Session Highlight: Accessing Museum Collections
as an Indigenous Person
Friday, March 26
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Melissa Phillips, Museum Collections Assistant, Museum Windsor
The Value of Making Indigenous Collections Accessible will discuss how making collections more accessible can be beneficial to both, a non-Indigenous institutions (eg community museum) and Indigenous institutions and communities.
Dr. Laura Peers, Exhibits Project Manager, Canadian Canoe Museum
Accessing Museums Overseas is hosted by Dr. Laura Peers, who will share her experience, including a discussion of the nature of Indigenous collections in UK and EU collections, how to find items in those museums including a demonstration of the powerful The Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts & Cultures
(GRASAC) database, and suggest ways of working with overseas museums to create productive partnerships.
Mik Migwans, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Art, University of Toronto
Renee Dillard, Anishinaabe Elder and Master Weaver
Through "I have to remember with my hands," Dillard and Migwans will share their journey in museum collections in Canada and the United States, in search of the threads of a Great Lakes natural fibres tradition. They will discuss the revitalization of Anishinaabe weaving as a kind of intellectual repatriation, not only in terms of traditional knowledge and material practice, but in terms of connections to place, and sovereignty through women’s land-based labours. In addition, they will discuss the kinds of access needed for such recreation projects, and the barriers encountered by artists and community researchers in a museum context.
Read about Bursary opportunities for individuals representing Indigenous-run organizations to attend ICS 2021 HERE.