About the Indigenous Matters Section


The Section's main purpose is to support the provision of culturally responsive and effective services to indigenous communities throughout the world. Its main objectives are to promote international cooperation in the fields of library, culture, knowledge and information services to indigenous communities that meet their intergenerational, community, cultural and language needs, and to encourage indigenous leadership within the sector, exchange of experience, education and training, and research in all aspects of this subject.  The Section seeks to connect, collaborate and work in cooperation with other IFLA Sections; national indigenous library, culture, knowledge and information associations/groups; and the International Indigenous Librarians’Forum (IILF).

Facebook group

The Facebook group has been created for those interested in library services for and with indigenous peoples. All are invited to join; you need not to be an institutional or personal member of IFLA. The group includes indigenous members as well as those interested in this topic and supporting indigenous issues.

The group is one vehicle for discussion for members of the IFLA Indigenous Matters Section, formally a SIG (Special Interest Group), established in December 2008. The SIG evolved out of IFLA Past President Alex Bryne's Presidential Task Force on Indigenous Matters.

Discussion threads may cover a variety of topics, from news alerts to calls for papers and conference attendance. Your participation may reflect your interests, activities, and learning styles. Our goal is to promote exchange on information services for and with indigenous populations. As such, our information exchange focuses in a positive direction on services today with an eye on the future while honoring the past.

We gather with respect for each other, generosity in spirit, and a desire to improve the lives of the next generation.


See our Resouces webpage for a collection of background readings, definintions, online resources and key protocols. 

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Indigenous Matters

Last update: 24 May 2019