INDUSTRY STANDARDS / BEST PRACTICES
Saskatchewan Visual Arts & Craft Sector
tansi. Thank you for taking time to participate in these community consultation
meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to bring First Nations and Métis artists
together to discuss Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal art industry standards and best
INDUSTRY STANDARDS = the standard of fair and respectful treatment of First
Nations and Métis artists and their artworks.
BEST PRACTICES = steps being taken by us as artists to advance First Nation and
Métis art practice in Saskatchewan.
Several end results that will come from these gatherings:
a comprehensive province-wide list of practicing artists will be compiled
artists will come together to meet and discuss common topics
artists will be given a chance to speak about their experience as First Nations or
Métis artists in Saskatchewan and identify ways their existing practice could be
valuable networking at the meetings
a draft document will be written to enhance and strengthen the province’s diverse
First Nations and Métis art practice – protecting the artist while aiding to develop a
stronger Aboriginal art community in the province
This process is part of a larger Industry Standards/Best Practices document being
developed by CARFAC Saskatchewan. The Aboriginal component of this document will
be drafted according to the comments made by the artists attending the meetings.
Once completed, this draft will be incorporated into the larger CARFAC document and
distributed throughout the province to all artists who have participated in the
consultation meetings, their communities, galleries, museums, funders, and government
The Aboriginal Art Industry Standards/Best Practices document will be a working draft
that will be reviewed periodically to ensure the identified standards and best practices
are current and relevant to the dynamic and ever-changing Aboriginal art practice.
The following questions are presented as a starting point to begin discussion.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS AN ARTIST IN SASKATCHEWAN? This could
include such things as: the type of work you create; your choice of materials; do
you consider yourself an artist? Do you have a story of a positive or successful
art project; or vice versa.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH CULTURAL PROTOCOLS AND THE
CREATION OF YOUR ART PIECES?
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE APPROPRIATION OF CULTURAL
WHAT IS YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT
COPYRIGHT OF ARTWORKS?
WHAT DO YOU FEEL WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A SUCCESSFUL ART PRACTICE, OR TO STRENGTHEN
YOUR EXISTING ART PRACTICE?
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO IMPROVE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
FOR ABORIGINAL ARTISTS? What would you like to see improved? What would
be of benefit to you?
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS?
Thank you for taking time to attend and speak about your experience as a First Nation
or Métis artist in Saskatchewan.
If you would like to add additional comments you can:
Send me an email at
Give me a call at
We look forward to including your thoughts and suggestions in the development of
Saskatchewan Aboriginal Art Industry Standards and Best Practices.