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Indigenous Intellectual Property & the Story of the Cowichan/Salish Sweater

By November 5, 2022September 25th, 2023No Comments

From time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have been creating and developing original designs, songs, artworks and products, such as the Cowichan/Salish sweater, within the context of their cultures, societies, economies and traditions. Unfortunately, too often these works have been appropriated for monetary gain by non-Indigenous people and corporations, with no acknowledgement or compensation for the creators of these works. Using the fascinating story of the famous Cowichan/Salish sweater as an example, our panel discusses the challenges and solutions for recognizing and protecting Indigenous intellectual property.

Speakers include:

  • Ron Rice, (Panelist), Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Executive Director
  • Dr. Susanne Thiessen, (Panelist), University of Victoria, Assistant Professor in Indigenous Community Development in the School of Public Administration
  • Lou-ann Neel, (Panelist), Kwagiulth and Mamalilikulla tribes of the Kwakwaka’wakw people, Kwagiulth Artist & Arts Advocate
  • Joni Olsen, (Panelist), W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, Salish Fusion Knitwear
  • Christina Clarke, (Moderator), Indigenous Prosperity Centre, Executive Director