- We will participate in anti-racism training at all levels of the organization
- We will develop our artistic programming with a diversity of voices and perspectives
- We will engage in thoughtful collaboration with diverse communities to serve them in a meaningful way
We engage in this process with humility and dedication.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Declaration (IDEA)
In May 2019, the HPO adopted the following Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Declaration (IDEA) provided by Orchestras Canada:
The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Because we care about the vitality of our art form, we seek to better understand, reflect, engage, and celebrate our diverse community.
The full IDEA document created by Orchestras Canada may be accessed here.
The HPO land acknowledgement was adopted in January 2018. This land acknowledgement evolves with ongoing consultation from stakeholders.
Land Acknowledgement for FirstOntario Concert Hall, as well as venues at Mohawk College and McMaster University
We would like to recognize and acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Commitment
Given the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the HPO is committed to reading a land acknowledgement at the beginning of our events to give time for reflection and to demonstrate recognition of Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples.
Action 79 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action calls upon the arts community, in collaboration with the federal government, survivors and Aboriginal organizations, to develop a reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration. We regard the land acknowledgement as a first step in this direction with the goal of future artistic programs and collaborations to address this call to action.