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Indigenous Arts Protocols

October 2016

The Ontario Arts Council commissioned Maaiingan Productions, a First Nations video production company, to create this resource. Indigenous artists, academics, Elders and cultural leaders were interviewed about the importance of protocols, to present a clear understanding of the responsibility that comes with cultural practices, and ways to honour the guiding principles of protocols.

Indigenous Arts Protocols features Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author, musician and academic; John Hupfield, filmmaker and designer; Nyla Innuksuk, filmmaker; Lee Maracle, Elder, poet and author; Ryan Rice, chair of OCADU’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program; Sara Roque, Ontario Arts Council Indigenous arts officer; Jason Ryle, artistic director of ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; France Trépanier, artist, curator and researcher; and Bear Witness, media artist and musician from A Tribe Called Red. The video includes the original music of singer/songwriter Christa Couture.