First Nations consultation provides direction for repatriation

Ongoing discussions with Indigenous leaders across the province have encouraged a new direction for repatriation of sacred ceremonial objects held in government collections.

The reasoning behind this is to better address the unique cultural needs of First Nations and Metis communities.

First Nations leaders indicated a preference to maintain a distinct repatriation process through consultations following the introduction of Bill 22.

In order to ensure there is continued repatriation of sacred ceremonial objects to First Nation communites, the Alberta government has moved to proclaim Section 2 of the First Nations Sacred Ceremonial Objects Repartriation Act, also known as FNSCORA.

This movement allows continued repatriation to Blackfoot First Nations and development of regulations for repatriation of items held in government collections to other First Nations.

The section must be proclaimed by December 31 or it will be repealed.

– Kara Oosterhuis