Statement of Principles

The IKAT Institute subscribes to the following principles:
  1. Indigenous Peoples should be able to provide free and informed prior consent before any development project is initiated.
  2. Indigenous Peoples should be able to choose their own representatives and not have them assigned
  3. Indigenous knowledge is best acquired by engaging indigenous holders or bearers of the knowledge as active participants in the project, using traditional knowledge as part of the team of experts.
  4. Indigenous Peoples’ participation as bearers of traditional knowledge is best achieved by observing trust, respect, equity, and empowerment as the basic principles of interaction.
  5. Traditional rights to resources, self governance, and the integrity and autonomy of Indigenous peoples’ cultural realities should be respected.