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Participation, collaboration and partnership

Principle 10

Indigenous people have the right to full participation appropriate to their skills and experiences in research projects and processes.

Research projects should be based on an awareness of the rights of Indigenous peoples to full participation in decision making in matters that affect their rights.

Research on Indigenous issues should incorporate Indigenous perspectives. This is often most effectively achieved by facilitating direct involvement in the research from the start of a project.

If a participant withdraws, then he or she should agree what should be done with the contributions made to the research project up to the date of the withdrawal.

Applying the principle

Indigenous communities and individuals have a right to be involved in any research project focused upon them and their culture. Apply the relevant provisions in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (see Article 2).

At the beginning of a project identify the appropriate people - Traditional Owners, custodians, Elders, and others with rights and interests - who are responsible for the

Indigenous knowledge and/or practices that may be involved, and facilitate direct involvement as appropriate.

Recognise the specialist knowledge of particular community members and their potential contributions to the research endeavour, and involve such persons wherever possible and appropriate.

Encourage and support community members, Traditional Owners and others as appropriate to be involved in the research as collaborators, advisers or assistants.

Continue Indigenous involvement, where possible, beyond the period in which the research is conducted (to later stages such as compiling the research and presenting it).

Last reviewed: 27 Feb 2019

AIATSIS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community.

We pay our respects to elders past and present.

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