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TORONTOJan. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - 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.

Meeting participants agreed to the following public statement.

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

IATSE

Associated Designers of Canada

IATSE 58

L'Association des théâtres francophones du Canada 

National Ballet of Canada

Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity)

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)

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

Shaw Festival

Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals 

Tapestry Opera

Canadian Dance Assembly

The AFC

Canadian Federation of Musicians

Theatre Ontario 

CITT/ICTS

Toronto Musicians' Association

Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

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