Indigenous Data Sovereignty – principles, partnerships and tools for sustainability

Organizer: Stephanie von Gavel
Format: Online, Morning

Digital innovation and disruption are upon us, driven by advances in data science and technologies. Some of these transformations whether it be big data, open data, social connectivity or artificial intelligence have implications for Indigenous Peoples that have not been fully considered or opportunities for meaningful involvement occurred. Indigenous self-determination in a digital context is fundamental – whether that be in valuing Indigenous knowledge as a legitimate body of knowledge or “data” about a subject area (e.g. Indigenous ecological knowledge and biodiversity), accessibility to and authority over data sets about Indigenous Peoples (e.g. Indigenous health data), the representation of Indigenous knowledge systems in digital system architecture or most importantly directing digital innovation towards Indigenous priorities and sustainable options for Indigenous-led economic, social and cultural development. The Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS) movement is at the forefront of advancing IDS and data governance, asserting Indigenous Peoples rights and interests in data, advocating for data for the self-determined wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, and reinforcing the rights to engage in decision-making in accordance with Indigenous values and collective interests. This workshop will look at the key Principles of IDS in the context of what are the Indigenous sustainability Priorities which data can support, who are the Stakeholders of Individuals, communities, organisations and data ecosystems involved, how do we bridge Knowledge Systems, how do we connect across Disciplines, and what is the role of digital Platforms to empower? With the issues and insights drawn from this framing, the workshop will be directed towards action on Partnerships for collective impact, and practical tools and processes for Implementation of IDS.

Themes: Sustainable Solutions from the Global South, Knowledge-to-Action, Sustainability for Who?