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Art, Art Museums, and Data: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Addressing Data Bias

February 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Galleries and museums collect objects and information. Data about the object, maker, origin, material, and cultural significance is integral to building collections. However, these practices are rooted in colonial structures that continue to misrepresent and misuse Indigenous histories.

Understanding “sovereignty” – the human right to “hold sovereignty” – is a critical act of dismantling colonial collecting practices. This workshop will explore visual art and cultural objects as data. Participants will delve into the meaning of Indigenous data sovereignty including intellectual property rights and digital data collection. These understandings can help individuals and institutions to interact and build with collections through a decolonial lens.

Note: This is a joint event between Ontario Galleries and Guelph Museums


February 28
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Guelph Museums


Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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