Debra Harry: "Asserting Self-Determination over Cultural Property"
Debra Harry, Ph.D. (Kooyooee Dukaddo), member of Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in Nevada, Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, speaking at Fairhaven College on October 6, 2010.«Asserting Self-Determination over Cultural Property: Moving Towards Protection of Genetic Material & Indigenous Knowledge»In the face of globalization and diminishing natural resources, Indigenous knowledge and biodiversity is regarded as a vast untapped market by both private and governmental researchers. Dr. Harry will discuss the fundamental conflicts between Indigenous worldviews and values and the globalizing forces that seek to force nature and Indigenous knowledge systems into the global market. She will critique how international forums, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Intellectual Property Organization are developing new global standards. Will the standards facilitate the commodification of genetic resources and Indigenous knowledge or promote true conservation and sustainable use? Advocacy efforts are centered upon Indigenous peoples’ right of self-determination and within a human rights framework.