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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

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 We welcome comments and any further information on the topic.


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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    Consultation on draft Indigenous art code of conduct

    A draft commercial code of conduct for the Indigenous art industry is available for public comment. more >

    Tapardjuk appointed Minister of Language

    Minister of Culture, Languages, Elders and Youth Louis Tapardjuk was given a new portfolio shortly before the Legislative Assembly dissolved on Sept. 19. The new ministerial position is intended to aid in the implementation of the Inuit Language Protection Act which was passed Sept. 18. more >

    Indigenous culture needs a shot in the arm

    The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has 'lopsided priorities' in its support for indigenous cultural practice. more >

    Garrett announces $37.5m in Indigenous arts funding

    Nearly 250 Indigenous organisations will get a share of $37.5 million in federal arts funding. more >

    $37.5 million in Indigenous Arts and Cultural Support

    Arts Minister, Peter Garrett and Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin today announced more than $37 million in funding for Indigenous arts, cultural, languages and broadcasting programs across Australia in 2008–09. more >

    Australian Government responds to Senate Indigenous Arts Inquiry

    Arts Minister Peter Garrett has today tabled the Australian Government’s response to the 29 broad recommendations outlined in the Senate Inquiry Report Indigenous Art: Securing the future. more >

    Training program on documenting cultural traditions

    WIPO will launch in September 2008 a pilot program to assist indigenous communities to document their cultural traditions, archive this heritage for future generations, and manage intellectual property.  more >

    WIPO to Launch Pilot Training Program for Indigenous Communities

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will launch in September 2008 a pilot program to assist indigenous communities to document their own cultural traditions, archive this heritage for future generations, and safeguard their interest in authorizing use of their recordings and traditions by third parties.  more >

    Australia Council to consult further about Indigenous key organisations

    The Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts board chair Dr Chris Sarra today announced the board would extend to September 2008 its consultation with the Indigenous arts sector about proposed changes to the Indigenous key organisations funding program. more >

    Guides to help do the right thing with Indigenous culture

    The Australia Council for the Arts has released a fully revised second edition of its protocol guides to help Australians better understand the use of Indigenous cultural material. more >

    Code bolsters Indigenous artist protection

    Aboriginal artists will have more commercial protection with the finalisation of a National Code of Conduct on Indigenous Art. more >

    Matsuura on international day of indigenous people

    On the international day of the world’s indigenous people, Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura has released a message on the importance of intangible cultural heritage. more >

    A right of resale? Indigenous art under the hammer

    In light of Sotheby's auction of Indigenous art, it is surely time to re-open the policy debate in Australia as to whether Australian artists - especially Indigenous artists and their families - deserve a right of resale. more >

    Ministry supports grants artistic training of indigenous youth

    The Minister for Culture, Communication and Women’s Rights has announced that $50,000 will be provided to the Wapikoni Mobile Corporation to help train indigenous youth in remote areas. more >

    Australia Council forms National Indigenous Arts Reference Group

    The Australia Council for the Arts has formed a National Indigenous Arts Reference Group to provide cultural insight and expert advice for the development and implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts programs. more >

    Proposal for an indigenous art database

    The federal government should adopt a national online database system to crack down on indigenous art fraud, a Senate committee has heard. more >

    Spotlight Falls On Indigenous Language for Academic Purposes

    Education Minister Naledi Pandor says the future of South Africa's indigenous languages as areas of academic study and research is a matter of pressing concern. more >

    Indigenous Rock Art to be Sacrificed

    Australia's Minister for Heritage and the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, plans to sacrifice some ancient Indigenous rock art in order to build a gas processing plant. more >

    Discussions On Indigenous Languages Still Underway

    South Africa's Education Minister Naledi Pandor says discussions regarding the use of indigenous languages in higher education institutions are still taking place. more >

    Indigenous Languages in Final Throes

    Hundreds of languages disappeared from Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 500 years, and many of the more than 600 that have survived could face the same fate in the not-so-distant future. more >

    ACCC closes Indigenous art probe

    A second major investigation into the Aboriginal art industry has been closed after it was unable to establish concrete evidence of fraud and misrepresentation. more >

    Indigenous Knowledge

    The Department of Canadian Heritage entered into the exploration of Indigenous Knowledge and policy development with 2005’s National Gatherings on Indigenous Knowledge. more >

    $77,710 to indigenous broadcasting in Canada

    The Minister for Culture and Communication and minister responsible for the region of Montreal, Line Beauchamp, and the minister of state for Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, announced financial assistance of $77,710 to support the management of Indigenous Peoples Community radios on the territory of Nord-du-Québec. more >

    Una base de datos de organizaciones que apoyen actividades artísticas indígenas

    Los Consejos de las Artes de Canada y de Australia le solicitaron a IFACCA, desarrollar una base de datos de organizaciones (con operación nacional o internacional) que apoyen actividades artísticas indígenas. La base da datos será un invaluale recurso, así como una herramienta para estimular el intercambio de información y el turismo internacional. IFACCA aceptó compilar la base de datos pero necesita su ayuda apara comenzar. Estaremos muy agradecidos si responde las preguntas acquí. Agradeceríamos recibir su respuesta a más tardar el Lunes, 9 de mayo de 2005. Si conoce otra persona que puede ayudarnos, por favor reenviarles este mensaje. more >


    The Canada Council and the Australia Council have asked IFACCA to develop a database of national and international organisations that support Indigenous arts activity. The database will be a resource for encouraging information sharing, cultural exchange and international touring of Indigenous arts. IFACCA has agreed to compile the database, but we need your help to get started. If you can help, please take a few minutes to answer the questions on the D'Art question and return to IFACCA by email or fax. If you know of someone else who can help, please forward this request on to them. The deadline for responses is 9 May 2005. more >

    Australian Government commissions Indigenous contribution to French museum

    The Australian Government has announced it will fund the commissioning of a major permanent artwork by Australian Indigenous artists for the Paris-based Musee du quai Branly. more >

    New body to help Indigenous artists in NT

    The Northern Territory Government has established an Indigenous arts reference group to advise it on how Indigenous artists can make the most of their talents. more >

    Museums Australia revises indigenous culture policy

    Museums Australia has redrafted its 1993 policy document regarding indigenous cultural heritage to reflect changes in areas like technology and reconciliation over the past ten years. more >

    International Indigenous Authors to tour Australia

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council is set to host the second Honouring Words: International Indigenous Authors Celebration Tour starting July 30. more >

    New branding for Indigenous funding board

    The Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (ATSIAB) has a new look. more >

    Indigenous performing arts to feature at CINARS

    The Australia Council has announced that it will focus on Indigenous arts product for the tenth Canadian performing arts trade show, CINARS (Commerce International des arts de la scene), at the invitation of organisers. more >

    International Indigenous Authors Celebration

    The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) has announced that the first-ever International Indigenous Authors Celebration and Tour, featuring writers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, will be launched in Canada on October 20. more >

    Canada Council focuses on Indigenous art

    A new article, 'Look Both Ways', is available on the Canada Council website, and details the presence of Aboriginal art within Canada and its impact on national culture. more >

    First recipients of the Maori Made Mark announced

    The first recipients of the toi iho Maori Made Mark, a registered trademark denoting authenticity and quality, have been announced as part of an initiative developed by Te Waka Toi, Creative New Zealand's Maori Arts Board, in collaboration with Maori artists. more >

    Indigenous trademark website launched by Creative NZ

    National arts development agency Creative New Zealand has launched a website to complement its recently developed Maori Made Mark for indigenous arts product, 'Toi Iho'. more >

    How to marry contemporary and indigenous arts - the Ilonggo experiment

    Late last year in the Phillipines' second oldest city, Iloilo, a defunct indigenous cultural festival was resurrected. The 2001 Ilonggo Arts Festival might have been concerned with ancient and indigenous culture but the methods it used to expose that culture were distinctly contemporary. more >

    Creative NZ to launch 'Maori Made Mark'

    New Zealand's national arts funding and development agency will launch the 'Maori Made Mark', a trade mark recognising the authenticity and quality of artworks created by the nation's indigenous Maori people, at the Auckland Art Gallery (Toi o Tamaki) on 8 February. more >