National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

John Scott
Deputy Head, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, Queensland

Indigenous Rights

In 2000, Indigenous people/s from all over the Earth met in Seville, Spain (Ad Hoc Working Group on 8j) and Nairobi, Kenya (Conference of Parties 5), to participate and advocate for Indigenous Rights in regards to Biodiversity. Indigenous issues include, the protection of Indigenous Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Heritage.

This diverse group of Indigenous peoples agreed on a common position paper in regards to the Work Plan arising from the Seville Working Group and also forged a common plenary statement which articulates our rights in this area, as seen by Indigenous people/s.

In my presentation, I will provide an inside view at how Indigenous people/s have worked to raise awareness and advocate for our rights in this area, vital to our survival. I will also examine 'equitable benefit sharing' arrangements where Indigenous people/s choose to share and commercialise traditional knowledge. In my presentation. I speculate that after 'Native Title', the new battle ground will be over access to biological (and genetic) resources. As a member of the ATSIC delegation to these important events, this paper provides an inside view of Indigenous people/s working within International law to advance Indigenous Human Rights.

John Scott has commenced a Doctorate examining the Protection of Indigenous
Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Aspirations and the Convention on Biological Diversity

Presentation Type
30 min Paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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