A Public Hearing on Issues of Systemic Racism in the Arts, Culture, and Media Sectors
As part of an independent consultation on systemic racism in the culture and media sectors, DAM will hold a public hearing at Centre Saint-Pierre Tuesday, February 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This activity, together with the discussion groups and individual interviews already underway, will further encourage citizens as well as arts and media professionals to publicly share their experiences (in English or French) and put forward solutions aimed at addressing the dynamics and practices that give rise to systemic discrimination against specific groups or individuals. A consultation committee made up of professionals from the arts and media communities will hear the testimonials from the public.
While systemic racism, like sexism, is a legacy of the past, it is our responsibility as a society to continue fighting it today, particularly since its spread can be unconscious. Despite the best of intentions, the arts, culture, and media communities are not immune to systemic racism. Rooting out racist practices can only be achieved collectively, with people across these communities pulling in the same direction. DAM thus calls upon all cultural professionals, artists, and decision-makers to listen carefully to the sectorial realities brought to light on February 13 to ensure that everyone has the tools to confront this discriminatory behaviour.
The DAM consultation, far from being intended to place Quebecers on trial, is meant to lend a voice to people who have faced racial discrimination, as well as identify and eliminate the exclusionary practices that contribute to the under-representation of diversity across all cultural and media spheres. The DAM report stemming from this consultation will be shared with all sectoral stakeholders and with the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ), so it can continue its efforts to address systemic discrimination and racism.
It is still possible to sign up for the public hearings. Let your voice be heard! Visit this website for complete details.