The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is proud to co-present an upcoming event, Redressing Settler Cultural Policy in the Era of Reconciliation. This presentation by Irwin Oostindie takes place Thursday, October 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at SFU's Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre in Vancouver.
Irwin Oostindie suggests that "this place shall be merely the forever colonial wild west" unless cultural policy makes a shift. Genuine reconciliation and redress requires the policy changes to be made throughout culture sectors and include community, and cultural policy makers.
This free talk looks to help decolonize settler and migrant cultural policy and show a path forward. By inventorying and including reconciliation and redress mandates in our individual and organizational practices, we will move beyond tokenism and brief marquee appearances. Reconciliation shouldn't be a funding opportunity — it should be genuine and society-wide.
(The thumbnail image accompanying this article is "Symphony of Butterflies" by Coast Salish artist Susan Point.)