Summary of Notes: Roundtable on Advancing Equity for Women, Non-Binary People and LGBTQ2+

The purpose of the summary of notes is to document key takeaways from the discussion on advancing equity for women, non-binary people and LGBTQ2+ communities held on October 5, 2020. This roundtable was comprised of approximately 9 representatives from major associations and groups with representation across different disciplines, regions and intersectional identity communities. The goals of the roundtable were to:

At the start of the roundtable, the representatives shared their general experience of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them in terms of advancing inclusivity, particularly as it relates to women, non-binary people, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities, as well as in the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors. The introduction was followed by an open discussion which touched on two themes:

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

Current efforts and barriers

To initiate a discussion, the question asked was: What efforts were you, or are you currently doing to advance inclusivity in the arts/culture/heritage/sport world, and what barriers do you face?

Key ideas and takeaways included:

Opportunities for the sectors

To stimulate the discussion in the second segment, the following question was asked: What opportunities can be leveraged from the present circumstances to better support women and members of LGBTQ2+ communities in the arts/culture/heritage/sport sectors, and what role should the Government of Canada play?

Key ideas and takeaways included:

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