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Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage

A Global Challenge

The approximately 500 million Indigenous peoples of the world live in Canada, the United States, Australia, India, Peru, or Russia, they have faced a similar fate at the hands of colonizing powers. That fate has included assaults on their language and culture, commercialization of their art, and use of their plant knowledge in the development of medicine, all without consent, acknowledgement or benefit to them. The authors paint a passionate picture of the devastation this assault has wrought on Indigenous peoples. They illustrate why current legal regimes are inadequate to protect Indigenous knowledge and put forward ideas for reform. The book looks at the issues from an international perspective and explores developments in various countries including Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the work of the United Nations, as well as relevant international agreements.

About the Authors

Marie Battiste is a Mi'kmaq from Unama'kik (Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia), and a graduate of Harvard and Stanford. She is a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, and Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre, both at the University of Saskatchewan, and a United Nations technical expert on the guidelines for protecting Indigenous heritage. She is the editor of First Nations Education in Canada and Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision. James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson is Chickasaw, born to the Bear Clan of the Chickasaw Nation and Cheyenne Tribe in Oklahoma. He was one of the first American Indians to graduate in law from Harvard University. He is a member of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Law and is Research Director of the University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre. He is the author and editor of many books including Mi'kmaq Concordat; The Road: Indian Tribes and Political Liberty; and Aboriginal Tenure in the Constitution of Canada.


"Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs . . . as well as . . . the restitution of cultural, intellectual, religious and spiritual property taken without their free and informed consent or in violation of their laws, traditions and customs."—Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations

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Other Titles by Marie Ann Battiste

Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision

edited by Marie Ann Battiste
Oct 2000 - UBC Press
$37.95 USD - Paperback / softback

First Nations Education in Canada

Marie Ann Battiste, Jean Barman
May 1995 - UBC Press
$37.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles by James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson

Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples

James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson
Feb 2017 - UBC Press
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback

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Quest for a Suitable Past

Claudia-Florentina Dobre
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$50.00 USD - Hardback

Two Families

Harold Johnson
Mar 2017 - UBC Press
$20.00 USD - Paperback / softback

The Field of Honor

edited by John Mayfield, Todd Hagtette, foreword by Edward L. Ayers
Jan 2017 - University of South Carolina Press
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