Arts·Commotion

Are Canada's museums honouring their promises to Indigenize and decolonize?

More than 50 artists have signed an open letter expressing concern that Canadian cultural institutions are failing to deliver on their promises to Indigenize and decolonize their collections and their ways of operating.

Aylan Couchie explains why she drafted a statement of concern, co-signed by Indigenous artists worldwide

Stylized face cut from stone.
A detail of "A Raven Steals the Moon" by Inuvialuk sculptor David Ruben Piqtoukun is seen at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, ahead of the exhibition "Radical Remembrance: The Sculptures of David Ruben Piqtoukun." (Chris Young/CP)

Following reports of Anishinaabe curator Wanda Nanibush's departure from the Art Gallery of Ontario, more than 50 artists have signed an open letter expressing concern that Canadian cultural institutions are failing to deliver on their promises to Indigenize and decolonize their collections and their ways of operating.

Aylan Couchie, a Nipissing First Nation artist and curator, tells host Elamin Abdelmahmoud about why she organized the letter.

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Interview with Aylan Couchie produced by Jess Low.

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