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Think Before You Appropriate: A guide for creators and designers

People and cultures have always exchanged and borrowed ideas from each other to create new forms of art and symbolic expression. Whether intentionally or not, most if not all human creations reflect varied sources of inspiration. Why, then, are some products negatively labelled “cultural appropriation” or their creators accused of disrespecting the very cultures they found inspiring? And why do products inspired from Indigenous cultural heritage seem to spark particularly strong reactions and pushback? This guide, developed by The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH), unpacks these important questions. It provides advice to designers and marketers on why and how to avoid misappropriation, and underlines the mutual benefits of responsible collaborations with Indigenous artists and communities.

Interactive Territory, Treaty and Language Map (Native Land)

This resource, developed by Native Land, was created in order to offer a view of the territories, treaties and languages of Indigenous people across Canada. There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada, though this map does not represent or intend to represent official or legal boundaries of any Indigenous nations. The resource is interactive — you can toggle filters on and off and read more detailed information about specific nations through links to related sites. The website also features a section on territorial acknowledgements, which includes a brief introduction to acknowledging the land and suggestions of how to engage meaningfully with this practice.

Understanding Aboriginal Arts in Canada Today: A Review of Knowledge and Literature (Canada Council for the Arts)

This knowledge and literature review examines a broad range of material on Aboriginal arts in Canada. Recognizing the importance of oral traditions in Aboriginal knowledge transfer, it also includes information gathered through one-on-one interviews with six senior Aboriginal artists. The study is a component of the Aboriginal Arts Research Initiative (AARI), which aims to better understand the specificities of Aboriginal art practices, explore the impact of the arts within Aboriginal communities, investigate the impact of Aboriginal arts in Canada and internationally, and generate interest in research related to Aboriginal arts among other partners, both at national and provincial levels.

A Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit for the Interactive Digital Media Industry (Interactive Ontario)

The toolkit, designed by Interactive Ontario, provides interactive digital media (IDM) companies with pragmatic and actionable advice for enhancing their talent management strategies with the goal of improving team diversity while fostering an inclusive culture. The strategies in the toolkit are tailored to the unique needs of the IDM sector to help leaders attract and retain top talent from diverse backgrounds. Through implementation of these strategies, IDM companies will increase employment opportunities in the sector for talent currently underrepresented due to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, religion, age, ability and other identities.

Funding Bulletin (CQAM)

(This resource is currently only available in French) This document compiles a list of funding opportunities in media arts and is compiled on a yearly basis by the Conseil Québécois des Arts Médiatiques. It includes the deadlines for bursaries, grants and various forms of support in media arts.

A Policy Primer: Guide to Developing Human Rights Policies and Procedures (OHRC)

The purpose of this guide is to provide organizations with some practical help for developing effective and fair ways to prevent human rights infringements, and for responding to human rights issues such as harassment, discrimination and accommodation needs. The OHRC’s guide includes a discussion of each of the key things to consider when developing human rights policies and procedures. It also includes sample language that you can modify to meet your organization’s needs and focus.

Policy and Guidelines on Racism and Racial Discrimination (OHRC)

This policy sets out the OHRC’s position on racism, racial discrimination and racial harassment, at the time of publication. It replaces the OHRC’s 1996 Policy on Racial Slurs and Harassment and Racial Jokes. It deals with issues that fall within the OHRC’s jurisdiction and which can form the subject matter of an application to the Tribunal.

Guide to Law for Nonprofit Organizations in Atlantic Canada (LISNS)

This guide by Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia will help nonprofits increase their knowledge of the laws in Atlantic Canada that relate to running an organization. It will help nonprofits choose the right organizational structure for their group, avoid fines and avoid liability charges. It will help nonprofit groups research important legal issues from developing a constitution to properly preparing tax information.