Gatherings & Public Events

A large-scale Gathering take place every two years in different communities or cities across Canada comprising of panels, performances, and other special events. We hold multiple Public Events each year in the form of panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, performances, and various events in partnership with institutions. Gatherings are expanding to serve international communities to better connect Indigenous curators in Canada with Indigenous artists and curators working internationally.

2020 – Digital, Beyond Space: A Gathering on Care in Strange Times, in partnership with the Toronto Queer Film Festival

2019 – Vancouver, Great Ocean Dialogues, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and SFU Galleries

2018 – Halifax, Pjilita’q Mi’kmaki: L’nuite’tmukl tan wejkuwaql naqwe’kl International Gathering

2016 – Whitehorse, Kwä̀ n Mày Dáyè Dàátthʼi (Sit by the fire with us – Ensemble autour du feu), in partnership with Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

2014 – Montreal, Iakwé:iahre (we remember), in partnership with Concordia University

2011 – Toronto, Revisioning the Indians of Canada Pavilion: Ahzekewada (Let us look back), in partnership with OCAD University

2009 – Ottawa, Curators Camp Kabeshinan, in conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada

2008 – Vancouver, Shaq’sthut – Gathering Place, in conjunction with UBC

2007 – Saskatoon, Corralling Art: Aboriginal Curatorial Practice in the Prairies and Beyond, in conjunction with Tribe

2006 – Winnipeg, The Way Ahead: Surveying the Curatorial Landscape, in conjunction with Urban Shaman

2005 – Ottawa, Founding Roundtable Discussion

Support for Independent Curators and Artists

Curating Care


The Indigenous Curatorial Collective produces publications and supports writing opportunities for ICCA members. Over the years we have sponsored writing in arts magazines and books, published a book in 2020, supported partner publishing projects, and have produced a series of digital publications.


Curatorial is a multifaceted programming structure that works to support Indigenous curators through a variety of opportunities. This takes the form of Curatorial Delegations; the Emerging Curatorial Programs; Curatorial Residencies, Intensives, and Fellowships; and Exhibitions.

Curatorial Delegations
The ICCA occasionally organizes curatorial delegation tours with Indigenous curators from across the world to visit communities, artist studios, museums and galleries, and arts organizations. Delegations are an opportunity for Indigenous curators to meet artists as part of their curatorial research and this also provides crucial professional development for artists to expand their careers.

Emerging Curatorial Programs
The Emerging Curatorial Programs have been developed to recognize and encourage incredible talent from up and coming generations of Indigenous curators. This program has multiple opportunities for emerging curators or those wishing to reinvigorate their careers. We offer a summer internship program in partnership with arts institutions for curators under the age of 35 through a cohort model where curators across the country connect weekly to share their experiences working within these partner institutions. In addition to the summer internship program, we also offer a rotating curatorial residency program for emerging curators.

Professional Opportunities
Stemming from our work developing institutional partnerships, the Curatorial Residency, Intensives, and Fellowships program provides opportunities for Indigenous curators of all professional levels.

The ICCA has supported exhibitions in the past. All exhibitions supported by the ICCA are only done so through long-term relationships based on principles of reciprocity and accountability.


The Membership program was developed at the ICCA’s incorporation in 2006 and will now see the implementation of an Institutional Membership Program; Community Membership; and an ICCA Member’s Database.

Community Membership
The ICCA considers community members as both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals interested in engaging in conversations on Indigenous curatorial practices in Canada and internationally. This membership is free and the ICCA’s staff commits to ensuring that each member is aware of all ICCA opportunities and is invited to our biennial gathering.

Institutional Membership Program
The Indigenous Curatorial Collective’s Institutional Membership Program exists to build stronger relationships with institutions who are currently working with or who are trying to work with Indigenous peoples in their spaces. Each relationship developed through this membership program will be different for each partnership as every institution has different needs.

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