March 21, 2023 | International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination aims to foster a global culture of tolerance, equality and anti-discrimination. The 2023 theme of the International Day focuses on the urgency of combatting racism and racial discrimination, 75 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The foundations of the creative industries lie in storytelling and the diverse voices behind them, as creative content is a powerful platform for transformation and social change. Here are some of the ways the creative industries are telling their stories, taking action, and providing resources to unite and champion a diverse, equitable future for emerging creatives.

Book and Magazine Publishing 
Rocky Mountain Books creates map charting Black-owned bookstores across North America

Magazine Association of BC has a list of diversity and inclusion and representation and appropriation in publishing resources for magazines

Interactive + Digital Media 
The First Nations Technology Council is a non-profit working to ensure that Indigenous Peoples have the tools, education and support they need in order to thrive in the digital age. Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a pathway to ensure equitable access to jobs, training and educational opportunities for Indigenous people.

DigiBC has compiled a list of resources of communities, organizations and initiatives for a diverse interactive industry. View their resources

Motion Picture
Vancouver Asian Film Festival leads initiative #Elimin8Hate, a safe reporting environment for those of Asian descent and a platform to deliver research.

New and long-standing local to national organizations championing greater diversity in storytelling. Discover resources from Black Screen Office, Indigenous Screen Office and more here

Discover equity stream programs for careers-seekers in B.C. film, along with BIPOC people directories from Access Reelworld, STORYHIVE and more here

Music + Sound Recording
First Peoples’ Cultural Council provides music funding through their programs as they act as a collective voice for their communities, to help preserve their cherished languages, arts and cultures. Discover their programs

Music BC compiled a list of resources for the music community to educate themselves on the continued discrimination in Canada. View the resources

Proclamation by the Province of British Columbia | Anti-Racism Resources