The three-day event has been designed to foster discussion on the creation of a living archive of Aboriginal art. The panel presentations and roundtables will explore theoretical and pragmatic concerns in the creation of such an archive.
Events will explore individual aspects of what this archive might be: how it will reflect on the past and on the future; how it might make room for new media and contemporary artwork that respond to the objects that are commonly displayed as archive or Aboriginal history; and how it will deal with the insertion of oral history projects.
To bridge generation gaps between Indigenous curators in a path toward creating an inclusive, indigenized and decolonized Indigenous art history, the colloquium will also explore the roles and responsibilities of a mentor-mentee relationship.
This year marks the first time the annual event will be held in Quebec. A number of key moments in the development of an aboriginal art history have brought francophone and anglophone Aboriginal arts professionals together. Organizers have planned to have simultaneous translation in both French and English for all activities to facilitate this rare opportunity for exchange.