Consultation launched to develop best practices for authentic, inclusive content

Black Screen Office, Telefilm Canada

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

The Black Screen Office (BSO), in partnership with Telefilm Canada, has launched a new national consultation focused on the representation of Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2+ and Persons with Disabilities in screen-based sectors called Being Seen: A Directive for Authentic and Inclusive Content.

This consultation was created to help advise members of the industry about how they can work with communities other than their own, work with culturally sensitive content, identify when a story is theirs to tell and create content that avoids stereotypes.

Consultations will be conducted virtually through focus groups, one-on-one interviews with industry representatives and the public who are members of the target communities. They will be conducted in English and French and will consider intersectionality and regional representation.

BSO and Telefilm Canada will be conducting consultations from May to September 2021. Learn more.

Similarly, imagineNATIVE commissioned the On-Screen Pathways and Protocols media production guide to working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, cultures, concepts and stories which was published in 2019. It provides cultural principles and key findings from a national consultation process, and best practices for filmmakers, production companies and funders when depicting Indigenous content on screen, and how communities can be collaborative partners.

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