On October 6, 2017, the Chair of IITIO, Wayne Garnons-Williams was invited to an exclusive invitation‑only NAFTA/Intellectual Property “think tank” session chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, at her Toronto office. Minister Freeland had the opportunity to read IITIO’s analysis on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and IP which was favorably accepted by Minister Freeland. We attach the hyperlink to IITIO’s submissions to Minister Freland:
The policy motivation for involving IITIO was not only the useful content of the legal analysis paper on Traditional Knowledge in the context of Intellectual Property but also the stated concern by Minister Freeland to not “pigeonhole” Indigenous issues within NAFTA, relegating them to the Indigenous Chapter alone. Indeed, Global Affairs welcomed input on all issues impacting Indigenous interests, ranging from Intellectual property and government procurement to dispute resolution and human resource issues. Where concerns were raised, Global Affairs took the time to listen and to read our submissions.