indigenous arts

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Throughout the summer and fall of 2018 we created our Reconciliation Action Plan.

I don’t want to say much more, wanting the plan to speak for itself, but I want to mention one thing and share some thanks.

Firstly, this is the first company policy that we’ve made publicly available, and we’ll continue to do so. We want to share these openly so that we are held to them. As we keep developing new policies they’ll all be listed on the Value Statements and Policies section of the website.

Secondly, we mention in the plan that we were advised to not publicly share the names of the folks who informed the making of this policy. I do however want to thank Justin Many Fingers, Torrie Ironstar, Troy Twigg, and Cara Eastcot, the core artistic team of Niitsipowsiin. Niitsipowsiin is a project we’re creating exploring the living history of Black Foot Sign Language. The first stage of making this show had the five of us attend The Sundance at Kainai, and it was that experience that spurred the creation of this plan.

INSIDE OUT THEATRE’S RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN

                        Last Updated: September 2018

 OUR BELIEFS

It is our belief that all public arts and cultural organizations have a responsibility to consider our sector’s historic and ongoing role in perpetuating misguided and often willfully harmful narratives around Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people. It is likewise necessary to recognize how our institutional structures and practices have often actively shutout the participation of Indigenous cultural workers.

It is incumbent on arts and culture organizations to own these facts, and to seriously consider how to imbed the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action into our creative and administrative working practices.

As a disability arts organization working on Treaty 7 land Inside Out commits to deepening our understanding of and engagement with the powerful intersection of Disability and Indigeneity.

  

OUR COMMITMENTS 

We will actively listen to our indigenous community members, artists and co-workers, and take their lead in putting our offerings into action.

We will openly engage indigenous co-workers and artists, to whatever degree they choose, to understand and explore how our work environment and practices are respectful and responsive to their cultural needs, and how their cultural practices can affect change here.

We will actively offer our support and collaboration in creating space for indigenous people with disabilities to participate fully in artistic and cultural practices.

We will champion performances that live at the beautiful intersection of the experience of indigeneity and disability.

We will actively offer our support and resources to our indigenous colleagues in making their work as accessible for and inclusive of as wide an audience as possible.

OUR PROCESS AND TRANSPARENCY COMMITMENT

 We are honoured to be story-tellers living in Moh’kinsstis, the traditional Treaty 7 territory of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Stoney Nakoda  and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge and appreciate the members of the Métis community, specifically the Métis Nation Region Three.

We deeply appreciate the advice, wisdom, and lived experience of all those we guided us in creating this plan. As part of this consultation we were advised to not publish the names of those who helped shape this plan so that the responsibility of activating the plan lies solely with Inside Out Theatre.

At the time of this writing, December 2018, Inside Out is led by settler artist Col Cseke and a multi-cultural, multi-ability staff. We will continue to update and report on these commitments and beliefs as they grow and evolve.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to have a conversation please reach out to us. You can e-mail col@insideouttheatre.com, call 403-282-4801, or visit our community arts space in Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW.