Jonathan Lainey is the First Indigenous Person to Serve as Curator of Indigenous Cultures at the McCord Museum

Photo: © Musée McCord Museum – Laura Dumitriu, 2020

Earlier this month it was announced that Jonathan Lainey, member of the Huron-Wendat Nation, will serve as curator of the McCord Museum’s (Montreal) Indigenous Cultures collection. Lainey is the first Indigenous person to hold this position.

According to the CBC, the McCord houses one of Canada’s largest collections of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artifacts: 16,500 objects that span 12,000 years of history.

In a press release, McCord President and CEO Suzanne Sauvage is quoted as saying,

“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Lainey to our team. As a historian, Jonathan Lainey is known for his important contribution to ethnohistorical and Indigenous studies, and his mission will be of paramount importance to the future of the Museum. His appointment is another step in the right direction coming at a key moment in our history as we pursue the process of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Jonathan will energize our efforts and help make the McCord Museum a reference for welcoming and engaging with Indigenous communities.”

This past fall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced it was hiring, for the first time, a full-time curator of Native American art. Marabou is curious to hear who The Met will hire for this role.

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