Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an agenda
Tahu Kukutai and John Taylor launched their edited volume published by ANU Press on 14 November. Premised on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, this book 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.
Te Mana Raraunga members present to a number of different forum. Find copies of their presentations here.
- Tribal Data Sovereignty - Whakatohea Rights and Interests - 9/10 July 2015
- Ethics in an age of co-governance and big data: Mātauranga Māori and indigenous data sovereignty – 23 June 2016
- Social License - Presentation at NZ Data Futures Partnership Hui - 26 August 2016
- Te Mana Raraunga Presentation to the National Māori ICT Hui - 4 November 2016
- Treasury Series Maori interests in the Data Ecosystem – 12 December 2016
- Maori Data Sovereignty_Intro to Data Ethics Workshop - 13 February 2018
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
- United States - US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network
- Australia - Maiamnayri Wingara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Sovereignty Group
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.