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NEW VIDEO — Teepees and Trademarks: Aboriginal Peoples, Stereotypes and IP

Vanessa Udy talks about how Indigenous peoples in North America have used intellectual property laws to promote and protect their cultural heritage. More > 

Appropriation (?) of the Month: Indigenous Peoples and Genetic Research

Roger Chennells explores the particular problems and concerns faced by Indigenous peoples in the era of human population genetic research. More > 

NEW VIDEO — Heritage in Kyrgyzstan

Anne Pyburn and Aida Abykanova discuss heritage, archaeology, and identity in Kyrgyzstan. More >

Appropriation (?) of the Month: Drag Queens and Femininity

Sarah Lison explores the way that drag provokes by mirroring aspects of mainstream society, blurring the line btw reverence & parody. 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 >

NEW VIDEO — Heritage and Politics

Grand Chief Edward John shares his insight on issues of sovereignty, jurisdiction, and the protection of Indigenous culture. 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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