Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance

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AIGI Masterclass
  • Date & Time

    Fri 31 Mar 2017
    8.30am - 4.30pm ACST
  • Location

    Level 41, 1 William Street
    Brisbane, QLD 4000

The demand for data is increasing as Indigenous nations engage in economic, social, and cultural development on a rapid scale. Additionally, the need to protect Indigenous cultural and proprietary information is paramount. This Masterclass examines the role of data as an exercise of sovereignty in Indigenous nation governance and self-determination. It will dually explore data collected internally by Indigenous nations and communities, and information collected by external sources.

We seek to answer broad questions such as:
• What rights do Indigenous peoples have to data?
• How can data facilitate nation-building?
• How can Indigenous nations influence the better collection of data on their people and resources by third parties?
• What are the opportunities and challenges inherent in data governance?

To answer these questions, we draw from best practices across international Indigenous communities and also offer examples from the Indigenous Australian context. The day will be presented by leading scholars Assoc Prof Maui Hudson (NZ), Prof Tahu Kukutai (NZ), DrPH Stephanie Rainie (US), Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (US), Prof John Taylor (AUS) and Dr Raymond Lovett (AUS). This Masterclass is ideal for anyone wanting to better understand:

• What “Indigenous data sovereignty” and “data governance” mean, and recognise the implications of such terms—both for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, communities,
nations, and institutions; and
• How data that Indigenous peoples and nations collect analyse, and use may be different from mainstream data
and the importance of leveraging existing data to support Indigenous governance.

Keynote Speakers

maui Hudson

Maui Hudson

Maui is affiliated to Ngāruahine, Te Mahurehure and Whakatōhea and is currently a member of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board. Maui is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato and has research interests in the areas of ethics, innovation, the interface between indigenous knowledge and science and indigenous data sovereignty.
Tahu Kukutai

Tahu Kukutai

Tahu belongs to the Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Aupouri tribes and is Professor of Demography at the Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato. Tahu specialises in Māori and indigenous demographic research and has written extensively on issues of Māori and tribal population change, identity and inequality. She also has an ongoing interest in how governments around the world count and classify populations by ethnic-racial and citizenship criteria. In a former life she was a journalist.

Raymond (Ray) Lovett

Ray is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow and Research Fellow with the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University. He also holds an adjunct Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in the Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing group. Ray is an Aboriginal (Wongaibon) epidemiologist with extensive experience in health services research and large-scale data analysis for public health policy development and evaluation.
Stephanie Rainie

Stephanie Rainie

Stephanie is an Ahtna Athabascan woman from Alaska, USA. She is based at the University of Arizona where she is Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Associate Director and Manager, Tribal Health Program for the Native Nations Institute in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Assistant Professor in the Public Health Policy and Management Program at the Community, Environment and Policy Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; and Assistant Director for the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research. She is a co-founder of the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network.

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear

Desi is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne tribe from Montana, USA. She is pursuing dual PhDs in sociology at the University of Arizona and demography at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her doctoral research focuses on the count and classification of American Indian tribal identity in US official statistics and tribal data systems. She is an appointed member of the US Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee and a Graduate Research Associate at the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. She is a co-founder of the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network.
John Taylor

John Taylor

John is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at The Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Policy Associate of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International) based at the University of Western Ontario. He is a population geographer specialising in the demography of indigenous peoples.

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