Principles for the development of the Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework

This information was provided by the Indigenous Advisory Sub-Committee on Indigenous Knowledge to inform the development of the Interdepartmental Indigenous Knowledge Policy Framework.

1. Defining Indigenous Knowledge

Defining Indigenous Knowledge both in general terms, and in the context of project reviews and regulatory decisions.

2. Respect and Partnership

Respect for Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous communities’ process and protocols, and the need for more collaboration and partnership between Indigenous groups, governments and proponents.

3. Inclusion of Indigenous knowledge

Key elements of effective inclusion of Indigenous knowledge.

4. Protection and confidentiality

The importance of consent-based processes and of preventing unauthorized disclosure of Indigenous knowledge.

5. Capacity building

Supporting Indigenous peoples for the collection, management and storage of Indigenous knowledge and ensuring that the Government has the capacity to engage with Indigenous peoples regarding Indigenous knowledge.

6. Practical Considerations

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