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In the face of governmental efforts to dismantle Indigenous agricultural economies, Indigenous communities have made important strides toward food sovereignty. (Shutterstock)

Indigenous food sovereignty requires better and more accurate data collection

A lack of data prevents governments and agri-food organizations from knowing what kinds of supports should be provided to reinvigorate Indigenous agricultural economies.
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Rather than focusing on the negative, we need a strength-based way to approach First Nations childrens’ health

A recent report has found First Nations children in Victoria have better health outcomes, however culturally appropriate research can better highlight what’s going well for First Nations kids’ health.
Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney at a smoking ceremony during the opening of the 47th Federal Parliament at Parliament House. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

Women in the Labor party are leading the way in increasing Indigenous representation

A record 11 Indigenous representatives are now in federal parliament, most of them women. But despite the improvement in representation, research tells us their road ahead won’t be an easy one.
Non-Indigenous researchers need to stop conducting research ‘on’ First Nations communities, and instead work ‘with’ them to gain knowledges. Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Vincent Lambert/AAP

‘You can’t just show up and start asking questions’: why researchers need to understand the importance of yarning for First Nations

First Nations communities have experienced data being collected by researchers unethically. Better practices and relationships with communities can happen through ways of sharing such as yarning.
Donnell Wallam during her time with the Firebirds. Jason O'Brien/AAP

You can’t be what you can’t see: the benefits for and the pressures on First Nations sportswomen

This year’s Commonwealth games boasted a record number of First Nations athletes, a lot of them women. While positive, the history of the Games and potential for burn-out for athletes is very real.
Dancers performing evening ceremonial Bungul at the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land. Aaron Bunch/AAP Image

Establishing a Voice to Parliament could be an opportunity for Indigenous Nation Building. Here’s what that means

Australian Governments must embrace Indigenous Nation Building if the Uluru Statement is to lead to effective structural reform and self-determined government for First Nations peoples.

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