Brain powerCultural awareness in KM

Meaningful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge

This article is part of an ongoing series of articles on cultural awareness in KM.

The importance of indigenous knowledge has been explored in depth in the RealKM Magazine article series “The case for indigenous knowledge systems and knowledge sovereignty”. I’ve also written about how the National Museum of Brazil fire highlights a priority need for the digital preservation of indigenous knowledge.

Indigenous knowledge was also the focus of a recent forum hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in partnership with Information Innovation @ UTS. The forum was one of a series of special events intended to connect ALIA members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR (gallery, library, museum, archive and records) sector.

The video from the forum can be viewed above, or at the direct link. Information Innovation @ UTS apologises that the audio may be hard to hear in parts of the video, but asks that you persevere.


The forum panelists are:

  • Kirsten Thorpe: Professional archivist who has led the development of protocols, policies, and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in libraries and archives in Australia.
  • Shannon Foster: Sydney-based D’harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper and artist who has been teaching her family’s stories for over twenty years to a range of audiences in learning institutions.

Further information

The following additional resource links have been provided by Information Innovation @ UTS:

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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