NIAC was born in 2017 when a steering committee consisting of leading local Indigenous artists held a series of meetings with the Community Arts Council of Prince George & District (CAC) and Prince George Community Foundation to explore how Indigenous artists in northern BC could be best supported.
- That the existing Aboriginal Liaison position on the CAC Board of Directors be renamed Reconciliation Officer. (later changed to NIAC Chairperson)
- That cultural sensitivity training be provided to the CAC Board of Directors and Staff on an annual basis.
- That the CAC create a new employment position for an Indigenous Arts Administrator. The NIAC, with its 100% Indigenous membership, could potentially be an eligible applicant for certain funding opportunities, whereas the CAC may not be eligible.
- That the CAC create an Indigenous Arts Office in both its current and new facilities.
- That the CAC continue to support the NIAC by providing space and resources for meetings, including administrative support, communications, bulk purchasing, etc.
The panel contributing to the report consisted of the following individuals:
Ivan Paquette, Jennifer Pighin, Shirley Babcock, Len Paquette, Kim Stewart, Clayton Gauthier, Carla Joseph, Nigel Fox
Northern Indigenous artists work collectively to achieve inclusive, accessible, and equitable opportunities for advancing traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts along with professional development opportunities.
The Northern Indigenous Arts Council is a proactive collective of Northern Indigenous artists who:
- Are inclusive, accessible, responsive and equitable.
- Address issues facing Indigenous artists in Northern British Columbia.
- Advocate for Indigenous artists in Northern British Columbia.
- Pursue and provide support and resources for Indigenous artists in Northern British Columbia.
- Seek to create an Indigenous arts industry in Northern British Columbia where all Indigenous artists feel welcomed, supported and valued.