We work with a number of advisors and advisories to ensure we are gathering knowledge, ideas and perspectives from people in the community with lived experiences and expertise to guide our work.

This is to ensure we have good relations with Indigenous communities and that we are living up to our EDIA values.

Elder Advisor to the President & CEO

Blackfoot Elder Saa’kokoto

Indigenous Advisory

The decision-making process for the Original Peoples Investment Program (OPIP), the Honouring the Children Program, and the Indigenous Microgrant Program is Indigenous-led, with committees including representation across nations and artistic or cultural practice. OPIP assessors are included in the assessors’ listing below. In 2022 we continued to work with this Indigenous Advisory including to advise more broadly across our organization. Members of the advisory included (listed alphabetically):

Glenna Cardinal

Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse

Staci Duchene

Yvette Denby

Jarret Twoyoungmen


Inclusive Designers in Residence

Cesar Cala

JD Derbyshire

Community Working Group

The community working group comprises a group of artists from equity-deserving communities in Calgary that meets monthly to advise us on principles and strategies including hiring practices, our commitment to equity including accessibility issues, granting programs, conflict resolution and more. This working group is one way for us to develop embedded community engagement and work towards new levels of shared leadership. Members of the community working group in 2022 included:

asmaa al-issa

jaqs gallos aquines

Cesar Cala

JD Derbyshire

Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse

Alex Felicitas

Ebony Gooden

Toyin Oladele

Leslie Robertson

Shannon Rusnak

Jared Tailfeathers

Pam Tzeng

Wunmi Idowu