Indigenous Arts Protocols

In 2016, Canada formally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration affirms that Indigenous cultural knowledge is the intellectual property of Indigenous peoples, and its use is controlled by Indigenous peoples. When considering applications from Indigenous peoples and/or incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, assessors are asked to consider whether appropriate protocols regarding that material and its use are being observed as part of the proposed project. Since each community will have different approaches to protocols and use of materials, assessors should look for evidence that the applicant has meaningfully engaged with appropriate elders, community leaders or knowledge keepers.

 

Helpful Resources

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ontario Arts Council - Indigenous Arts Protocols