November 27, 2014
Tears and laughter at indigenous conference
The director of Maori research centre of excellence Nga Pae o te Maramatanga says this week’s International Indigenous Development Research Conference in Auckland shows the importance of indigenous researchers setting their own priorities.
Dr Tracey McIntosh says a look at the speaking topics shows that everything is important to indigenous peoples, from trade, economics and notions of sovereignty to whanau well being.
She says there are delegates from 100 tribal nations at what is the sixth such biennial gathering.
"We’ve got people from the Cree Nation, the Mi’kmaq, we had Mohawk and Choctaw speakers yesterday, we had Sami there, our cousins from Australia, so there is something wonderful about bringing all those people together and learning from each other, sometimes sharing the pain, very often sharing the laughter," she says.
Tracey McIntosh says Maori pla a significant leadership role in global indigenous engagement.
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