Australian Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives

· Assessment Description/Focus: Community Case Study Report

· Value: 50 %

· Length: 1,500 words (the word limit does not include the report’s Contents Page)

· Reference Style: CDU Harvard Reference Style. Provide at least 12-13 references in the reference list. For detailed information please visit

· Task: Community case study Report

You may choose one of the networks/institutions/organisations that you identified as sites for information in relation to Indigenous know ledges /perspectives provided below and explore its activities in relation to the protection, maintenance and promotion of Indigenous know ledges and perspectives.


Local – Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC); Northern Land Council (NLC); Central Land

Council (CLC); Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures; Kimberley Land Council (KLC); Torres Strait

Regional Authority (TSRA)

National – National Congress of Australia’s First Nations Peoples; Lowitja Institute; National

Indigenous Research and Knowledges Networks (NIRAKN); Assembly of First Nations; Australian

Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS); Poche Indigenous Health Network

International – Indigenous Peoples’ Council on Biocolonialism (IPCB); Indigenous Work Group for

Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA); International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropic

Forests; Centre for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS); World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

This assessment will include:

1. an explanation of what the study is about.

2. a brief background of the network/institution/organisation in relation to the nature of how its active social engagement in policy and advocacy reflects broader Indigenous contemporary perspectives.

3. a highlight of ethics and protocols in accessing and utilising Indigenous knowledges – For example researching and working in Indigenous contexts.

4. how issues of Indigenous human, cultural and intellectual property rights are addressed – refer to and outline relevant guidelines, protocols and laws that protect human, cultural, and intellectual property and copyrights when working in Indigenous contexts.

· Preparation:

For ideas to assist with this assessment, you may read a case study on an Indigenous organisation, Kimberley Land Council’s intellectual property and traditional policy by Forster & Janke (2015). Refer to the link below


1. Foster, P and Janke, T 2015, “Keeping cultural knowledge with Indigenous research protocols: A case study on the Kimberley land council’s intellectual property and traditional knowledge policy”, Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, no. 18, pp. 17-20.

In addition to this reading, you Must look at the following references in relation to ‘Practising ethical and cultural protocols in Indigenous contexts’ for your case study report:

2. Aguirre, BV & Tualima, H 2017, Protect and promote your culture; A practical guide to intellectual property for Indigenous people and local community,World Intellectual Property Organisation,

3. Janke, T 2010, Who owns story,Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies,

4. Janke, T 2009, Writing up indigenous research,

5. Janke, T 1998, Our culture: our future report on Australian Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights,

6. World Intellectual Property Organisation n.d., What is intellectual property?,


· Presentation:Give your study a title, and you must present it in a Formal Report format. Please read the file attached to it for detailed Requirement about this report.

· Assessment Criteria

1. Correct presentation format – Report (5%)

2. Clearly and concisely construct an argument (15%)

3. Demonstrate critical engagement with the topic (15%)

4. Use of correct sentence structure, spelling, and grammar (10%)

5. Correct use of CDU Harvard Referencing Style – in-text and reference list (5%)

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