Equity Priority Group Descriptions

This document has been updated as of April 12, 2021.
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Calgary Arts Development has adapted these priorities and descriptions from the Toronto Arts Council’s Equity Framework. We are grateful to the Toronto Arts Council for their work in this area.

The descriptions provided below are iterative and we acknowledge that they are imperfect and may not be reflective of how individuals or groups might identify themselves. We welcome any feedback. We will be engaging with the community in 2021 to further interrogate, develop, and improve upon the equity priority groups and their descriptions.

We also want to acknowledge intersectionality which recognizes how an individual may face multiple types of overlapping barriers, oppression or discrimination based on gender, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, physical or cognitive abilities, and many other characteristics. Rather than being defined solely based on one characteristic, intersectionality reinforces that we are complex human beings with a multitude of identities that define and influence us. We will consider each application within their own context with this understanding.

Current equity priority groups are listed below in alphabetical order: