The Indigenous Heritage Circle (IHC) was founded in 2016 as an Indigenous-designed and Indigenous-led organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural heritage matters of importance to Métis, Inuit and First Nations. Through multiple channels for dialogue and learning, the IHC will provide a trusted and inclusive space for sharing information, ideas and issues related to Indigenous cultural places, landscapes, narratives, languages, practices, legal traditions, protocols and collections. It also aims to transform expectations about cultural heritage in Canada by making Métis, Inuit and First Nations views heard and addressed in all related issues and decisions.
- Support caretakers, organizations, communities and scholars seeking to identify, respect, interpret, manage, and protect Indigenous heritage
- Advocate for cultural heritage programs, protocols and policies that can improve the wellness of Indigenous communities
- Further the understanding, articulation and application of Indigenous heritage and associated practices and protocols
- Showcase the talents and skills of Indigenous youth, scholars and Elders to identify, study, protect, interpret and manage Indigenous heritage
- Develop tools, processes and collaborations that will assist with sharing heritage knowledge, perspectives and solutions with others, including governments and non-Indigenous organizations.
Getting the Work Done and the Word Out
The Government of Canada has committed itself to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada. As part of reconciliation and new relationships with Indigenous peoples, the IHC believes that the federal government must be pressed to support the development of an Indigenous controlled organization that will represent Indigenous interests and apply Indigenous knowledge and practices in working with each other and allied groups to identify and protect heritage that matter to Indigenous people.
The IHC directors are committed to hearing from as many people as possible about how the Circle can serve Indigenous communities and contribute to solutions related to the protection, celebration and sharing of cultural heritage.
The IHC held a roundtable in Ottawa in November 2016. Our second engagement session took place in Vancouver on 11 May 2017. We hope to host additional conversations in Yukon and elsewhere very soon.
Please keep in touch with us by coming back to this website to learn more about how you can contribute to and learn more about the IHC.
IHC Vancouver Forum, Musqueam Cultural Centre, 11 May 2017