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London Arts Council visual land acknowledgement graphic
Cultivating Allyship

The London Arts Council acknowledges the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and recognizes that accountability to Truth and Reconciliation is sustainable and measurable over time.

 

Therefore, we are committed to inclusive and equitable arts programming that promotes Indigenous representation in program design and opportunities, professional development for Indigenous artists, and ongoing relationship building with the local Indigenous community.

To find out more about the LAC's Cultivating Allyship efforts, please email info@londonarts.ca

Cultivating Allyship Framework

Hawlii Pichette is a Mushkego Cree, urban iskwew artist and illustrator who resides in London, Ontario. Hawlii collaborated with the London Arts Council to design our Cultivating Allyship working model illustrations. 

 

In her designs, the land is featured prominently to emphasize the significance of the land in its ability to sustain and nourish life. The land is also meant to represent the importance of foundational work, while the hands symbolize ongoing relational growth and meaningful actions. The subtle seasonal changes are representative of the organic process of the Cultivating Allyship philosophy, with relationships developing over time as a result of the dedicated and responsive efforts represented in each phase.

An illustration of two hands under the ground with a vine growing between them

Phase 1 - Cultivate the Soil

The process of growth begins with intentional listening and learning.

An illustration of two hands under the ground with a small plant growing between them

Phase 2 - Plant the Seeds

Apply learnings to set inclusive, meaningful actions and processes.

An illustration of two hands under the ground with a larger vine growing between them

Phase 3 - Nurture the Plants

Keep learning and improving through feedback. Develop resources, reports, and toolkits.

An illustration of two hands holding eachother under the ground with a large vine growing between them

Phase 4 - Share the Bounty

Share the resources, reports, and toolkits with the community to encourage impactful change.

Stories 

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Indigenous London Arts

Curator Summer Bressette and Designer Katie Wilhelm led the London Arts Council team in curating a virtual space to celebrate, honour, and share local Indigenous arts and culture in the spirit of the Two-Row Wampum and Two-Eyed Seeing.​

 

This virtual space represents a commitment from the London Arts Council to foster relationship building, as the consensual sharing of knowledge concerning Indigenous history, culture, and philosophy is the first step in this process.

 

The London Arts Council is committed to working in peace and healing with all Indigenous people. We work closely with the surrounding First Nations communities: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee-Delaware Nation.

A photograph of a beaded artwork showing a family, artwork by hawlii pichette and photographed by Bangishimo

Learn More

For more information about this project, please contact: London Arts Council at info@londonarts.ca

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