Legal Considerations for Indigenous Artists & Designers: An Introductory Guide

An artistic depiction of Indigenous women in creative fields, with title of the document below and logos of all the partners.
Illustrated by Natalie King

Legal Considerations for Indigenous Artists & Designers: An introductory guide is the result of a collaboration between:

This collaboration was formed to provide free summary legal information, non-legal peer support, and other resources for Indigenous artists spanning a variety of industries and disciplines.

As part of this ongoing collaboration, we have hosted two roundtables and a webinar on legal considerations for Indigenous Artists in Film and Media Arts. We have developed this resource in response to themes that emerged from these prior events and conversations.

Indigenous women* are becoming increasingly visible in the arts, with a rising number of actors, comedians, musicians, authors, visual artists, craftspeople, and dancers being represented across major artistic platforms. Although a substantial proportion of artists can be considered entrepreneurs, freelance artists and creatives are often overlooked in discussions of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. The aim of this resource is to support creative women entrepreneurs by providing information and tools that can assist them in their creative endeavors and businesses.

*Note: Our use of the term women is inclusive, including cis women, trans women, Two Spirit, genderqueer, gender fluid, and non-binary folks.

A special thank you and Miigwetch to Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman (Cree/Ojibwe ancestry with Red River roots), for her consultation and guidance through the development of this resource, as well as for her facilitation of the roundtable discussion; and Natalie King (Timiskaming First Nation) for her powerful images that bring this resource to life.

Thank you to our financial sponsor EQ Bank. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Government of Ontario.

Sponsor: EQ Bank

Artist: Natalie King (Timiskaming First Nation)

Project Advisor: Brenda MacIntyre – Medicine Song Woman (Cree/Ojibwe ancestry with Red River roots)

Project Support: 

Toronto Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council | Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada

Government of Ontario | gouvernement de l’ontario