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The Digital Divide – How COVID-19 Has Affected Indigenous Populations With Limited Internet and Technology Options

According to recent statistics, 96% of Canadians have access to the internet. Compared with the United States, where 10% of the population lacks a connection, this sounds like quite an achievement. However, the fact that so many Canadians have Internet access does not reflect the current realities many people face when trying to access the …

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What Is The Indigenous Community Support Fund?

The Indigenous Community Support Fund is the Federal Government’s assistance plan for Indigenous governments. Also known as “the Fund,” it was initiated in March to help Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19.[1] $685 million dollars has been earmarked for elder support, food insecurity, educational aid for …

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Indigenous Law In Environmental Prosecutions

From time immemorial, Indigenous peoples in Canada have enjoyed a special relationship with their traditional territories:  they are the original stewards of natural resources and the guardians of biodiversity.  Members of Aboriginal communities continue to engage in traditional resource activities like hunting, fishing, and trapping, which place them in a direct relationship of dependence on …

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Strengthening Indigenous Rights In A Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the structural inequalities, inadequate healthcare, and underfunded social systems that Canada’s First Nations peoples have been dealing with for centuries. The 1.4 million Indigenous people in Canada experience higher levels of poverty and a lower life expectancy than other Canadians, meaning the pandemic is affecting Indigenous people in a way …

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How Is The Federal Government Supporting Indigenous Small Businesses?

The Federal and Provincial governments have identified small businesses as being especially vulnerable during the COVID 19 crisis and, as such, they are releasing support funding. But what about businesses owned and operated by Indigenous Canadians? There are over 6,000 Indigenous-owned businesses across Canada and many already face unique challenges disproportionate to other businesses as …

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What Are The Top 3 Indigenous Law Cases In Canada?

The progress of Indigenous peoples in Canada has been fought in the face of colonization, discriminatory laws, and many provincial and Federal hurdles. While change has been incremental, landmark cases have expanded aboriginal rights. It’s difficult to choose the most significant Indigenous law cases in Canada’s recent history. But these three landmark court decisions established …

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Traditional Knowledge: Intellectual Property and Protection

The relationship between the current Intellectual Property (IP) legal framework and the protection it might afford Traditional Knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCE) is complex. Traditional forms of IP (patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, geographical indications, trade secrets), provide the rightsholders with economic and moral rights over their creations for a fixed period of …

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