Program


Date: Friday November 22, 2019
Location: Ryerson University Library, Fourth Floor


The 2019 OLA Copyright Symposium will explore ideas around traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression, with a focus on the interplay between this type of knowledge and copyright law.
The recent   Statutory Review of the Copyright Act  report of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) recognizes that "in many cases, the [Copyright] Act fails
to meet the expectations of Indigenous peoples with respect to privacy, preservation, and dissemination of their cultural expressions. The Committee also recognizes the need to effectively protect traditional arts and cultural expressions in a manner that empowers Indigenous communities, and to ensure that individual Indigenous creators have the same opportunities to fully participate in the Canadian economy as non-Indigenous creators" (p. 30).
In this symposium, both themes outlined above will be explored, starting with our keynote, Jennifer Wemigwans, who will set the stage by addressing indigenous cultural protocols and cultural responsibilities in the online environment. 

The program will run from 9-4:30pm, and the morning will be opened by a keynote from Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans. Dr. Wemigwans is from Wikwemikong First Nation. She is a new media producer, writer and scholar specializing in the convergence between education, Indigenous knowledge and new media technologies. Dr. Wemigwans takes pride in working to invert the conventional use of media by revealing the potential for Indigenous cultural expression and Indigenous knowledge through new technologies, education and the arts. Her book A Digital Bundle: Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online (2018) explores the prospects of education and digital projects in a networked world. Her work in academia and online technologies puts her in a unique position to tap the pulse of innovation in Indigenous education, the arts, and media. 

More information about the day's program, including a GLAM panel and hands-on activities, will be shared in coming weeks.