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Indigenous peoples’ experience working with scientific researchers

Online meeting
Working groups

This webinar is supported by Royal Holloway, University of London, PAGES, and the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society. It is part of the PAGES DiverseK working group initiatives which aim to integrate diverse knowledge systems into environmental policy.


16 September 14:00-15:30 UTC


Participating in the webinar are Indigenous persons who have varying backgrounds and experiences in working with foreign and locally led research.

Two participants are monitors for the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC), an Indigenous representative organisation for the South Rupununi made up of the leaders of mainly Wapichan, and secondarily Macushi communities. All the participants have had experience working with foreign and locally led research ranging from social to ecological.

While scientists are increasingly aware of data ownership and sharing issues arising from data collection and publication, Indigenous communities are also responding by creating guidelines on how scientists should collaborate with Indigenous peoples, and in the case of the SRDC, developing data ownership and data sharing protocols.

The webinar thus aims to provide a mutually beneficial discussion that can inform both the best practice guidelines aiming to be developed by DiverseK and the SRDC.

DiverseK Online workshop poster September 2021

Aims of the webinar:

  • Generate a dialogue between Indigenous researchers and activists and academic scientists;
  • Gain insight into best practices for approaching research with Indigenous communities to inform the creation of a best practices guidelines for scientists working at the interface between paleoecology and local knowledge; and 
  • Support local and Indigenous efforts in developing their own guidelines for collaborating with researchers and data sharing protocol.



For more information

Please email Kayla de Freitas:

Post meeting material

The recording has been disseminated to DiverseK members and is available here: