Remembering the Future
An Indigenous Feminism Strategy
This is a free event for SAW Video members and members of the arts community at large. You are eligible to attend this lecture if you are: a SAW Video member, professional artist, creator, arts worker, cultural worker, admirer and or advocate for video and media arts.
In 2018 we saw the destruction of an essential program, The Indigenous Culture Fund, developed in the name of truth and reconciliation for Indigenous communities and artists in Ontario. We also read the OAC released report The Status of Women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research Review which in it’s non-intersectional approach has found video and media arts to be severely gender sparse. Remembering the Future : An Indigenous Feminism Strategy is an interactive discussion and reaction to these events and findings.
Remembering the Future is a conversation about how to persevere and thrive within an industry that does not prioritize you. How to continue on within the governmental institutions that bind us and that we depend upon for funding as artists and arts workers. Our intent is to further expand the ramifications of the cut to the Indigenous Culture Fund and expand the OAC’s report and address the intersections it lacks.
This discussion is also an attempt to continue the conversation about austerity against Indigenous people in this country across sectors. We do not want the cut to the Indigenous Culture Fund to be forgotten and we want our concerns heard. The goal of this facilitated discussion is to create a list of recommendations that SAW Video can submit on behalf of our community to the Ontario Arts Council. As well as draft a letter to the Ontario Conservative party, ATTN: Doug Ford, detailing our discontent and call to action. Participants will be led through group work activities and develop a hashtag to be used during and after the event in an effort to make our conversation go live.
This discussion will be lead by:
Liz Barron has been involved with self-directed contract work for the last 20 years. Liz’s background includes facilitation, strategic development and management skills in the not for profit sector. She partners with other like minded businesses for contracts and has extensive background in Aboriginal and diversity issues within a not for profit. Liz is dedicated to building strategies and programs that target, motivate and engage Indigenous artists and organizations working in all cultural milieu. She is a sought-after resource to artist run centres in Canada, having worked with galleries in Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario. With close to 20 years of experience in governance and development, she has devoted her career to supporting Indigenous artists and organizations within contemporary art and art cultures.
If you are able please bring a smartphone and or laptop for the social media components of this event. If you care to do so, feel free to bring a notebook, laptop or tablet along with you for note-taking purposes (no distracting images please).
Ontario Arts Council’s report: The Status of Women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018.
The findings of the OAC report conclude that womxn are severely underrepresented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts and screen industries. The review identified a lack of existing research that examined how gender inequality may be compounded when combined with other factors of discrimination such as racialization, age, sexual orientation, disability, etc. In addition, the existing research largely frames gender as binary (i.e. in terms of male and female only). These gaps in the existing research meant that the report was unable to address the important issues of intersections and non-binary gender equality. The Ontario Arts Council will build on this work by asking individual applicants a broader range of demographic questions, including gender, beginning in 2019–20, through a voluntary self-identification approach to address these major gaps.
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