Policies

EMMEDIA's commitment to representing the diversity of the media arts community is stitched into the fabric of our organization.

EMMEDIA's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity

EMMEDIA is conscious and committed to making space for the diversity of both our employees and our Artist Affiliates. As an ethnically and culturally diverse media arts centre, we encourage everyone to represent their cultural beliefs and practices in our environment free from discrimination, harassment, or prejudice. 

At EMMEDIA, we intend to foster a culture of inclusion free of all forms of discrimination and violence, where people are treated with respect and committed to deepening appreciation of diversity and transforming all forms of exclusion. 

EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society acknowledges the systematic prejudice and discrimination that impact disenfranchised/oppressed groups in our communities and, in particular, our arts communities. This includes anyone that identifies as Indigenous, Black, first-generation immigrant, mixed-race, and any intersections that exist in the complexity that is race. 

We also prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, age, sex, record of offenses, marital status, family status, accessibility, and sexual orientation.

How EMMEDIA is putting this into practice

EMMEDIA is working to break down barriers within our call for submissions, making the process inclusive to different forms of applications from a wide range of communities.

EMMEDIA's call for submissions

Indigenous Sovereignty 

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth, EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society honor and acknowledge the Moh’Kinsstis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, and the Iyarhe Nakoda and Tsuut’Ina nations. We acknowledge that the territory we inhabit is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical northwest Métis homeland. We aspire to further support Indigenous artists, indigenous collectives, and indigenous communities.

Equity & Accountability 

EMMEDIA seeks to provide equitable access to equipment, material, space, and other resources. It is EMMEDIA's policy to foster an environment that respects people's dignity, ideas, and beliefs, thereby ensuring Artist Affiliates and others have equal access to our facilities, equipment, and services. 

It is imperative that reparation begins with accountability. Responsible stewardship of the structure and processes of our gallery requires consistent assessment in order to dismantle any barriers or biases in our operation. Our efforts to uphold this come from the diversity of voices on a board level, but also through our production committee and programming committee made up of artists and individuals from our community. EMMEDIA has and will continue to develop and implement diversity principles and strategies across all of its structures, policies, procedures, and decision-making processes.