Panel of youth artists to discuss cultural appropriation and artistic resistance

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Rhiannon Johnson
CBC News

A panel of youth artists will lead a discussion on Wednesday in Toronto about cultural appropriation and how Indigenous artists use their work as a form of resistance.

"I don't think people realize how damaging it can be to Indigenous people," says Riley Kucheran, who will be joining the panel.

"I think a lot of people take it as a black and white issue and say that appropriation happens all the time and that's how culture operates."

Kucheran is an Ojibway graduate student at Ryerson University who, in his graduate research, has been looking at the relationship between Indigenous people and the fashion industry.

"I think the best way to target cultural appropriation is to tell our own stories," says Kucheran.

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