The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples are the original occupants of this land. The OAC supports the significant ongoing contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists in all regions of Ontario through a number of programs and initiatives across the organization. The OAC also supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and is committed to fostering the strength and diversity of Indigenous art forms, practices and cultural expression.
In order for Indigenous arts professionals to thrive across Ontario, increased infrastructure and resources are necessary to support their work and careers. Artist-run centres and organizations from Indigenous communities may need additional support to develop as presenters, producers and administrators. There is also the need to foster Indigenous arts leadership and the next generation of arts professionals.
Indigenous applicants to OAC are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible. In addition, OAC has a number of programs that were created specifically to meet the needs of Indigenous artists, ad hoc groups/collectives or organizations. Applications to OAC’s Indigenous programs are assessed by multidisciplinary assessment panels made up of Indigenous arts professionals. Read more