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Returning native title materials


The native title claim materials include information on genealogies, languages, laws and customs and areas of significance and are subject to Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights. They provide an essential evidence base for future decision-making and are critical to; for example, effective governance, knowledge transmission to younger and future generations, cultural heritage protection, environmental conservation and land management. Vesting control of these materials in registered native title body corporates, also known as PBCs, will contribute to the independence and long-term sustainability of these organisations.

The Returning Native Title Materials (RNTM) project explores the use of materials collected through the native title process, including appropriate management, storage and return to native title groups.

This project investigates existing efforts among Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (NTRB/SPs), PBCs and others to manage, return, receive and use native title materials.

Resources on the best practice for related governance, archival, infrastructure and legal issues along with learnings from NTRB/SPs and PBCs who have engaged in a returns process will be shared through publications, workshop reports, presentations and templates.

The NTRU is partnering with NTRB/SPs, PBCs and research institutions, including Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, Robe Rive Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation, La Trobe University and Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, on a number of case studies. You can explore the RNTM research in the following case studies: