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Our Heritage: models of repatriation. From colonial past to reconciliation, a conversation between Canada and Australia

Centre culturel canadien
December 09th, 2019 19:30 - 21:00

 Photo : Musée canadien de l’histoire - droits réservés

How can the restitution of a people’s heritage pave the way for reconciliation?

This issue of restitution has long been debated in Canada and Australia, and the issue of the restitution of colonial artifacts has recently been in the news in France.

Canada has been practising the restitution of indigenous artifacts for some 30 years, and has developed several restitution strategies with the help of Indigenous peoples over the years. Australia is trying to reinvent museum practice in this sense. We will discuss with experts from Canada and Australia vital questions: who owns the human heritage? How can it be shared and treated with respect?

Speakers :

  • Jean-Marc Blais, Executive Director of the Canadian Museum of History
  • Jessica De Largy Healy, Research Fellow, CNRS, Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Marie Mauzé of the EHESS Social Anthropology Laboratory.

The conference will be preceded by a guided tour of the exhibition “Displacements” by Canadian artist Dominique Blain from 7pm to 7.30pm.


Centre culturel canadien
130 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris

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