W&M Dance Projects acknowledges that the lands on which we live and create are the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to the Mètis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
We honor and give thanks to the Indigenous people of the Treaty 7 region as the stewards of this land, called “Moh’kins’tsis”, the traditional Blackfoot name; which we know as the City of Calgary.
W&M Anti-Racism Statement
As an organization and as individuals we will continue to assert our stance against systemic racism and the overt and covert acts and omissions that enable it while asserting our commitment to excellence in the arts. W&M has a longstanding value of working toward social justice for all peoples but we acknowledge that continued efforts must be made. Racism is dehumanizing to everyone it touches. We affirm our identity as an anti-racist organization and are resolved that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life, culture, and practices of our organization as we continue to learn about and take a stand against racism. We resolve to provide accessibility to unconscious bias workshops, lectures, and discussions around racism in arts and education to our board and artists. While we are proud to say that our hiring practices over the last decade demonstrate diversity, such as the inclusion of 40% racialized artists across our stage and film projects, we understand there is still work to be done.
W&M Discrimination and Harassment
The Company is committed to providing and maintaining a work environment free from discrimination with regard to race, place of origin, ethnic origin, colour, ancestry, disability, age, creed, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression; free from workplace harassment and sexual harassment, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, can contribute fully, and have equal opportunities. The conduct and behaviour of Members must be business-like and free from bias, prejudice and harassment.