The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) recently offered an update on its Respectful Workplaces in the Arts initiative. The program, which seeks to address and prevent harassment in the performing, visual and literary arts, is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage. Here is the status of the project, as offered by the CHRC in their July 2018 newsletter:
- development of a guide on harassment for its HR Management Toolkit (to include guidance on anti-harassment policies and procedures) – for early fall;
- development of a national code of conduct – for late fall;
- research on reporting mechanisms for victims of harassment – for early winter;
- gathering of data on training resources on harassment – ongoing, fall/winter;
- creation of webcasts on jurisdiction- specific compliance for provincial and territorial legislation around harassment – for late fall;
- creation of training videos on harassment for employers, and for workers/artists – for late fall;
- branding (graphic and text) for a “respectful workplaces” campaign directed at Canadian audiences and arts supporters – for late summer;
- consultations with equity-seeking communities on a national code of conduct, training needs and resources, and reporting mechanisms – in early fall;
- development of a Respectful Workplaces in the Arts website with resources and tools to deal with and prevent harassment – for late summer.
Keep an eye on the CHRC newsletter for more information on this initiative as it develops.