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2017 Indigenous Data Sovereignty Symposium

   AMSANT’s CEO John Patterson spoke at the Indigenous Data Sovereignty Symposium on the 11-12th October 2017, which was hosted by the University of Melbourne and AIATSIS. The symposium was a strategic gathering of Indigenous community leaders, quantitative and qualitative researchers, Community Controlled Health services, peak body organisations representatives, currently involved in formalising a national Indigenous Data Sovereignty Framework alongside the avant-garde Maiam nayri wingara: Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network. The themes explored by the panels and keynote speakers included: What is Indigenous data sovereignty? Indigenous data ‘sharing’: The new land grab? Our data; our priorities; our way; our right Access to and underutilisation of current data in Indigenous sector data for health International models such as the Chiefs of Ontario First Nations data Governance framework and NZ/Aotearoa Te Reraunga were discussed.  Local communities and researchers also presented inspiring examples of communities and organisations who are developing indigenous sovereignty frameworks and making use of their data: Justice Reinvestment, Yawuru & Ngemba Data Research Hub Algabonyah Data Unit, Kaiela Institute Wadeye Community Archive Project National Empowerment Project The indigenous Data Sovereignty Network is currently forming a working group and will continue to develop the framework and principles...