By Hilary Bird, CBC News Posted: Jun 17, 2017 7:01 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 17, 2017 7:01 AM CT Francis Gurry, directory general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, said he hopes new funding will allow Indigenous groups from around the world to attend negotiations about laws to prevent cultural appropriation.
(Submitted by Emmanuel Berrod/World Intellectual Property Organization) Delegates from 189 countries, including Canada, were in Geneva this week as part of a specialized international committee within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency.
The committee has been working since 2001 to complete three pieces of international law that would expand intellectual-property regulations to protect things like Indigenous designs, dances, words and traditional medicines.
U.K.-based fashion label KTZ made headlines after a men's collection included a number of garments based on traditional Inuit designs.
(Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC (from book Northern Voices) /Tristan Fewings/Getty Images) "For some years now we have not been able to finance their participation.