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D'Art Topic No. 22: Indigenous Arts Policy: Initiatives and Challenges

Report: Indigenous Arts Policy Forum, October 2011

Since the first World Summit on Arts and Culture in Canada in 2000, several IFACCA members have expressed interest in facilitating opportunities for networking between Indigenous arts policy experts to discuss policy, research and funding programs for supporting Indigenous arts practice. Discussions at IFACCAs World Summits and regional meetings, and subsequent monitoring of issues by the IFACCA secretariat, suggest that government support for Indigenous arts practice is a common and significant area of interest.

Indigenous arts contacts
In March 2005 we were asked by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc from the Canada Council and Mark Stapleton from the Australia Council to assist with developing a database of organisations (operating nationally or internationally) that support Indigenous arts activity. See the question here. From this starting point, we continued to collect contact information and news resources on the topic which are provided here on this Topic page www.ifacca.org/topic/indigenous-arts-policy/.

Indigenous Arts Policy: Initiatives and Challenges

Then in 2011, IFACCA conducted a survey to gather information about the policy and funding programs administered by national arts funding agencies to support Indigenous arts practice. An analysis of the information collected in the survey was presented in a Discussion Paper that was then discussed at the inaugural Indigenous Arts Policy Forum, co-hosted by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council and IFACCA in October 2011 in Melbourne, Australia, in conjunction with the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture.

The author of the Discussion Paper, IFACCA's Research Manager, Annamari Laaksonen, has now supplemented it with information provided by Forum participants and other survey respondents to produce DArt Research Report No. 22 Indigenous Arts Policy: Initiatives and Challenges. We thank the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council for their financial support to present this Report.

We believe that this D'Art Report and the report on the Forum (see above) make a significant contribution towards developing a more comprehensive and informed framework for discussion and ongoing information exchange. We anticipate being able to hold a second Forum on Indigenous Arts Policy in the next two years.

As IFACCA continues to gather information on this area of arts policy, updates will be added to the Topic page www.ifacca.org/topic/indigenous-arts-policy/. We welcome comments and any further information on the topic.

Publications

D'Art Report: Indigenous Arts Policy: Initiatives and Challenges

Since the first World Summit on Arts and Culture in Canada in 2000, several IFACCA members have expressed interest in facilitating opportunities for networking between Indigenous arts policy experts to discuss policy, research and funding programs for supporting Indigenous arts practice. more >

Understanding Aboriginal Arts in Canada Today: A Knowledge and Literature Review

This knowledge and literature review examines a broad range of material on Aboriginal arts in Canada.  Recognizing the importance of oral traditions in Aboriginal knowledge transfer, it also includes information gathered through one-on-one interviews with six senior Aboriginal artists. more >

We Have to Hear Their Voices: A Research Project on Aboriginal Languages and Art Practice

This report outlines a range of concepts within Aboriginal worldviews that may be unknown to non-Aboriginal language speakers. more >

International Symposium on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources: Towards Sustainable Development for Indigenous Communities

The International Symposium took place from October 31 to November 4, 2010, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. The meeting was organized by the Ministry for Regional Development of the Russian Federation, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). more >

Intellectual Property and the Safeguarding of Traditional Cultures: Legal Issues and Practical Options for Museums, Libraries and Archives

Museums, libraries and archives carry collections of photographs, sound-recordings, films and manuscripts that document indigenous peoples’ and traditional communities’ lives, cultural expressions and knowledge systems. A new awareness has emerged of indigenous peoples’ and traditional communities’ interests in owning, controlling and accessing this documentation. more >

Plugged in: remote Australian Indigenous youth and digital culture

Even in the most remote Indigenous communities, global influences pervade everyday life and new forms of media and communications are reshaping youth culture. more >

Your genre is black: indigenous performing arts and policy

In February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations on behalf of the Australian people. Now what?  In this Platform Paper, mid-career Indigenous performing artists think about their post-apology future. more >

Indigenous Art and the Law

This project is premised on the objective of promoting full recognition and protection for what has been variously defined as Australian Indigenous peoples' cultural knowledge, traditional cultural expression, traditional knowledge or Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). more >

Beyond Guarding Ground - the case for a National Indigenous Cultural Authority

In the past 20 years Indigenous Australians have called for greater recognition of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights. more >

Using intellectual property tools to protect Traditional Cultural Expressions/Traditional Knowledge related issues at Arts Festivals

A paper on intellectual property issues prepared for the upcoming Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa in July 2008. more >

Indigenous Art - Securing the Future

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Our Culture: Our Future - Report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights

This Report is part of a process to develop practical reform proposals for the improved recognition and protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property. more >

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