Anti-Racism and Equity at Glenbow

Our priorities and actions


Together is better

Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Belonging at Glenbow

At Glenbow, we believe art is for everyone. We believe everyone should feel celebrated and welcomed in Glenbow’s physical and digital spaces. It is our fundamental belief that Together Is Better. We are better when the diversity of our community is reflected in everything we do, and is represented by the people who bring Glenbow to life: our employees, volunteers, partners and visitors. 

We are committed to creating a museum and workplace culture that prioritizes equity and accessibility, where differences are celebrated and thoughtfully considered, and where no-one is left behind. We strive to create an accessible space that inspires conversation and action through arts and culture.  

Knowing we need to do more to support these aspirations, Glenbow created an Anti-Racism and Equity Committee in 2020. This committee fosters a safe space for employees to collaborate and recommend actionable ways for Glenbow to prioritize anti-racism, diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion in all our work. This committee is actively engaged with and supported by Glenbow’s leadership and board of governors. The work of this committee will deepen a sense of belonging for all of our employees and visitors at the museum, and ensure we are actively addressing systemic barriers at Glenbow. Our work is done in gratitude and respect for Treaty 7 territory and the Indigenous communities of this land that Glenbow calls home. 

Glenbow’s Anti-Racism and Equity Committee commitments:

  • Be intentionally equitable, integrating diversity, accessibility and inclusivity into every level and aspect of the museum;
  • Serve our staff, volunteers, partners and audiences with openness, thoughtfulness and empathy at every interaction;
  • Aspire to be a workplace/meeting point that is as diverse as the communities we seek to serve;
  • Develop and deliver meaningful and relevant programs;
  • Ensure accessibility, equity and diversity is discernible in all museum practices;
  • Be accountable to staff, volunteers, partners and audiences and ensure we consistently assess our actions and willingly seek out ways to improve equity at Glenbow.

This is a living statement which is part of our commitment to constant action. This page will evolve alongside our efforts to dismantle structural racism and inequity in our institution as we reimagine and remake the museum.

Acknowledging the Land on which Glenbow Sits

Glenbow is located on Treaty 7 territory and respects the history, languages, traditions and cultures of the nations on whose traditional land we reside: the Niitsitapi from the Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes Siksika, Piikani and Kainaiwa; the Îyârhe Nakoda of the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley Nations; and the Dene of the Tsuut’ina Nation; as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3. Their contributions to the museum and continued support are integral to our success in educating our visitors and sharing the rich heritage of this land. We further acknowledge the vital connections we have to other indigenous people (including other First Nations, Inuit and Métis), whose visual and intangible culture is represented in our collections and exhibitions.

This site has long been called Moh’kins’tsis by the Blackfoot, as well as Wîchîspa by the Nakoda, and Guts’ists’i by the Tsuut’ina.

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