Summary of Notes: Anti-Racism and Equity Roundtable

The purpose of the summary notes is to document key takeaways from the equity and anti- racism roundtable held on September 24, 2020. The cross-sectoral roundtable was comprised of approximately 15 representatives of major associations and groups with representation from across different industries, regions and intersectional identity communities. The goals of the roundtable are to:

At the start of the roundtable, the representatives shared their general experience on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted racialized people in the arts, culture, heritage, sport sectors. The introduction was then followed by an open discussion which touched on two themes:

  1. Current Efforts and Barriers; and
  2. Opportunities for the Sectors.

To stimulate the discussion, the following questions were asked: What efforts were you, or are you currently doing to advance equity in the arts/culture/heritage/sport world, and what barriers do you face? and What opportunities can be leveraged from the present circumstances to better support Indigenous Peoples and other racialized communities in the arts/culture/heritage/sport sectors, and what role should the Government of Canada play? Some of the key ideas and takeaways included:

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