Pursuing Data Sovereignty in Lutruwita
How much does non-Indigenous Tasmania know about the Palawa population in lutruwita? The answer is — even when being generous — not much. And what is known, as elsewhere, is a function of how the State ‘sees’ its Indigenous population. The results are data that resolutely focus on measures of social inequality such as health, employment and education. This statistical narrative of deficit produces two pejorative outcomes. As the evidence base for Indigenous-related policy, such data are directly implicated in the long record of Indigenous policy failure. The deficit focus also excludes the production of data needed by Palawa for nation rebuilding. Globally, the Indigenous response to this data issue is the pursuit of Indigenous data sovereignty; the right of Indigenous Peoples to govern the collection, management access, interpretation, dissemination and reuse of data related to them. This presentation by Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter unpacks the need for Indigenous Data Sovereignty in lutruwita.
Ice and Climate – Using the past to understand our future
Ice cores from Antarctica are like a time machine for the Earth. They reveal the detailed history of the atmosphere trapped among snowflakes and buried in the polar ice sheets: powerful tools for understanding climate, from seasons to the ice ages. Ice cores show in stark relief that humans have become a planetary force and illustrate powerfully the connection between carbon dioxide and climate. They also point the way to understanding connections and improving our capacity to know our climate future. In this presentation Dr Tas van Ommen will show what it is like drilling ice cores in remote Antarctica, revealing some of the major findings in this field and outlining a large new project underway to drill the oldest ice core from Antarctica, extending more a million years into the past.
includes use of ice cores to identify links between Antarctic snowfall and Australian drought, and extensive mapping of the topography of East Antarctica. He oversees Australia’s new project to drill the oldest ice core from Antarctica, well beyond a million years. His six field expeditions to Antarctica, include deep ice coring camps, over snow traverse and airborne campaigns.