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Indigenous Librarianship

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Article 31

1. Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional  cultural  expressions,  as  well  as  the  manifestations  of  their sciences,  technologies  and  cultures,  including  human  and  genetic resources,  seeds,  medicines,  knowledge  of  the  properties  of  fauna and flora, oral traditions, literatures, designs, sports and traditional games and visual and performing arts. They also have the right to maintain,  control,  protect  and  develop  their  intellectual  property over  such  cultural  heritage,  traditional  knowledge,  and  traditional cultural expressions.

2. In conjunction with indigenous peoples, States shall take effective measures to recognize and protect the exercise of these rights.

From Article 31 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Featured Video

Dr Tahu Kukutai (Te Mana Raraunga)
Te Ritorito 2017: 'Understanding indigenous data sovereignty: Opportunities and challenges for whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing"

Selected Resources

Kayla Lar-Son, Indigenous Services and Programs Librarian at the University of British Columbia, presents “Data as Relation: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Ethic of Care”

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