Sixth International Indigenous Librarians' Forum
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Sixth International Indigenous Librarians' Forum

Sixth International Indigenous Librarians' Forum 2009

Māku Anō e Hanga Tōku Nei Whare: Determining our Future


The organising committee has taken into consideration feedback from previous Forums and the request by delegates to retain the uniqueness of a 'forum' rather than a 'conference'. To ensure that this is achieved, we will not be calling for papers/abstracts.
The programme is purposefully structured to allow active discussion, debate and participation through Open Forum and Workshop sessions. Keynote speakers will introduce the topic that will set the theme for focused discussion. All Open Forums and Workshops will be diligently facilitated and/or chaired.

The programme is still under construction. Speakers, sessions and times may vary to those noted below. The Organising Committee reserves the right to amend the programme as required.

Please note our statement on Attendance Eligibility.

Sunday, 1st February 2009
9:30am Pōwhiri - a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony
11:00am Morning Tea
11:30am Welcome Mereana Selby - Tumuaki, Te Wānanga o Raukawa
Haki Tahana - Tumuaki, Te Rōpū Whakahau
Hinureina Mangan - Convenor, IILF2009
12:30pm Registration & Accommodation
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Opening Address Professor Emeritus Whatarangi Winiata
Our Knowledge, Our Future
How do indigenous knowledge systems contribute to a rapidly changing Information Age? Awareness of indigenous knowledge paradigms is a core competency under the recently-introduced registration scheme for librarians in New Zealand. What is an indigenous knowledge paradigm, and how can this enhance professional practice?
Professor Winiata speaks from the perspective of the Māori and Information Management programmes taught at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa.
3:00pm Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa Campus
3:30pm Afternoon Tea
4:00pm History - our people, our place
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Mihimihi - making connections
9:00pm End
Monday, 2nd February 2009
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Welcome to 'Day 2'
9:30am Keynote Speaker Karaitiana Taiuru
InstincTive, InnovaTive, InteracTive: IT Innovations
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am Keynote Speaker Ruakere Hond
InstincTive, InnovaTive, InteracTive: IT Applications
12:00pm Open Forum 1 IT Innovations & Applications: opportunities, challenges, issues and implications for indigenous librarians, our clients, our collections
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Panel Discussion IILF Founders
Standing in the Present - Looking to the Past - Determining Our Future
3:30pm Afternoon Tea
4:00pm Workshop 1 IILF - Standing in the Present - Looking to the Past - Determining Our Future
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Our Cultures An evening of sharing cultures through stories, song, dance, film, and artworks.
9:00pm End
Tuesday, 3rd February 2009
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Welcome to 'Day 3'
9:30am Keynote Speaker Professor Mason Durie
Professional and Indigenous - the Cultural Interface
As indigenous library and information professionals we are required to proactively participate in two or more conflicting worlds placing us firmly in the space known as the 'cultural interface'.
Professor Durie discusses how we can retain our sense of professionalism without compromising the integrity of our indigeneity.
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am Keynote Speaker Dr Loriene Roy
Knowledge Transmission: Power, Politics and Pow-wow
In 2007 Loriene Roy became the first American Indian elected President of the American Library Association. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her year of service was launched by an Honor Dance at the National Museum of the American Indian and an inaugural banquet/dance.
Professor Roy reflects on her year in office, with insights into the power and politics of the international library and information sector, and the extent to which her cultural identity was a source of professional sustenance.
12:00pm Keynote Speaker to be confirmed
Professional & Indigenous: Moving Forward
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Open Forum 2 IILF - Standing in the Present - Determining Our Future - Setting the Direction
3:30pm Afternoon Tea
4:00pm Our Place Guided tour to sites of local significance
6:00pm Kai Hakari - Forum Dinner
Wednesday, 4th February 2009
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Welcome to 'Day 4'
9:30am Keynote Speaker Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
Knowledge Transmission: Moko
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am Keynote Speaker Maui Solomon
Knowledge Protection: Intellectual & Cultural Property
12:00pm Open Forum 3 Our Past, Our Present, Our Future
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Closing Address to be confirmed
Māku Anō e Hanga Tōku Nei Whare : Determining Our Future
3:30pm Poroporoaki - Farewell
5:00pm End

Attendance Eligibility

Registrations are open to indigenous people. The IILF 2009 Organising Committee defines "Indigenous" as those who have become minority peoples in their place of cultural origin. The theme "Māku Anō e Hanga Tōku Nei Whare - Determining Our Future" is about indigenous determination, strength and growth. The Forum is an opportunity to build initiatives within an environment that respects and values the indigenous voice. To ensure that we achieve the objectives of indigenous discourse within an indigenous collective, the Forum programme caters for indigenous delegate participation only.

To reciprocate the generosity expressed by non-indigenous individuals and groups who are keen supporters or members of our indigenous library associations, papers emanating from the 2009 Forum will be made available online after the Forum.

Keynote Speakers

Whatarangi Winiata (Professor Emeritus, Victoria University of Wellington)
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Marutuahu

Whatarangi Winiata has been a champion of Māori self-determination for most of his life, who even as a young child supposed he could be a doctor or lawyer at a time when Māori were not encouraged to pursue tertiary education.

In 1957 he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University, and followed that with an MBA and PhD completed at the University of Michigan. He married Francie Aratema (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Awa) in 1961, and they had four children who were born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada. By 1975 the family had returned home to New Zealand, and amidst the general climate of Māori political activism, embarked on a project of restoration and revival of their marae - Ngātokowaru in Levin. Themes of self-determination, economic independence and cultural revitalization were formulated by Whatarangi into a 25 year tribal developmental plan known as "Whakatupuranga Rua Mano: Generation 2000." The purpose being to advance iwi and hapū economically, socially and educationally culminating in the establishment of Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa in 1981.

Whatarangi served as Tūmuaki for Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa from 1994-2007. His advocacy for Māori political representation was translated into a bi-cultural model of constitutional reform, adopted by the Anglican Church of New Zealand in its administrative arrangements. Whatarangi has been appointed to many boards and organizations and has been instrumental in progressing a number of key Treaty of Waitangi claims against the New Zealand Government including the Fisheries Claim, Radio Spectrum, Broadcasting and others. Whatarangi continues to progress aspirations of Māori political self-determination as the President of the Māori Party.

Karaitiana Taiuru
Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Toa

Karaitiana Taiuru has been a pioneer and a champion of Māori Software and Internet developments and advancements for the past 14 years.
Karaitiana led the successful creation of the world's first indigenous domain name and is presently leading an international effort to create indigenous representation in international domain names. He also moderates the only tribal domain

He spent several years developing innovative language revitalisation technologies for Ngāi Tahu where the tribe gained international and national recognition for the achievements. Prior to Ngāi Tahu, Karaitiana lobbied for macron standards and was responsible for the some of earliest Māori language keyboards and editing tools many of which are still in use today.
He has represented Māori and New Zealand on many ICT governance boards including Māori Internet Society, The worlds Internet governing body ICANN, and the United Nations.

More complete details and online biography about Mr Karaitiana Taiuru can be accessed from where his blog and full biography can be accessed.

Ruakere Hond
Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Ruanui

Ruakere has taught Māori language within Te Ataarangi-based immersion programmes for more than twenty years and is the National Academic Director for Te Ataarangi.

He is chair of Te Kupenga Mātauranga, the Taranaki Māori Tertiary Education Advocacy Trust, and has been an active member of Te Reo o Taranaki from its early beginnings.

Mason Durie
Rangitane, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa

Mason Durie is a member of the Rangitane, Ngāti Kauwhata, and Ngāti Raukawa tribes. He has a medical background as a specialist psychiatrist.

From 1986-1988 he was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on Social Policy and was appointed to the chair in Māori Studies at Massey University in 1988. He is currently Professor of Māori Research and Development and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at Massey University. He chairs Te Kahui Amokura, the Māori Standing Committee of NZVCC and leads the Guardians Group of Secondary Futures. In addition he is on the governing body of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, a tribal tertiary education institution based at Ōtaki.

Loriene Roy

Dr. Loriene Roy is Professor in the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She was elected to serve as the 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association.

You can find Loriene's full bio on her personal website.

Ngahuia Te AweKotuku
Ngāti Whakaue

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku grew up in a family of Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakaue) weavers, carvers and storytellers in Ōhinemutu, Rotorua. She also has links to the iwi of Tūhoe, and Waikato. In 1981, she gained her PhD, investigating The Socio-cultural Impact of Tourism on the Te Arawa People.

A veteran cultural activist, she has published extensively on heritage issues, ta moko, ethics, performance, cultural repatriation, curatorship, gender and indigenous sexualities. Her books include He Tikanga Whakaaro : Research Ethics in the Māori Community (1991), Mana Wahine Māori - selected writings on Māori women's art, culture and politics (1991), and most recently, the Montana Book Award winner, Mau Moko : the World of Māori Tattoo (2007), with Waimarie Nikora. Her creative work includes two collections, Tahuri : Stories (1989),and Ruahine : Mythic Women (2003).

She has worked in the museum and university sectors for over thirty years, as a curator, governor, researcher, critic, and teacher. Te Awe currently professes at the University of Waikato. She also chairs Te Waka Toi, the Māori Arts Board, after completing six years service on the Council of Creative New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa. She has always been on the asking side of the library desk, so this is new!

Maui Solomon
Moriori, Kai Tahu

Maui Solomon is a barrister with 24 years legal experience specialising in commercial law, Māori land law, resource management, intellectual property, indigenous rights and Treaty of Waitangi issues. Maui has been at the forefront of the Moriori claim as a legal representative and negotiator.

He has also been involved in indigenous fisheries issues for more than 15 years and was a board member of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission from 2000 to 2005.

He is counsel for four of the WAI 262's six claimants, a complex claim which deals with the intellectual property rights of iwi Māori. He is also the President of the International Society of Ethnobiologists, a society dedicated to developing constructive working relationships between indigenous peoples, researchers, academics and business interests regarding access and use of traditional knowledge relating to flora and fauna.

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