Protocols for Research
These protocols will ensure cultural approval for any research regarding Mithaka Traditional Knowledge, develop trust between research parties, and ensure effective partnerships as they are manifested through research accountable processes, clearly communicated actions, and active relationships. Any research that formally recognises these protocols and principles through a Research Agreement with Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation will have the endorsed support of Mithaka Traditional Owners.
As part of Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation’s research process, a Research Agreement and supporting work plans will accompany all research work between Mithaka Traditional Owners and their research partners. This will provide a formal agreement and shared understanding of proposed research, and act as the ‘action plan’ that demonstrates free, prior and informed consent for research processes with Mithaka. It will also provide an opportunity for non-Mithaka researchers to understand Mithaka rights, interests and knowledge systems relating to the research area.
For any research proposal to be validated and endorsed by MAC, it must also address the following key criteria: