Cultural Appropriation

Arts Nova Scotia staff and assessors adhere to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act . Assessors are asked to consider who is telling whose story and who is developing and sharing cultural expressions and knowledge from any community, particularly historically underrepresented and racialized groups or individuals. Assessors may consider the impact of the artistic work in the context of historic or continuing barriers faced by the applicant and the communities engaged by or reflected in the work, when accessing opportunities for producing and participating in the arts.

Helpful Resources

âpihtawikosisân - The do’s, don’ts, maybes, and I-don’t-knows of cultural appropriation

The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project - Think Before You Appropriate

Ontario Arts Council - Indigenous Arts Protocols