Cultural diversity in the arts

By taking into consideration the issue of cultural diversity in the arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) aims to equitably recognize the multitude of creative forms and current and contemporary artistic practices, whose contents reflect a minority, non-Western, mixed or Aboriginal cultural identity.

Thus, as outlined in its mission, the Conseil des arts de Montréal favours the inclusion of artists with diverse artistic practices within Montreal's metropolitan context, taking into account:

- their origins: recent immigrants (less than 5 years in Canada), members of cultural communities (1st and 2nd generation), visible minorities or First Nations ;

- their blended or non-Western artistic practices created by artists of French Canadian or British origin;

- their Western artistic practices and/or projects that have a diversified content or that refer to specific, culturally diverse themes (migration, intercultural exchange, the Aboriginals' situation, etc.) in order to promote audience development - new immigrants, cultural communities, visible minorities, and First Nations - and encourage the various communities to intermingle.

1. Cultural communities are formed by people whose origin is other than Canadian, Quebec, French, or British, or from the First Nations.

2. Visible minorities: According to the Employment Equity Act, the term visible minority applies to persons other than Aboriginals, who are "non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour."

3. First Nations: First Nations People are generally understood to be Canadian Aboriginals, both registered and non-registered. A First Nations member is recognized as such by his or her community. An Aboriginal is a person whose ancestors were the first inhabitants of North America. They lived on this territory before the arrival of Canada's founding peoples. The Canadian Constitution Act, 1982, recognizes three Aboriginal groups: Indians (according to the Indian Act of 1876 and called Amerindians in Quebec), Inuit and Métis. Because they have a specific political status, Aboriginals are not considered cultural communities.