Setting the Foundation

Global Conversations on the Return of Cultural Heritage Series
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Online

Event Audience: 

Adult

Fee: 

Free with registration

One year ago, the University of British Columbia (UBC) hosted an expert seminar to support the work of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ (EMRIP) in preparing a report with recommendations on the repatriation of ceremonial objects, human remains, and the intangible heritage of Indigenous peoples currently in the hands of state institutions like museums and universities to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report was presented and adopted in October 2020. Some of the organizers and attendees will discuss several of the points and recommendations made in the report. This conversation will look at how things have changed since the expert seminar, the progress that has been made, and what remains to be done. Register here.

Panelists: Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia (Canada), Sue Rowley, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (Canada), Te Herekiekie Herewini, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (New Zealand)

Moderator: Armando Perla (Canada/El Salvador)

To learn more about the panelists and moderator see their bios here

Global Conversations on the Return of Cultural Heritage Series:
Join Indigenous experts, museum professionals, and human rights specialists from across the globe for a series of conversations regarding repatriation and the return of cultural heritage. One year ago, the University of British Columbia (UBC) hosted an expert seminar to support the work of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ (EMRIP) in drafting a report on the repatriation of ceremonial objects, human remains, and the intangible heritage of Indigenous peoples. EMRIP’s report was presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council and adopted in October 2020. Keeping the recommendations of this report in mind and in the spirit of global collaboration this conversation series is being presented to encourage intercontinental and interdisciplinary dialogues amongst participants and to foster the strengthening and/or creation of communities of professional practice across the globe. See the series flyer here.

This series is presented by Illinois State Museum; The Museum of Us; the Canada Research Chair on Civic Museology at the University of Montreal; On Possible Futures, funded by the Maryland Institute College of Arts; Ohio History Connection; the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto; ICOM’s International Committee on Collecting (COMCOL); and Armando Perla. Content will also be made available through open-source publications and other forms of dissemination after the series is completed.

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