Terri Janke: the Australian lawyer trying to stop Indigenous cultural theft

20 July, 2021

Terri Janke, a Wuthathi/Meriam woman and a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, has spent 20 years finessing protocols that could empower Indigenous people to protect their arts and intellectual property rights, and protect against cultural theft.

All this experience is now available in the recently published book “True Tracks”, an important resource for respecting Indigenous knowledge and culture.

Terri’s advice on protocols is not only sought in Australia but also overseas. They cover respect, self-determination, consent and consultation, interpretation, integrity, secrecy and privacy, attribution, benefit sharing, maintaining Indigenous cultures, recognition and protection – which, she emphasises, should be written into legal contracts. Terri also built a case to establish a national Indigenous cultural authority, that would help protect culture and knowledge.

The Guardian, July 20, 2021. Read the full article here.

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