenous Peoples.

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Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights (M3, #4)

Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights

URL: http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/library/PRBpubs/prb0338-e.htm

This is an article prepared by Tonina Simeone of the Political and Social Affairs Division in 2004.  Presented both in HTML format and PDF, this article’s table of content includes topics such as the difference between Indigenous traditional knowledge and Western science, the need to protect traditional science, how to protect traditional knowledge, limitations of the intellectual property rights regime in protecting traditional knowledge, international initiatives to protect traditional knowledge and shares references.  This article, along with the available resources provides researchers with reliable information on the topic of intellectual property rights.   Furthermore, the article endnotes supply the reader with a wealth of quality sources such as:  references to articles of the Declaration, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and potentially most interesting, the Inventory of Existing Online Database Containing Traditional Knowledge Documentation Data.  Unfortunately however, some of these links are not active, making it inconvenient for the researcher.

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Traditional Knowledge Information Portal (M3, #3)

Traditional Knowledge Information Portal

URL: http://www.cbd.int/tk/

The goal of Traditional Knowledge Information Portal is to “promote awareness and enhance access by indigenous and local communities and other interested parties to information on traditional knowledge, innovations and practices relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.”  This website does not document traditional knowledge rather disseminates information “ relevant to and about traditional knowledge.”  For this purpose, a resource center, local organizations’ postings and photo albums are made available.  The resource center is particularly useful as it contains links to websites of interest to any researcher.

The six websites features as related resources are:  Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, Indigenous Portal, Inter-American Commission on human Rights, The International Ecotourism Society, World Intellectual Property Organization, WWF’s Statement of Principles on Indigenous Peoples and Conservation.

The information in this website is easily retrievable through a simple search.

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Beyond Intellectual Property (M3, #5)


This website pertains to the book entitled Beyond Intellectual Property: Toward Traditional Resource Rights for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities by Darrell A. Posey and Graham Dutfield.

If a stranger entered your community, and started asking questions about its people, its resources, and its history, what would you do?

The above question must be considered from the perspective of the world’s Indigenous peoples who are tired of being ignored while outsiders profit from their intellectual property and traditional resource rights. Dutfield and Posey provide sound and insightful advice on how Indigenous people can deal with this and many other issues.

Beyond Intellectual Property “provides an invaluable and eye-opening look into one of the most provocative and explosive issues of this century and likely the next: the patenting of life”.

This book can be read online, downloaded or ordered from the website. It is also available in French and Spanish. The excerpts I’ve read are fascinating – I look forward to having the time to delve deeper in the near future!

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First Peoples Worldwide (M3, #2)

First Peoples Worldwide

URL:  http://www.firstpeoplesworldwide.org/

First People’s Worldwide’s mission is “promoting Indigenous economic determination and strengthening Indigenous communities through asset control and the dissemination of knowledge.”  This website, led by Indigenous peoples, reaches its mission by “equipping Indigenous Peoples with resources to challenge government, corporation and conservation policies”.  Although opportunities for involvement are made available (volunteering, donating, working), there is limited information available on the website. A Resources page leads one to many categories such as:  Resources by First Peoples, Resources about First Peoples, Regional Topics, Keepers of the Earth Topics, Corporate Engagement Topics and For Kids.  Each of these linked categories leads to a dozen of active links, be they news articles, scholarly articles, or photographs.  This website can a provide a good overview about a few topics and should be supplemented with other research.

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Globalization and Autonomy (M3, #1)

URL: http://www.globalautonomy.ca/global1/

This website is an online Compedium which makes available hundreds of short articles, position papers and peer-reviewed articles about globalization and autonomy.  Presented as a glossary, and a bibliographical database, discussed topics are easily retrievable.  A simple search such as ‘Indigenous peoples’ or ‘Intellectual property rights’ yields dozens of results.   The information retrieved here is scholarly and covers topics such as Community and Identity, Culture, Democracy, Global Governance, Indigenous Peoples, Property Rights, Technology, Trade and Finance and World History.  Authors of the presented works are members of the SSHRCC Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Globalization and Autonomy.   This website offers indispensable information that may not be retrieved through other websites.

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Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights (M3, #4)


This website explains how intellectual and cultural property rights are being protected in Aotearoa, New Zealand with the launch of the “Toi Iho” trademark. Elders and leaders of the art world and the indigenous local tribe (Maori) gathered to celebrate this innovative physical reality of an idea/passion/signifier that had been discussed in various guises by Maori for decades.

A  variety of cultural materials can be digitized including stories, legends, maps, etc. However, when digitizing cultural materials, there are important questions to consider such as: How to send a message that strengthens the holistic context of each cultural item and collection? How to ensure that both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples receive the message? How to digitize material taking into account its metaphysical as well as its digital life?

Some of the guiding principles for digitalizing contemporary cultural information include:

  1. Affirm indigenous communities as equal partners in future collaborations.
  2. Uphold cultural intellectual and property rights of communities.
  3. Ensure cultural integrity.
  4. Interpret, analyze, and synthesize information for general audiences.
  5. Require that digital libraries be developed and controlled by indigenous peoples and self-determined.
  6. Understand the importance of community-based guides [to digitization] that express tribal values.

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In Their Own Voices (M3, #3)


This article is essentially a review of the documentary video In Their Own Voices, by award-winning Aboriginal film-maker Coleen Rajotte. This documentary tells the stories of 26 Aboriginal community leaders and the barriers they overcame to achieve success.

The journey to overcome colonization is still ongoing, as many Aboriginal people still feel the effects of past injustices, such as residential schools and the false belief in the inferiority of their people and cultures.

Consequently, in order to heal from the damage of colonization a strong sense of community is imperative. There are many thriving Aboriginal organizations in the Winnipeg area that are working to rebuild collective identity and create pride in being Aboriginal.

Copies of  In Their Own Voices can be obtained from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba.

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Aboriginal Education Research Network (M3-5)

The Aboriginal Education Research Network or AERN is a voluntary forum of educational stakeholders and academic institutions in Saskatchewan whose goal is to foster collaborative research in Aboriginal Education.

The objectives of AERN are to:

  • forge stronger links between research and educational practice and research and policy development;
  • develop a comprehensive research agenda and identify provincial research priorities in education;
  • develop a code of ethics and research protocols for shared research initiatives;
  • build and promote the building of capacity in the area of Aboriginal education research;
  • communicate research findings among members, the wider educational community and the general public;
  • collaborate in specific research projects through joint grant applications and pooling of research resources;
  • identify sources of funding for research; and,
  • uphold high ethical standards and levels of research expertise in the province.

The network has been developed with the help of numerous government groups and educational institutions throughout Saskatchewan and has amassed a wealth of Aboriginal research including some of the following articles which I found of some relevance to course materials:

These articles apply well beyond the context of Saskatchewan and delve deeply into Aboriginal Education in Canada.  Anyone looking for relevant and engaging research in any of these topics should explore the resource and see if these articles are useful for current research.

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Aboriginal Education Enhancements Branch (M3-4)

The BC ministry of education has assembled a page summarizing some of the research conducted in BC related to Aboriginal youth and Education.  The page can be found here:


The site contains numerous relevant research reports relating to career transitions, student performance, Aboriginal education policy, behavious disorders among aboriginal students and  information on partnership projects.  Here are some of the more applicable research articles found on the site.

I think these resources contain a great deal of information related to current research in Aboriginal Education.  These links would be a great starting point for any student still search for a topic to research in this course.

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Aboriginal Research Ethics Initiative (M3-3)

Spawned by our discussion about questions to consider before researching in Aboriginal communities I started digging around for more information about Aboriginal research.

One site that turned out to be quite relevant is the Government of Canada’s Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) and more specifically their article on the Aboriginal Research Ethics Initiative (AREI).  The site outlines the following framework for research involving Aboriginal Peoples:

  • a commitment to building on local, national and international initiatives
  • engagement of and partnership with the community
  • application of  PRE’s First Principles to this initiative

These general guidelines provide a great basis for research in this field and the following reseources provided by the site offer a deeper look into the Ethics of such research:

Update on PRE’s Aboriginal Research Ethics Initiative (AREI)

Draft 2nd edition TCPS Chapter 9 Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples

Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples in the TCPS

Anyone actively involved with research in Aboriginal Communities should definately consider visiting this site as there is a lot of great information for researchers.  For example here is a quick list of guidelines from the Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples in the TCPS:

B. Good Practices

Researchers and REBs involved with Aboriginal communities should consider the following “good practices,” which have been drawn from the documents referred to above:

  • To respect the culture, traditions and knowledge of the Aboriginal group;
  • To conceptualize and conduct research with Aboriginal group as a partnership;
  • To consult members of the group who have relevant expertise;
  • To involve the group in the design of the project;
  • To examine how the research may be shaped to address the needs and concerns of the group;
  • To make best efforts to ensure that the emphasis of the research, and the ways chosen to conduct it, respect the many viewpoints of different segments of the group in question;
  • To provide the group with information respecting the following:
    • Protection of the Aboriginal group’s cultural estate and other property;
    • The availability of a preliminary report for comment;
    • The potential employment by researchers of members of the community appropriate and without prejudice;
    • Researchers’ willingness to cooperate with community institutions;
    • Researchers’ willingness to deposit data, working papers and related materials in an agreed-upon repository.
  • To acknowledge in the publication of the research results the various viewpoints of the community on the topics researched; and
  • To afford the community an opportunity to react and respond to the research findings before the completion of the final report, in the final report or even in all relevant publications (see Section 2 on information disclosure). Aboriginal Peoples may wish to react to research findings. It is inappropriate for researchers to dismiss matters of disagreement with the group without giving such matters due consideration. If disagreement persists, researchers should afford the group an opportunity to make its views known, or they should accurately report any disagreement about the interpretation of the data in their reports or publications.

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First Nations Identity Course (M3-2)

I have been spending some time researching different materials that are aimed at bringing Aboriginal knowledge and history into the classroom.

There are a lot of resources out there and I becoming surprised by the number of them that are developed by educators who are attempting to reach their Aboriginal students through relevant content or promote cross-cultural understanding among their students.

This site is simply a blog article which provides links to a complete First Nations Identities Course.  An overview of this course can be found here.  Feel free to browse these great resources which are all in printable pdf form.

There is a lot of material here and would be very useful for any teacher looking for quality Aboriginal Identity focused materials for the classroom.

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Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: First Nations Contributions (M3-1)

Developed by the Heritage Community Foundation this site is an “edukit” which is designed to enhance student understanding of the knowledge developed by Fist Nation people throughout history.


This resource was developed in conjunction with numerous agencies including Alberta Aboriginal Affairs, Museums, Schools, Aboriginal researchers, historians and elders such as Billy Joe Laboucan and Laura Okemaw.

The site features a student and a teacher zone.  In the student zone you will find numerous activities, biographies, puzzles, games, links and a photo gallery.  The resources contain a great deal of information about Aboriginal people and honours the contributions made by such historical figures as Alex Decoteau, Pakan and Star Blanket, as well as present day people like Allen Sapp and Jordin Tootoo.  In the teachers zone you can find activities and lesson plans for integrating these resources into the classroom.  There are both junior and senior high sections containing links to curriculum outcomes, teacher information, a full lesson plan and related downloads.

Here is an example of the resources available for a Grade 12 Lessons on Aboriginals in Business:

Generalization & Rationale


Introductory Activity

Main Lesson


Anyone who is trying to incorporate more Aboriginal history and knowledge into their classroom should consider checking out this site.  Also it gives a good idea of how such traditional First Nation knowledge can be weaved into the curriculum.

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Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights (M3, #2)


This is an informative and relevant website from the publications List of the Canadian Library of Parliament (prepared by Tonina Simeone). Information is organized under the following sub-headings:

  • Introducation
  • How Does Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Differ from Western Science?
  • Why Protect Traditional Knowledge?
  • How to Protect Traditional Knowledge
  • Limitations of the Intellectual Property Rights Regime in Protecting Traditional Knowledge
  • International Initiatives to Protect Traditional Knowledge
  • Selected References
  • Endnotes

I like how the content of this website is concise and well-researched. It helped me to better understand how traditional knowledge has been exploited, and how awareness of this injustice has recently led to improvements, such as the development of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).

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Building a “Canadian” Decolonization Movement (M3, #1)


Devin Burke, of the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement (IPSM), presents his views on colonialism. He feels that Canada has been “waging a war” against Indigenous people since 1867 in working towards “assimilation and extermination”. Burke goes on to explain how “this war has often been waged by institutions, through the bureaucracy of Indian Affairs, in residential schools, through the imposition of band councils, and more recently by notorious multinational corporations and the likes of global trade regimes, such as the World Trade Organization”.

My first impression of this article being negative and biased started to change as I reached the part where Burke suggests ways that we can ally with Indigenous people by owning up and taking responsibility for our history. Further, Burke identifies himself as a non-native and states that all Canadians have been affected by colonialism and that we all must assert our autonomy in order to more towards decolonization.

Although I don’t agree with some of the points expressed by Burke, I read his article with interest and feel that it does have an important message regarding the unjust treatment of Indigenous groups.

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Traditional Knowledge Rival Pathways (Australian Indigenous Focus) Module 3 – #5

The purpose of this project is to ensure “the survival of cultural knowledge and “opportunities to demonstrate practices that have the ability to ‘innovate’ 
    contemporary management and community outcomes for the benefit of all
 generations to come.”

A crucial element of this project is that it is community based.  The community owns and control’s the research data that is collected as well as other resources the project produces.

The following link is a Youtube clip regarding the TKRP, its purpose to ensure the survival of cultural knowledge and the benefits of using multi-media to achieve the above stated goals by using youth to film, Elder to inform others of traditional practices, and children to sit and observe, thus learning from both generations.


In addition the site has a link to several other TKRP movie productions, as well as case studies.




Land Management

Film and Production

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United Nations Research Institute for Social Development Module 3 -#4

Topics Include:

Identities, Conflict and Cohesion

“Identities affect patterns of exclusion and solidarity, and provide a basis for both social cohesion and conflict. This programme aims to assess how processes of development and social change, as well as public policies, shape identities.”

Identity, Power and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

“This project theoretically and empirically traces the structure and interlocking nature of relations between governments and international organizations in order to analyse how these links impact on the identity, rights and livelihood of indigenous communities.”

Programmes and Areas of Research 2005 – 2009:

Social Policy and Development

Democracy, Governance and Well-Being

Civil Society and Social Movements

Markets, Business and Regulation

Identities, Conflict and Cohesion

Gender and Development

Published Papers Include:

Transnational Governmentality and Resource Extraction: Indigenous Peoples, Mutlinational Corporations, Multinational Institutions and the State


Natural Gas, Indigenous Mobalization and the Bolivian State


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Suite101.com Module 3 -#3

“The world’s most comprehensive independent online magazine: written and edited by professionals, trusted by over 24 million monthly readers!”

This site leads to an article on “Native Right to Self-Identity Reclaiming Indigenous Heritage Can Result in Anglicised Packaging of Aboriginal Identity and Culture” by Tyson Yunkaporta.

The following is an excerpt from the opinion piece.

There are huge challenges associated with re-entry into the Indigenous world, and it takes a lifetime of hard work, unlearning, and relearning.

Many Indigenous thinkers have a problem with this, citing cases of people claiming Aboriginality but still living and speaking from a middle-class Australian point of view. With “new” Aborigines in the public spotlight, such as Sally Morgan (author of “My Place”), it has been argued (convincingly) that this results in a marginalising of “unsanitised” Aboriginal viewpoints in literature in favour of a “white middle-class” packaging of Aboriginality, more easily swallowed by the colonial mainstream without necessitating any real attempts at understanding un-Europeanised Indigenousness.

The posts lend them to some interesting perspectives on the issue.  I’m sure this topic could lend itself to a rather lively discussion forum.

Read more: http://aboriginalrights.suite101.com/article.cfm/native_right_to_selfidentify#ixzz0WPcyzUTc


Related Topics/Links:

aboriginal rights (general)

african indigenous peoples

american indigenous peoples

asian indigenous peoples

australian indigenous peoples

canadian aboriginal peoples

european indigenous peoples

latin american indigenous peoples

Links to read more:


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Native Women’s Association of Canada Module 3 -#2

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Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources Module 3 -#1

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