Kwey Kakina! I am Anishinabekwe (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) and second-generation Italian-Canadian, born and raised on unceded Anishinabe Akì (Ottawa, ON).
I am a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and my research is focused on Indigenous representation in museums.
As a research fellow with A/CA, I chair the steering committee that is coordinating the Indigenous Archives Gathering slated for Toronto in 2021 and I co-curated (with Nakasuk Alariaq and Tamara de Szegheo Lang) the exhibition Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations for the Arnait Case Study, that was presented at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Professionally, I am an arts administrator, art historian and curator. Over the last decade, I have held the position of Curator, Aboriginal Art at the Canadian Museum of History; Director, Indigenous Art Centre for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC); and have worked in the Indigenous and Canadian art departments at the National Gallery of Canada. I hold a BA and MA in Art History from Carleton University and I am a graduate of CIRNAC’s Aboriginal Leadership Development Initiative (2014-15) and the CMH’s Indigenous Training Programme in Museum Practices (2000-2001).
I currently sit on the Indigenous Education Council for OCAD University, the Indigenous Collections Symposium Working Group for the Ontario Museums Association, and I am a collaborator with the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative.