The expression “traditional knowledge” is a shorter form of “traditional knowledge, innovations and practices.” It includes a broad range of subject matter, for example traditional agricultural, biodiversity-related and medicinal knowledge and folklore.
The WIPO 1985 “Model Provisions for National Laws on the Protection of Expressions of Folklore Against Illicit Exploitation and Other Prejudicial Actions” define folklore as “productions consisting of characteristic elements of the traditional artistic heritage developed and maintained by a community or by individuals reflecting the traditional artistic expectations of such a community.” The protection of traditional knowledge (“TK”) is progressively taking center-stage in global discussions concerning intellectual property and trade.
LINKS to resources on TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE (Indigenous Knowledge, TK)
- Traditional Knowledge
A Challenge to the International Intellectual Property System - an excellent article by Daniel Gervais posted on the Creators Rights Alliance website
- Indigenous Knowledge
Place, People & Protocol -Canadian Heritage
- WIPO on Traditional Knowledge
The World Intellectual Property Organization reflects on TK issues, trade and economic development
- More WIPO TK resources
- Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expression WIPO
- Wikipedia - Traditional Knowledge - please note that Wikipedia entries are written by volunteers - for more information see What Wikipedia Is Not
- Northern Perspectives - a publication of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee with articles on Inuit & Dene TK and on science and TK.
- Intellectual Property Policy INAC - Indian & Northern Affairs Canada
- Royal Commission Report - INAC
- Contemporary Aboriginal Arts in Canada - Canada Council