Safer Spaces 

Zero Tolerance for Harassment in Canadian Dance

We stand together in support of fostering a healthy, safe and equitable culture to practice dance in Canada today. Click to read the Statement from the Service organizations in support of creating safer spaces for dance.

The Canadian Dance Assembly has zero tolerance for harassment in Canadian dance – and we want to move beyond statements to action. CDA is working closely with its sister service organizations on sector-wide policies, standards, and expectations related to anti-harassment.

There was a large meeting of performing arts service organizations, hosted by PACT and CAEA, on January 17, 2018 in Toronto to craft a public statement and action plan. Kate Cornell is spearheading the working group on the review of governance models, board composition and practice. Read more here via PACT.

We commit to a performing arts industry that is safe and respectful. We recognize that increasing equity for marginalized and disenfranchised communities within the sector is an essential part of the solution." 

-Canadian Live Performing Arts Representatives Anti-harassment roundtable

Update: On April 25, 2018, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts announced important changes to promote workplace integrity in recipient organizations. Kate Cornell was quoted on this announcement in the Globe and Mail
Additionally, CDA hosts regular meetings with all provincial service organizations in dance. As a result, we are developing: incident reporting tools, policy reviews, and a network of dance service organizations that can help independents and company members who want to report harassment.

Read the following statement issued in Quebec by RQD - Declaration in favour of harassment-free work environments in Québec’s cultural sector


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