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Commodification of Inuit Symbols and Potential Protection Mechanisms

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Author: Violet Ford
The commodification of Inuit cultural symbols has been increasing. Much of this commodification is derogatory and is misappropriated without permission of the Inuit community. This presentation examines emerging legal norms that may limit the misuse of of such cultural symbols in the future. The findings suggest that these legal approaches can be applied to protect community interests. Violet Ford is an Executive Council Member, Vice-President on International Affairs, Inuit Circumpolar Council.
This talk was presented at the IPinCH Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples & Self-Determination Public Symposium held on May 2, 2013 at the University of British Columbia.
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