Amanda Foote

Grant Type

Engaged Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Calgary, U. of

Grant number

Gr. ERG-32

Approve Date

February 2, 2023

Project Title

Foote, Amanda (Calgary, U. of) "Dagugun Woakide Akide Hnebigan Echin Bathtabi (Studying Museums in a Good Way)"

For decades, Indigenous people have leveled thoughtful critiques at museums; they point to challenges over rightful ownership, conditions of initial collection, contemporary interpretation, and even the nature of the museum institution, as problematic. Building on the skills and interests of a group of collaborators this project investigates potential pathways for improved relationships between museums and Indigenous people, specifically the ‘ethka (Stoney Nakoda) in Treaty 7 region. Utilizing a methodology developed through pilot study we employ the practice of visiting; with community members, museums, artifacts, professionals, and Indigenous people engaged in museum work. This process supports members of the ‘ethka community to develop their own positions in response to the myriad challenges presented in museum representation and collections. Their conclusions will then be delivered back to museums and heritage sites so they may conduct more thoughtful engagement processes that yield better results for all involved.