EQUIFLASH [EQUITY'S Not In OUR Space! Campaign Launches Nationwide]

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Tue Sep 26 17:07:32 EDT 2017

EQUITY'S Not In OUR Space! Campaign Launches Nationwide

Launching in Fall 2017, Not In OUR Space! is a multi-faceted and
comprehensive anti-harassment campaign developed by Equity with PACT as a
founding partner. Both organizations are seeking to ensure healthy working
conditions for professional artists working in live performance spaces
across the country.

Equity and PACT are committed to the pursuit of respectful workspaces and
support for those who have experienced or witnessed toxic behaviours. They
will not tolerate nor condone behaviour that is meant to undermine the
dignity or self-esteem of an individual, or which creates an intimidating,
hostile or offensive environment. Artists and engagers must speak out
against harassment and stand together in addressing problems when they

The Not In OUR Space! campaign's key objectives include:
•  Stopping harassment before it starts
•  Defining what harassment is (and is not) and the identification of the
different forms of harassment
•  Emphasizing collective responsibility by encouraging subjects as well as
witnesses to come forward when they experience or observe harassment
•  Empowering action through multiple reporting options (see the Equity
Support Spectrum) including easy access to engager and Equity support
•  Educating key support personnel

Engagers will jointly present an anti-harassment statement on the first day
of rehearsal (First Day Talk) in conjunction with an Equity representative.

Equity and engagers will both offer ways to support artists when there is a
question about harassment in the workspace or when steps need to be taken to
resolve an incident. Equity will provide materials (brochures, bookmarks,
posters) to support engagers and their members. Members will be made aware
of the important role that Respectful Workspace Advisors (RWA) play, as
trained Equity staff, in providing support when challenging situations

Professionals are entitled to harassment-free work environments when engaged
on productions in Canada.
Equity and PACT are working together, dedicating energy to cultivating and
supporting safe live performance work spaces throughout Canada.

This exciting project is the result of the hard work by Equity Council,
Equity's Safe and Respectful Workplace Task Force and Equity staff. Equity
acknowledges PACT as a founding partner of this initiative.

Equity members are encouraged to visit the Not in OUR Space! web portal on
EQUITYONLINE for more information and to download campaign materials

Equity members with questions about the campaign may also email
notinourspace at caea.com.

Canadian Actors' Equity Association
44 Victoria St., 12th floor
Toronto, ON M5C 3C4
communications at caea.com


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