Black Lives Matter: A Statement of Solidarity
Yesterday [June 2], at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet we participated in an industry black-out to demonstrate our support of equality and inclusion, and to protest systemic racism. We spent a day of reflection, and consideration of how we can and must do better to support this movement going forward.
What we are now witnessing is a unified call to action by those who have been harmed and silenced for too long. These protests, which have consumed the United States of America and echoed throughout the world, are a potent request for change that must be acknowledged. So, too, must Canada consider its own history of racist and unequal treatment toward many groups, including Indigenous peoples, and demand equity for them.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet denounces the systemic racism and violence which has too often been perpetuated against marginalized communities and we stand in solidarity with many other organizations across the world to support racial equality and justice for everyone.
Right now, we feel it is most important to listen and understand how we can do better as an organization. We will be taking the time to engage in thoughtful collaboration with marginalized communities. We encourage everyone to share your thoughts and feelings on how the RWB can embody the spirit of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and any additional suggestions you may have.
Additional Resources for Further Education
- Anti-Racism Resources Hub: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
- Black Organizations And Anti-Racist Groups Canadians Can Support Now on Huffington Post Canada
- How to Support the Black Dance Community, Beyond Social Media on Dance Spirit