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Delivering Indigenous Data Sovereignty

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Publication date
2019 National Indigenous Research Conference
Associate Prof Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Prof Maggie Walter
Dr Vanessa Lee
Prof Tahu Kukutai
Dr Ray Lovett

Indigenous Data Sovereignty is the right of Indigenous peoples to govern the collection, ownership and application of data about Indigenous communities, peoples, lands, and resources. Its enactment mechanism Indigenous data governance is built around two central premises: the rights of Indigenous nations over data about them, regardless of where it is held and by whom; and the right to the data Indigenous peoples require to support nation rebuilding. Indigenous Data Sovereignty is now a global movement, with activities expanding from raising awareness within Indigenous nations and nation state data entities to the instituting of Indigenous data governance principles and protocols. This panel of four founding scholars from the Australian Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and one founding member of the Te Mana Raraunga Māori Data Sovereignty Network discuss progress toward principles for the governance of Indigenous data in both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand inclusive of; interactions with Indigenous nations, communities and organizations that hold/control Indigenous data, development of data ethics inclusive of genomics; big data and open data; and our participation in the global on-going efforts to impact policies and practices related to Indigenous data at all levels Dialogue will also seek conference attendee input on how we continue to connect strategically, as Indigenous academics, organisations and community groups and members, to share our resources and knowledge in this critical area.