Indigenous Data Sovereignty

He whenua hou, Te Ao Raraunga Te Ao Raraunga, He whenua hou

In Maori that phrase means, “Data is a new world, a world of opportunity.”

The lack of reliable and consistent data results in a paucity of evidence-based Indigenous policy-making.For Indigenous peoples worldwide, the lack of good data about their communities and their limited control over the collection and use of the data have serious consequences. The lack of reliable and consistent data results in a paucity of evidence-based Indigenous policy-making. This GIJN/NAJA guide explores what investigative opportunities exist for journalists regarding the bundle of issues known as “Indigenous data sovereignty.” Although this topic may sound philosophical and ethereal, the real-world ramifications are significant, affecting the creation of policies and the dispersal of funds. Background
Indigenous data sovereignty (IDS) issues are multifaceted.

GIJN/NAJA Guide for Indigenous Investigative Journalists

This guide is created to encourage Indigenous investigative journalists and to provide empowering tips and tools. Developed collaboratively by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), the guide explores eight key topics. The entries include background information, examples of investigative work, suggestions for stories, and resources for information. The chapters include:

Data Journalism on Indigenous Communities
Land Ownership: Community Rights Under Threat
Investigating Criminal Justice
Exposing Exploitation and Corruption
Covering the Climate Crisis
Investigating Murdered or Missing Persons
Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Getting Documents, Dealing with Whistleblowers, and Staying Safe

In conjunction with the introduction of this guide, a training/networking program is being held for Indigenous journalists from eight countries at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany, September 26-29, 2019. This guide was written by GIJN Resource Center Director Toby McIntosh.