Yesterday, the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television announced the launch of their new Equity & Inclusion Fund. According to the statement, the fund is aimed at ensuring that Black, Indigenous and people of colour, as well as under-represented industry professionals “achieve increased visibility, accessibility, and recognition in our industry.”
The fund has three overarching goals – Open Doors, Invest in Diversity, and Remove Barriers – including both new and existing programs.
Open Doors is about providing training to under-represented creators. Specific initiatives include the Directors Program for Women and the Warner Media x Canadian Academy Global Writers Access Program, set to launch in 2021, which will include 12 participants from under-represented groups.
Invest in Diversity is about “advocating for and investing in a more diverse Canadian media landscape, and the stories that come with it” and includes anti-racism training for academy members.
To help achieve the goal of removing barriers, donors are encouraged to give donations of $50 or more to the fund.
For more information about the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television’s Equity & Inclusion Fund, visit academy.ca/equity-fund.