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St. Thomas University Media Release

Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Knowledge

Fredericton – A public symposium on intellectual property rights and traditional knowledge will be held Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th at St. Thomas University, Holy Cross House Conference Room, from 9 am to 4 pm each day.

The symposium will include presentations and discussions on the expropriation and exploitation of Indigenous traditional knowledge, concerns about intellectual property and potential community responses.

Featured speakers include Greg Young-Ing (Creator’s Rights Alliance), Carol Dana and Wenoa Lola (Penobscot Indian Nation), Roland Chrisjohn (Director, St. Thomas University Department of Native Studies) and Megan Carpenter (Irish Human Rights Centre).

Sponsored by the Creator’s Rights Alliance, the St. Thomas Department of Native Studies and the St. Thomas Native Student Council, the symposium will be of interest to community organizers, artists, musicians and craftspeople, as well as anyone with an interest in the field of intellectual property rights and traditional knowledge.

Among numerous presentations, topics to be covered during the symposium are on the interaction of traditional knowledge and the intellectual property system, intellectual property laws and Indigenous interests, and the political economy of assimilation.

Media Contact – Jeffrey Carleton, St. Thomas University, (506) 452-0522 or