The Miiyupimatisiiun Research Data Archives Project

Co-developing an Indigenous Data Repository




Indigenous archives, Indigenous data sovereignty, research data management, post-custodialism


The Miiyupimatisiiun Research Data Archives Project (MRDAP) is a digitization and data transfer initiative between medical anthropologist Naomi Adelson and the Whapmagoostui First Nation (FN) in the territory of Eeyou Istchee (in northern Quebec). This report provides an overview of phase one of the MRDAP from three distinct perspectives: the researcher, the archivist, and the community. The authors discuss the history of the relationship between Adelson and the Whapmagoostui FN, the digitization process, and the work that is required to transfer the digitized materials to the community for access and safekeeping. The report also foregrounds how the project team is working to ensure that the community has full control over how the data is managed, stored, accessed, and preserved over the long term. The report provides a case study on how Indigenous data sovereignty is being negotiated in the context of one community.


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How to Cite

Adelson, Naomi, Samuel Mickelson, and Joshua J. Kawapit. 2021. “The Miiyupimatisiiun Research Data Archives Project: Co-Developing an Indigenous Data Repository ”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 5 (1).

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