These principles are intended to guide visitors to the Girringun Aboriginal Community website in the observance of appropriate protocols regarding recognition and respect:
- Recognition and respect for Indigenous cultural items displayed on the Girringun website
- The requirement to comply with the Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property requirements listed below
By entering this Girringun Website you agree to abide by the following rules and guidelines:
Identification as Owners
The Traditional Owners and Indigenous peoples of this region have the right to be recognised as the owners and guardians of their cultural and intellectual property.
Indigenous cultures are an integral part of identity and society “our being, our future, and the continued expression of our cultures through our children”.
Recognition of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights
It is recognised that existing laws for protection and recognition of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property are inadequate to protect the cultural and economic interests of Indigenous peoples.
Girringun supports the campaign by Indigenous peoples to ensure that their rights to transmit and share their Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property must be formalised by the promulgation of a national law.
In recognition and respect for Indigenous peoples’ evolving customs, rules and practices for the transmission of their heritage to future generations for preservation of Indigenous peoples ways of life, we ask that you have respect:
- For the ongoing cultural value of the information being presented on the website.
- By seeking approval from copyright owners, custodians and traditional owners for use or digital reproduction of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.
No Unauthorised Commercial Use of Information
There is to be no unauthorised commercial use of the information contained herein. Information should not be used in cultural heritage site tours, cultural activities, bush tucker, storytelling etc without observing these Protocols.
Representation and Display
We reserve the rights to interpret our Cultures, and to limit information contained on this site and to control access and subsequent use of this material.
Issues of representation and display shall be widely consulted.
Attribution is essential if items are to be used outside of this website
Acknowledgement of source has two principles:
- Acknowledgement to individual creator/artist/author
- acknowledgement to group
Protection of Sensitive Material
The right of Indigenous people to protect sensitive material is to be recognised and there shall be no display of culturally or personally sensitive information without wide consultation with the relevant Indigenous persons and groups.
If such material is used, it shall be treated in a dignified manner.
No reproduction of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property is permitted without the prior negotiation and prior informed consent.
- Use and referral is allowed for the purposes of research or study so long as full and proper attribution is given to the author, artist and group. However, no commercial use by educational institutions is authorized without prior consent and negotiation of rights.
The prior informed consent of the Indigenous persons and groups must be obtained prior to any recording, use or display of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property contained in this website. Consent should be obtained by contacting the CEO of Girringun Aboriginal Corporation (contact details on About Us page). Girringun will consult with:
- Copyright owners
- Groups, e.g. discuss with elders and/or persons in authority.