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Dylan Robinson is a xwélméxw (Stó:lō) writer, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, and associate professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is coeditor of Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and cocurator of Soundings, an internationally touring exhibition of Indigenous art scores.


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Promoting and Protecting: the Arts and Cultural Expressions of Indigenous Peoples

This publication gathers first-hand experiences and perspectives on promoting and protecting the arts, cultural expressions, and artistic practices of Indigenous Peoples. The experiences and insights shared here articulate both the real-life encounters and challenges with misappropriation of arts, cultural expressions, and artistic practices, as well as some of the tools and solutions being advanced to address these challenges.

Through this publication, we seek to advance a shared understanding of the issues and challenges of cultural misappropriation at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Our hope is that the experiences and stories shared in this publication will encourage dialogue and the ongoing development of effective solutions to promote and protect Indigenous arts, cultural expressions, and artistic practices. We also hope that this work will help educate the public and the Canadian and international arts milieu about misappropriation and its negative social, cultural and economic impacts. In our view, this publication is part of an important effort to explore what is being done and what still needs to be done.

Edited by: Tony Belcourt, Heather Igloliorte & Dylan Robinson

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