Statement of Solidarity
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 the fair and equitable treatment, representation and prosperity for all peoples. We would like to acknowledge that our organization still has farther to go to achieve this mission and will reflect on meaningful actions we need to take to get there.
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.
Statement of Reconciliation
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.
The Manitoba Arts Network is located on Treaty 1 territory. We acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene peoples, and is the birthplace of the Métis Nation. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the Inuit people who have a strong community here in Manitoba.