3First Founding Meeting of the International Council on Indigenous Place Names: 6 September 2010 at Sámi University College, Guovdageaidnu, Norway
4The aims of ICIPN are the advancement, representation, and co-ordination of Indigenous place names on an international level and in an interdisciplinary context, and the promotion of International conferences at reasonable intervals.
5Whereas place names are an integral part of Indigenous peoples’ cultural heritages, the purpose for which the Council is hereby established is to promote an association of Indigenous communities and scholars, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, working with place names in order to:
6Promote recognition of Indigenous place names on the homelands of the Indigenous communities; Promote cooperation among Indigenous communities and State agencies that have some degree of responsibility in maintaining data bases of names for geographic features and/or cultural entities;Make available Indigenous place names information to State agencies and public and private enterprises (foreign and domestic), and the general public;Provide a professional and educational forum at which members of the Council and interested citizens may present research papers and/or workshops to learn about the governing processes concerning geographic names and the naming processes within their State;5. Co-sponsor an Conference at which members of the Council may take appropriate actions or make recommendations regarding purposes 1, 2, 3, and 4.
7Membership of ICIPN Membership of the organization shall comprise people working with or for Indigenous communities in regard to place names who have paid the annual membership fee. Both personal and institutional members will be admitted.
8Language challenges for ICIPN How many official languages?How to include indigenous languages?- in the 1. ICIPN conference Sámi language as an official language> Simultaneous interpretation
9International Conference on Indigenous Place Names Exploring ways to reclaim cultural identity through place names.
11Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University College, an Indigenous higher education institution in Norway, hosted the first International Conference on Indigenous Place Names (ICIPN). first time Indigenous place names and place naming was discussed from multidisciplinary perspectives and with presentations from various Indigenous societies.
12The aim of the conference was to provide a place for an emerging international network of scholars and researchers working to further the political recognition of Indigenous place names to exchange experiences with each other.> Strengthening the network of scholars and researchers will enhance the quality and rigor of research on Indigenous place names both culturally and politically.
13Scientific program divided geographically, not thematically: SámiArcticAmericasAustralia&PacificAfrica
14ICIPN 2010 delegates 85 delegates from Norway, Finland, Sweden, England, France, Greenland, Russia, Canada, USA (Hawaii), Guatemala, Peru, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, New Zealand, AustraliaAsia: 5 delegates from Bangladesh, Thailand and India did not get Visa to Norway to participate the conference
15delegates who could not participate because of the financial reasons Organizers of the 1. ICIPN conference searched financial support from many sources to be able to invite scholars from different indigenous areas
16Including the local society to the ICIPN conference - School classes from the secondary school and upper secondary school followed parts of the ICIPN conferenceJournalist students of Sámi University College made a bilingual conference newspaper after the conference as their newspaper exercise during the course of Indigenous journalism> For local Sámi communitites,and also to ICIPN participants, sponsors and to others with interest of ICIPN
17Proceedings will be published in English, and presentations held in Sámi language can be published both in Sámi and English.Publishing plans with RMIT Publishing, based at RMIT University, Australia.
18Next ICIPN conference 2013 in Canada in the area of Haida Gwaii –people in Skidegate, British Columbia
19ICIPN 2013 Skidegate British Columbia Canada North Pacific Ocean
20Co-operation with UNGEGN 10. Working Group on the Promotion of Recording and Use of Indigenous, Minority and Regional Language Group Geographical Names - mutual advance