Access the Indigenous Referencing Guidance for Indigenous Knowledges by clicking the image below.
We expect the Indigenous Knowledge Attribution Toolkit (IKAT) to be of particular use to students and library staff. This includes a decision tree to provide guidance for assessing content and attribution, as well as a citation and referencing guide with examples that include Indigenous attribution.
CAVAL and the IAC project team would like to thank those who provided their consideration, input and feedback on the resource, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, the Yoowinna Wurnalung Aboriginal Healing Service, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee at Museums Victoria, and other members of the Indigenous Archives Collective.
When referencing this resource, we suggest using the following citation:
Indigenous Archives Collective; Faulkhead, S; Thorpe, K; Sentance, N; Booker, L; & R Barrowcliffe. (2023) Indigenous Referencing Guidance for Indigenous Knowledges. Indigenous Archives Collective and the UTS Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research.
We are also happy for you to send through questions you may have.
With the intention of the Indigenous Knowledge Attribution Toolkit to be a living guiding principles document regarding citation practices, elements to consider, and issues which may arise when referencing Indigenous Knowledges within Victoria, it will be updated every 3 years based on consultations.
June 2025 – external feedback on the Indigenous Knowledge Attribution Toolkit to be provided by non-CAVAL members
September – November 2025 – Feedback from staff and students from CAVAL member institutions to be sought
December 2025 – April 2026 – Feedback provided to the Indigenous consultation partner for consideration and/or implementation
May 2026 – Next version of the Indigenous Referencing Guidance for Indigenous Knowledges to be published
Do you want to use the Indigenous Referencing Guidance for Indigenous Knowledges?
We strongly encourage you to use the Indigenous Referencing Guidance for Indigenous Knowledges with your student cohorts. As it is licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA licence it allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. If you remix, adapt, or build upon the material, you must license the modified material under identical terms.
As the guidance is specifically created for a Victorian context, with consultation sought from the Indigenous knowledge centres (or equivalent) at CAVAL member institutions, the Museums Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Advisory Group, and the Yoowinna Wurnalung Aboriginal Healing Service, consultation with local Indigenous communities would need to be undertaken prior to implementing these guidelines at a location outside Victoria.
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