First Steps: Engaging with First Peoples Cultural Expression and Knowledge

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This is Terri Janke's talk at Blurring Lines - Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) Copyright Forum 2020 on 6 March at the National Library of Australia.

Managing Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge across the digital platform requires consideration of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights. Indigenous people are, and should continue to be, knowledge holders of their cultural heritage. Indigenous peoples’ have the right to manage and control the use of their images, cultural expression and heritage information.


To address this, institutions should adopt cultural protocols, consultation and consent processes. In this presentation, Dr Janke outlines the True Tracks protocols and provides a summary of the AMaGA, First Peoples: a roadmap for enhancing Indigenous engagement in museums and galleries, which her team worked on in 2017–2019.

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The painting 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' by Bibi Barba has been used under license in the firm photographs, including for staff profiles.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in some firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles, careers and services pages. Visit Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. Visit Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit Bibi's website.

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