Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representatives have created an enormous amount of research as a result of the native title system.
Native title claim materials include information on genealogies, languages, laws and customs and areas of significance. They are vitally important to current and future members of native title groups and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities because of their historical, cultural, personal and economic value.
These materials are essential for future decision-making and can support, for example, good governance, knowledge transmission to young people and future generations, language programs, cultural heritage protection, environmental conservation and land management.
Many PBCs, on behalf of the native title group, want to have control of research materials which will ideally contribute to their independence and long-term sustainability.
Karajarrii PBC member Jessica Bangu adding metadata to a previously undescribed collection at AIATSIS. Photo: Tran Tran