Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada
A Canada Incorporated Not-for-profit Organization
Founded 2013. Corporation Number: 9469869
Canadian Not-for-profit Organization
Your IACC board of directors consists entirely of Indigenous women. We stand to work only for Indigenous artists.
This organization empowers Indigenous women and generates economic development through free programming and sustainable projects. Funding is provided by Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and Heritage Canada.
We are volunteer led for over 10 years and strive to protect Indigenous artists of Turtle Island.
You can learn more about the IACC including our full artist membership directory, membership application and services for Indigenous artists, our board of directors, and more at our home page: IndigenousArtsCollective.org.
We are an Indigenous women led volunteer organization.
Designated a National Arts Service Organization by Department of Canadian Heritage with registered charity status #801401274RR0001
IACC Mission Statement
In taking inspiration from the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle, Iehstoseranón:nha (she keeps the feathers) Dawn Setford (Mary Francis Whiteman), founded the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada in 2012 to preserve and revitalize endangered Indigenous art forms and enrich lives through Indigenous arts and culture.
In safe and inclusive spaces, through community based learning, the organization engages, [re]connects and empowers Indigenous women by promoting the transfer and conservation of cultural knowledge; securing the capacity for the next seven generations to retain and cultivate intrinsic cultural connections.
IndigenARTSY Statement Re: Intentions, Partnerships and Goals - Non Profit Organizations
Above all else, this not for profit organization prioritizes the economic development of Indigenous artists and the conservation and protection of Indigenous arts and knowledge. Our ONLY interest is in the empowerment and economic stability of Indigenous women
With this website we intend to maintain a sustainable e-commerce site without any cost to our artist membership.
We provide free (volunteer) help for all IACC membership artists to ensure they understand and are able to manage their stores and products.
Other IACC work:
The women of the IACC proudly facilitate the Indigenous Women's Arts Conference in unsurrendered Algonquin territory (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). The conference sees the unification and connection of hundreds of Indigenous women and provides free workshops to promote understanding and retention of traditional Indigenous art forms and the intrinsic spiritual connections our culture holds close. Click here to learn more about our Indigenous Women's Arts Conference.
The IACC supports, loves and gently holds onto all Indigenous persons affected by child apprehension programs such as the Indian residential 'school' system, the Sixties Scoop and present day birth alerts. These programs exist to change, erase, ignore, kill or conform Indigenous cultures of Turtle Island. We offer oien'kwa'ón:we (assemma, tobacco) and Atónnion (Eagle) medicines in memory of those who died and for the continued healing of survivors, their families and communities. May all hold close the teachings of the Ka'nikonhriióhtshera (Good Mind) and move forward in a way that promotes compassion, equality and inclusivity.
The IACC facilitated the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on September 30, 2021. On that day we honoured hundreds of survivors and their families. We honoured the children who are still missing and memorialized the dead children who today lie in unmarked graves on residential school properties. Learn more about September 30th, Orange Shirt Day, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and make plans to promote education and awareness with next year and every day until then.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada TV Commercials
Our commercials air on CHCH, APTN and CBC and CBC Gem
If you are interested in traditional songs, language and culture, you MUST connect to the music of Bear Fox. She's a community leader and her songs and the songs of the Akwesasne Women's Singers are sung by communities across Turtle Island, women in ceremony and children in schools. Follow me to find her music on IndigenARTSY....HERE