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Published on Dec 7, 2015
George Nicholas is a Professor of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University and developed and directed SFU’s Indigenous Archeology Program on the Kamloops Indian Reserve from 1991-2005. He directs the major international research initiative “Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage” to explore equitable exchanges of knowledge relating to archeology. His research focuses on intellectual property rights and archaeology, Indigenous archaeology, the archaeology and human ecology of wetlands, hunter-gatherers past and present, and archaeological theory.
On September 19-21 2014, the Tłı̨chǫ Government, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the Canadian Polar Commission hosted a multi-event symposium called Įłàà Katı̀ to advance the understanding and uses of Traditional Knowledge. The symposium offered insights into the potential of traditional Aboriginal knowledge with presentations from a wide range of perspectives. The purpose of the symposium was to broaden the appreciation of TK’s relevance in contemporary society, including government and industry, furthering the reconciliation of TK and Western ways of knowing and building partnerships aimed at increasing the evidence-based application of traditional knowledge.
One key part of the symposium was TEDx Yellowknife, an independently organized TED event on traditional knowledge held at the Explorer Inn in Yellowknife.