Get to know the ACC-CCA

About Us

History

In 2005, a group of Indigenous curators came together to develop a long-term strategy in order to better support a community of current and future Indigenous curators. Barry Ace, Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew, Ron Noganosh, Ryan Rice, and Cathy Mattes were key members who brought forward the idea of creating a collective of Indigenous curators and to create moments to have conversations about the state of Indigenous curatorial practice in Canada. The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA) was launched as a response to the authority afforded to the non-Indigenous curatorial and academic community within the discipline of Indigenous arts in Canada. “A Proposal for a Framework for Action” is a document that was created in order to provide long-term strategic support for the Indigenous curatorial community and to point to the need to have a roundtable discussion to point to crucial issues faced by Indigenous curators at that time.

The ACC-CCA activates Indigenous creative sovereignty, ensuring future ancestors have agency over their own cultures as an Inherent Right.

Vision

Mandate

Advocates, Activates, and Engages

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC- CCA) is an Indigenous arts organization that advocates, activates, and engages on behalf of Canadian and international Indigenous curators, critics, artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations.

Develops and Programs

The ACC-CCA develops and programs curatorial projects, researches Indigenous practices and educates through critical discourses on Indigenous arts and cultures.

Build Relationships

The ACC-CCA builds relationships for Indigenous artists and curators by supporting equitable collaboration and exchange within larger arts communities.

Increases Opportunities

The ACC-CCA focuses on increasing opportunities for Indigenous artists and curators within established arts institutions and champions the development of new Indigenous-controlled arts spaces.

Collaborate, Challenge and Engage

The ACC-CCA collaborates, challenges, and engages in critical discourse, always viewing the arts through a contemporary Indigenous lens.