Canada Council for the Arts
deadline: February 28, 2021
Community polls and discussion forums about our next strategic plan have clearly placed diversity, equity, and inclusion at the top of the list of priorities that will strengthen the arts sector in Canada.
The inclusion and representation of Indigenous peoples, Black people, racialized people, Deaf people, and people with disabilities are crucial to increasing the relevance, influence, and recognition of the sector and its organizations. The content, programming, and staffing of some organizations shows a certain amount of progress in terms of inclusion and representation. It is progress that must be matched by tangible and consistent action in favour of decolonization and by the ongoing fight against racism in the cultural sector and society at large. What is more, we must not only listen to, but also respond in order to correct the funding inequities that still exist and that disadvantage Indigenous artists, Black artists, artists who are racialized, Deaf artists, and artists with disabilities.
Increasing diversity and representation at the Canada Council for the Arts
The Council’s commitment to reflecting the diversity of Canada in its staff is not new. As I write this, 70 % of the people working at the Council are women, 16.8 % are Black people and other racialized people, 4.6 % are Indigenous people, and 6.8 % are Deaf people or people with disabilities. But we want to do better, and we can!
In keeping with its commitment, the Council is aiming to significantly increase the diversity of the staff within its ranks. We have a historic opportunity to do so right now. That’s why we will be filling a few dozen positions in the coming months—positions left vacant due to Council employees retiring or switching careers. We are picking up the hiring process where we left off, having suspended it at the beginning of the pandemic.
And so, we are launching a major recruitment campaign that is open to all but that will prioritize Indigenous applicants, Black applicants, applicants who are racialized, Deaf applicants, and applicants with disabilities.
The Canada Council for the Arts needs your help
We will be filling positions on a variety of the Council’s teams, namely in Finance, Human Resources, Policy and Strategic Planning, Prizes, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESO). It goes without saying that we are also looking to fill many positions in the Arts Granting Programs Division. I encourage you to visit the Careers section of our website regularly.
We need the entire community to help us get the word out about these job opportunities and to encourage skilled, committed, and innovative people to submit applications. Of course, applicants can be from the arts sector, but we would also like to receive applications from other sectors of activity, because the types of expertise and perspectives we seek are not limited to the arts. In fact, the Canada Council for the Arts—like the sector itself—could greatly benefit from the advances in evaluation, the environment or social and climate justice that are being made in sectors such as education, community development, health, environment, and international cooperation.
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