April 07, 2015
Shared knowledge suports indigenous development
Indigenous researchers around the world are lining up for the second He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference at the end of June.
Leonie Pihama, the director of Waikato University’s Te Kotahi Research Institute, says the conference at the Claudelands Event Centre will be preceded by community workshops so the information gathered can be more widely shared.
She says the term He Manawa Whenua refers to underground aquifers that well up providing sustenance to the land.
That’s similar to the way shared knowledge can support indigenous development.
" A lot of our work we do is about supporting Maori providers working in health working in education providing them with the research information that they want to know, in order to help develop their interventions that they're doing within the community " she says.
Associate Professor Leonie Pihama says international speakers include Aboriginal educator Bob Miller, and Karina Walters and Bonnie Duran from the University of Washington’s Indigenous Wellness Institute.
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