Indigenous Advisory Circle

The Indigenous Advisory Circle provides Library and Archives Canada (LAC) with advice to help guide and prioritize the Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives.

LAC is committed to collaborating closely with Indigenous communities and representative groups in order to better understand and preserve Indigenous heritage, and to make it accessible in a manner that is historically accurate and culturally appropriate.  


The members of the Indigenous Advisory Circle come from national, regional and community-based organizations. They provide advice on the various cultural perspectives of Indigenous Peoples.

LAC's Deputy Librarian and Archivist of Canada, and four other representatives from LAC, support the Circle and participate in its discussions.

Representatives from organizations (nominations in progress)

  • Melissa Adams, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
  • Stephen Augustine, Unama'ki College, Cape Breton University
  • Radford Brewer (Sonny Day Rider), University of Lethbridge
  • Tocassie Burke, Department of Culture and Heritage, Nunavut
  • Maureen Cournoyea, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
  • Paula Daigle, First Nations University of Canada
  • Victoria Deleary, Chippewas on the Thames First Nation
  • Rhoda Kokiapik, Avataq Cultural Institute, Inukjuak
  • Anita Kora, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Lena Kotokak, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
  • Terry V Morin, Enoch Cree Nation Archives
  • Sharon Parenteau, Louis Riel Institute
  • Kevin Perkins, First Peoples' Cultural Council
  • Karon Shmon, Gabriel Dumont Institute
  • Tyson Thomas, Independent Researcher

Representatives from LAC

  • Johanna Smith, Director General, Public Services
  • C├ęcile Lemaire, Interim Director General, Communications

Contact information

Should you have questions or comments, please email or ask us a question online.