Meryl McMaster, "Dream Catcher" (2015), Image courtesy of the artist.


The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones works to support, activate and engage on behalf of Indigenous curators through our expansive programming.

Gatherings & Events




Support for Independent Curators and Artists

Curating Care

Gatherings and Public Events

A large-scale Gathering take place every two years in different communities or cities across Canada comprising of panels, performances, and other special events. We hold multiple Public Events each year in the form of panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, performances, and various events in partnership with institutions. Gatherings are expanding to serve international communities to better connect Indigenous curators in Canada with Indigenous artists and curators working internationally.

2019 – Vancouver, Great Ocean Dialogues, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and SFU Galleries

2018 – Halifax, Pjilita’q Mi’kmaki: L’nuite’tmukl tan wejkuwaql naqwe’kl International Gathering

2016 – Whitehorse, Kwä̀ n Mày Dáyè Dàátthʼi (Sit by the fire with us – Ensemble autour du feu), in partnership with Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

2014 – Montreal, Iakwé:iahre (we remember), in partnership with Concordia University

2011 – Toronto, Revisioning the Indians of Canada Pavilion: Ahzekewada (Let us look back), in partnership with OCAD University

2009 – Ottawa, Curators Camp Kabeshinan, in conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada

2008 – Vancouver, Shaq’sthut – Gathering Place, in conjunction with UBC

2007 – Saskatoon, Corralling Art: Aboriginal Curatorial Practice in the Prairies and Beyond, in conjunction with Tribe

2006 – Winnipeg, The Way Ahead: Surveying the Curatorial Landscape, in conjunction with Urban Shaman

2005 – Ottawa, Founding Roundtable Discussion



Curatorial is a multifaceted programming structure that works to support Indigenous curators through a variety of opportunities. This takes the form of Curatorial Delegations; the Emerging Curatorial Programs; Curatorial Residencies, Intensives, and Fellowships; and Exhibitions.

The ACC organizes curatorial delegation tours with Indigenous curators from across the world to visit local communities, artist studios, museums and galleries, and arts organizations. Delegations are an opportunity for Indigenous curators to meet artists as part of their curatorial research and this also provides crucial professional development for artists to expand their careers.

The Emerging Curatorial Programs have been developed to recognize and encourage incredible talent from up and coming generations of Indigenous curators. This program has multiple opportunities for emerging curators or those wishing to reinvigorate their careers. We offer a summer internship program in partnership with arts institutions for curators under the age of 35 through a cohort model where curators across the country connect weekly to share their experiences working within these partner institutions. In addition to the summer internship program, we also offer a rotating curatorial residency program for emerging curators.

Stemming from our work developing institutional partnerships, the Curatorial Residency, Intensives, and Fellowships program provides opportunities for Indigenous curators of all professional levels.

The ACC-CCA supports exhibitions through a case by case basis with approval from the Board of Directors. All exhibitions supported by the ACC-CCA are only done so through long-term relationships based on principles of reciprocity and accountability. All proposals are accepted before January of each year.


The Research program has multiple opportunities to support Indigenous curators working within and alongside academic institutions as the growing majority of these curators are receiving graduate degrees. Research takes the form of Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowships, Degrees, and Intensive Institutes; Publications; a physical research space for Indigenous curators to work and study; and an online database outlining Indigenous curatorial histories. The ACC-CCA’s Research Program also includes internal research projects conducted by the ACC-CCA to better understand the historical and current landscape of Indigenous curatorial practices in Canada.

Curatorial Research Fellowships + Intensives

Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowships and Intensives are offered by the ACC-CCA in partnership with academic institutions and local arts organizations in order for individual curators to conduct research necessary for their projects. These fellowships are offered both for individuals and for groups.


The ACC-CCA will work with writers and artists to publish a book every two years in conjunction with our major gathering. The publication will both pull together historical works from Indigenous curators and critics, but will also present new written works based on contemporary conversations seeking to progress Indigenous curatorial discourses.


The Membership program was developed at the ACC-CCA’s incorporation in 2006 and will now see the implementation of an Institutional Membership Program; Community Membership; and an ACC-CCA Member’s Database.

Community Membership

The ACC-CCA considers community members as both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals interested in engaging in conversations on Indigenous curatorial practices in Canada and internationally. This membership is free and the ACC-CCA’s staff commits to ensuring that each member is aware of all ACC-CCA opportunities and is invited to our biennial gathering.

Institutional Membership Program

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s (ACC) Institutional Membership Program exists to build stronger relationships with institutions who are currently working with or who are trying to work with Indigenous peoples in their spaces. Each relationship developed through this membership program will be different for each partnership as every institution has different needs.

 Through this program, the ACC has the right to directly address institutions that are not implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in good ways to better serve the Indigenous peoples that interact with those spaces.

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