Curator of Indigenous Cultural Heritage
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) is a natural and Indigenous cultural heritage museum, the land on which the RSM is located is Treaty 4 territory, ancestral and traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakoda, Lakota, and the home of the Métis. We acknowledge the land in an act of reconciliation to those whose traditional territories we are on. Established in 1906 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada as the provincial museum, the RSM’s mandate falls within areas that are guided by Treaty Nos. 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10.
The RSM is seeking a permanent, full-time curator to join its vibrant and dedicated team. Curators at the RSM enjoy significant freedoms to lead their program in meaningful and exciting ways, including caring for invaluable and sacred collections, curating new exhibits and in this instance building and maintaining meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan. There are many exciting paths that our curators explore, and we are looking for the right person to lead us along this one. Our team is energetic and high-performing, and we strive to maintain a relaxed and enjoyable work environment.
The Curator of Indigenous Cultural Heritage at the RSM will have the very important lead role in curating Indigenous cultural heritage collections at the museum and they will lead the museum's engagement with Indigenous communities for a wide variety of museum initiatives. Reporting to the Head of Research and Collections, the Curator will serve as the primary liaison between the museum and Indigenous communities and will provide direct advice to the museum’s Executive Director on matters pertaining to Indigenous community engagement. The successful candidate will build relationships not only between themselves and First Nations and Metis communities, they will also build them within the RSM.
Primarily responsibilities include:
- Indigenous cultural heritage collections
- Engaging Indigenous communities to facilitate the use of museum resources and expertise to provide care and management of cultural heritage collections.
- Work with knowledge keepers and Elders to ensure that the collections are accessible and cared for in a culturally sensitive and respectful way.
- Facilitating collections use (e.g., loans, visits, research, exhibits) and repatriation.
- Growing, developing, and maintaining the tangible Indigenous cultural heritage collections at the museum.
- Developing intangible collections involving language, traditions, and oral history.
- Leading the development and curation of museum exhibits related to Indigenous cultural heritage.
- Overseeing consultations with Indigenous communities on exhibit ideas and concepts.
- Public Engagement
- In the spirit of reconciliation, presenting lectures, talks, tours, social media, and other presentations related to Indigenous cultural heritage.
- Responding to questions from the private, public, and government sectors regarding issues around Indigenous cultural heritage.
- Building and maintaining strong relationships with Indigenous communities, donors, curators, educators, community leaders, media, and others that promote the value and contributions of the museum.
Our ideal candidate for the position is expected to possess the following credentials and skills:
- In-depth knowledge of Indigenous art, culture, histories, traditions, knowledge systems, and/or contemporary issues, on a local, national, and global scale.
- Understanding and appreciation for professional collections management at a museum – experience working a museum or gallery is considered an asset.
- The ability to appreciate and apply the expectations regarding Indigenous collections as described in the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Act, in particular understanding that: “the deeper meanings associated with Aboriginal sacred and culturally sensitive objects are known only to Aboriginal members of their cultures of origin.”
- The confidence, character, and ambition to build and maintain meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities. Having an existing network of contacts within Saskatchewan Indigenous communities is considered an asset.
- A university degree in a discipline related to the position (e.g., curatorial/museum studies, Indigenous studies, art, ethnology, cultural history), typically this would include a post-secondary degree or, in exceptional situations, an equivalent level of lived, professional, or education experience or a combination thereof.
- Skills to allow for effective communication to a wide variety of audiences (e.g., students of all ages, general public, government officials, community leaders, academics).
- Interpersonal and leadership skills that promote team building and a positive workplace environment.
The RSM is located in beautiful Regina, Saskatchewan. The capital city, Regina is big enough to have all the amenities of a big city but small enough to be affordable and with no long commutes to work! The city is home to the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada. The city boasts clean air, an abundance of greens spaces and parks, and an extensive network of walking/biking paths. Yes, the winters are cold, but the skies are always blue, and you just can’t beat a Saskatchewan summer. The RSM has been fortunate to attract a diversity of curators from across Canada and the freedoms they have in leading their programs combined with the benefits of living in a city like Regina creates a wonderful work-life balance.
We invite qualified applicants that bring any field of expertise related to museology, collections management, or Indigenous culture and heritage to apply.
Diversity is a core value at the RSM. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment for all staff, students, and volunteers.
To best meet the roles and responsibilities that come with being Curator of Indigenous Cultural Heritage, this competition is designated to Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Native American, and Métis) with preference for those with existing relations with Indigenous communities.
Candidates must self-identify in their application.
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Application for this position must include a single PDF file consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae (cv) or resume, and the names and contact information for two or three people that can serve as knowledgeable references. In the application, please emphasize your experience and vision towards managing Indigenous cultural heritage collections and engagement with Indigenous communities of Saskatchewan.
For further information on the above position please contact:
Dr. Ray Poulin: Ray.Poulin@gov.sk.ca