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NEW RESOURCE: Indigenous Protocols for the Visual Arts

CARFAC is excited to announce the release of Indigenous Protocols for the Visual Arts – an essential resource for navigating Indigenous Protocols for visual storytellers and the artistic community.

Developed under an Advisory Circle of Indigenous artists and cultural workers, the toolkit maps out pathways for respectfully engaging with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis visual artists or with Indigenous cultural material. It is the first published guide of its kind for the visual arts sector within the lands commonly known as Canada, and an important reference for any creative project.

The document, Indigenous Protocols for the Visual Arts, provides information about legal, ethical, and moral considerations for working with Indigenous Peoples and cultural materials. The document is now available in English and French, and additional languages will soon be added, as the project develops. The website also includes podcast interviews and links to organizations and other resources. This toolkit will grow and adapt in the same way Protocols evolve.

What’s inside?

  • Background on Indigenous Protocols
  • Key principles that frame Indigenous Protocols
  • Pathways for following Protocols in practice
  • Overview of Indigenous Protocols and Intellectual Property
  • Legal, ethical, and moral considerations when working with Indigenous peoples and cultural materials
  • Concepts of Canadian Intellectual Property

Who’s it for?

  • Communities: Indigenous Nations and communities seeking to safeguard their intellectual and cultural property
  • Creators: Indigenous artists interested in learning how to protect their artwork and apply Protocols
  • Collaborators: Non-Indigenous individuals and organizations looking to educate themselves about truthful collaboration


A series of webinars, featuring Indigenous artists, Knowledge Keepers, curators, cultural workers and more is coming soon. Sign-up for email notifications on upcoming webinars or check out our website for updates.


We gratefully acknowledge financial support for this project from the Canada Council for the Arts, Employment and Social Development Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, CARFAC Saskatchewan, and the Access Copyright Foundation in partnership with Copyright Visual Arts.