Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Data Governance

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'Lack of data' according to presenters at Open Data Conference

International Open Data Conference


On May 28-29, 2016 open data experts, senior government officials, industry leaders, and civil society champions from around the world gathered at the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, On to exchange ideas and work together to enable the data revolution. Among those leaders were Stephanie Carroll Rainie (Ahtna Athabascan), Gwen Phillips (Ktunaxa Nation), Eileen Briggs (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), and Desi Rodriguez Lonebear (Northern Cheyenne Nation), where they presented on the topic Indigenous Data and Open Governments, the conference’s only Indigenous-focused panel. The overall discussion captured the importance of data sovereignty and governance to the protection of culture and value for Indigenous peoples. Each panelist provided solid examples of collection of data pertaining to indigenous peoples and how that has been problematic


Webcast Recording: Indigenous Data and Open Governments

Presentation: Indigenous Data Governance and Open Data Futures


The Strategic Power of Data

International Indigenous Development Research Conference

In November 2014, NNI Tribal Health Program manager Stephanie Carroll Rainie and graduate assistant Aurora Trujillo were in Auckland, New Zealand to participate in the 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2014, hosted by Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga (the Māori Centre of Research Excellence) at the University of Auckland. Rainie's presentation, The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Exercising Sovereignty, prompted audience engagement and interest in applying the topic to other Indigenous communities.

Presentation: The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Exercising Sovereignty


National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center’s Tribal Leaders/Scholars Forum

NNI researchers Stephanie Carroll Rainie and Jennifer Schultz presented at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Their talk, The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Sovereignty, was part of the Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum session on "Data Advocacy" on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Abstract: The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Sovereignty
Presentation: The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Sovereignty
Op Ed:
Schultz, Jennifer Lee and Stephanie Carroll Rainie. (2014). The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Sovereignty. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 5(4).

This piece originally appeared as:
Schultz, Jennifer Lee and Stephanie Carroll Rainie. Good Data Leads to Good Sovereignty. Indian Country Today Media Network. 3 June 2014.

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