hey thanks all
i feel good about it for sure.
okay so to answer your question loobie, first there was the 1992 united nations conference on environment and development (earth summit) which affirmed the sustainable development paradigm in the UN context, via the rio declaration. binding agreements were signed including the convention on climate change and the convention on biological diversity. so now canada has a biological diversity convention office which reports to Conferences of the Parties regarding progress towards targets set out in the various articles. article 8(j) of the convention on biological diversity states:
Article 8. In-situ Conservation
Each Contracting Party shall, as far as possible and as appropriate:
(j) Subject to its national legislation, respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and promote their wider application with the approval and involvement of the holders of such knowledge, innovations and practices and encourage the equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of such knowledge, innovations and practices;
so, that's 8j!