AIGI Masterclass

Culture and Governance


Despite the impacts of colonial settlement and diversity of communities across Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to share many common cultural values and traditions to govern themselves.

Having cultural legitimacy in your governance arrangements means having rules, structures, and processes that:

• are informed by an understanding of your own cultural traditions
• embody the values and norms that are important to you
• reflect your contemporary ideas about how power and authority should be shared and put into practice
• are generated through your people’s own efforts, and have the support of the people being governed.

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