Commitment to Inclusivity
The Magazine Association of BC is committed to encouraging inclusivity, diversity, accountability and accessibility.
Our most recent project is offering two workshops in concert with the Association of Book Publishers of BC in Vancouver and Victoria on May 23 and 24.
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Don't know the best resources to inform yourself? Start here:
- Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) diversity baseline survey (2018). In recognition of the under-representation of Indigenous and racialized peoples in the Canadian publishing industry, the ACP’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group conducted a baseline survey to gather information on the composition of Canadian publishing workplaces. The survey establishes a baseline of the Canadian publishing industry and aims to identify challenges and opportunities with respect to building diverse and inclusive workplaces. Results here.
- Lee & Low Books diversity baseline survey (2015).
Organizations that are doing cool things
- We Need Diverse Books Internship
- POC Publishing Association (article in Publishers Weekly here)
Interesting, related articles
- “They Call Me Literary Facism: Reflections of a Sensitivity Reader.” Kai Cheng Thom. All Lit Up. March 2019.
- “White people are still raised to be racially illiterate.” Robin DiAngelo. Think. Sept 2018.
- “Reflected on the Page.” Galit Rodan. The Globe & Mail. July 2017.
- “Diversity In Book Publishing Isn't Just About Writers — Marketing Matters, Too.” Jean Ho. NPR. August 2016.
- “Diversity in Canadian Literature is Long Overdue.” Jael Richardson. Huffington Post. May 2016.
- “Publishing So White.” Vivek Shraya. AllLitUp. February 2016.
Further Reading & Resources
- Me & White Supremacy workbook by Layla Saad
- Robin DiAngelo’s article, “Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism,” and her new book inspired by this article: White Fragility.
- So You Want to Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo
Stealing Someone Else's Voice by Ijeoma Oluo
Facebook Doesn't Care About You by Kate Lesniak
Race, Culture, and the Gatekeepers of Language by Ijeoma Oluo
Resisting 'CanLit' | West Coast Indigenous Writers
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In Vancouver and Victoria, May 23 and 24. Workshops feature Cicely Blain, Chelene Knight, Melanie Samuels and Gregory Younging. Sessions include respectful work environment (employer’s obligations, HR best practices), unpacking diversity (cultural appropriation, indigenization, etc.), the front lines (roleplays on how to deal with discrimination and harassment), and supporting change.
Publishing Unbound is a public reading and reception on inclusivity and accountability in Canadian magazine and book publishing.
VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour St., Vancouver BC
Features Joanne Arnott, Gunargie O’Sullivan and Larry Nicholson.
Joanne Arnott, Gunargie O’Sullivan, and Larry Nicholson will share their experiences and insights at this panel, organized by MagsBC for WORD Vancouver.
A report on the session on Lez Spread the Word (LSTW) magazine by Natasha Sanders-Kay, MagsBC Board Member.
A report on the panel by Natasha Sanders-Kay, MagsBC Board Member.
MagsBC board member Natasha Sanders-Kay has organized a panel at WORD on Sunday Sept. 25 @ 3:40 p.m. called “Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers and Publishers.”