Course Description

This course, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Ridout & Maybee LLP, and eCampus Ontario, will explore Indigenous IP law, focusing on Indigenous knowledge and cultural expression (IK&CE). Students will learn to acknowledge the value of IK&CE and identify benefits of protecting and defending IK&CE to non-Indigenous and Indigenous creators and knowledge keepers within Indigenous communities. This course is about starting a conversation and bringing attention to misjustice stemming from the Western IP system to Indigenous peoples through the way each nation practices its laws. Please note this course does not speak on behalf or claim to be knowledge keepers for any First Nations, Inuit, or Métis peoples.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will learn:

  • To identify the impact of the Western IP system on Indigenous communities and the protection of IK&CE (including misuse and misappropriation),
  • To describe different global approaches to protect IK&CE and possible applications to IK&CE in Canada,
  • To cultivate an appreciation for different approaches to protection of knowledge within Indigenous communities to support improved relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous creators and knowledge keepers,
  • To develop respect for working with, creating, viewing, and sharing IK&CE.

Illustration by Sophie Black.

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