Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Black Lives Matter / Update and Report to Community / October 2021

In July 2020, Canadian Stage made a public declaration in support of Black Lives Matter.   

We committed to stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and people of colour in our communities. In the statement we recognized that while Canadian Stage has an important role to play in the dismantling of systems of injustice and violence and aspires to create spaces of safety, we acknowledged that we have not lived up to this aspiration.

To truly dismantle the systems of inequity that are deeply embedded in Canadian cultural institutions and at Canadian Stage, we committed to intentional and sustained efforts in a multi-year process.  We immediately began Phase 1 of this critical work throughout this last 2020-21 season, including:

  1. The engagement of a professional Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppression (AOAR) trainer who specialized in guiding Canadian cultural institutions through this process. Training would be delivered to all Canadian Stage staff, Board members and volunteers.
  2. The research and development of a comprehensive and robust Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) plan that articulated clear and measurable goals. The plan was to be co-created in close collaboration with staff, Board, and artists.

In an ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability to our communities, we are writing today with a fulsome update.  In the link HERE {insert hyperlink}, you will find the report on work undertaken in Phase 1 of the process, organized in three areas of focus:

As well, the report offers an overview of actions taken, new commitments, as well as next steps to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Canadian Stage.

As the organization moves into Phase 2, as part of our 2021.22 season, Canadian Stage will develop and complete the multi-year DEAI strategy and annual workplans that are informed by the findings of the diagnostic work. This plan will focus on building lasting capacity and authentic understanding within the organization and transforming Canadian Stage into a truly inclusive cultural institution. 

We thank the Canadian Stage community for their support in this work. The 2020-21 season was a time of listening, learning, and reckoning for this organization. We have been astounded and humbled by the courage and candour of BIPOC artists, staff, Board members, and audiences throughout this process. We are deeply grateful for your belief in Canadian Stage’s potential, and we are emboldened by your hope for a vibrant Canadian Stage that authentically reflects the diversity of our beautiful city. We move into Phase 2 with respect, creativity, love, and determination.

Read the Report to Community