and Indigenous Resources
The Association for Opera in Canada is committed to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism.
Beyond statements of solidarity, we demonstrate our commitments through action. Last year, we undertook a thorough revision and re-articulation our anti-harassment policy, are a signatory to the Respectful Arts Workplaces Code of Conduct:, and deliver many programs in equity, inclusion and diversity for members and their boards of directors.
One of our newest actions is the development of a new Indigenous-led Guidance for the Opera Sector on Land Acknowledgements, with important insights on why we do them, and resources for further education.
Land Acknowledgement Resource for the Opera Sector in Canada
We are grateful for the work of Rebecca Cuddy, Métis mezzo-soprano who developed this guidance during the summer of 2020. The guide includes definitions, pronunciation guides, as well as land acknowledgements for every region in Canada. It is designed so that every company in Canada may engage in thoughtful reflection as they develop authenticity, accountability, and humility in their land acknowledgments.
The Association for Opera in Canada Land Acknowledgement
Our offices are located in Toronto, Ontario, also known as T’karonto which in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk Language) means, ‘the place in the water where the trees are standing’. It is a privilege for us to work, live and play on the traditional lands of the Wendat ‘People of the Island’, the Anishinaabe ‘Original People’, Haudenosaunee ‘People of the Longhouse’ and the Mississaugas of the New Credit ‘River of the north of many mouths’. Toronto is now an international hub, with many diverse people who call this place home. That being said, we recognize, support and celebrate the enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples on this land.
Furthermore, as the Association is a national company, we extend this gratitude to the many Nations across Turtle Island. We will not lose sight of the fact that land acknowledgements exist as a small step in the process towards truth and reconciliation. However, there cannot be reconciliation before there is truth. We recognize the historical and continued oppression of lands, cultures and the Indigenous Nations in Canada. We commit to continue learning, educating and healing with our kin. We believe in the strength of the arts to aid us in creating a better world for us all.
Using the Opera Civic Impact Framework, unique to the Canadian opera sector, the AOC measures the collective civic impact of opera companies from coast to coast.
Association for Opera in Canada has submitted our sectoral pre-budget consultation, in advance of the 2024 budget. Highlights include: We support the recommendations made by the Canadian Arts Coalition for $350M permanent investment into the Canada Council for the Arts…
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- Jobs in Opera (in Canada)
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- Work In Culture
- Resources for Artists
- Anti-Harassment Resources
- Women’s Opera Network
- Racial Justice Opera Network
BIPOC and Social Justice Opera Resources
- Amplified Opera: Holding Space
- Antisemitism & Music (Learning Guide, by Likht Ensemble)
- BIPOC Arts (Directory of Arts Workers)
- BIPOC Voices (Database of BIPOC-Composed Vocal Works)
- Black Opera Alliance
- Black Opera LIVE! (Podcast)
- Black Opera Research Network
- Black Theatre Coalition
- Land Acknowledgement Resource
- Marigold Music Program
- Theatre Producers of Color
- Recent Articles (June 2022)
Releases & Policies
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2017 Annual Report
- 2018 Annual Report
- 2019 Annual Report
- 2020 Annual Report
- 2021 Annual Report EN
- 2021 Annual Report FR
- 2022 Annual Report EN
- 2022 Annual Report FR
Strategic Plans and Related Documents
- Charting Our Civic Impact
- Civic Impact Framework Full Report
- Resilience through Equity – Strategic Plan 2022-2024 EN
- La résilience grâce à l’équité – plan stratégique 2022-2024 FR
- Report: The Civic Impact of Opera (EN) 2023
- Rapport : L’impact civique de l’opéra (FR) 2023
Guides to Professional Company Membership
Constitution and Bylaws
- Professional Company Membership Handbook – (Association for Opera in Canada – 2022)
- Professional Company Membership Manual – (OPERA America – 2022)
- Associate Member Manual – (OPERA America – 2022)
- Business Member Manual – (OPERA America – 2022)
- Career Service (Libraries) Member Manual – (OPERA America – 2022)
- Educational Producing Affiliate (Associate) Manual – (OPERA America – 2022)
As well, we are a signatory to the Cultural Human Resources Council’s Code of Conduct for Safe Workspaces.