Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

As an organization, Calgary Arts Development has committed ourselves to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). This summer Calgary Arts Development is hosting a series of virtual town halls to discuss issues around the deep-seated racism that exists within our communities and systems, and how we can further develop anti-racist policies and practices governing our work.

The latest anti-racism town hall was hosted on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, with a focus on how anti-racism work is currently being pursued and sustained in Calgary, especially from the vantage points of BIPOC communities.

For this purpose, panelists from ActionDignity and Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC)/Black Caucus talked about the work they are doing and shared important learnings and discussions on what they see as opportunities and challenges in deepening and expanding this work in Calgary. They shared about what allyship and accomplice work looks like and how the current movements and initiatives can be supported.

The town hall was hosted on Zoom and was interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). A transcript of the town hall is available below as well as an unedited version of the chat and a list of links that were shared.