‘Indigenous Recordkeeping and Archives’ course goes live

The Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub, part of the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is proud to have launched the Indigenous Recordkeeping and Archives course for the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA). The course is part of a wider agenda of the Indigenous Archives Hub to advocate for Indigenous rights and sovereignty in archives through a range of projects and initiatives in partnership with Aboriginal peoples and communities.

The Indigenous Recordkeeping and Archives course course is intended as a toolkit for archivists and archival institutions to support further understanding of the distinct requirements of Indigenous recordkeeping and archiving. The content is aimed at an introductory level, to be inclusive of people across different stages of archival learning in theory and practice.

The course is now live and can be accessed by both members and non-members.

The course covers:

  • an introduction to social and historical matters relating to Indigenous archives;
  • the background on collections held in archival and collecting institutions relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
  • the relevance of protocols and community consultation for Indigenous Recordkeeping.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • describe some of the distinct requirements of Indigenous Recordkeeping and Archiving;
  • explain the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network (ATSILIRN) Protocols for Libraries and Archives and how they relate to practice;
  • list some of the key reports and recommendations that relate to Indigenous Recordkeeping in Australia;
  • explain the role of cultural competency and community consultation in relation to building engagement and advocacy for Indigenous Recordkeeping programs.

The course also includes voices and experiences from leading experts:

  • Associate Professor Jason De Santolo (Garrwa & Barunggam), School of Design, UTS
  • Ian Hamm (Yorta Yorta) Healing Foundation, Stolen Generations Reference Group  
  • Dr Amanda Harris, PARADISEC, USYD
  • Tasha James (Wiradjuri) National Film and Sound Archives Australia 
  • Craig Longman, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research, UTS  
  • Nathan Sentance (Wiradjuri) Australian Museum 
  • Narissa Timbery (Yuin) National Archives of Australia  
  • Damien Webb (Palawa) State Library of New South Wales

The Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub aimed to produce an accessible, practical and informative course, from which participants can engage with current and pertinent knowledge from leading experts in the archive and research sectors. The course includes video interview content, quizzes and additional resources to enable participants to interact with the online learning environment. Above all, the course is a way for archivists and others engaged in the archive sector to be supported in their independent learning and in doing so facilitate goals of national truth-telling and Indigenous self-determination in archives and recordkeeping practice.

More information about the course is available in the ASA website.