Committee members: Jennifer Waring (chair), Jennifer Butler, Juliet Palmer, Norm Adams, Lukas Pearse, Isak Goldschneider and Chris Reiche.
An outgrowth of FORUM 2016, the newly formed Equity and Diversity Committee hit the road running, in its first year planning and providing opportunities for community introspection around diversity and equity. Why? Because it’s 2017 and there are still problems, still marginalized voices that have not been heard.
The major project during this off-forum year was the Rolling National Conversation on diversity. With funding from CNMN’s general operating budget, FACTOR, and local presenting partners, the conversations began in Halifax (Jan. 9), moved on to Victoria (March 26), and wound up in Montreal (May 1). It was an extremely valuable project, allowing for intense discussion on a huge range of diversity concerns. We heard the voices of under-represented artists and practitioners, and historically privileged/established practitioners began understanding the ways that they need to make room.
A comprehensive report incorporating ideas from all three sessions will be made available to our membership. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a look at the individual post-session materials on our web site: the Montreal report has just been published, and the Halifax report remains available as well. A transcription of the Victoria session is coming out shortly – stay tuned! Be sure to check them out, they are great for fertilizing your thinking.
Another event of note: on behalf of CNMN and its Equity & Diversity Committee, Jennifer Waring attended a meeting called by Dylan Robinson and members of the Nisga’a and Metis community to discuss aspects of the opera Louis Riel. A formal report is in preparation by leaders of the meeting. Watch for the release of this important document in the near future.
If any CNMN members out there would like to become involved in the activities of this committee, please contact me either at the address below or through CNMN.