“Traditional knowledge is a cumulative body of knowledge, know-how, practices and representations maintained and developed by peoples with extend sets of histories of interaction with the natural environment. These sophisticated sets of understandings, interpretations and meanings are part and parcel of a cultural complex that encompasses language, naming and classification systems, resource use practices, ritual, spirituality and worldview”.

The International Council for Science,’ Science and Traditional Knowledge’, paper delivered to 27th General Assembly of ICSU, Rio de Janeiro, September 2002.

How useful is this definition to busy Indigenous professionals engaged with mostly non-Indigenous people in a basically non-Indigenous world?

Scholars and community professionals from a range of disciplines will meet to discuss the following questions:

  • What is Indigenous Knowledge to you in the context of your profession?
  • How does your profession acknowledge Indigenous Knowledge?
  • How should your profession acknowledge Indigenous Knowledge?