Report on Equity Sounding Canada Council for the Arts


(3) Embed equity values into all disciplinary sections, program guidelines and peer assessment processes



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(3) Embed equity values into all disciplinary sections, program guidelines and peer assessment processes:

  • Apply an “equity” lens to all policy and program discussions, including the current operating program review

  • Build on best practices to implement a more cohesive approach to applying equity values across Council

  • Ensure that the Equity Priority Policy is clearly articulated and applied by officers during peer assessment processes

  • Increase representation from equity-seeking communities on Peer Assessment Committees to ensure that the burden of representation does not fall on one member, that there is sufficient expertise on diverse arts practices, and that assessors do not impose Eurocentric or ableist sensibilities on applicants’ work

  • Ask each section and office to set equity goals and to track its progress with regards to funding a diversity of artists and practices

  • Track each section and office’s success in integrating equity clients into its operating programs and implement more effective integration strategies, where appropriate

  • Review all program guidelines to ensure that equity language is incorporated to eliminate systemic bias

  • Expand its outreach efforts, including targeted grant writing workshops, to ensure that artists residing in all regions and communities are empowered to apply





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