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Indigenous Research Methodologies

Selected Resources

Young-Ing, Gregory. (2006). Intellectual property rights, legislated protection sui generis models and ethical access in the transformation of indigenous traditional knowledge. Unpublished dissertation. Online or Call Number: PA Y68 N74 2006

Janke, Terri. (2003). Minding Culture: Case Studies on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions. Geneva: The World Intellectual Property Organization. 
Case studies on Indigenous use of copyright, trademarks, et al frameworks to protect traditional cultural expressions.

Riley, M. (Ed.). (2004). Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Obstacles and Innovative Solutions. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press.
Examining limits of and remedies for Western legal intellectual property frameworks for protecting Indigenous peoples' rights.

Models for Collaboration

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IPinCH Intellectual property issues in cultural heritage  (Simon Fraser University) "explores the rights, values, and responsibilities of material culture, cultural knowledge and the practice of heritage research."

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - Indigenous issues section    






Tookits for Preserving, Protecting, & Documenting Traditional Knowledge

Indigitization - Toolkit for the Digitization of First Nations Knowledge (UBC) provides documentation and tools for B.C. First Nations undertaking digitization projects. Indigitization is a collaborative project the First Nations communities of Heiltsuk, Ktunaxa, and 'Namgis, the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC).

UBC Catalogue & Summon

Subject Headings


  • Search for the phrase (phrase search) "indigenous cultural and intellectual property" in SUMMON


Local Contexts Traditional Knowledge Licenses Traditional Knowledge (TK) licenses and labels offer an approach to managing Indigenous materials according to Indigenous cultural protocols, and notions of ownership and appropriate access.

Traditional Knowledge Documentation Toolkit  (World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO) Developed for Indigenous communities to plan and implement documentation and registration of TCEs (Traditional cultural expressions).

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