first nations, inuit and métis cultural carriers
Cultural Carriers are individuals whose role within First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities supports the preservation, retention, maintenance, and knowledge production/transfer of specific Indigenous worldviews, cultural practices and traditions through art and creative practice. This may include Elders, knowledge keepers, traditional educators and language holders.
To be eligible as a cultural carrier, you must:
- be committed to the retention, maintenance, preservation and transfer of Indigenous modes of thought through artistic and cultural practices
- have specialized training in your field, or equivalent experience and recognition consistent with their cultural practice. This can include mentorships, self-study, academic training or combinations of these types of training, or a demonstrated long term commitment to Indigenous cultural renewal
- be recognized by your community as a significant contributor to First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural practice
- over at least 3 years (not necessarily consecutive), have engaged in community-based cultural activity 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