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Live Performing Arts Anti-Harassment Round-Table

Below is a statement about a round-table that PACT and Canadian Actors’ Equity hosted on January 17, aimed at creating an industry-wide plan to address harassment. If you would like to become part of this work, more information will be forthcoming.

Canadian Live Performing Arts Representatives
Anti-harassment Roundtable

On January 17, 2018, senior representatives of the Canadian live performing arts community came together to discuss an industry-wide response to all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence, as the beginning of a national action plan.

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly opened today’s meeting, thanking the performing arts community for its work on anti-harassment issues and for being a leader in cultural change.

We commit to a performing arts industry that is safe and respectful. We recognize that increasing equity for marginalized and disenfranchised communities within the sector is an essential part of the solution.

We established working groups today to:

  1. Develop a national code of conduct
  2. Develop resources and internal education materials
  3. Examine sectoral reporting mechanisms
  4. Mentor and foster the next generation in partnership with educational institutions
  5. Review governance models, board composition and practice

The live performance sector is committed to finding ways to work collectively and with purpose to find solutions. Communication with those who work in and with our sector is essential. We will provide updates on our activities as they become available.

Organizations in attendance at today’s meeting include:

Arts Club Theatre

Associated Designers of Canada

L’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity)

Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists

Canadian Arts Presenting Association/ l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques

Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals

Canadian Dance Assembly

Canadian Federation of Musicians

CITT/ICTS

Dancer Transition Resource Centre

IATSE

IATSE 58

National Ballet of Canada

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)

Shaw Festival

Tapestry Opera

The AFC

Theatre Ontario

Toronto Musicians’ Association

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

— We encourage other organizations to sign on to this sectoral initiative.—

Media Contacts

Sara Meurling

Executive Director

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

416.595.6455 x11

sara@pact.ca

www.pact.ca

Lynn McQueen

Communications Director

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

416-867-9165

m: 416-476-7037

lynn@caea.com

www.caea.com

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