The Indigenous Heritage Circle (IHC) was incorporated in early 2016 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of identification, knowledge, management and conservation of Indigenous cultural heritage. The IHC is an Indigenous-designed and -led cultural heritage organization that has value for reconciliation as a lasting legacy for strengthening cultural practices, places and knowledge. The organization aims to transform expectations about cultural heritage in Canada by ensuring Métis, Inuit and First Nations voices are heard and addressed in issues and decisions related to Indigenous cultural heritage.
Karen Aird, President
Karen Aird is a member of Saulteau First Nations in Treaty No. 8 territory in BC. For almost 20 years, she has worked on projects that integrate stories, legal traditions and intangible and tangible elements into Indigenous cultural heritage planning. She has worked extensively with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, the Tse’K’wa Heritage Society and the Treaty 8 Coordinating Lands Office (Nun Wadee Society). She is currently the project lead for the T’Kemlups te Secwepemc Cultural Heritage Study.
Madeleine Redfern is the current and a past Mayor of Iqaluit, recipient of an Indspire award, and strong social advocate and businessperson. Holding an LLB from the University of Victoria, she was the first Inuk to work as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. She served as Executive Director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission from 2007 to 2010, a highly regarded examination of the relationship between government and Inuit in the period from 1950-1980.
Walking in “two worlds”, Art Napoleon is as comfortable on a big city stage or boardroom as he is skinning a moose in a hailstorm with a pocketknife. Tapping into rich and profound ancestral knowledge to create sustainable and ethical alternatives for the modern world are the foundations that guide him in his many projects. A former Chief of the Saulteau First Nations in northeastern BC, Art is a conservationist, naturalist, faith–‐keeper and educator who interprets life through the holistic lens of the Cree worldview. Art also has an MA degree from the University of Victoria in Indigenous Language Revitalization, where one of his goals is to help communities revitalize endangered languages and in the wisdom embedded in these ancient languages. Art is co-host of the hit TV show “Moosemeat and Marmalade”.
Joella Hogan is a Northern Tutchone and a member of the Crow Clan. She has a Bsc in Environmental Planning and an MA in Rural and Community Planning. She currently works as the Manager of Heritage & Culture for the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun in Mayo, Yukon.
Julie Harris is a non-Indigenous heritage consultant and public historian based in Ottawa who supports the IHC in a secretarial capacity. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
- Don Bain
- Dr. Yvonne Boyer