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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: Re-messaging the Landscape Genre with Indigenous Sovereignty

ON THE BLOG — Sean Robertson explores Indigenous counter-appropriation in the work of artist Kent Monkman. More >


VIDEO — IPinCH Conversations / How IPinCH came to be and more

In this episode, George Nicholas discusses how IPinCH came to be, why the project is unique, the importance of working directly with communities, and some of the key challenges the project has faced. Watch the video > 

EVENTS — Working Better Together: A Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics

What does it really mean – and what does it take – to work collaboratively in Indigenous research? This upcoming IPinCH-organized conference will explore the dynamic intersection of policies, procedures, practices, and philosophies of contemporary Indigenous research ethics. 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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