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Industry Initiatives Recommended by the Task Force on Cultural Diversity on Television


Complete List of Industry Initiatives

The Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television recommends that industry stakeholders undertake or participate in the following initiatives to advance diversity goals within the Canadian broadcasting system:

  1. That the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) formally communicate, on an ongoing basis, its members' commitments to diversity to other industry stakeholders, including, but not limited to, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Union des artistes (UDA), Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA), Aboriginal Journalists Association of Canada, Canadian Association of Black Journalists, Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writers Club, Canadian Independent Film Caucus, Telefilm Canada, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), and the Canadian Television Fund (CTF).

  2. That industry associations, unions and guilds such as, but not limited to, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Union des artistes (UDA), Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), and the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA):
    1. Review internal policies and operations to eliminate systemic barriers;
    2. Develop, implement and communicate cultural diversity best practices specific to their sector within the industry; and
    3. Commit to and measure progress in achieving their diversity objectives.

  3. That industry associations, unions and guilds such as, but not limited to, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Union des artistes (UDA), Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), and the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA), develop formal strategies for talent development within ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities.

  4. That industry associations, unions and guilds such as, but not limited to, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Union des artistes (UDA), Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET), Syndicat des techniciennes et techniciens du cinéma et de la vidéo du Québec (STCVQ), and the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA) develop strategies to ensure regular and on-going communication between sectors on industry initiatives related to cultural diversity.

  5. That the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) and the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA) review its broadcasting industry codes and standards to determine whether they address concerns identified in the Task Force's research findings regarding reflection and portrayal of Canada's ethnocultural and Aboriginal peoples.

  6. That the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) develop, maintain and promote an industry website on diversity initiatives and programs including, but not limited to, a list of scholarships, mentorship, internship and professional development, and production partnership programs.

  7. That federal and provincial television and film production funding agencies such as, but not limited to, the Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm Canada, National Film Board of Canada, British Columbia Film, Manitoba Film and Sound, Alberta Cultural Industries Association, Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation, Ontario Media Development Corporation, New Brunswick Film, Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation, and Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, review existing eligibility and funding criteria for systemic barriers, and look at creating incentives to diversify programs on- and off-screen.

  8. That the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Union des artistes (UDA), Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), and l'Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ) develop, maintain and make available a database of actors, directors and writers from ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities and casting agents who specialize in casting individuals from ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities. This database should be developed in consultation with members from ethnocultural and Aboriginal groups.

  9. That the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) work with industry associations such as, but not limited to, the Canadian Advertising Association, the Canadian Advertising Research Foundation, and the Television Bureau of Canada to compile information that will assist Canadian broadcasters in building a business case for cultural diversity.

  10. That the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) recognize achievements for diversity in programming in its annual awards ceremony for excellence in Canadian programming.

  11. That the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) recognize achievements in Aboriginal programming in its annual awards ceremony for excellence in Canadian programming.
 
 
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