Aboriginal Curatorial Collective: About

A Brief History of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

In April of 2005, the Aboriginal curatorial community came together to establish themselves as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC/CCA) to develop A Proposal for A Framework for Action that provided long-term strategic support for the Aboriginal curatorial community and the Aboriginal curatorial residents. The ACC/CCA launched this initiative in response to the existing authority of the non-Aboriginal curatorial and academic community within the discipline of Aboriginal arts in Canada. The report noted:

The curatorial and literary hegemony by non-Aboriginal curators and academics is adversely affecting both the employment and publishing opportunities of Aboriginal curators and Aboriginal curatorial residents. Furthermore, the existing status quo is silencing Aboriginal voices on Aboriginal art history. There exists a dominant group of non-aboriginal curators and academics in Canada who are identified as experts in their fields of Aboriginal arts and are dominating and controlling major publishing and curatorial contracts to the detriment of the Aboriginal curatorial community. The lack of Aboriginal driven exhibitions is also representative of the lack of Aboriginal curators currently employed in the field. This has resulted in exacerbating the marginality of Aboriginal artists, and curators, and in particular, new and emerging Aboriginal artists and curators. The number of Aboriginal curators currently employed indeterminately by an art institution in Canada is less than ten individuals in the entire country.

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective LogoIn response to these pertinent and taxing issues, the ACC/CCA proposed a Round Table Discussion held in June 2005, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Arts Secretariat, including the Writing and Publishing Program, and the Aboriginal Curatorial Residency Program. The Round table identified and recommended short-term and long-term recommendations to enhance and support an increased Aboriginal presence with the arts. Furthermore, membership was opened to include all Aboriginal and Native American curatorial and critical communities. To date, our membership includes Canadian Aboriginal and Native American curators, academics, arts professionals and artists from Canada and the United States of America, as well as several international Indigenous members. Our members are active in their respective disciplines, and the ACC/CCA is receiving widespread attention and recognition by organizations conducting research on the arts.

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective: Founding Members

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs autochtones (ACC/CCA) was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization on March 14, 2006, by the four founding board members. The four founding Board Members of the ACC/CCA were:

  • Barry Ace
  • Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew
  • Ron Noganosh
  • Ryan Rice

ACC Nominating Committee

The four founding members appointed the ACC/CCA Nominating Committee on March 19, 2006. The Nominating Committee was composed of one member of the ACC/CCA board executive, one regular member of the board, one organizational member, and one individual member. Their mandate was to propose a slate of five directors for appointment at the first ACC/CCA AGM to be held in the spring of 2007, which brought the board up to nine members.