artsUNITE/UNITÉ des arts provides an online platform that is inclusive and serves as a catalyst for artists to thrive. Our mission reflects this intention, as we welcome people from all experiences, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, race, Indigenous status, ethnicity, mental and physical ability, caregiver status, housing status, place of origin, age and all other statuses protected by the the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Several contributors to artsUNITE/UNITÉ des arts have specific criteria for individual grant and funding opportunities. These opportunities are intentionally selective: they provide funding to artists within their shared communities. As an advocate of diverse opportunities, artsUNITE/UNITÉ des arts recognizes that some contributors focus on serving specific communities. This only enhances our goal to feature as many diverse and inclusive opportunities as possible.
Artscape Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment
We will hold ourselves and each other accountable through word and action with the assurance that every member of the Artscape community be treated equitably, with dignity and respect. As an employer, as staff, as leaders and community members, we will act in an inclusive manner at all times and with mutual respect of individuals’ rights to be understood and heard.
We believe equity, diversity and inclusion creates a culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals and is representative of the Canadian population and are resolute in cultivating an environment where all people are respected and their differences are embraced.
We do not condone or tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity of any individual. Expressions of hate such as intimidation, harassment, offensiveness or hostility will not be tolerated.
We stand firm in our commitment to the erasure of and fight against all forms of discrimination and harassment, including but not limited to: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Black racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism and anti-Indigenous rhetoric and remarks.
We further commit to the creation and enforcement of open and inclusive spaces, free of hate and all forms of oppression.
We will support the growth, awareness and understanding of our most marginalized and racialized communities and will promote and encourage open dialogue that does not infringe of the rights of others or cause harm.
What is Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?
- Equity is the fair and respectful treatment of all people.
- Diversity is about the individual. It is about the variety of unique dimensions, qualities and characteristics we all possess.
- Inclusion is about the collective. It is about creating a culture that strives for equity and embraces, respects, accepts and values difference.
- Equity, diversity and inclusion is about identifying the uniqueness of the individual; it creates an environment that values and respects individuals for their talents, skills and abilities to the benefit of the collective.