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International Indigenous Librarians' Forum (IILF) Guide

Māku anō e hanga tōku nei Whare - Determining Our Future



The Sixth International Indigenous Librarians' Forum was held February 1-4, 2009. In honor of the tenth anniversary, the Forum returned to the lands of its origin on the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand and was hosted by Te Rōpū Whakahau and Wānanga o Raukawa. The theme was Māku anō e hanga tōku nei Whare - Determining Our Future. Ninety-five delegates were in attendance.

The anniversary provided an opportunity for delegates to not only share information but also to deliberate on the nature and history of IILF. Among the discussion points regarding IILF were the attendance eligibility policy: according to the planners of the sixth IILF, delegates were required to be members of indigenous communities. Another key point was the structure of the Forum, as the 2009 planners returned to a program of invited keynote presentations and small group and large group discussions, and there was no call for papers.

Each day's program featured one to three keynote presentations along with briefer presentations by delegates who spoke about their local initiatives. Several panel presentations were also organized on specified discussion topics. As with the other forums, the sixth IILF provided space for ceremony and time on the land.

Conference Materials

2009 Website Archive

A hardcopy of the 2009 IILF website can be found here.