This unique initiative will promote artistic collaborations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, investing in the power of art and imagination to inspire dialogue, understanding and change. Council will administer the {Re}conciliation initiative. A call for proposals was issued May 25th, 2015. Interested artists and arts organizations will be invited to submit proposals for project funding up to $75,000. This initiative precedes the release of the much-anticipated report from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and seeks to help artists and Canadians alike reflect upon, and help repair historic injustices.

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George Littlechild, Never Again, 1993

The partnership also highlights Council’s recent commitment to building a vital and engaged new Aboriginal program as part of the upcoming transformation of its national arts funding programs

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“Reconciliation between Aboriginal peoples of this country and non-Aboriginal Canadians is a defining issue for the future of our country,” said Canada Council Director and CEO, Simon Brault. “We not only believe that the arts can bring greater understanding to the issue and will highlight the unique voices of Canada’s Indigenous artists, but also lead to new and constructive dialogues on justice and healing.”

 

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s historic work offers Canada an opportunity to reshape relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Philanthropy and the arts have important roles to play in supporting creative collaboration in forging a culture of respect and reciprocity,” said Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

 

“Reconciliation in Canada is a process in its infancy, and will need to continue for many years. It will be collaborations, partnerships and individuals working in all fields –committed to the process, which keep the issues before the Canadian public –that will eventually lead to systemic change. In that spirit, it is an honour and a privilege to be part of this collaboration alongside the Canada Council and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,” said Victoria Grant, Chair, The Circle.

http://www.canadacouncil.ca/aboriginal-arts-office/reconciliation