REGISTER - IJC FORUM on 'Indigenous Data Sovereignty'

2 November 2022 – 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm

This year we are fortunate to present our Forum topic of ‘Indigenous Data Sovereignty’ at the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Annual Conference to be held on Ngunnawal Country at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on the afternoon of 2 November 2022 from 1:15 to 5:00 pm.

 The Forum is free and you can register here to live stream or attend the event in person.

The following speakers will share information and practices on the principles and implementation of data sovereignty and data governance. This will include how to develop data principles with and within communities and the best practice in adapting these across government and non-government partnerships to deliver community led strategies.

If you are interested in attending the full AIC Conference or part thereof further information is available through the AIC registration page


Maggie Walter Commissioner – Yoorrook Justice Commission (1:25 pm)

Professor Maggie Walter (PhD; FASSA) (palawa) is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania and teaches and publishes in the fields of race relations, inequality and research methods and methodologies. Professor Walter is a founding member of the Miaim nayri Wingara Australian Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. Professor Walter is widely published in her fields of research. She is the editor and co-author of the best-selling Social Research Methods  and co-author of Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Directions and Indigenous Statistics: a quantitative methodology.

Community First Development (2:00pm)

Community First Development undertakes social and economic development, and research projects in partnership with First Nations communities, businesses and people. They ensure Communities have control; they name the priorities and choose the design, assets, capabilities and approaches to achieve their vision, with a standard set of data principles applied and adapted across a broad range of areas. Community First Development then tailors the support through community partners, skilled staff, trained volunteers, key supporters and service providers.

Bobby Maher – Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective (2:30pm)

Bobby Maher is Yamatji woman, her ancestral links are to the Kimberley, Pilbara and Noongar Nations. Bobby is a PhD candidate and Research Associate at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University; her research has a focus on collective capability in Indigenist evaluation practice in Australia.

Bobby has completed a MPhil in Applied Epidemiology and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Australian Research) (Honours), Curtin University. She has experience in quantitative, qualitative and community-based participatory research, including evaluation. Bobby is a member of the Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA).

Alistair Ferguson ED and Founder – Maranguka Community Hub (3:35pm)

Alistair Ferguson is the Executive Director and Founder of Maranguka, the first major Justice Reinvestment initiative in Australia. In 2008, Maranguka – meaning ‘caring for others’, was established with the aim of improving outcomes and creating better coordinated support for vulnerable families and children through the true empowerment of the local Aboriginal community.

Key to Mr Ferguson’s community development is the belief in seeing communities truly empowered and taking responsibility for their own issues and plight. In 2015, in recognition of 20 years of work for his community in Bourke, and in particular for his leadership on the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project, Mr Ferguson received the Aboriginal Justice Award at the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Justice Awards.

Mr Ferguson was recognised as the driving force behind collaborations between government and nongovernment organisations including Father Chris O’Reilly’s Youth off the Streets, Eternity Aid, Bourke Aboriginal Health Service, St Vincent de Paul, Jesuit Social Services, and the National Adult Literacy Campaign ‘Yes I Can’ Bourke.

Mr Ferguson also sits on 20 committees for both Government and non-Government corporations and advisory groups.

Ian Brown and Maelona Stephens – Ngaramanala (Aboriginal Knowledge Program) – FACSIAR – NSW Communities and Justice (4:05pm)

Ngaramanala: Aboriginal Knowledge Program aims to apply the principles of Indigenous Data Sovereignty to how evidence and data is collected, used and governed in areas of focus within the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Ian and Maelona will speak to their experience in delivering community based outcomes, what works and the role of government in the process.