The Intellectual Property and the Governance of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Fostering Innovation and Improving Lives project seeks to establish a leading research hub at CIGI offering policy analysis, technical assistance, capacity building and intellectual leadership for the governance of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions.

The project has three main expected outcomes:

  • a defined traditional knowledge research project agenda focusing on comparative case studies over the next 18 months;
  • capacity building and awareness raising initiatives for Canadian Indigenous communities initiatives;
  • and a structured dissemination plan, including an outreach strategy for policy makers and indigenous communities.

A Traditional Knowledge Expert Group (TKEG), convened by CIGI for the project, brings together five internationally renowned thinkers in the field who will offer strategic guidance:

  • Ruth Okediji, TKEG Chair, William L Prosser Professor & McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Margo Bagley, CIGI Senior Fellow, and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
  • Graham Dutfield, Professor of International Governance, Faculty of Law, Leeds University
  • Kathy Hodgson Smith, Canadian Indigenous Lawyer, Métis Communities
  • Jerome Reichman, CIGI Senior Fellow, and Bunyan S Womble Professor of Law, Duke Law School

Photographer, Fred Cattroll, is a Swampy Cree from South Indian Lake. Cattroll took the photograph of the headdress on May ‎27, ‎2011, at an event in Gatineau Quebec that celebrated Indigenous employees of the Government of Canada and the lead up to summer solstice.