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In partnership with Island Marine Aquatic Working Group (IMAWG), Q’ul-lhanumutsun Aquatic Resources Society (QARS) held our inaugural Regional Indigenous Knowledge and Marine Data Governance Workshop on June 29, 2023. The session was facilitated by Trailmark Systems and ‘wi’la’mola Consulting and conducted in a hybrid format with attendees from IMAWG, QARS, and QARS member communities participating in-person in Parksville, BC and remotely over videoconference. The objectives for the session were to:

  1. Share information - Data governance & management, insights, technology, and understanding the principle & implementation of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP)

  2. Build Awareness - existing data sharing agreements, technologies, projects, and data available for use by members and terms of use and access of data.

  3. Share and Learn together - Discuss data sharing and access concerns, data needs, and ideas for regional data sharing that fulfills the principles of OCAP.

Some of the primary goals that came out of the session are to:

  • Develop protocols and create a resource library that individuals working for nations can access to search for relevant information (IMAWG)

  • Continue to decolonize the research process and maintaining focus on training (QARS)

  • Extend the discussion of data sharing agreements to include marine data, not just Indigenous Knowledge

  • Improve the usability of and accessibility to currently available data and resources

  • Increase dialogue and data sharing among guardian groups that are collecting environmental data to support on-the-fly management decisions

Following the success of the Indigenous Knowledge and Marine Data Governance Workshop, IMAWG and QARS will be hosting a series of remote training sessions on Indigenous research methodologies and protocols, knowledge sharing, inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in science, and other topics in Fall 2023 (Date TBD).


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