Reclaiming Traditional Knowledge for Indigenous Communities

2 Jun 2013

Greg Younging gives an overview of his presentation at CARFAC’s Artists for Artists conference for those across the country who couldn’t make it.

Ninety-five per cent of patents, trademarks and copyrights on Indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural expression are owned by non-Indigenous people or corporations. None of the profits from these are shared with the communities from which they come. At the same time, Indigenous people are the lowest socio-economic group in Canada. Greg Younging, professor of Indigenous Studies at UBC Okanagan, will discuss the implications that the exploitation of Indigenous cultural images have within the visual arts community and beyond, and will discuss best practices and protocols that encourage respectful cultural exchange.