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Framework for Indigenous Relations

Reconciliation and relationships with Indigenous communities have been at the core of Museum work for decades through repatriation of cultural material, collaborative models of exhibition development, and community-centered projects. The Museum acknowledges its roots as a colonial institution and is striving to advance reconciliation through a continued recognition of Indigenous rights.

Through the Museums’ Framework for Indigenous Relations (PDF file), released in 2020, the Museum redefined its commitment to Indigenous peoples across Canada and created an action plan that aligned with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. With transparency, accountability, and shared authority as key principles, the Museum is transforming its practices, policies, and processes to better serve Indigenous communities and the larger Canadian public.

Learning from the past, listening to and collaborating with Indigenous peoples across the country, and centering Indigenous perspectives and voices will enable the Museums to further this important work while creating a respectful and welcoming space for Indigenous staff members and visitors alike.

This year, the Museum will finalize the implementation of the Framework, report on our progress, and begin its renewal, to ensure that our commitments to change and to the Indigenous people, continue to evolve.

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