Defining Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Indigenous Data

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04 Aug 2020
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Meeting objectives: 

In Collaboration with the Global Indigenous Data Alliance, this Interest Group meeting will include brief presentations and focus on discussion to elucidate, define, and refine a brief that discusses Indigenous Peoples’ rights to Indigenous data.

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Welcome and Introduction [15m] (Stephanie Carroll)

Brief Presentation and Discussion on the Rights [20] (Maui Hudson)

  • Are there any rights missing?

Intro to Breakouts [5] (Stephanie Carroll)

Break Out Sessions [20] (Stephanie Carroll, Jennifer Walker, Maui Hudson, others)

  • How do these rights relate to each other (at individual and collective levels)?

  • How do these rights apply across levels (individual, community, nation, nation-state)?

Report Back [15] (Groups)

Closing Large Group [15] (Maui Hudson)

Target Audience: 

This meeting is aimed at researchers and policy makers working with Indigenous Peoples, nations, communities, or their data (i.e., data about Indigenous Peoples and nations/communities, including lands and resources) and those involved in research data governance who are interested in Indigeous Peoples’ rights to Indigenous data. This includes those with interests in data and human rights, social justice, digital citizenship, data ethics, the CARE and FAIR Principles, and collective/community rights.

This IG meeting is one of three Indigenous data sovereignty focused events at the P16 RDA Plenary. The following events will be convened:

1. Joint session with the FAIR Data Maturity Working Group: Implementing the CARE Principles: The CARE-full Process
2. IG Session: Enacting Indigenous Data Sovereignty through Indigenous Data Governance
3. IG session: Defining Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Indigenous Data (this event)

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The global call for Indigenous data sovereignty—the right of a nation to govern the collection, ownership, and application of its own data—has grown in intensity and scope over the past five years. At the same time, researchers, data repositories, and data service operations are increasingly aware of the need to choose and prioritise data governance and stewardship mechanisms that align with Indigenous rights and Indigenous aspirations to improve data quality and functionality.

The RDA International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG was formed in response to the need for a wider understanding of Indigenous data sovereignty, providing an avenue and space for high level collaborative engagement in the rapidly developing environment of Indigenous data. 

The goals of the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG are clearly aligned with the RDA mission of creating a global community to develop and adopt infrastructure that promotes data-sharing, data-driven research, and data use.

Short Group Status: 

With the Global Indigeous Data Alliance, the Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG primary output thus far has been the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance ( and group member participation in the RDA COVID-19 Recommendation and Guidelines, including and Indigenous data focused section jointly issued with GIDA. A brief on Indigenous Data Rights is anticipated as the third thematic output.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Moderator - Stephanie Carroll Brief presenter - Maui Hudson Breakout Group Moderators - Stephanie Carroll, Maui Hudson, Jennifer Walker