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Indigenous Librarian

Salary range: $23.81 – 28.77 / hour
Closing date: July 15th, 2024

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA), the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) and the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre are looking for a part-time Indigenous Librarian to lead documentation efforts focused on Indigenous artists, their works and the performances in which they are featured. The position will be primarily supervised by CAPACOA. While CAPACOA is based in Ottawa, Ontario, this role can be performed from anywhere within what is known as Canada.


  • Ten years ago, the National Arts Centre (NAC), along with many partners and collaborators, embarked on a project referred to as The First Cycle: Indigenous Theatre. The project led to the creation of the NAC Indigenous Theatre. 
  • A few years later IPAA set out to document the Body of Indigenous Work, a living document that highlights the incredible breadth of work created by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists across Turtle Island.
  • In 2022, IPAA implemented a Data Sovereignty Strategy while CAPACOA led in parallel the action research project Indigenous Artists and Wikidata.
  • These initiatives have been naturally converging and the three partners wish to spur further synergies through the creation of the Indigenous Librarian position.

Job Description

Overview: The Indigenous Librarian supports CAPACOA, IPAA, the Indigenous Theatre, and the Indigenous performing arts community in documenting and publishing information about Indigenous artists, their works, and the performances in which they are featured, in manners that are respectful of principles of Indigenous data governance.


The following task and responsibilities are currently anticipated:

  • 1 – Building a comprehensive base register of Indigenous artists.
    • Create/edit Wikidata items for artists performing at the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre.
    • Contact IPAA members to verify inaccurate or otherwise unexpected data points in IPAA’s member directory (as needed).
    • Regularly upload new IPAA members’ data to Artsdata and to Wikidata.
    • Create/edit Wikidata items for any emerging Indigenous artist nominated for or winning an award.
    • Contact Indigenous artists individually to validate their Indigenous identity and confirm they accept to publish this information in open knowledge bases.
    • Document Indigenous artists’ place of birth and place of work, so the data could eventually be mapped to traditional territories.
    • Create bi-directional links between Wikidata, Artsdata and other open knowledge bases.
  • 2 – Documenting the Body of Indigenous Work in the performing arts domain.
    • Create/edit Wikidata items for works (performance works, plays, musical works, etc.) presented by the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre.
    • Provide support to Indigenous artists and companies in the process of releasing production photos under a Creative Commons license.
    • Retrieve the Artsdata ID or mint a new Artsdata ID for each work.
  • 3 – Building a listing of events featuring Indigenous artists and their works.
    • Support Indigenous organizations and other organizations presenting Indigenous artists in the adoption of data practices that make it easier to retrieve and display events featuring Indigenous artists.
    • When Indigenous organizations do not have the capacity to implement data practices, assist them in using Artsdata software to manually populate the event data.
  • 4 – Allyship
    • Explore and develop partnerships with organizations such as the National Alliance for Indigenous Knowledge and Languages, Métamusique, Danse Collection Dance, the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia and university librarians with an interest in the works of Indigenous artists.
    • Collaborate with the National Alliance for Indigenous Knowledge and Languages and the Wikimedia community in improving the representation of Indigenous languages, Peoples and other concepts (bands, reserves, etc.) in Wikidata and in Wikipedias.

This job description is neither a complete nor a definitive statement of responsibilities. The role will be performed following an iterative approach, and responsibilities will consequently evolve over time. While responsibilities are currently mostly at the library technician level, our hope is to grow the position to include more librarian-level responsibilities.

General Requirements

No previous experience is required. On-the-job training will be provided.

Preference will be given to persons of Indigenous ancestry (s. 16(1) CHRA).

In addition to a lived experience as an Indigenous person, applicants should possess the following skills and aptitudes:

  • Knowledge of the performing arts;
  • knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples of what is known as Canada;
  • Strong ethics and a caring predisposition;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Collaboration;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Innovativeness;
  • Digital literacy and willingness to try out new technologies;
  • Leadership;
  • Management skills;
  • Oral and written comprehension of both English and French. 

Occasional travel may be required. CAPACOA will reimburse reasonable and necessary travel expenses. 


The Indigenous Librarian reports to the CAPACOA’s Director of Research and Development, and works in close collaboration with the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre Managing Director and with IPAA’s Executive Director.

Compensation and benefits

This is a part-time employment position, based on a 24-hour/week schedule (with possibilities of growing the position to up to 30/hours, depending on the candidate’s availability). Salary is commensurate with experience, with a starting salary range of $28,800 – 34,800 / year ($23.81 – 28.77 / hour).  We offer extended health benefits, access to a professional development budget, and a technology allowance for setting up and working from a home office.


This is a one-year term position, with possibilities of extension and promotion.

Application process

We are committed to the principles of equity, diversity and respect in employment. We encourage Indigenous persons, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to feel safe to self-identify.

For us, there is no such thing as the “ideal” candidate for the job. All persons who are qualified for most of the responsibilities associated with the position will be considered.

Please send a resume and a cover letter in either official language to with “Indigenous Librarian” in the email subject line.

Application deadline: up until the right candidate is found.

The position is to start by July 15th at the latest or earlier if the selected candidate is available.

While we thank you for your interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be



The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) is a national arts service organization supporting the performing arts touring and presenting community. CAPACOA represents 150 professional for-profit and not-for-profit presenters, festivals, presenter networks, artistic companies, agents, managers and other stakeholders working across the presenting and touring sector in Canada. Collectively, our network members represent nearly 2000 professional and volunteer organizations, associations and companies. CAPACOA’s mission is to cultivate a vibrant, healthy and equitable performing arts ecosystem, from artists to audiences.

About the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre

NAC Indigenous Theatre: Our stories are medicine.  

The Indigenous Theatre Department at the NAC nurtures, develops and showcases Indigenous stories at the NAC and in communities all over Canada. Our mission is to honour our storytellers and thereby aid in the retention, resurgence and resilience of the multiple and diverse Indigenous cultures of this land. 

About the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance is a member-driven organization of professional Indigenous performing artists and arts organizations. IPAA serves as a collective voice for its members and for Indigenous performing arts in Canada. IPAA provides leadership, support, representation, advocacy, and practical assistance for the national development of Indigenous performing arts.

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Written by Frédéric Julien
Frédéric Julien has been leading research and development activities at the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts since 2010. In this capacity, he has directed or authored several key research initiatives such as The Value of Presenting, Vital Signs: Arts and Belonging, Digitizing the Performing Arts, as well as many analyses of Statistics Canada data series. Frédéric also leads the Linked Digital Future initiative, which seeks to enhance the discoverability of the performing arts.

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