Track 5: New Heritage Imperatives: Inclusion, Renewal and Expanding Relevance
This session looks at several initiatives designed to highlight Indigenous commemoration practices. It considers the need for Indigenous spaces of encounter, memory and commemoration. The conceptual and physical Indigenous spaces where identities and values are expressed, discussed and experienced without the colonial ordering and judgment of settler cultural institutions. Trina Cooper-Bolam looks at international commemoration examples that could inform local practices to commemorate collective trauma. Carey Newman looks at the example of the National Witness Blanket, his creative process, and how the Blanket and the stories it carries holds responsibilities and rights. These have been recognized in a stewardship agreement struck with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights where the Blanket will live.