Forum Conference Invitation 2004

”Indigenous Rights and Gendered Representations”

Program Forum Conference 2004

We would hereby like to invite you to this year’s conference in the Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples. The conference takes place at the University of Tromsø on September 27th, 28th and 29th 2004. The title of the conference is Forum conference 2004 ”Indigenous Rights and Gendered Representations”. The target group for the conference are researchers, developments workers and Sami institutions with experience from international indigenous work, but also others with interest within this field are welcome to participate. This year’s conference has Kvinnforsk ( as a collaborating partner.

The focus of our conference is to address gender roles through addressing some substantial areas of concern for indigenous development, and examine the extent to which men and women may have different interests and impacts, e.g. on perception and exercise of rights and the management of knowledge.

The broad headings are:

  • Representations within the indigenous movement: what happens locally, what are the concerns, what are the issues raised ?
  • What happens when indigenous peoples’ concern are taken through organisations to national and international arenas ? What happen to gender issues, and what are the mechanisms channelling male and female representation? In national-, regional-, UN- organisations ?
  • How does Indigenous Peoples demands fare in an international human rights discourse, and discourses on the rights of women ?

Additionally, there will be room for other current issues under the headline “Forum update”. News and updates in the program will be published at our homepages:

“Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples” has its background in the evaluation of the Norwegian Program for Indigenous Peoples (UD Evaluation Report 8.98), White paper nr. 21 (1999/2000 Menneskeverd i sentrum), and the Follow-up Plan for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples (UD 1999). The Forum was established in 2000, and is aiming to be a meeting place for researchers, development workers, administrators and activists working with indigenous peoples’ issues, and where they can share experiences from their work with different development projects related to indigenous peoples. The Forum is led by an advisory board at the University of Tromsø, with external representation from the University of Bergen/IWGIA, the Sami Council and the Norwegian Church Aid. The Centre for Sami Studies at the University of Tromsø hosts the administration of the Forum. The Forum has contributed to focus on different aspects in the strategies from the cooperating countries and Norway concerning indigenous peoples, and how this influences the capacity and ability of indigenous peoples to shape and control their own development.

The conference languages will be Saami, Scandinavian and English. Please register for this year’s Forum conference ”Indigenous Rights and Gendered Representations” by using the registration form on our web pages: The number of participants is limited to 200. The registration deadline is set to September20th 2004.


Sidsel Saugestad
Leader of the advisory board
Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples

Terje G Lilleeng
Senior Executive Officer
Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples