Vol 3 No 1 (2012)
Article

Repatriation Issues in First Nations Heritage Collections

Darlene Fisher
Bio
The Apple Trees Were All in Bloom, 2008 by Neil McLelland
Published May 7, 2012

Abstract

The repatriation of First Nations artifacts from Canadian museums is subject to continuous debate. First Nations groups wishing to retrieve their heritage artifacts often face numerous challenges due to cultural boundaries, miscommunication and differences in terminology. Although there is no one perfect solution to satisfy the needs of First Nations communities and the museums housing their sacred objects, a number of innovative and collaborative solutions are emerging to resolve some of these ongoing conflicts. This paper highlights some of the tensions between museums and First Nations groups, and looks to how both sides are beginning to rectify these conflicts through legislation and increased communication.