This Indigenous (formerly Aboriginal) Arts Industry Standards/Best Practices document is a living document that will be reviewed periodically to ensure the identified standards and best practices are current and relevant to the dynamic and ever-changing Indigenous art practice.
Developing Indigenous Arts
Industry Standards & Best Practices
A discussion document ( CONSULTATION QUESTIONS 2009- Aboriginal Artists ) was circulated in 2009 and a series of gatherings took place across the province to address important issues specific to Indigenous art practice in Saskatchewan such as copyright, cultural exchange, marketing art and the diversity of art practice in Saskatchewan's First Nation and Metis communities. The purpose of the gatherings was to bring First Nations and Metis artists together to discuss Saskatchewan's Indigenous art industry standards and best practices. Individual and group consultations were held throughout Saskatchewan in November and December 2009 in Beauval, La Ronge, Saskatoon, La Ronge, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Regina, Maple Creek and Cumberland House.
It is hoped that these end results will eventually come from such gatherings:
a comprehensive province-wide list of practicing artists will be compiled
artists will come together to meet and discuss common topics
artists will be given a chance to speak about their experience as First Nations or Metis artists in Saskatchewan and identify ways their existing practice could be supported
valuable networking at the meetings
a draft document will be written to enhance and strengthen the province's diverse First Nations and Metis art practice - protecting the artist while aiding the development of a stronger Aboriginal art community in the province
This process was part of a larger Industry Standards/Best Practices document being developed by CARFAC Saskatchewan. The Indigenous component of this document was drafted according to the comments made by the artists attending the gatherings.
We thank all the participants fortaking time to take part in the community consultation meetings, or to write or to call with their comments.
We welcome your input, comments and suggestions to this process by email, mail or in person.
Project leader: Audrey Dreaver
Advisory Council : Robin Brass, Leah Dorion, Mary Longman
Project management: CARFAC Saskatchewan
Sask Arts Alliance, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Culture, SPAGA, Museums Association of Saskatchewan, OSAC, CARFAC Sask, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatchewan Cultural Industries Development Council
Funding Provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board
This information is copyright 2009, all rights reserved.
This project has been devised based on the "The Code of Practice for the Australian Visual Arts and Craft Sector" Edition 2, developed, commissioned and published by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).