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Declaration on the Safeguarding of Indigenous Ancestral Burial Grounds as Sacred Sites and Cultural Landscapes

A group of our team members have published a declaration reminding the public about Canada's legal and ethical obligations with respect to First Nations sacred sites. More >

APPROPRIATION (?) OF THE MONTH: Differentiating "Northwest Coast-style" from Northwest Coast art and design

Exploring positive changes in the Northwest Coast art and design market (Thunderbird hoodie by Squamish artist Xwalacktun & logo by Navajo artist Victor Pascual for Beyond Buckskin). More > 


FACT SHEETS — Memoranda of Agreement

Dive into the practical applications of MOA and learn the basics of crafting them for your collaborative projects. More > 

BLOG — Repatriating One’s Own Cultural Heritage

Deidre Brown shares her experiences recovering a Maori taonga (treasure) from a Sotheby’s auction & shares advice for indigenous peoples facing similar circumstances. More > 

VIDEO — Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Issues of Canadian Law

In her President's Dream Colloquium lecture, Catherine Bell discusses the Tsilhqot'in ruling (2014), and explores how Canadian Aboriginal rights law and consultation is applied to First Nations heritage sites, the challenges to realizing First Nation ownership and control through Canadian Constitutional Law, the unique issues that arise when heritage sites are located on private land, and the need for legal and policy reform. Watch the video >

EVENTS — President's Dream Colloquium on Protecting Indigenous Heritage

This IPinCH-themed colloquium features six free public lectures in Burnaby and Vancouver by internationally-recognized speakers working in heritage-related research, policy development and practice. More > 




The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project is a seven-year international research initiative based at Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, Canada. Our work explores the rights, values, and responsibilities of material culture, cultural knowledge and the practice of heritage research.

IPinCH is a collaboration of scholars, students, heritage professionals, community members, policy makers, and Indigenous organizations across the globe.

The project serves as both a practical resource and a network of support for communities and researchers engaged in cultural heritage work.

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Dancing Sovereignty and First Nations Protocols
April 10, 2015
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April 14, 2015
CONFERENCE — IPinCH at the 2015 SAAs
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People & Partners
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People & Partners
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PROJECT SUMMARY: Treaty Relations as a Method of Resolving IP Issues
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