New FPCC Report Released

May 4, 2015
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is pleased to announce the release of the Proceedings of the Cultural Protocols & the Arts Forum that took place at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia in March 2014.

Initiated by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC), and hosted at the En’owkin Centre, the Cultural Protocols and the Arts Forum brought together 70 Indigenous artists, cultural people, and allies in Penticton, B.C. to facilitate meaningful and solutions-focused discussion about how cultural protocols influence, inform, challenge and support artistic practice.

“The goal for the forum was to move toward a clearer understanding and assertion of our protocols − both within our communities and for our neighbours and the broader society,” says Cathi Charles Wherry, Arts Program Manager at FPCC. “This document is meant to inspire the continued conversation, and the ongoing generation of ideas, resources and tools.”

Cultural protocols and an Indigenous perspective of First Nations intellectual property rights are not broadly acknowledged or understood. With the historical and present disruptions to First Nations cultures and traditions, as well as continuously emerging circumstances, Aboriginal artists working in all disciplines are required to navigate very complex questions and ethical dilemmas.

“For generations many people have worked to maintain and strengthen our cultural protocols so that our creative imaginations and resulting work can be supported by our own values, laws and structures.” says Cathi.

The forum included participants who could contribute their real experiences, methodologies and tools to this important conversation. Participants came from across Canada, with the strongest representation being from the province of B.C.

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For more information, contact Cathi Charles Wherry:
Tel: 250-652-5952


We would like to acknowledge our project partner and hosts, the En’owkin Centre, and thank their team for all they did to make the Forum a success. We are grateful to Nadya Kwandibens of Redworks Photography, who captured the passion and energy of the participants in her photo documentation. Debra Hoggan thoughtfully embraced the work of transforming the audio recordings, notes and flip charts into the basis of this report. Florene Belmore and Randall Gray provided invaluable guidance and commitment throughout the editing and design of this publication.

The greatest acknowledgement goes to the forum participants, who shared their knowledge and experiences with great courage and respect. FPCC will be sending hard copies of the report to everyone who registered for the forum.

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