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Indigenous Studies


We care for approximately 18,000 objects of Indigenous origin. These objects date from the mid-1800s to the present. As the collection grows, we work with Indigenous people to ensure that contemporary as well as historic experiences are represented in the collections and in our displays.

The collection holds great meaning for originating communities. We work with cultural knowledge holders to make sure that the collection is cared for in a culturally sensitive and respectful way.

The collection's areas of greatest strength are:

  • Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree)
  • Niitsitapi (Blackfoot)
  • Dene
  • Métis

The collection is an important resource for research, exhibits, and public programming. We are committed to accessibility for Indigenous peoples, researchers, students, and the interested public. We welcome inquiries for Indigenous peoples to visit with the collection. Please contact us with your request and a member of the staff will reach out to you regarding when we can welcome you to RAM.

For inquiries or to arrange a visit, please contact Stephanie Halapija.

Watch past virtual events from the Indigenous Studies team