We imagine a future where Saskatchewan’s creative producers are well served and represent diversity on all levels. Everyone will realize the benefit of inclusive and equitable commercial opportunities in local, provincial, national, international, and emerging markets which collectively will grow thriving, sustainable creative industries, and an increasingly diverse sector.
This is more than simply stating that everyone is welcome to apply or take part in opportunities or stating that services and programs are open to all. It is to acknowledge that certain groups and individuals have traditionally been underrepresented, underserved, or have barriers that need to be addressed. It also means going beyond improving access to programs; it means being more diverse in staffing, leadership, governance, volunteers, and all aspects of organizational development within agencies and those they fund or influence.
Creative Saskatchewan builds economies as well as communities. To be sustainable, consideration must be given to: relevance, (filling a need in the right way with the right programs and services); solid leadership; effective management and skilled program delivery; adequate capacity to get the job done; and the resources to do it well.
Sustainability depends on political will that (usually) reflects or responds to direction from community, thus making the case for diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Diversity Statement of Intent
Creative Saskatchewan will work to better understand and promote diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We acknowledge the economic and social benefits of equitable participation and the relevant contributions of all locations, cultures, genders, ethnicities, ages, and abilities.
We will remain focused on:
Remaining relevant and adequately resourced for long-term sustainability;
Addressing a growing need for, and awareness of, the benefits of diversity;
Providing useful programs and services to enhance the creative industries;
Attracting youth, multicultural interests, and equitable geographic and self-identifying minority representation; and
Being an active and inclusive participant in the larger economic system of the province.
Creative Saskatchewan collaborates with applicants and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and our programs will have the flexibility to support a wide range of entrepreneurs at all stages of business. Our organization, including our assessors, staff, and Board of Directors, all strive to reflect and represent the diverse demographics of Saskatchewan’s people.
Creative Saskatchewan will uphold and demonstrate the following values to support and include all members of the creative community.
Equitable access to our staff, programs, and services
Inclusion in all opportunities for employment, leadership, and engagement of services
Relevant information and processes that meet diverse needs and interests
Open and honest communication and fair representation of diversity in communities
Mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations with groups representing minorities
Willingness to adapt our organization’s plans and approaches
Continuous training and professional development for our staff, board, and stakeholders
Integrity, sensitivity, and flexibility in how we work together