1. Glossary
  2. First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts/cultural professional

First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts/cultural professional

Arts/Cultural Professionals are individuals whose work supports, facilitates, investigates or examines the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists. This may include scholars, critics, curators, managers, producers and agents.

To be eligible as a cultural professional,  you must:

  • be committed to the study, promotion, dissemination or exhibition/presentation of original contemporary or customary works of art and/or the critical discourse relating to Indigenous art
  • have specialized training in your field, consistent with the standards of your practice. This can include mentorships, self-study, academic training or combinations of these types of training
  • be recognized by other professionals working in the same practice or by your community as a significant contributor to artistic or cultural practice
  • over 3 years (not necessarily consecutive), have engaged in their professional practice in a public context on a regular basis, and received compensation and/or recognition for this in a manner that is consistent with the standards of your practice, community or Indigenous protocols
  • in the case of scholars, critics and curators, you must have published at least 1 work
  • in the case of agents, producers and managers, you must have completed at least 1 major project within Indigenous arts