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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
May 2015

In this issue!


Aboriginal TAMYC Steering Committee Meets in Person

As we announced in our last newsletter, CHRC’s A-team of senior Aboriginal artists who form the Steering Committee (SC) for the Aboriginal The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC), met in person at the end of March.

It was a day of coming together and setting the course for our project.

It opened with a moving prayer from Algonquin Elder, Albert Dumont, who welcomed the participants to Algonquin territory and told a story of a little bird flying against the wind – this became the touch point metaphor for the rest of the day. SC member and Elder, Barbara Nepinak, said an Anishnaabe Water Prayer. The tone was set.

Carol Greyeyes, CHRC Board member and SC Chair, guided the discussion, respecting the contributions of each one around the table. Instead of a talking stick, typical of Aboriginal gatherings, Cynthia Lickers Sage offered a special eagle feather to identify speakers.

As we knew it would, discussion of Protocol was intense. It was agreed that there would be a standalone piece on Protocol related to the Aboriginal TAMYC workshop.

There was also considerable discussion about TAMYC’s discipline enhancements, including suggestions of Aboriginal writers who could undertake revisions to them to include Aboriginal examples and information specific to Aboriginal artists. The revised enhancements will then be published by CHRC in the fall.

France Trépanier, the consultant who is preparing the Aboriginal TAMYC workshop told committee members:

"We are hoping to benefit from your knowledge and expertise in your disciplines to infuse the material with Aboriginal examples, views, values, etc. The specificities in the process are different for Indigenous people in most disciplines, for example, in theatre (protocol-process) you may have to ask permission to use a story or a mask. We are looking for the complexities."

Train the trainer workshops in English and in French will take place in September.

Unique Ashukan Cultural Space Opens in Montreal

Under the guiding hand and inspiration of Nadine St-Louis, the unique Ashukan Cultural Space opened in Montreal on May 25. The centre will amalgamate under one roof an exhibition space, a sales centre and a training center promoting the integration of Aboriginal artists into Quebec, Canadian and international art markets.

We’re proud and delighted that the Ashukan Cultural Space will be the host for the Aboriginal TAMYC pilot workshop for French Aboriginal trainers in September.

Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) Reports

CHRC’s quarterly PATAC meeting was held by conference call in mid-April. Reports from partners showed highs and lows. Just in the Atlantic region, we heard of the devastating cut to the film tax credit in Nova Scotia; and next door in New Brunswick good progress in the establishment of an HR council for culture.

“In Nova Scotia, the Liberal government has brought in drastic budget measures, including a drop in the labour tax credit for film and television production that will have a ripple effect on the province’s economy. The Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia (FCINS) has shut its doors (of 10 staff members, 4 have lost their jobs, 4 were temporarily hired to consult on the tax credit at NSBI and the remaining are moving on to other department programs). At least some of the film and television funding tied to Creative NS ($1.7 million) has been transferred to NS Business Inc. (NSBI) to be administered there. However, FCINS's equity financing program has also been cancelled. The cuts have a direct impact on production companies, musicians, writers, etc. A public relations campaign, including a rally, is being led by Screen Nova Scotia, an association of producers and other workers in the industry, to ameliorate this in some way. Arts NS programs and the programs administered by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage are more-or-less untouched. The Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council and Arts NS boards and legislation are also not affected by the budget.” (Mary Elisabeth Luka)

“The New Brunswick government is well on its way to developing a NB Human Resources organization; by-laws are in place and 1 or 2 employees will be hired this fall. Other NB organizations have been getting involved in training in the arts and the NB HR organization hopes to take the lead and work with other organizations in the province, avoiding duplication. NB’s renewal of its cultural policy has protected it from budget cuts and allowed the government to inject additional funding this year.” (Richard Hornsby)

And moving to the west coast, good news from the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture who reported that they have launched a province-wide engagement process, BC Creative Convergence, with the goal of developing a cultural policy framework for BC. Community Cultural Roundtables are being held throughout the province to bring as many voices as possible into the conversation. (Rob Gloor)

From the North, in the Yukon we heard that a new study commissioned by the Yukon Arts Centre and the Department of Economic Development will soon be released that documents how many Yukoners make all or part of their living from arts and culture. (The last study of this kind was in 2004.) (Michelle Emslie).

And we welcomed for the first time, Rowena House, Executive Director of the Nunavut Arts and Culture Association (NACA). Her input into CHRC’s project to develop TAMYC for Nunavut artists has been invaluable.

CHRC cannot over stress the importance of the PATAC. The sharing of information (which happens at every meeting, 4 times a year), and the support of each other’s initiatives (e.g. NB’s advice on BC’s developing cultural policy; and Quebec’s valuable guidance to NB in the development of an HR council) help weave together the cultural fabric of our country.

From CHRC’s point of view, we have turned to our PATAC members to be partners on projects. For example, they provided hands on validation in the development of the teaching modules for TAMYC; and more recently we have invited them to be on a Steering Committee for a project proposal on “Meeting the Succession Challenge”. We have worked with individual PATAC partners on specific products, such as the development of our HR Management Toolkit with Ontario. PATAC members help disseminate CHRC products e.g. the implementation of TAMYC workshops in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. And they provide valuable connections for CHRC to the cultural sector in the provinces. e.g. CHRC has frequently been invited to present at CQRHC’s AGM.

A fruitful association and network for all!

Valuable New Training Resources in the Sector

CAPACOA’s Mentor Training Program

Mentors are a key piece in the succession planning puzzle. But being an effective mentor isn’t an easy task. It requires a broad set of skills, which can be acquired and developed. That’s why CAPACOA, in conjunction with WorkInCulture and CHRC, has developed an excellent mentor training program.

“CAPACOA and its partners, in consultation with Louise Poulin, have researched, experimented and evaluated existing mentorship resources, and developed a new collection of tools around the art of mentorship. Critical mentor competencies were mapped over a series of three workshops that form a comprehensive curriculum for both experienced mentors and those who are new to the experience. These workshops can be delivered in person or via web conferencing. They include self-assessment tools and interactive activities.

While these workshops were designed to be delivered as part of CAPACOA's The Succession Plan program, other arts service organizations can adapt and implement them in the context of other mentorship programs. Consult the Mentor Training Program.”

Business for the Arts Launches a Sponsorship 101 Tutorial Series

CHRC has collaborated in different ways with Business for the Arts (BFTA) over the years. BFTA brings an important business perspective to the cultural landscape and helps build bridges and develop mutually beneficial relationships between businesses and the arts. We are pleased to highlight their new training offering “The Art of Sponsorship” – a webinar series designed for small to mid-sized arts and heritage organizations who are seeking sponsorship support for artistic creation and organizational sustenance. The 6-part series gives valuable insights into sponsorships from a business/the sponsor point of view, and tips on how to develop them. You can find out more information on the Business for the Arts web site.

Valuing CHRC Membership

Out of the Shadows Artists Collective encourages individuals with mental health challenges to gather to create artwork, share experiences and build self-esteem. This year the collective evolved into a non-profit organization named “Art Mentorship Society of Alberta” and became CHRC members.

"Being a part of your membership has allowed us to teach our artists new skills, and develop their artist's portfolios, etc. … I just noticed the aboriginal version of TAMYC. I happen to be running art/recreation programs for a new aboriginal housing complex in Edmonton. This will be very useful. How exciting, and keep up the good work on your end." Art Mentorship Society of Alberta

Valuing CHRC's Products

From Karen Harder, an HR consultant in Switzerland:

“I am working as an HR consultant for various not-for-profits in Geneva, Switzerland. Working on HR process harmonization, I came across the CHRC Web site…fantastic source of information, so clear, so resourceful…I am looking forward to reading the material you send me!”

From Julie Hadwin in the UK

“I was pointed to CHRC's website by a film & TV tutor at Ravensbourne College (London, England) …We are producing a collection of resources which we are calling a "handbook" for TV drama production management to help make clearer the career pathways into production management to help address the shortage of experienced PMs and line producers we currently have as a result of the recent growth in film and TV drama production in the UK. CHRC's documents are very useful - a little like CreativeSkillset's National Occupational Standards for Film & TV Production - but more specific to the roles I am focusing on. I will definitely include links to CHRC's Web site among the resources we are pulling together.”

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