Enacting Indigenous Data Sovereignty through Indigenous Data Governance

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04 Aug 2020
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 

This Interest Group meeting will include presentations and discussions of Indigenous data sovereignty and governance in practice, both by Indigenous Peoples within their own nations and communities, and through relationships with those that steward Indigenous data.

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative Notes Link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kvqvov1hn6NibLrpDbRH4SDp37ceZGtIJJLg...


Welcome and Introduction [15m] (Stephanie Carroll)

Panel Presentations [45]

  • Enacting Indigenous Data Governance in a national longitudinal study in Australia (Mayi Kuwayu) [15] (Ray Lovett)

  • Indigenous governance of health data systems in Canada: Progress, Process and Priorities [15] (Jennifer Walker)

  • COVID-19 and Indigenous Data Governance [15] (Michele Suina)

Discussion [30] (Maui Hudson)


Target Audience: 

This meeting is aimed at researchers 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 how Indigenous principles are enacted within the research data domain. 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 (this event)
3. IG session: Defining Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Indigenous Data

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 (gida-global.org/care) 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: 
Informative meeting
Meeting presenters: 
Moderators: Stephanie Carroll, Maui Hudson Presenters: Ray Lovett, Jennifer Walker, Michele Suina