“Indigenous data sovereignty is the right of Indigenous peoples to govern the collection, ownership, and application of data about Indigenous communities, nations, peoples, lands, and resources. Indigenous nations have the right to govern the data about them, regardless of where it is held and by whom. They also hold the right to the generation of the data Indigenous peoples require to support nation rebuilding. In this seminar we present the rationale for Indigenous data sovereignty and its enactment mechanism Indigenous data governance as well as outline how this now global, Indigenous led movement is engaging in a reinvention of the processes and practices associated with Indigenous data


Maggie Walter (PhD) is palawa, descending from the pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and a member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Briggs family. She holds the dual roles of Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania. Maggie is a founding member of the Miaim nayri Wingara Australian Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and has published extensively on this topic, most recently ‘The voice of Indigenous data: Beyond the markers of disadvantage’ Griffith Review 2018 (60) and “Indigenous Data, Indigenous Methodologies and Indigenous Data Sovereignty’ (with M. Suina 2018) in the International Journal of Social Research Methodologies.

Stephanie Carroll Rainie (DrPH, MPH) is an Ahtna Athabascan woman and a citizen of the Native Village of Kluti Kaah in Alaska. She is Assistant Professor, Public Health and American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program; Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Associate Director, Native Nations Institute; and Assistant Director, Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research at the University of Arizona (UA). Stephanie co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group at the Research Data Alliance”