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AWOC Committee

NABET 700-M UNIFOR’s A.W.O.C committee is focused on increasing support, and equity to members of diversity, and colour within the film, television and digital media industries.

Committed to creating opportunities for growth advocating for and increasing the representation of members of diversity both in front and behind the camera. This committee will develop policies, mechanism, and initiatives to facilitate change and hopes to raise awareness, and dispel unconscious biases to build a better work culture for all.

As these policies, and mechanisms come into effect, greater diversity, and inclusivity will naturally emerge.

How to Join
Are you interested in becoming part of the conversation?

The committee is open to any NABET 700-M UNIFOR Member who identifies as Indigenous Peoples and People of Colour.

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NABET 700-M UNIFOR has long been an advocate for diversity in the film television and digital media industry and is committed to working to further break down barriers in order to create equitable and diverse film sets.

NABET 700-M UNIFOR over the past few years has been committed to strengthening our partnerships with various organizations, including the City of Toronto, to address issues of diversity, with an intersectional approach of women in non-traditional roles and people from diverse backgrounds.

Through our partnerships, we have created multiple opportunities within the industry, which vary from paid apprenticeships to co-op student placements on sets, providing access to required training, and educational awareness to NABET 700-M UNIFOR and the unlimited career opportunities the film and television industry has to offer.

For more details regarding NABET 700-M UNIFOR partners please click on the links below:

- OYA Emerging Filmmakers
Regent Park - Live it to Learn it
xoTO Schools Co-op Program
Reelworld Film Festival
CEE For Young Black Professionals


March 23, 2021

Terminology Reform Initiative

In observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, 2021, we are launching a joint initiative to unite industry partners in enacting change on certain key issues that affect us all.

The entertainment sector, like many others, is grappling with questions of how to build a diverse and inclusive workplace. We have a unique dual responsibility to do so, as an industry both highly visible to the public, and bearing the power to shape the public’s perceptions.

The attached Terminology Reform bulletin was created by a NABET 700-M UNIFOR Permittee who saw an opportunity for change from within their own ranks. This bulletin highlights terminology used regularly on set primarily in the Grip and Lighting Departments, terms that should be immediately removed from set vocabulary due to their discriminatory origins and/or implications.

We hope that by identifying terms that are currently being used without awareness of their impact and message they send, and by sharing the origins of these terms, crews can move onto language that promotes open and inclusive workplaces.

The issues of our society at large will not be resolved by any one grand action but rather they will be gradually improved by a series of many small steps; the language that we choose to use on set is something that every one of us has direct control over and can be our contribution to progress. We would like to ask that you please help support this initiative of raising awareness and igniting change through discussion and action.

Thank you to the following organizations that are in support of and/or have committed to this Terminology Reform initiative:

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
- ACTRA Toronto
- BIPOC Tv & Film
- Canadian Society of Cinematographers
- Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology
- College of Makeup Art & Design
- Directors Guild of Canada
- Directors Guild of Canada Ontario
- Documentary Organization of Canada
- Entertainment Partners
- FilmOntario
- Canadian Actors' Equity Association
- IATSE 671
- IATSE 667
- IATSE 873
- Independent Media Producers Association of Creative Talent (IMPACT)
- Indigenous Screen Office
- Institute of Communication Agencies
- MBS Equipment Co. Canada
- Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
- Stratagem Studios Inc.
- William F. White International Inc.