A preliminary review of ethics resources, with particular focus on those available online from Indigenous organisations in WA, NT and Qld

A preliminary review of ethics resources, with particular focus on those available online from Indigenous organisations in WA, NT and Qld Journal Article

Australian Aboriginal Studies

  • Author(s): Holcombe, S, Gould, N
  • Published: 2010
  • Volume: 2010

Abstract: In light of a growing interest in Indigenous knowledge, this preliminary review maps the forms and contents of some existing resources and processes currently available and under development in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, along with those enacted through several cross-jurisdictional initiatives. A significant majority of ethics resources have been developed in response to a growing interest in the application of Indigenous knowledge in land and natural resource management. The aim of these resources is to ‘manage’ (i.e. protect and maintain) Indigenous knowledge by ensuring ethical engagement with the knowledge holders. Case studies are drawn on from each jurisdiction to illustrate both the diversity and commonality in the approach to managing this intercultural engagement. Such resources include protocols, guidelines, memorandums of understanding, research agreements and strategic plans. In conducting this review we encourage greater awareness of the range of approaches in practice and under development today, while emphasising that systematic, localised processes for establishing these mechanisms is of fundamental importance to ensuring equitable collaboration. Likewise, making available a range of ethics tools and resources also enables the sharing of the local and regional initiatives in this very dynamic area of Indigenous knowledge rights.

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Holcombe, S, Gould, N, 2010, A preliminary review of ethics resources, with particular focus on those available online from Indigenous organisations in WA, NT and Qld, Volume:2010, Journal Article, viewed 16 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3533.

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