We create and connect on Treaty 1 Territory and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We are grateful to the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples for their traditional stewardship of this land.

In the summer of 2020 we listened to the voices of Indigenous, Black and global majority artists* as they shared their experiences and we grappled with the difficult conversation concerning systemic racism in our society and sector. We are deeply grateful for their honesty and patience as we reflected on the changes needed to create a more equitable theatre community.

Our mandate is to develop and promote the skills of Manitoba writers, directors, actors, designers, technicians and craftspeople by presenting theatrical works of local origin or local relevance- this must include artists of all age, ancestry, colour, caregiver status, access needs, gender identity, gender expression, ability, place of origin, race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.

TPM acknowledges the deep roots of systemic racism that exist in our community and industry which is in conflict with our company’s own mandate. As a theatre with a history of white leadership, we acknowledge that TPM is complicit in these systems and has benefitted from the privilege it provides.

For a more in depth look at TPM's current anti-oppression please read A Path Forward.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns about TPM’s plans. If you would like to participate in TPM’s re-visioning, board initiatives or committee work in any way – as an artist, a volunteer or a consultant – we welcome your thoughts and ideas!

Rea Kavanagh – [email protected]

Ardith Boxall – [email protected]

Board Executive – [email protected]

*We are using IBPOC – Indigenous, Black and People(s) of Colour with the understanding that this term does not adequately represent all the ways artists in our community may identify. We also use the term global majority to acknowledge that the artists we are referencing make up the majority of people(s) in the world today and are acknowledged to hold a rich diversity of cultural communities. We understand that these terms are not perfect, and we will continue to work towards more inclusive language by listening to our community and seeking guidance as we move forward.

Leadership and staff have attended Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression workshops and training opportunities including Nicole Brewer’s A.R.T. Anti –Racist Theatre – a Foundational Course and Working Among Racial Difference on Colonized Land, facilitated by Jackie Hogue and the United Way. 

To continue our learning, staff and TPM Board members, have formed the AR/AO Transformation Committee. This group of people are dedicated to assessing the impacts of all of our decisions and to seek the best ways we can to ensure that anti- racist/oppression values are inherent in the company’s priorities and activity.

TPM would like to share the following resources with you. We have grateful began our learning with these sources and invite you to engage with them alongside TPM. 

Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

Nicole Brewer: Conscientious Theatre Training, Going Beyond The Traditional

Jackie Hogue & Associates: Cultural Competency & Dismantling Racism

B.Current: Webinars for your justice learning journey