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Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures

June 03, 2020

Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures will be our first research project grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing. The project will be led by the Research, Measurement and Data Analytics Section and the Creating, Knowing and Sharing Program in partnership with Archipel Research and Consulting Inc., an Indigenous-owned firm.

The Council acknowledges that research is often grounded in European worldviews, and that the role of a government agency in research with Indigenous peoples should be carefully considered. For this project, an Indigenous and decolonizing research methodology will be used to promote meaningful and respectful dialogue with Indigenous artists from various backgrounds and cultural identities.

The Council recognizes and actively supports Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination and sovereignty. In line with this commitment, we are partnering with Archipel Research and Consulting Inc. to conduct research and develop a framework that furthers our understanding of the significance of the Council’s funding for Indigenous artists and the role that Indigenous arts and cultures play in the lives of all Canadians.

This project began May 2020, and the release of a report is scheduled for late 2021.

The research team for this project includes:

  • Sabre Pictou Lee, MA, BFA (Mi’kmaq)
  • Monique Manatch, PhD (Cand.), MA (Algonquin)
  • William Felepchuk, PhD (Cand.), MA, BA
  • Muna Osman, MA, PhD (Cand.), BA
  • Courtney Vaughan, MA, BA (Métis)
  • Aliqa Illauq (Inuk)
  • Jeremy Speller, MA, BA (Mi’kmaq)
  • Catherine Stockall, MA, BA
  • Jean-Marie Vianney Rurangwa, PhD (Cand.), MA, BA, BA