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Curator of Indigenous Studies

Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina
Deadline: August 01, 2021 - September 16, 2021


September 16, 2021

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) is seeking a permanent full-time Curator of Indigenous Studies.

Reporting to the Head of Research and Collections, the Curator of Indigenous Studies is responsible for taking a lead role in the museum's engagement with Indigenous communities; overseeing repatriation of sacred and culturally important Indigenous items; developing and maintaining Indigenous cultural-history collections held by the museum; developing an independent Indigenous studies related research program; curating museum exhibits; and contributing to educational public programming and outreach.

In the spirit of shared shewardship, the RSM recognizes and values its responsibility to work cooperatively with Indigenous communities, utilizing the museum’s expertise and facilities in caring for collections that record Indigenous culture-history. The collection holds great meaning for originating communities, and the Curator of Indigenous Studies will work with cultural knowledge holders to ensure that the collections are accessible and cared for in a culturally sensitive and respectful way.

The Curator of Indigenous Studies will be expected to develop and maintain a full research program in their field of expertise. This would include the ability to secure external grants, supervise graduate students, and maintain adjunct professor status at a university in Saskatchewan. We invite applicants that bring any field of expertise related to Saskatchewan Indigenous culture and heritage.

Essential Qualifications include:

a Ph.D. (or nearing completion of Ph.D.) in a discipline related to the position;
skills to allow for effective communication to a wide variety of audiences (e.g. government, colleagues, communities, public, media, students, museum visitors);
experience in, and sensitivity to, relationship building with Indigenous communities;
interpersonal and leadership skills that promote team-building and mentorship;
in-depth knowledge of Indigenous communities and collections relevant to Saskatchewan;
understanding and appreciation for collections management, including relevant curatorial methodologies; and
the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience to establish an independent research program/
Your completed application should consist of a single PDF file: this single document should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of your plans for a research program (1 to 2 pages), a summary of your vision for a collection strategy (0.5 to 1 page), a summary of your vision for a public outreach and community engagement strategy (0.5 to 1 page), and the names and contact information for three people that can serve as knowledgeable references.

For further information on the above position please contact: Dr. Ray Poulin (Head of Reserach and Collections):