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Diversity Initiatives

The Directors Guild of Canada exists to defend and enhance its Members’ creative, economic and workplace opportunities & rights. In terms of public policy this means promoting fair and inclusive hiring practices within the Canadian industry. In 2016, the Guild took steps to promote this important issue in a number of ways:

The Guild promoted a report on gender equity: What’s Wrong With this Picture: Directors and Gender Inequality in the Canadian Screen-based Production Industry, to raise awareness and advance practical recommendations for new approaches to public policy.

The Guild continued its ongoing support for the National Screen Institute. In 2016, the DGC supported the NSI’s New Voices a culturally-sensitive training course that exposes young Aboriginal people aged 18-35 to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in the film and television industry. Students train with professionals to develop their industry skills and then undertake a full-time internship to put those skills into practice.

The Guild worked closely with agencies such as Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund to promote fair and inclusive access to funding programs and improved reporting.

DGC National created a Diversity Committee including DGC Members from across Canada: Cory Bowles, Kari Skogland, Annie Bradley, Tracey Deer, Norma Bailey, Mina Shum, and Mairzee Almas.

In our last round of Standard Agreement negotiations, the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association agreed to establish a Joint Diversity Committee to study and make recommendations respecting issues of diversity within the Film, Television and Digital Media Industry.

The DGC hosted ‘Female Filmmaker’, an event in January 2016 that brought together DGC Members to promote the 2xMore project designed to increase the number of female Directors working in episodic television in Canada.

Kari Skogland, Sudz Sutherland
Cal Coons, John Vatcher
Bruce McDonald, Mike MacMillian