Status Report: Decolonizing Arts Institutions

Panel: Supporting Indigenous Self-Determination throughout the North


Panel Description:

Arts institutions across the circumpolar North are working to decolonize and create more respectful relationships with Indigenous communities – but while that process is ongoing, it is not without challenges. Join representatives from arts institutions across the region as they reflect on efforts to decolonize to date and what work still lies ahead.

Organizer: Nuuk Art Museum

Time: Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022 – 3:30 PM MST


Nivi Christensen

Since 2015, Nivi Christensen has been the Director of Nuuk Art Museum in Greenland/ Kalaallit Nunaat. Christensen is an Inuk from Greenland and holds a Masters in Art History from the University of Copenhagen, and is a part of the research project ‘The Art of Nordic Colonialism – Writing Transcultural Art Histories’.  She is an expert on Art from Greenland and Greenlandic Art institutions, and has curated numerous exhibitions and written various articles on the issues, both locally and abroad. Christensen has since childhood been engaged with the Greenlandic art society. She is still the director of Nuuk Art Museum – formerly a private gallery, it now stands as the largest of only two art museums in Greenland. Greenland does not have a national gallery, but Christensen has been engaged in the ongoing process of establishing one, and has taken a lead in the process of securing art for a national gallery.

Nivi Christensen.
Nivi Christensen.


Steven Loft (CA)
Laura Lennert (GL)
Anni-Kristiina Juuso (Finland) 
Candice Hopkins (Yukon)


Steven Loft.

Steven Loft

Steven Loft is Kanien’kehá:ka (also known as Mohawk), turtle clan of the Six Nations of the Grand River, also with Jewish heritage. He has recently been named the inaugural Vice President, Indigenous Ways and Decolonization at the National Gallery of Canada. Previous to this, he was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Indigenous Arts and Culture and formerly Director of the Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples program with the Canada Council for the Arts. A curator, scholar, writer and media artist, in 2010 he was named Trudeau National Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University in Toronto. Loft has also held positions as Curator-In-Residence, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Director/Curator of the Urban Shaman Gallery (Winnipeg); Aboriginal Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Producer and Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (Hamilton). He has curated group and solo exhibitions across Canada and internationally; written extensively for magazines, catalogues and arts publications and lectured widely in Canada and internationally. Loft co-edited the books Transference, Technology, Tradition: Aboriginal Media and New Media Art (Banff Centre Press, 2005) and Coded Territories: Indigenous Pathways in New Media (University of Calgary Press, 2014). 

Laura Lennert.





Laura Lennert

Laura Lennert Jensen (b. 1996) is currently a master’s student at Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland, pursuing a degree in Cultural & Social History. Besides this, Laura is a musician and singer, and also co-wrote Berda Larsen’s short film Tuullik (2021) which received the Audience Award for Best Film at LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival in 2022. Since 2017, she has also been part of the board and one of festival organizers behind the annual volunteer-driven music festival Arctic Sounds in Sisimiut. 

Anni-Kristiina Juuso.






Anni-Kristiina Juuso

Anni-Kristiina Juuso ( Ánneristen Juuso in mother tongue Northern Sámi) is reindeer herding Indigenous Sámi, Actress,Lawyer Trained on the Bench, Ph.D. in law Candidate living in northernmost Sweden and northwestern Finland in Karesuando area, in the Heart of Sápmi. Besides acting as her Number One Career, as a Lawyer she concentrates in Indigenous and a human Rights Law.