1. Commitments
  2. Indigenous

Our support for Indigenous creation centres on cultural self-determination and supports the renewal of the relationship between Indigenous artists and Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences.

Overall result

With our commitment to Indigenous creation, the Council is supporting work to renew the relationship between Indigenous artists and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences. This work is furthering truth and reconciliation and decolonization, and fostering a shared future. The Council’s overall funding to Indigenous artists, groups and arts organizations totalled $17.8M in 2018-19, and the Council is on track to triple its investment from $6.3M in 2015-16 to $18.9M in 2020-21.

Targets and investments

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Indigenous architecture in the limelight 

The Council commissioned and funded UNCEDED: Voices of the Land—an exhibition that brought together 18 Indigenous architects from across Turtle Island (Canada and the United States)—for the 2018 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

This was the first Indigenous-led architecture representation at the Biennale. The exhibition received widespread media attention, and many of the Biennale’s 275,000 international visitors experienced its inspired vision.

Reaching future generations through the arts 

The Council’s Creating, Knowing, and Sharing: the Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples program supports the work of Cultural Carriers—Elders, knowledge keepers, traditional educators, and language holders.

The Council funded twelve Cultural Carriers in 2018-19 to contribute to the invaluable retention and transmission of Indigenous cultural traditions and practices for future generations.

Stronger global connections

The Council strives to support the development of strong links between Indigenous peoples around the world.

That’s why, in 2018, we supported Indigenous artists from Canada to participate in the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand—an event that brought together 94 Indigenous nations from across the globe.

With producers in attendance from around the world, the Festival makes it possible for the work of Indigenous artists to reach international audiences.