Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism
The Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism (IPCB) is a non-profit organization based in Nixon, Nevada for the purpose of political activism against the emergent field of population genetics for human migration research. The term "biocolonialism" is a neologism —a portmanteau of "bio-" and "colonialism" —used by the IPCB to pejoratively characterise population genetics research as part of invasive and destructive assimilation against indigenous peoples.
The group claims to advocate for the interests of indigenous peoples, to assist "in the protection of their genetic resources, indigenous knowledge, cultural and human rights from the negative effects of biotechnology." In particular, the IPCB's protests were based on a rejection of participating in scientific research that would negate or otherwise contradict traditional Native American accounts and narratives about their ancestral origins, and lend support to other alternate views.
The IPCB was founded in 1999 by the current Executive Director Debra Harry, following her growing concerns over a perceived impact of genetic colonialism on the lives of indigenous peoples. The organization adopts an internationalist perspective identifying genetic variation research on isolated populations, as well as its prospective commercial exploration, as a global threat, not only to the self-determination of all indigenous peoples, but also to the non-indigenous world and to the earth itself.
- Convention on Biological Diversity
- George Annas, a director of IPCB
- Jonathan Marks, a director of IPCB
- Stuart Newman, a director of IPCB
- Chris Richards, Interview with Debra Harry and the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, New Internationalist, December 2005 accessed at August 4, 2006
- Statements by organizations representing indigenous and local communities, on Convention on Biological Diversity website, accessed at August 4, 2006
- IPCB - Official website