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Great Lakes Research Alliance
for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures

August 2020 Newsletter

Aanii!  She:kon!  Yiheh!  Welcome!  Bienvenue!

We hope that you will enjoy GRASAC's monthly newsletter for August! You are invited to share your news and stories in future newsletters - see instructions at the end of this issue.

In this newsletter you will find:
  • GKS/GRASAC Public Site Update
  • Cultural Centres, Museums, and Galleries Opening Online and In Person
  • Muse from Nowhere: A Museum Unconference
  • American Philosophical Society Indigenous Seminar Series Call for Papers
  • Invitation to Contribute to Future GRASAC Newsletters
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GKS/GRASAC Public Site Update: Bookmark!
Heidi Bohaker

GRASAC.ORG: news, resources and stories

Colleagues, we are delighted to announce the successful migration of the GRASAC public website from Carleton University to the University of Toronto.   We are so grateful for Carleton for hosting us on their wordpress server for many years, and for setting a redirect link.  In a few months, will be retired, so please reset your bookmarks to  We also want to thank and acknowledge Kate Higginson's amazing work on the Carleton site, for maintaining it and developing so much interesting content.

We thank the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science, Information and Instructional Technology department (IIT) for hosting us in their state-of-the-art data-centre, and especially Priya Murugaiah, the Manager of Infrastructure, for shepherding this project to completion while working remotely. Priya also helped us hire an amazing student, third year computer science specialist and history major Sky Li, to configure the site and migrate the data.

Bradley Clements did a great job testing all the links and is contributing content.

We will be adding more resources and stories to the site - so if you have something to share, or want to feature some research you are working on, please send it along to Bradley's attention at

The GKS database remains accessible at If you've forgotten your password, please contact or to have it reset.  The amazing team of GRASAC RAs has been updating records this summer, and Laura Peers has been reaching out to institutions to update Memoranda of Understanding. It's great to see the increased traffic on the GKS. Please report any bugs or problems using the site to Haley ( so we can get those fixed.

Miigwetch all,


View the website here!
Cultural Centres, Museums, and Galleries Opening Online and In Person

Some GRASAC member institutions, and institutions with similar mandates, are working to safely return to engaging audiences in person and online. Below is a summary of some Great Lakes cultural centres', museums', and galleries' efforts to welcome their audiences, for those interested in re-engaging and supporting them. Further resources for institutions seeking to re-open have been developed by the Ontario Museums Association, the American Alliance of Museums, and the International Council of Museums.
Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour (image from the Woodland Cultural Centre).
Woodland Cultural Centre

Here are some of our upcoming events and opportunities to learn and connect with us more:

Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School Fundraiser:

August 5th and 19th at 7pm

Where: Zoom 

Find Details on our homepage


International Film Series

August 16th, 7pm

Details will be updated on our events page:


Unplugged Open Mic Social Distance Concert

Sept 12, 2020 7pm

Details will be updated on our events page:


Orange Shirt Day Virtual Events

Schools & Organizations: Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1

Public Events: Oct 2, 3, 4

Longhouse Ganǫsa’ǫ:weh

The Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre Longhouse Ganǫsa’ǫ:weh will be reopening on August 6 with precautions and visitor guidelines.


Ganondagan State Historic Site museum, longhouse, and hiking trails have re-opened with precautions and visitor guidelines.

In person events have been cancelled, but virtual events are continuing.

Niagara Falls Museums

The Niagara Falls Museums re-opened on July 21 with precautions and visitor guidelines.

As covered in GRASAC's June newsletter, the Niagara Falls Museums collaborated in the development of the Empathic Traditions Virtual Exhibition with Landscape of Nations 360o, which remains available.

Urban Shaman

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery has re-opened with precautions and visitor guidelines.

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada re-opened on July 18 with precautions and visitor guidelines.

Àbadakone: Continuous Fire has been extended until October 4, 2020.

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum has re-opened with precautions, visitor guidelines, and time-based tickets. They have also developed ROM at Home, a hub of virtual resources.

National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian remains closed, but their online resources remain available.

Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History has re-opened with precautions and visitor guidelines. The re-opening features summer-long free events.

Manitoba Museum

The Manitoba Museum has re-opened with precautions and visitor guidelines, and $7 admission until August 3.

They also have a series of virtual events and resources at their online hub, Manitoba Museum @ Home.

Muse from Nowhere: A Museum Unconference
Council for Museum Anthropology

This year, museum events around the world have been affected by the global pandemic, COVID-19. In light of both the loss of these opportunities to get together, and the pandemic itself, Muse from Nowhere invites you to participate in an online Unconference!

An unconference is not like a normal conference; rather than formal papers, it encourages discussion amongst its participants in thematic groups. This way, it encourages the discussion of immediately relevant topics and responses to current and ongoing situations in a way not possible for a conference planned a year in advance.

Muse from Nowhere will take place on 27th and 28th August online. The programme will be determined by your submissions and once finalised it will be shared on this website. The venue will also be shared.
American Philosophical Society Indigenous Seminar Series Call for Papers
The American Philosophical Society

Submission Deadline: August 21, 2020

The Indigenous Studies Seminar at the American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum provides a forum for works-in-progress that explore topics in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. Inspired by the work of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) at the APS, we are particularly interested in work by Indigenous scholars and projects that highlight community-engaged scholarship, use of archival and museum collections in research, teaching, and learning, Indigenous research methodologies, language revitalization, place-based teaching and learning, and related topics.

We welcome proposals from individuals working in a broad range of academic fields and community settings, and are particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches. The seminar is open to graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars, whether campus- or community-based. To maximize time for discussion, papers are circulated electronically in advance. The seminar meets once a month on Fridays from 3-5pm from October through May. All meetings in 2020-2021 will be held on Zoom.

Any questions should be directed to the coordinators of the seminar, Kyle Roberts ( and Adrianna Link ( at the APS.

To submit a proposal, please email a one-page proposal, a brief statement (2-3 sentences) explaining how this paper relates to your other work, and a brief CV by August 21, 2020 to and
More information here
Invitation to contribute to future GRASAC newsletters

We are accepting submissions for inclusion in GRASAC’s monthly newsletter. Any submissions related to GRASAC and the interests of members are encouraged! Submission suggestions include GRASAC member news, community happenings and events, exhibition reviews and announcements, calls for papers from relevant journals or conferences, grant opportunities and programs, GKS object highlights and stories, and bios of GRASAC-associated Elders, members, and RAs.

As many GRASAC members are challenged by the effects of COVID-19, sharing stories of success, struggle, and adaptation, requests for assistance, activities to do from home, and any stories particularly relevant to the moment are encouraged.

Your submission can be in text, image, or video form, or in the form of links to other accessible platforms. Submission deadlines are the 25th day of each month. Submissions received on or before the 25th will be sent out on the 1st day of the following month.  Please contact Bradley Clements (GRASAC research assistant) at for further information and to submit materials.
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