Diversity, Inclusion, Reconciliation through Arts

Solidarity through the Arts

It is important that as an art organization we show solidarity and support for those harmed by police brutality and systemic racism in the states as well as here at home. We condemn racism and we affirm our commitment to fair and equitable treatment, representation, and prosperity for all peoples. We would like to acknowledge that our organization still has further to go to achieve this mission and will reflect on meaningful actions we need to take to get there.

Diversity through the Arts

MAN will become more diverse* in its membership and our artists and as a result, we anticipate our members will program a more diverse selection of artists and attract more diverse audiences.*Indigenous, Black, or People of Colour, artists with disabilities, Deaf artists, as well as artists from the LGBTQ2S+ community.

The Manitoba Arts Network is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion in which diversity can thrive within our workplace, events, and every aspect of our organization. MAN acknowledges that systemic discrimination and exclusion are prevalent in many institutions’ policies, practices, and traditions. MAN is invested in the full and equal participation of all people including women, people of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBT* peoples in all areas of arts and culture. We will strive to remove barriers to success by actively nurturing a professional and inclusive network, ultimately creating a culture founded on intersectionality, compassion, and respect.

Reconciliation through the Arts

MAN is committed to ensuring that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge, cultures, and traditions are embraced and reflected in the delivery of our programs, and in doing so the MAN Board adopted the UNITED Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and will apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities. In addition, we will activate the following TRC calls to action:

  • Building member capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
  • Undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.
  • Be properly reflective of the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples, including, but not limited to:
    • Increasing Indigenous programming, including Indigenous-language speakers.
  • Commit to meaningful consultation and building respectful relationships.
  • Ensure that Indigenous peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities.
  • Provide education for board, staff, and members on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools.

Land Acknowledgement

Manitoba Arts Network and our members live and work on Treaty 1, 2, 3, and 5 territories. We acknowledge and appreciate the past, present, and future generations of the Anishinaabe  (Ojibway), Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene peoples, and the Métis Nation, as well as the Inuit people who have a strong community here in Manitoba.