The TK Labels have been designed for Native, First Nations and Indigenous communities that want to make other non-Indigenous people aware of the special rules that exist in relation to the sharing of their digital cultural heritage. Most often Native, First Nation, Aboriginal and Indigenous digital heritage circulates without sensitivity to the different paradigms and rules of access that are always associated with this material from a community, family, clan and/or tribal perspective. This is the legacy of colonial projects of inquiry and collection that largely ignored these cultural sensitivities.
The TK Labels are also for collecting and cultural institutions as they bring Native, First Nation, Aboriginal and Indigenous perspectives back into collection management and curation. Through collaborative processes, when the TK Labels are developed by a community and applied to their digital heritage collection at a collecting institution, a new relationship with these decontextualized collections is made possible. The TK Labels provide new information about a collection and work to reposition and privilege the originating communities’ intentions for how it should be accessed and used.
The TK Labels are also for the range of public users who encounter Native, First Nations, Aboriginal and Indigenous digital heritage either within institutions or in other online environments. The TK Labels provide important information and help users of these special collections make better and more respectful and ethical decisions about whether and how they should be used.