Planning research and educational partnerships with Indigenous communities : practice, realities and lessons
Low Choy, Darryl and Jones, David 2012, Planning research and educational partnerships with Indigenous communities : practice, realities and lessons, in ANZAPS 2012 : Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, ANZAPS, Bendigo, Vic., pp. 93-106.
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Increasingly planning practice and research are having to engage with Indigenous communities in Australia to empower and position their knowledge in planning strategies and arguments. But also to act as articulators of their cultural knowledge, landscape aspirations and responsibilities and the need to ensure that they are directly consulted in projects that impact upon their ‘country’ generally and specifically. This need has changed rapidly over the last 25 years because of land title claim legal precedents, state and Commonwealth legislative changes, and policy shifts to address reconciliation and the consequences of the fore-going precedents and enactments. While planning instruments and their policies have shifted, as well as research grant expectations and obligations, many of these Western protocols do not recognise and sympathetically deal with the cultural and practical realities of Indigenous community management dynamics, consultation practices and procedures, and cultural events much of which are placing considerable strain upon communities who do not have the human and financial resources to manage, respond, co-operate and inform in the same manner expected of non-Indigenous communities in Australia. This paper reviews several planning formal research, contract research and educational engagements and case studies between the authors and various Indigenous communities, and highlights key issues, myths and flaws in the way Western planning and research expectations are imposed upon Indigenous communities that often thwart the quality and uncertainty of planning outcomes for which the clients, research agencies, and government entities were seeking to create.
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Field of Research
120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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