ICA/NAA Indigenous Matters Summit

​All images by Adelaide Event, Conference and Media Photographer Robert Monteleone. All images are Copyright © Robert Monteleone, Adelaide.

See Us, Hear Us, Walk with Us: Challenging and Decolonising the Archive

Friday, 25 October 2019

Following the ICA annual conference, the last week of October was closed with the first Indigenous Summit, a parallel ICA/NAA event coordinated by the newly formed Expert Group on Indigenous Matters.

The Indigenous Summit brought together Indigenous communities, archivists, record-keepers, librarians, curators and community organisations to:

  • identify key issues faced by Indigenous peoples and archives as they seek to work together in regions around the world;
  • examine options to develop a proactive international agenda for preserving Indigenous language and oral history;
  • explore the vital role of archives in supporting truth-telling and reconciliation;
  • consider approaches to redesigning archives to support decolonisation, led by Indigenous people.

At its conclusion, the Summit delivered the Tandanya Adelaide Declaration to guide the ICA and its members to see, hear and walk with Indigenous peoples to challenge and decolonise the archive.

Please find below a copy of the programme, a digital copy of the Tandanya Adelaide Declaration (in English, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, and Japanese), and the welcome and closing remarks of the event.

[Translations in Norwegian and Russian thanks to ​Mvh. ​Inga Marja Steinfjell - ARKIVVERKET. Translation in Japanese thanks to Minako Sakata]

[Click here to check the photos of the Summit]