CI Notices

The Notices are specific tools for institutions and researchers which support the recognition of Indigenous interests in collections and data. There are four Notices. The TK (Traditional Knowledge) Notice and the BC (Biocultural) Notice align to the TK and BC Labels.  Then there are two CI (Cultural Institution) Notices: the Attribution Incomplete Notice and the Open to Collaboration Notice. 

The CI Notices are for use by collecting institutions, data repositories and organizations who engage in collaborative curation with Indigenous and other marginalized communities who have been traditionally excluded from processes of documentation and record keeping. There are two Notices that can be used in these contexts.

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

Click on a Notice below to learn more about its usage.

Questions?

The following topics, questions, and resources have been curated to help you better understand and implement the Cultural Institution Notices. New resources are continually being added, so check back for more information.

How can CI Notices benefit our community?

The CI (Cultural Institution) Notices are specifically for archives, museums, libraries, universities and data repositories  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. These Notices are useful to communities because they communicate in what capacity institutions are willing to work with Indigenous and local communities.

Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgements for Cultural Institutions

See here.

Can I use the CI Notices for my institution?

The CI Notices were designed to be applicable to any institution or repository. If you’re interested in using the CI Notices at your institution, please check the additional resources for getting started, or reach out to the Local Contexts team.

How can CI Notices help our institution?

CI Notices are a valuable asset for any university, museum, library, archive, cultural organization or data repository. They communicate to Indigenous communities and local organizations that an institution is open to collaborate and willing to do the work of going through collections to determine what items need proper cultural attribution and additional community perspectives.

The CI Notices are a pathway for implementing TK Labels from Indigenous communities, and can start the process of meaningful collaboration between institutions and communities.

How do we implement CI Notices at our institution?

Implementing CI Notices at your university, library, museum, cultural organization or data repository is easy to do. Please contact the Local Contexts team (link) as we are happy to talk through the small steps needed. 

Notices can be displayed on institutional landing pages, website pages and promotional/marketing materials of institutions to easily signify to Indigenous communities and organizations that the institution is either open to community collaboration, or that cultural information regarding materials and exhibitions is missing or incomplete. You can also easily link back to the Local Contexts project so visitors can get more information on the Notices as well as learn about the TK Labels and Licenses.

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES I CAN USE?

Yes. Additional resources on Copyright,  Intellectual Property Law, Agreements, Protocols and MOUs can be found at ENRICH. Here you will also find training modules on Collaborative Curation, Cultural Awareness, Indigenous Intellectual and Cultural Property, Indigenous Data Sovereignty, CARE Principles, TK & BC Labels and Notices and Agreement Making.