A year after the expert seminar was held at the University of British Columbia in Canada, we will discuss several of the points and recommendations made in the report with some of the organizers and attendees. In this conversation we will look at how things have changed since the expert seminar, the progress that has been made, and what remains to be done.
Panelists: Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia (Canada), Sue Rowley, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (Canada), Te Herekiekie Herewini, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (New Zealand)
Moderator: Armando Perla (Canada/El Salvador)
Global Conversations on the Return of Cultural Heritage Series:
Join Indigenous experts, museum professionals, and human rights specialists from across the globe for a series of conversations regarding repatriation and the return of cultural heritage. One year ago, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) held a seminar to prepare a report with recommendations on the repatriation of ceremonial objects, human remains, and the intangible heritage of Indigenous peoples currently in the hands of state institutions to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Keeping the recommendations of this report, adopted in October 2020, in mind, this series will encourage dialogues amongst participants and foster communities of professional practice across the globe.
This series is presented by Illinois State Museum; The Museum of Us; the Canada Research Chair on Civic Museology at the University of Montreal; On Possible Futures, funded by the Maryland Institute College of Arts; Ohio History Connection; the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto; ICOM’s International Committee on Collecting (COMCOL); and Armando Perla. Content will also be made available through open-source publications and other forms of dissemination after the series is completed.