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Indigenous knowledge: Research ethics

KKB193 Indigenous Knowledge: Research Ethics & Protocols

Assessment : Tips

Making research work

Aboriginal Solutions to Aboriginal Health: Making Research Work from the Lowitja Institute

This video features interviews with Aboriginal participants in two research development settings, discussing their involvement in setting priorities and the way the Facilitated Development Approach is building greater acceptance of health research in Aboriginal communities.

Finding Indigenous Authored Literature

How do you tell if an author is Indigenous?

Look for the bio

Most articles, or books, have brief author biographies. Indigenous authors will usually identify their background. For example they might say what nation they belong to, the First Nation or community that they are from, and possibly their clan affiliation.

If you do not see this information, the author may not be Indigenous. Non-Indigenous people usually do not provide their background in this way. If you want to double-check, you can use google to find more biographical information on the author.

Start with authors that you know

Another method of finding Indigenous authors in your field, is to start with authors that you have been introduced to in class, or that you have discovered through course readings or elsewhere. Search google scholar or a library database to find out what else the author may have written.

You could also have a look at the bibliography of a course reading to find further authors, books and articles to explore. Remember that the author of the course reading might also cite books that they criticize, so be conscious of how the work is used in the text.

(Reproduced with thanks to Sara McDowell and the University of Toronto Robards Library)

Find Health LIterature using the Lowitja Institute

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

BlackWords at AustLit, for literary works

Anita Heiss : Black Book Challenge, 100 Indigenous authored books

Useful websites: Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Weather Knowledge on the Bureau of Meteorology Website

The IWK project recognises the knowledge of weather and climate developed over countless generations by Australia's Indigenous communities, nicely complementing science and statistically based approaches. It provides an opportunity for communities to showcase their knowledge and for other Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life and culture.


Ngan'gi Seasons Calendar on the CSIRO Website

Indigenous ecological knowledge can tell us much about the ecology of northern Australia. The Nauiyu community from Daly River in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a seasonal calendar.  Read more : Creating the Ngan’gi Seasons Calendar: Reflections on Engaging Indigenous Knowledge Authorities in Research. Learning Communities


Australian Indigenous Astronomy website

“Indigenous astronomy” is the first astronomy – the astronomy that existed long before the Babylonians, Greeks, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the Sun, Moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, and predict weather.   Read more in the blog


Living Knowledge: Indigenous Knowledge in Science Education

This site is part of a three year Australian Research Council (ARC) research project Indigenous knowledge and Western science pedagogy: a comparative approach. The project aims to determine the most effective ways of incorporating Indigenous knowledge within the NSW secondary school science curricula.

Subjects: Health
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