WCMA COMMITTMENT TO INCREASED EQUITY

Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) recognizes the injustices perpetrated in Canada, in the music sector, and within our own structures and histories as an organization, against Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S, womxn, and other marginalized people, and we are committed to working to correct systemic racism and oppression, and move actively towards equity.

We recognize the WCMA’s head office is on the ancestral lands of Treaty One Territory, the original lands and meeting place of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, the homeland of the Métis Nation, and a frequent meeting place of the Inuit. 

WCMA stands with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Canada and world-wide. We support and applaud the impact of Black Lives Matter and other movements that endeavour for systemic change. 

WCMA recognizes that womxn and LGBTQ2S people face stigma and barriers in Canada and especially in the music industry, and we support ongoing work to address these inequities. 

WCMA has a history of supporting and celebrating the music of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, womxn, and LGBTQ2S people through our awards, and through the BreakOut West festival and conference, but we have not done enough. We have activity sought out advice and partnership with these groups, but we have not done enough. We have made steps to bring increased diversity and inclusion to our governance and staff, but we have not done enough. We are committed to increased, timely, and effective action. 

  • WCMA Board of Directors are creating policy to define our inclusion commitments and timelines. This will include policy for increased equity and representation on our Board of Directors. 
  • WCMA is creating a hiring procedure to ensure that inclusion is a priority when filling staff positions. 
  • WCMA is formalizing advisory roles in order to listen to and engage with diverse voices, which are underrepresented on our board and in our staff.
  • WCMA is committed to further training for staff and board, in anti-racism and anti-oppression, and safer spaces. 
  • WCMA is committed to being a leader in thought and in action, for training, conversation, and the sharing of ideas within our music industry community. 
  • WCMA commits to sharing these goals and timelines with our membership, within our sector, and with the industry, as they are created, and to sharing our progress towards these goals. 

We are working to understand and address systemic barriers in all forms for potential directors, committee members, speakers, delegates, artists, employees, suppliers, and audience. 

This represents the actions we are committing to today but we recognize it cannot stop here and there will be more work to do. With these steps, we will work with our communities to identify what following steps can be taken in our commitment to change. We are listening and learning and are here for the music community and welcome all suggestions and recommendations.