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Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an agenda

Tahu Kukutai and John Taylor's edited volume was published in 2016. Premised on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it argues that indigenous peoples have inherent and inalienable rights relating to the collection, ownership and application of data about them, and about their lifeways and territories. As the first book to focus on indigenous data sovereignty, it asks: what does data sovereignty mean for indigenous peoples, and how is it being used in their pursuit of self determination..

Contributors include: Megan Davis (Chair, UNPFII), Maggie Walter (PVC Aboriginal Affairs and Leadership, University of Tasmania), Matthew Snipp (Director, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences’s Secure Data centre, Stanford University), Ceal Tournier (Chair, First  Nations Information Governance Centre), Maui Hudson (Whakatohea Māori Trust Board), James Hudson (Independent Māori Statutory Board), Rawiri Jansen (Hauora Coalition) and Darin Bishop (Te Puni Kokiri).

This free e-book can be downloaded from the ANU Press website.

Māori Data Sovereignty Principles

TMR advocates for the realisation of Māori rights and interests in data, and for the ethical use of data to enhance the wellbeing of our people, language and culture. This Te Mana Raraunga (TMR) Brief provides a general overview of key Māori Data Sovereignty terms and principles.

CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance

The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance reflect the crucial role of data in advancing Indigenous innovation and self-determination. These principles complement the existing FAIR principles encouraging open and other data movements to consider both people and purpose in their advocacy and pursuits. You can read more about the CARE principles here.

Policy Briefs

Here are a range of policy briefs that have been developed by our international colleagues about;

Māori Data Audit Tool

Use the Māori Data Audit Tool to assess your organisational readiness to address the principles in the Te Mana Raraunga Charter. You can also use it to assess the policies and processes of organisations you share data with.  


Indigenous data initiatives

Indigenous Data Sovereignty is fast becoming a topical issue internationally with initiatives and discussions taking place around the world.

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

The United Nations Permanent Forum held workshops on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on ‘data collection and disaggregation’ (in 2004), on ‘indicators of wellbeing’ (in 2006) and on ‘development with culture and identity’ (in 2010).

At these events indigenous representatives had raised concerns about the relevance of existing statistical frameworks for reflecting their worldviews and highlighted their lack of participation in data collection processes and governance.

Indigenous Data Sovereignty Networks

Networks have recently established in the the following places

International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network listserve

An IIDSN listserve has been established and is being managed by the US Data Sovereignty Network based at the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona.

To join the list send an email to: intidsn@list.arizona.edu  

IDSov workshops

Agency approaches to data Governance 2018

Te Mana Raraunga hosted a workshop in association with Statistics NZ, Ministry of Social Development, and the Social Investment Agency to consider the issues and approaches to Maori data governance within agency settings. The workshop was held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on 23 August 2018 and the summary report can be accessed here.

IDSov Summit Report 2016

The Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit was hosted by Te Mana Raraunga, the Māori Data Sovereignty Network, with sponsorship provided by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the Wallenberg Academy of Fellows and The Swedish Research Council. The summit was held on 14 November 2016 in the Fale Pasifika building at The University of Auckland. The purpose was to bring together diverse stakeholders from Aotearoa/NZ and overseas to stimulate discussion on the topic of Indigenous Data Sovereignty (ID-Sov), and share insights on the application of ID-Sov in a range of national and local settings.  Link to the summary report is here.