CIT students and staff participated in round-table discussions and workshops sharing while gaining insights, experiences and best practices from working Indigenous industry professionals from around the world.
CIT’s trip to Ottawa and the show we presented were made possible by the generous support of the Indigenous Creation Fund (ICF)
, a program run through the Ontario Arts Council on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The ICF was created as a direct response to recommendations made in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report. Sadly, the program has since been “suspended,”
meaning these funds are no longer available to us.
The statement the Ontario Government gave to justify the cuts:
“To ensure taxpayer dollars are being used
responsibly and efficiently to maximize
of Indigenous culture support.”
– December 14th, 2018, Canada’s National Observer
by Steph Wechsler
Without the ICF, CIT will struggle to give our students this kind of life-affirming and invaluable opportunity again. A lack of access to professional development opportunities for Indigenous artists is why the ICF was created in the first place.
There is something you can do to help.
That is why we’re emailing you today.
Like us, you value the arts,
you value fairness,
and you value Indigenous voices,
identities and communities.
, candidates from every party are knocking on doors and asking for your
Ask where they, their party and its leadership stand on arts funding and action on Truth and Reconciliation.
power to make an informed vote, at this critical moment, can affect positive social and political change for Indigenous artists for generations to come.
and see you
at the polls.