Watch the Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

Calgary Arts Development is committed to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). As a public agency stewarding public dollars for the benefit of ALL Calgarians, we aspire to foster a resilient and sustainable arts sector that is safe and welcoming for all, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical, or mental abilities.

At Calgary Arts Development our commitment to equity starts by honouring the first peoples of this land through Indigenous reconciliation.

Our work is focused on building good relations with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) based on mutual respect, deep listening and learning, honoring protocols, and providing intentional funding for FNMI art and artists.

The commitment to equity virtual town hall on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, focused on our commitment to Indigenous reconciliation.

Hosted by Sable Sweetgrass, Specialist, Indigenous Programs, this session included an update on current initiatives such as our granting programs the Original Peoples Investment Program (OPIP) and the Honoring the Children Grant Program as well as hearing perspectives of some special guests on truth and reconciliation through Indigenous arts.

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.