The overarching theme of the 9th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference is
“A Gathering of Indigenous Minds”
Over 100 pre-recorded video presentations are being made available prior to coming together online during the 3-days of conference and over 50 additional Live facilitated discussion sessions are also being scheduled throughout the programme to enable and capture lively discussant opportunities with the researchers themselves.
All video presentations and live sessions will explore different ideas of the conference theme “A Gathering of Indigenous Minds” anchored within the conference sub-themes from an Indigenous perspective. IIRC20 will feature and introduce a new theme dedicated to discussing Covid-19.
- Covid-19 – Indigenous-led solutions during a global pandemic Indigenous researchers are invited to consider implications and solutions arising from navigating through the Covid-19 global pandemic.
- Mahi Auaha – Creative Indigenous Innovation, Arts & Performance Celebration and development of further Indigenous arts, performance, literature and technology to support Indigenous aspirations for positive engagement in our communities and enhanced excellence in Indigenous scholarship. Novel approaches, narratives, tools and methods for transforming outcomes for Indigenous peoples and celebrating Indigenous innovation.
- Mauri Ora – Indigenous Human Flourishing Strengthened social, health and community knowledges and practices that mitigate harm, nourish health and wellbeing and enhance flourishing Indigenous families and communities. Further development of Indigenous ethical foundations and strategies for positive, interconnected and enduring relationships.
- Whai Rawa – Prosperous Indigenous Economies Development of theories, models and tools that add value and enhance positive economic and development outcomes for diverse Indigenous businesses, enterprises and communities. Creation of new understandings and approaches for effective governance of resources that grow the economies of Indigenous communities while celebrating Indigenous cultural knowledges, practices and values.
- Te Reo Tāketake me Ngā Tikanga Tāketake – Thriving Indigenous languages and cultures Increased revitalisation and normalisation of Indigenous languages, customs and values within research settings, communities and society. Further development of research-based revival and recovery tools and solutions for engagement, use and transmission of Indigenous languages and cultures.
- Te Tai Ao – Healthy Natural Environments Increased evidence to ensure coasts, waters, atmospheric environments, forests and lands are healthy and thriving ecosystems providing a sustainable basis for Indigenous aspirations. Greater solutions for Indigenous peoples to respond to environmental challenges at local, regional, national and global levels.