SUPERNANT

Kisha Supernant – 2023 Dorothy Killam Fellow

Recognizing Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous rights in heritage management

University of Alberta

Dr. Supernant’s research fundamentally challenges the foundation of archaeology as a discipline, inviting transformational change in the relationship between archaeology, Indigenous peoples, and care for cultural heritage.

Dr. Supernant’s research will focus on transforming some of the structures and practice of archaeology to create a system of heritage practice that is guided by Indigenous ways of knowing and being in partnership with Indigenous communities in the Prairies. The results will lead to examples of how heritage management can change to better recognize Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous rights.

Dr. Supernant’s research fundamentally challenges the foundation of archaeology as a discipline, inviting transformational change in the relationship between archaeology, Indigenous peoples, and care for cultural heritage. As an Indigenous archaeologist, Dr. Supernant works to support Indigenous people to tell their own history through archaeology and to change the current laws and policies in ways that uphold Indigenous rights to their cultural heritage.

Dr. Supernant will focus on some of the core structural barriers that infringe upon Indigenous rights to cultural heritage. Connecting with the belongings and places of Indigenous ancestors in ways that center their own values is essential for community well-being and vibrant futures for Indigenous peoples. In the words of Dr. Supernant: “When we tell our own stories, everyone’s understanding of the past is enriched.”

Related

Scroll to Top