Commitment to Indigenous and Diverse Artists

Background

In accordance with the strategic plan, the objective of this commitment is to move towards equity for Indigenous and diverse creators from a perspective of sustainability. It is based on the following principles:

  • Recognize the issues of equity, the effects of colonialism and the notion of “privileges” in its activities and sector;
  • Honour and respect the cultural specificities of artistic practices;
  • Facilitate the evaluation of artistic submissions by culturally representative peers;
  • Provide services in a spirit of openness, listening, empowerment and self-determination;
  • Collaborate with culturally representative professionals who are sensitive to the specific issues of Indigenous and diverse artists;
  • Participate in the development of artistic practices and efforts to bring about change in the world of dance;
  • Develop partnerships with legitimate and culturally representative organizations.

Approaches to Indigenous and Diverse Artists

  • Pay sustained attention to communication tools to ensure equitable visibility for the diversity of bodies and practices;
  • Systematically raise awareness among employees, directors, trainers, consultants, juries and other collaborators of systemic barriers in dance and the need to involve culturally representative professionals in processes;
  • Reduce systemic barriers in calls for applications by the following means:
    • Translate calls for applications into both official languages;
    • Offer the opportunity to submit a request in video or audio format;
    • Facilitate the review of applications by culturally representative professionals;
    • Include a reference to equity;
  • Undertake a reflection on the representation of the racialized body and on choreographic signatures of non-European tradition as part of Parcours Danse;
  • Gradually review the learning tools and content of training courses in order to include a decolonized and fair point of view;
  • Continue the performing arts support pilot project in Ontario and Quebec;
  • Become aware of systemic barriers in the team and collaborator recruitment process.

Approaches Specific to Indigenous Artists

  • Reflection on the use of the self-identification concept;
  • Land recognition in the context of events;
    Recognition of Indigenous territory in calls for applications and job offers;
  • Integration of Indigenous experts in the design of some projects;
  • Mandate to manage a La DSR program by an artist from the Kanienʼkehá:ka First Nation.

Approaches to Indigenous and Diverse Artists

  • Use of the expression “dits de la diversité” in French;
  • Election of diverse directors on its Board of Directors;
  • Negotiation of a new partnership with Diversité artistique Montréal.
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