CI Labels

The CI (Cultural Institution) Labels are specifically for archives, museums, libraries and universities who are engaging in processes of collaboration and trust building with Indigenous and other marginalized communities who have been excluded and written out of the record through colonial processes of documentation and record keeping. There are two Labels that institutions can use.

Open to Collaborate

Why Use this CI Label?

The Open to Collaborate Label indicates that an institution is committed to developing new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership over collections that have colonial and/or problematic histories or unclear provenance. This label indicates an institutional commitment to change and to develop new processes for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections.

CI Label Text

Our institution is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections.

How to Apply this CI Label

The Open to Collaborate Label should be applied in a visible way on an institutional website. This assists in the identification of institutions who are committed to working towards new relationships of care, respect and equity over these kinds of collections. This label can also be added to the webpage of a specific department in an institution. For example an Anthropology Department in natural history museum.

For more information on applying the CI Labels, read the CI Labels Usage Guide and download the CI Labels Implementation Packet.

Attribution Incomplete

Why Use this CI Label?

The Attribution Incomplete Label is attached to collections or items that have incomplete, inaccurate, or missing attribution. This Label is a signal to viewers alerting them that the record and/or metadata is incomplete. Visibly identifying collections is the first step towards correcting existing attribution to include: contributors, collaborators, other authors and/or communities of origin.

CI Label Text

Collections and items in our institution have incomplete, inaccurate, and/or missing attribution. We are using this label to clearly identify this material so that it can be updated, or corrected by communities of origin. Our institution is committed to collaboration and partnerships to address this problem of incorrect or missing attribution.

How to Apply this CI Label

The Attribution Incomplete Label should be added at an item or collection level. It identifies materials where full ethical and cultural names and meanings, can be corrected and updated through collaboration and engagement with the people and communities who hold this information.

For more information on applying the CI Labels, read the CI Labels Usage Guide and download the CI Labels Implementation Packet.

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