Indigenous Collections Symposium 2017

Indigenous Collections Symposium Panel Discussion, 2017
Indigenous Collections Symposium Working Group, 2017
Beading activity at the Indigenous Collections Symposium, 2017

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Six Nations Polytechnic, Ohsweken & Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford

March 23-24, 2017


The Indigenous Collections Symposium was a partnership project of the Ontario Museum Association, the Woodland Cultural Centre, and the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at the Six Nations Polytechnic. A Working Group made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous museum and cultural professionals was formed to lead the programming of a series of webinars followed by a two-day symposium on March 23-24, 2017. Considering the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and building towards Canada’s Sesquicentennial in 2017, the discussion about care and interpretation of Indigenous collections, particularly those held in trust by non-Indigenous organizations, is an important one. The OMA is keen to help facilitate what we hope will be an ongoing conversation in which the OMA, our members, and Indigenous communities in Ontario will continue to engage going forward.
Indigenous Collections Symposium Working Group:
  • Anong Beam-Migwans, Art Director/Curator, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
  • Petal Furness, Manager, Grey Roots Museum
  • Heather George, Research Coordinator, Indigenous Research, Office of Vice-President Research, McMaster University
  • Linda Grussani, Curator of Aboriginal Art, Canadian Museum of History
  • Michelle Hamilton, University of Western Ontario
  • Rick Hill, Project Coordinator, Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Six Nations Polytechnic
  • Tanis Hill, Assistant Project Coordinator, Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Six Nations Polytechnic
  • Cara  Krmpotich, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures
  • Janis Monture, Executive Director, Woodland Cultural Centre
  • John Moses, Department of Canadian Heritage, PHD Candidate, Carleton University
  • Paula Whitlow, Curator, Woodland Cultural Centre