The ACTRA Toronto Council and Diversity and Inclusion Committee are working together to develop an Anti-Black Racism work plan. We are committed to working within our union and across the industry to bring about real and lasting change.

Actions currently underway in 2020:

  • Educate our Union
    • We will develop a course on anti-racism.
    • We will ensure the course is taken by our union leadership, made available to existing members, and added as required training for new ACTRA members.
    • We will continue to encourage members to take the Respect on Set and review the course from an anti-oppression lens.
  • Improve resources and supports
    • We will create a webpage dedicated to anti-Black racism which includes information on ACTRA’s initiatives and support service for BIPOC members
    • We will review existing ACTRA resources and identify gaps where we can improve supports for BIPOC members.
  • Create and develop work opportunities
    • We will work with Ontario Creates to promote our diverse membership. Diversity is our Strength.
    • We will encourage diverse performers to update and upload their profile to
    • We will build on the work of Working the Scene in Colour by connecting Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) writers and BIPOC performers.
    • We will support initiatives of Diversity and Inclusion Committee which include:
      • Assisting BIPOC members to produce demo reels
      • Working with the Voice Committee to develop skills and access to voice over work for BIPOC performers.
  • Support and celebrate BIPOC creators and content
    • We will continue to highlight industry professionals and production companies who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion through the Sandi Ross Awards and ACTRA Spotlight.
    • We will continue to develop and grow partnerships with community and cultural film festivals including ReelWorld, imagineNATIVE, ReelAsian and the Regent Park Film Festival.
  • Advocate for a more fair and just industry and society
    • We will advocate with industry and government partners to increase work opportunities and representation of BIPOC performers
    • We will support industry initiatives which support BIPOC creators to bring their stories to our screens.
    • We will encourage and facilitate members on direct action, such as education, letter writing and donations.

How can I help as an ACTRA Member?

  • Actions you can take for Racial Justice – A Working Document is a list of resources and actions put together by Toronto member Alice Snaden.
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