EGIM Bulletin 2020

Welcome to the inaugural bulletin of the ICA’s Expert Group on Indigenous Matters. This bulletin will collect and share information from across the globe on topics relative to Indigenous communities and records. 

This bulletin features the following news that you would be able to read in detail by clicking this link (or download it at the bottom of this text): 

1. Indigenous Archives Collective (IAC)
The Indigenous Archives Collective (IAC) is an interdisciplinary and Indigenous-led initiative hosted at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. It aims to provide an online and open access space for critical engagement on Indigenous priorities with the archives sector.  A special thank you to Kirsten Thorpe and Lauren Booker for sending the details.

2. Indigenous Governance Models in Canada 
For the first time in Canadian history an Indigenous ceremony was used to finalize a formal agreement with a federal government office. This is historic agreement between Kwakwaka’wakw artist Carey Newman (Hayalthkin’geme) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) was finalized on October 16, 2019 through traditional ceremony at Kumugwe, the K’ómoks First Nation Bighouse on Vancouver Island. Thanks to Karine Duhamel for identifying this news item.  

3. The National Ainu Museum of Japan
Minako Sakata has written an article outlining the new Ainu Museum opening in Hokkaido, Japan. 

4. Joseph Gosnell Sr. CC, OBC, Passed August 18, 2020
A path-breaking leader of Indigenous rights in Canada passed away. 

5. Sami Heritage Archives 
The Sami Heritage Archives is initiating several important digital access initiatives. Thanks to Johan Ante Paulsen and Nils Johan Eira. 

6. TRC in Norway
New individual contributions will shed light on the Norwegianization policy in Norway. Thanks to Grete Gunn Bergstrøm, the Sámi Archives in Norway, for supplying this information.