Journal of Global Indigeneity

Journal of Global Indigeneity

The Journal of Global Indigeneity is a unique and innovative digital journal focused on archiving filmed and/or recorded proceedings from symposia, conferences, and workshops on topics that impact the lives of Indigenous peoples and communities around the world. The journal will also publish critical essays related to the symposia themes and other special themed issues in an effort to engage with academics and Indigenous communities and to encourage the relationship between theory and praxis – especially as it relates to Indigenous Studies. Critical essays are peer reviewed and the journal contents are edited by an international group of scholars from multiple disciplines. While JGI is housed at Macquarie University, Australia, it has a global focus.

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About this journal

The Journal of Global Indigeneity is an international Indigenous focused journal and we are committed to upholding a high standard of cultural and ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process.

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JGI acknowledges the diversity of Indigenous groups globally. To account for this diversity, at least one of the appointed reviewers will have familiarity with the cultural norms in the respective location or community.

Authors and presenters must ensure that they follow responsible and ethical research design and interpretation of results. Authors of essays or articles that have data collected from Indigenous subjects must be able provide proof of ethics approval from their respective institution.

Responsibilities of authors

  • Originality and Plagiarism: All manuscripts must be the original work of authors and not evidence plagiarism.
  • Authorship of the Paper: Authorship of a manuscript should be limited to authors who have made significant contributions.
  • Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication: Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Authors must properly and accurately acknowledge the work of others.
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest and Financial Support: Authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organisations that have provided financial support for research.
  • Data Access and Retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with manuscripts for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data if possible.

Responsibilities of editors

Editors are responsible for deciding which of the items submitted to the journal should be reviewed or published.

Editors should ensure the integrity of the publication review process. As such, editors and any editorial staff must disclose any conflict of interest regarding items reviewed or published.

Editors are expected to follow the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Responsibilities of reviewers

Peer reviewers should:

  • Only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner.
  • Respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal.
  • Not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from JGI if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
  • Not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.
  • Be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libellous or derogatory personal comments.
  • Acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavour and undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner.
  • Provide JGI with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise.
  • Recognise that impersonation of another individual during the review process is considered serious misconduct.

Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Aims and scope


JGI aims to provide an online space where symposia consisting of academics, activists, and artists who focus on issues and topics pertaining to Indigenous people around the globe can be accessed. It is our aim to provide a wider audience for these meetings that often occur in academic settings in the presence of relatively small, invited audiences. Often, symposia are the settings where new research is presented for the first time, and/or where both academic and activists meet to collaborate and share information. Thus, JGI will be a vehicle to more widely disseminate new knowledge to an international community of Indigenous Studies academics and students, Indigenous community members, and those who are interested in issues, accomplishments and concerns of Indigenous peoples around the world.

This journal is the outgrowth of two initiatives. Firstly, the Working Group on Emergent Indigenous Identities, which is, made up of an interdisciplinary group of international scholars whose research examines Indigenous identity formation within Indigenous communities around the world. This highly successful group has, among other achievements, published an edited volume, The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity. The second initiative is The Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE). FIRE focuses on facilitating and fostering research with and for Indigenous communities both nationally and internationally.

Our aims are as follows:

  1. Evaluate and showcase symposia and conference proceedings (in whole, or in part) focused on topics related, or of interest, to Indigenous Peoples, including those that shape, constrain, or provide opportunities for transformation.
  2. Privilege Indigeneity as a central perspective rather than a comparative component of a larger argument.
  3. Mindfully disrupt voyeuristic discourses and representations of Indigeneity by providing an interface where these kinds of issues can be exposed and explored in productive ways.
  4. Create an archive of symposia and conference proceedings and analysis that can be used as teaching and research tools.
  5. Serve as a synergy for academics, activists, help givers, and other interested partners who work together to showcase, serve, or represent the accomplishments and needs of Indigenous communities.
  6. Provide links to relevant organizations and initiatives associated with issues that are highlighted in each volume.


JGI is interested in perspectives about Indigenous peoples from around the globe and very much recognises local and regional complexities. JGI encourages a broad range of contributors from across all disciplines. Our focus is on contemporary Indigenous identities, lives, and politics, and the ways that Indigenous knowledge is sustained, transformed, and subverted.

Editorial board

The JGI editing board are scholars based at educational institutions around the world and who are actively involved and/or have interest in research activities in Indigenous contexts.

International Editorial Board

Professor Bronwyn Carlson, Macquarie University (Founding and managing editor)

Dr Tristan Kennedy, Macquarie University (Managing editor)

Andrew Farrell, Macquarie University (Managing editor)

Madi Day, Macquarie University (Managing editor)

Dr Juan Tauri, University of Wollongong (Managing editor)

Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan, University of the Sunshine Coast

Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Alex Wilson, University of Saskatchewan

Dr Ricardo Guthrie, Northern Arizona University

Professor Jeff Berglund, Northern Arizona University

Associate Professor Lani V Jones, University at Albany (State University of New York)

Editorial Note for the Special Edition - Decolonising Criminal Justice: Indigenous Perspectives on Social Harm
Juan M. Tauri


Kia ora, and welcome to the Journal of Global Indigeneity’s special edition on ‘Decolonising Criminal Justice: Indigenous Perspectives on Social Harm’. The six papers included in the special edition are based on presentations and discussions that took place at a Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) symposium of the same name, held at the University of Wollongong, Australia, on the 24-25 November 2016.

Recommended Citation Tauri, Juan M., Editorial Note for the Special Edition - Decolonising Criminal Justice: Indigenous Perspectives on Social Harm, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.
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The Withering Away of the Law: An Indigenous Perspective on the Decolonisation of the Criminal Justice System and Criminology
Biko Agozino


The decolonisation of criminology should not be seen as an event marked by the publication of an eponymous text, rather it should be seen as the scholar-activism that is on-going especially in the face of the reality that postcolonialism appears to be giving way to the project of recolonisation. Moreover, the struggle for decolonisation continues due to the fact that the postcolonial does not capture adequately the ambition of permanence in settler colonialism. Imperialism is stubbornly intolerant of decolonisation especially in an exclusionary scholarly field like criminology that remains under the dominance of patriarchal white supremacist imperialist thought. Like all Eurocentric disciplines, Criminology demands the ‘submission’ of critical Indigenous scholars as a condition for toleration and tokenistic rewards by the ‘guild masters’ in the discipline with the institutionalised racist-sexist-imperialist power to pass or fail, award or deny grants, publish or perish, approve policies or criminalise Others. As a consequence, most of the former colonised locations have failed to develop teaching in criminology with the exception of settler colonial locations where the discipline is booming even while Indigenous scholars continue to be marginalised everywhere (Agozino 2003, Deckert 2014, Feagin, et al 2014, Cunneen & Tauri 2016).

Recommended Citation Agozino, Biko, The Withering Away of the Law: An Indigenous Perspective on the Decolonisation of the Criminal Justice System and Criminology, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.
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Post-disciplinary Responses to Positivism’s Punitiveness
Thalia Anthony and Juanita Sherwood


Abstract - paper forthcoming.

Recommended Citation Anthony, Thalia and Sherwood, Juanita, Post-disciplinary Responses to Positivism’s Punitiveness, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.
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Sentencing, Punishment and Indigenous People in Australia
Chris Cunneen


This paper discusses the sentencing and punishment of Indigenous peoples in settler colonial states, most notably Australia. The paper begins by critically analysing the way non-Indigenous courts have narrated the sentencing of Indigenous people, particularly through what on the surface would appear to be relatively beneficial considerations of disadvantage and the impact of colonialism. It then discusses what are generally referred to as Indigenous sentencing courts. Finally, it reflects on healing as an Indigenous response to social harm. Essentially existing outside of the formal court and correctional systems, healing approaches have grown over recent decades as both an alternative to the philosophical underpinnings of Western punishment, as well as providing practical alternatives to mainstream non-Indigenous correctional policies and practices.

Recommended Citation Cunneen, Chris, Sentencing, Punishment and Indigenous People in Australia, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.
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Rethinking the Utility of the Risk Factors and Criminogenic Needs Approaches in Aotearoa New Zealand
Robert Webb


This article explores the development and utilisation of the risk factors and criminogenic needs frameworks in criminal justice responses aimed at the Indigenous Māori population in Aotearoa-New Zealand. These approaches present an individualistic focus on offender deficits, underpinned by a simplistic model of crime as a self-evident social phenomenon arising from faulty psychology or dysfunction in the communities in which offenders reside. It is argued that this limited conceptualisation of crime deliberately ignores the historical processes and neo-colonial policies that continue to maintain the wider economic and social inequalities that impact disproportionately on the Indigenous population. Further, under the guise of culturally responsive programming, the criminogenic needs based interventions incorporate only selective and decontextualised elements of Māori culture, to outwardly Indigenise and legitimise state social control, with a focus on containment rather than the possibilities of furthering Indigenous self-determination over justice.

Recommended Citation Webb, Robert, Rethinking the Utility of the Risk Factors and Criminogenic Needs Approaches in Aotearoa New Zealand, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.
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The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House: An Indigenous Critique of Criminology
Juan M. Tauri


In 2010, Nigerian criminologist, Biko Agozino, argued that the discipline of criminology is a “control freak” that’s epistemological and theoretical foundations were established in the colonial context. It should be no surprise then, that the discipline has long approached Indigenous peoples as a problem populations in need of significant levels of social management, preferably through targeted, well-resourced surveillance, geographical containment and isolation, in reservations and boarding schools to begin with, and contemporarily through the prison industrial complex of late modernity. We are also targeted for ‘correction’ and adjustment through psycho-therapeutic programmes and other similar interventions through which the discipline of criminology, as a contributor to colonial projects of the settler colonial state, continues to impact the lives of Indigenous peoples. This paper is offered as a contribution to the growing Indigenous challenge to mainstream, Eurocentric criminology, most especially to the position many of its adherents have given to themselves, as the experts on the Indigenous experience of criminal justice. We further argue that in order for this challenge to bring meaningful change for Indigenous peoples, we need to develop an Indigenous criminology. Regardless of whether we choose to become part of the mainstream discipline, or stand apart from it, either way it is necessary to ensure that the control freaks of mainstream criminology can longer claim to be the authoritative voices on Indigenous experiences of crime control and social harm in the settler colonial context.

Recommended Citation Tauri, Juan M., The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House: An Indigenous Critique of Criminology, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.
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Special Edition: Interrogating Methodologies
Amanda Porter


It is with great excitement and anticipation that I present this special edition of Aussie Criminology, ‘interrogating methodologies’. In this edition we invite scholars to reflect and critically appraise the methodologies, theories, concepts and assumptions implicit in their research design and approach. The purpose of this special edition is to generate candid discussion and debate on some of the methodological approaches commonly adopted within criminological inquiry. In the interests of deeper understanding, we invited scholars to reflect critically, candidly and honestly—without fear of judgement or ridicule—on some of the underlying assumptions implicit in their approaches to studies of crime, criminalisation and criminal justice, most especially in relation to Aboriginal peoples. It is in this spirit of mutual learning and freedom from judgement, that we ask you too, dear reader, to approach the articles of this satirical (and entirely fictitious) special edition.

Recommended Citation Porter, Amanda, Special Edition: Interrogating Methodologies, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 3(1), 2018.
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Volume 2, Issue 2 (2016) Global Solidarity symposium

Global Solidarity: Harnessing the Strength of Indigenous Communities Around the World symposium, State University of New York, 7 November 2016. This symposium will highlight the successes that Indigenous communities, organizations, and peoples are achieving through the lens of Indigenous scholarship and pedagogy. It will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of Indigenous scholars and scholars of Indigenous issues as well as students and other interested parties to share knowledge, learn from one another and grow and strengthen research alliances. The presentations focused on the strength and resilience of Aboriginal Australian, First Nations, Sami, Maasai and Native American communities.

'Indigenous response to global predicaments: do we have a right?
Martin Nakata

Coming in to Indigenous Sovereignty: Relationality and Resurgence
Alex Wilson

From political reforms to legal challenges: the changing strategies of the Sami movement in Sweden
Patrik Lantto

'Narratives from Taiwan: harnessing the strength and solidarity of indigenous communities
Tricia Lin and Fenmei Niahosa

Finding hope amidst persecution: coalition-building by Massai in Tanzania
Kelly Askew

Remarks from IGI Resident Fellow
Bronwyn Carlson

Wopanaak language reclamation program: bringing the language home
Jessie Little Doe Baird

Volume 1, Issue 2 (2015) Reterritorialising Social Media: Indigenous People Rise Up

Reterritorialising Social Media - Indigenous People Rise Up conference, University of Wollongong, 26-27 November 2015. Hosted by FIRE. The conference focused on Indigenous social media spaces and social and cultural connectedness, and Indigenous social movements and global solidarity. It featured presentations from a wide range of people active in Indigenous activism, both online and offline, including: Luke Pearson, founder of IndigenousX; Leesa Watego, from Deadly Bloggers; and Alex Wilson, from Idle no More in Canada. It also included workshops of online racism, online activism and offline ‘slacktivism’.

Welcome to Country ceremony

Jodi Edwards

IndigenousX - A Perpetual Work In Progress
Luke Pearson

Indigenous Activism: The Paradox of Colonial Mass Media’s Propaganda and Censorship
Shannon Rivers

Navigation and Negotiation of FamBamz on Facebook
Tuiloma Lina Samu

The Protect Mauna Kea Movement: Since Before the Overthrow in 1893
Katie Kamelamela

Social media and the opportunities for expression and action of tino rangatiratanga (self-determination)
Acushla Sciascia

Even the Activist’s Gotta Eat: Taking Ownership, Building Platforms
Leesa Watego

Creating Online Chaos: A Short Guide
Celeste Liddle

Social Media Exploration 1.1
Te Kahu Rolleston

Volume 1, Issue 1 (2015) Cultured Queer / Queering Culture symposium

Cultured Queer / Queering Culture: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness sysmposium, University of Wollongong, 19 February 2015. Comprising indigenous presenters from Australia, Aotearoa, United States and Canada. Video production and editing by Richie Lewis. See also Symposium website

Introducing the Cultured Queer/Queering Culture: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness’ Symposium
Bronwyn Carlson

Insurrections: Indigenous Sexualities, Genders and Decolonial Resistance
Qwo-Li Driskill

Can You See Me? Queer Margins in Aboriginal Communities
Andrew Farrell

Our Coming In Stories: Cree Identity, Body Sovereignty and Gender Self- Determination
Alex Wilson

Queering Ideas of Indigeneity: Response in Repose: Challenging, Engaging and Ignoring Centralising Ontologies, Responsibilities, Deflections and Erasures
Sandy O'Sullivan

Tranny Tricks: The Blending and Contouring of Raranga Research
Tawhanga Nopera

Indigenous Subjectivity in Australia: Are we Queer?
Madeleine Clark

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