Exploring the Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property Landscape: Leveraging existing laws, Indigenous protocols and international frameworks to facilitate Indigenous innovation

Thursday 30 June 2022 – 14:00 – 15:30 AEST

Moderator: Rhianna Patrick
Speakers: Dr Margaret Raven, Dr Ruth Link,  Mr Gerry Turpin, Dr Chris Bourke, Ms Ziggi Busch

Learning from the distinct knowledge systems, practices and innovative technologies developed and maintained by Indigenous People is a crucial step in solving our global challenges. Indigenous Knowledge is highly valued in research and development and increasingly sought after in the application and design of new and innovative products in the global marketplace. With the demand for Indigenous Knowledge increasing in the competitive knowledge economy – how can we ensure First Nation and Indigenous groups’ rights and interests are protected in the great pursuit of innovation? The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognises that Indigenous people have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their intellectual property over cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions. Similarly, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing provides for the sharing of benefits arising from the use of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources. These high-level statements assert Indigenous rights to own, control and develop intellectual property over their cultural heritage. But what tools, frameworks, protocols and sustainable business models are available to realise this goal, to enable Indigenous innovation to flourish? This question comes with the understanding that there is no singular approach to recognising and protecting Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property (ICIP) and the diversity of Indigenous Knowledges. Laws, policies, protocols and international frameworks can be leveraged to create a package of rights, responsibilities and innovation opportunities with respect to ICIP. In this session, we will explore the ICIP landscape with Indigenous and First Nations people currently dealing with ICIP in a practical, research and commercial context. Join us and explore the tools and mechanisms used by Indigenous peoples, professionals and experts in successfully navigating ICIP.