Over the last week, we’ve been reflecting on how best to use our platform as a way to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Of course, one statement on social media is not enough, there also needs to be action taken to ensure that we continue to centre BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists and their stories. While we show our solidarity through partnering with community groups and hiring artists of colour, we know we have to do better and work harder to dismantle systemic racism within our organization and our industry. More on this to come.
Below is the official statement we posted on June 2, 2020.
As a theatre company with a mandate to produce theatre for social change, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The horrific events of the past week have been a stark reminder about how police violence disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous and people of colour in Canada and the United States.
We want to actively challenge the far-too white, able-bodied, cisgender, heteronormative theatre we see. We acknowledge our role in dismantling these structures that perpetuate racism by centring Black artists and their stories, recognizing our privilege, and choosing allyship over silence.
We also acknowledge the historic and continuing racism directed at Indigenous people which is taking place on stolen Indigenous land.
We support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) performers, writers, and artists. We support these members of our local theatre community and theatre communities everywhere.
We know words aren’t enough. But now isn’t the time for us to talk, but rather, to listen.
Here is a link to anti-racism resources https://docs.google.com/…/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-V…/mobilebasic
And here is a link to a list of 10 historic Black theatre companies we encourage you to donate to (if you are able) in this time: https://www.theatermania.com/…/10-black-theater-companies-d…
And finally, we wanted to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter march that is taking place in Winnipeg, in front of the Legislative building, at 6 PM on Friday, June 5. There’s critical information in the event description here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2522942161368878/
After posting on our Facebook Page, it was pointed out that many of the shared resources were from the States and we were encouraged to include Black theatre companies in Canada, which you can find below: