Land acknowledgement

ArtsBuild Ontario acknowledges that our office is located in the 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace, which is in a settler facility built on the traditional territory of the Attawonderonk, Anishinaabek, and Haudenosaunee Peoples. 44 Gaukel is located in what is now Kitchener, Ontario, which is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and includes six miles on each side of the Grand River from the source of its mouth.

We are a settler organization and value respectful collaboration with all the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island who have lived on this land for thousands of years and who continue to be our neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Our work takes place in what is currently Ontario, which includes the traditional and unceded territories of the Anishinaabek, Attawonderonk, Petun, Cree, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, and Métis.

Our mandate is to support arts facilities and creative spaces, but we do not solely define
these from a colonial perspective. Arts facilities and creative spaces are not only physical
buildings, they are often inclusive of the land itself.

Equity statement

ArtsBuild Ontario recognizes, respects, and actively supports people from all backgrounds, particularly Indigenous, Black, racialized, francophone, 2SLGBTQ+, disability-identified, and other marginalized artists and arts organizations. ArtsBuild Ontario does not discriminate and does not tolerate discrimination against anyone based on their race, country of origin, sexual identity, gender identity, mental and/or physical ability, language, or age. ArtsBuild Ontario commits to making our programs and initiatives, as well as our physical space at 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace, safe and accessible for all.

Commitment to accessibility

ArtsBuild Ontario is committed to providing its resources, tools and services in a welcoming and supportive way for all. We will identify, prevent, and remove barriers to participation on an ongoing basis by working to meet (and where possible, exceed) the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The staff of ArtsBuild Ontario will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to promote inclusion and access.

ArtsBuild Ontario Accessibility Policy