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PROTECTION OF INUIT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

INUIT CIRCUMPOLAR CONFERENCE Meeting of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Nome, Alaska, U.S.A. June 26-27, 2003

ICC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2003-03

RE: PROTECTION OF INUIT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

WHEREAS the article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 15 of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have recognized the right of Indigenous Peoples to protect their intellectual/cultural property.

WHEREAS the Inuit of the circumpolar regions have developed intellectual/cultural property that is integral to Inuit culture.

WHEREAS the Inuit Circumpolar Conference was formed, among others: to protect Inuit rights and interests;

to promote greater self-sufficiency; and

to ensure the endurance and growth of Inuit culture and societies for both present and future generations.

WHEREAS ICC re-affirmed its commitment to protect the intellectual cultural/property of Inuit in paragraphs 14 and 18 of the Kuujjuaq Declaration.

WHEREAS the decisions and work programs of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity address the protection of traditional knowledge.

WHEREAS many businesses have exploited Inuit intellectual/cultural property for mass commercialization without the consent of Inuit and without providing benefit to Inuit and have severely impacted the Inuit economy.

WHEREAS some Inuit businesses may be selling the products of this exploitation, for example by selling mass-produced replicas of Inuit designs and artwork and use other Inuit intellectual products.

WHEREAS enterprises continue to misappropriate Inuit traditional dances, songs and folklore;

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that ICC will step up its efforts to ensure that Inuit intellectual/cultural property rights are adequately protected.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ICC will, through its respective national organizations where appropriate, encourage Inuit-owned businesses and other companies to stop selling products that are unduly exploiting Inuit intellectual/cultural property.