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International Indigenous Librarians' Forum (IILF) Guide

Toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te whenua

The First International Indigenous Librarians' Forum was held November 1-4,1999 in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand by Te Rōpū Whakahau.


Among the delegates were approximately 105 Māori representatives, 9 members of AILA, and 10 international delegates from locations such as Australia, Canada, and Sweden. This Forum's vision was "affirming the knowledge and values of indigenous peoples in the age of information" (Toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te whenua) and created the Forums founding vision:


"We, as unified Indigenous peoples who work with libraries and information, will ensure the appropriate care, development, and management of the indigenous knowledge of generations, past, present and future"

Post-Conference Materials

Workshop Notes: Outcomes, May 7, 2000

Thank You Card for Delegates

Chris Szekely (Ed.). (1999) Issues and Initiatives in Indigenous Librarianship : Some International Perspectives. Te Rōpū Whakahau

Sullivan, R. (Ed.). (2001). International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum proceedings. Auckland, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Whakahau.
Roy, L. "The International Indigenous Librarians' Forum: A Professional Life-Affirming Event," World Libraries 10 (1/2) (Spring/Fall 2000): 19-30.

1999 Website Archive

A hardcopy of the 1999 Website can be found here.