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

Last updated: November 5, 2021

This is the Council’s first research project grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, led by the Research, Measurement and Data Analytics Section and the Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples Program at the Canada Council in partnership with Archipel Research and Consulting Inc., an Indigenous-owned firm.

Research goal

This project is guided by Indigenous research methodologies based on relational accountability, aiming to build respectful relationships with the Indigenous arts community.

This research aims to develop a framework that furthers our understanding of the significance of the Council’s funding for Indigenous artists and the vital role that Indigenous arts and cultures play in the lives of all Canadians.

Research philosophy

This project is guided by Etuaptmumk, a Mi’kmaq methodology known as Two-Eyed Seeing. This methodology brings the strengths of both Indigenous and Western worldviews together to move forward in harmonious and sustainable relations. An Indigenous Advisory Circle provides guidance on matters applicable to this research project for its duration.


Archipel has completed engagement for this project. Engagement began with interviews with individual artists and Indigenous organizations. Then, Archipel conducted an online survey and online focus group discussions. Archipel engaged hundreds of participants through the interviews, focus groups and survey and paid special attention to ensure diversity amongst interviewees and the wholistic representation of Indigenous arts and culture practitioners throughout Canada.

Archipel is now working on the development of a final report. Findings from the final report will be available in early 2022.

Research Team

Sabre Pictou Lee, MA, BFA (Mi’kmaq)

Monique Manatch, PhD (Cand.), MA (Algonquin)

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

Advisory Circle

Penny Couchie

Jennifer David

Jonathan Dewar

Stephen Foster

Heather Igloliorte


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