The violent crimes against Black communities in the United States highlight longstanding systemic racism that exists throughout the world, including Canada.
The College is committed to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility. We stand in solidarity with our Black and Indigenous communities. It is deeply important to us that our whole community and in particular our BIPOC students, staff, faculty and board past and present know that we denounce racism in any form and that they will always find a safe space at the College. We also know that working to address anti-racism within our walls is not enough. We thank those who challenged us to speak up. We as artistic leaders must also set an example. As an arts and educational institution we know we have more work to do.
In the coming months the College will be developing a Cultural Safety Policy, the outcome of which will be determined by listening to our diverse community but with an aim to ensure respectful engagement, acknowledge power imbalances and create an environment free of racism and discrimination. We encourage all other arts and educational institutions to do the same.