Royal Saskatchewan Museum
- Policy for the management and repatriation of sacred and culturally sensitive objects of Aboriginal origin in the Ethnology Reserve Collection
Program SummaryThis policy for the care and repatriation of the sacred objects in the Ethnology Reserve Collection at the RSM has been built on the interests, needs and cultural perspectives of Aboriginal peoples. Three principles, introduced in the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Act, 2007, form the basis for this policy:
• Aboriginal peoples have a connection to Aboriginal sacred and culturally sensitive objects, regardless of where those objects are held;
• Aboriginal sacred and culturally sensitive objects in the collection are vital to the maintenance of traditional ways;
• the deeper meanings associated with Aboriginal sacred and culturally sensitive objects are known only to Aboriginal members of their cultures of origin.
The list of sacred objects in the Ethnology Reserve Collection is available upon request by Aboriginal individuals with ties to the sacred objects and who wish to take part in the options of this policy.