Common Roots, Common Futures: Indigenous Pathways to Self-Determination
Preliminary Report into Indigenous Governance Education and Training in Australia
Common Roots, Common Futures: International Network
Common Roots, Common Futures (CRCF) is an international Indigenous governance network with a practice and applied research agenda which was established in 2012 by leading practitioners and stakeholders from the CANZUS countries (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America). Common Roots International Indigenous Governance Workshops take place periodically to bring together Indigenous governance leaders, researchers and practitioners for an international conversation about what is happening that is innovative and productive in Indigenous-led self-governance and development. The international CRCF network and workshops are collaboratively hosted by the:
- Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; and
- Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
We work collaboratively and in partnership with colleagues from across the CANZUS network, including:
- Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre, at the University of Waikato, New Zealand; and
- Canadian Gitxsan leaders.
We would also like to acknowledge the Australian Aurora Project (auroraproject.com.au) for its ongoing support of valuable internships and critical applied research which supported this audit initiative.
Some caveats to keep in mind
The research on which this report and audit rests was conducted over a very short period of four weeks at the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI), located within the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) at the Australian National University as part of an Aurora Internship Program. The simple goal was to see what is available in the field of Indigenous governance training and education needs. Accordingly, a number of limitations and caveats apply.
Firstly, the findings are preliminary, and the audit has been conducted with an assumption that, as with all such audits and surveys, it can be expanded in scope and will need to be periodically updated. All information is current as of August 2017.
Second, training initiatives are constantly being adapted to suit the needs of both the training provider and target audience; and come and go as a result of changing funding.
Third, the templates designed to collate data are working documents subject to ongoing refinement. They are not intended to provide an exhaustive overview of current Indigenous governance training initiatives in Australia. Neither are the template findings to be interpreted as recommendations; AIGI has not conducted any assessment of the delivery standards or content quality of the training programs.
Fourth, this report provides an overview of the research and outcomes. To view the data, please visit http://www.aigi.com.au/.
If you know of training and education initiatives that are not covered in this report please contact AIGI with updates, or suggested directions for further research.