TE MANA RARAUNGA STATEMENT ON 2018 NEW ZEALAND CENSUS OF POPULATION AND DWELLINGS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON MĀORI CENSUS DATA
Te Mana Raraunga, the Māori Data Sovereignty Network, is concerned that Census 2018 may fail to deliver high quality Māori and iwi data. Interim figures for the 2018 Census released by Stats NZ indicate that full or partial information has only been received for around 90 percent of individuals. For Māori, the extent of the problem will inevitably be worse. We may well be looking at a total Māori response rate of less than 80 percent, and even lower in areas that have historically had lower coverage, such as Northland and the East Coast. Census 2018 may yet turn out to be the poorest quality enumeration of Māori in recent history. Te Mana Raraunga has put together a press release (included here in te reo Māori) and a more detailed technical statement on Census 2018.
AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS DATA SOVEREIGNTY COMMUNIQUE
The Maiam nayri Wingara Indigneous Data Sovereignty Collective and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute held an Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit in Canberra on 20th June 2018. An outcome of that summit was the development of a communique which outlines the delegates view on Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous Data Governance. Enacting Indigenous Data Governance requires Indigenous leaders, practitioners and community members with the skills and infrastructure to advocate and participate across all sectors and jurisdictions. Indigenous communities retain the right to decide which sets of data require active governance and maintain the right to not participate in data processes inconsistent with the principles asserted in this Communique.
NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS PASSES RESOLUTION ON INDIGNEOUS DATA SOVEREIGTY
The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution (KAN-18-011), “Support of US Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Inclusion of Tribes in the Development of Tribal Data Governance Principles,” at the June 2018 mid-year meeting. The resolution “support[s] the efforts of tribes to exercise Indigenous data sovereignty and governance, the efforts to advocate for and provide research on Indigenous data sovereignty, and support[s] the inclusion of tribes in the development of any broad principles of tribal data sovereignty and/or governance.” The resolution sets the initial agenda for both intertribal and Native nation movement toward Indigneos data sovereignty through tribal governance of Indigneous data.
NATIONAL INUIT STRATEGY ON RESEARCH
In Ottawa on March 22nd, 2018, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Launched the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR). NISR is a pivotal document targeting governments and research institutions. The strategy identifies areas for partnership and action that can strengthen the impact and effectiveness of Inuit Nunangat research for Inuit. Priority areas include Inuit governance of research, funding in line with Inuit priorities, the ethical conduct of research, building capacity, and ensuring Inuit access, ownership, and control over Inuit data and information.
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