The PSR project aims to develop a suite of initiatives and strategies to protect, strengthen and renew Indigenous knowledge and heritage utilising AIATSIS’ national cross sectoral role, unique collection and collaborative approach to research and engagement. This project will ensure that Indigenous communities are able to access relevant cultural material held in collections and to determine their own processes for knowledge production, documentation, and preservation.
The project involves three case studies and is carried out in collaboration with Indigenous Desert Alliance (Central Desert Native Title Services and the Kimberley Land Council) and Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre. These case studies will involve discussion with community partners to identify community led priorities and processes to record and manage their knowledge. A key element of this project is achieving cultural knowledge security and confidence by facilitating and enabling the creation of culturally informed processes and practices for the return of materials.
The project will include an audit of existing materials help by AIATSIS, on-country recording according to community priorities, and community workshops to develop access conditions for both existing and new materials. In the long term, the processes and protocol developed as part of the case studies will be used to develop practical guides for others to follow.