Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Updates on 891's Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion effort, sharing info, learning opportunities and more.

Pilot Trainee Program Launch | February 2024

We have been in the process of relaunching our pilot trainee program that was designed for folks from equity deserving groups as defined by the Human Rights Commission, to pair them up with a mentor and create a clear pathway for them to membership. This program has been given the approval of the Human Rights Commissioner, and we are pleased to announce that two local productions have signed up to the program.

The relaunch of the pilot is to do a few things:

  1. To bridge the gap between the official trainee program we are developing with the producers as a result of our bargaining sideletter 17 and the time it’s going to take to complete that process.
  2. To continue taking action fulfilling our own REDI commitments.
  3. To show government progress on movement in our goals to break down systemic barriers for equity deserving groups.

This program will not take away core crew positions, it will be in addition to them. This long term planning will contribute to the future success of membership and local as a whole.

To be clear, this pilot program is not the ‘Special Program’ we are developing with the producers as a result of sideletter 17, though it will most certainly support in its development and improving on processes that will be tested during the pilot.

Please find an FAQ here and if you have any questions on the program please contact Business Representative, Crystal Braunwarth at

IATSE 891 Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Three to Five Year Action Plans

IATSE Local 891 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion/Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Statement

You can read the Statement update for 'phase two' of the REDI Project from President Mitch Davies here.

You can read IATSE Local 891's previous 'phase 1' statement here.

You can watch the IATSE International Equity Statement video created by IATSE 891 here.

Consulting firm MNP conducted a study, looking at the Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within IATSE 891. You can read the summary here. and the full report here.

IATSE 891 has worked with EDI Consultant Tomee E. Sojourner Campbell to develop a 3-5 year REDI Action Plan. Meet Tomee here. Read the plan here.

IATSE 891 has engaged Indigenous lawyer and and teacher Koren Lightning-Earle as our external reconciliation consultant. you can meet Koren here.

Support is available - We have resources below on this page and here.

IATSE 891 has a reporting card for Racist and discriminatory actions. You can find this resource here.

[Member Login Required] You can also refresh yourself on the General Meeting Motions here. and the Priorities from the Action Plan here.

891 Culture Connection

Alex Voong, Lunar New Year 2021 Blog post

IATSE Local 891 Production Coordinator has shared his family's traditions and a little on what Lunar New Year means to him. You can read the blog post here.

Cheryl Marion, Metis Family History Blog Post

IATSE Local 891 Production Designer shares her Metis family history for Louis Riel Day 2021. You can read the blog post here

REDI Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about our REDI program? Check out our FAQ here.

IATSE Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Course Collection

Check out the training on Linkedin here.

REDI Glossary of Terms

Read our Glossary of Terms here.

Native Land map

Check out a map of whose indigenous land you are occupying and learn how to acknowledge and learn about the land and local indigenous culture here.

IATSE Local 891 Gender Pay Equity Study

IATSE Local 891 has completed a Gender Pay Equity study. You can read the final report here.

Indigenous Screen Office: On-Screen Protocols and Pathways

The ISO champions Indigenous companies, communities, and individuals to share their diverse stories and perspectives across all screen platforms. For the tools, guides, and protocols on integrating traditional values and practices into productions, click here.

Supports for IBPOC* and 2SLGBTQIA+ people.

Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to action

Learn about the Truth, and Reconciliation Commissions' report on the history and lasting impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system on Indigenous students and their families. Read the report here. Learn more about the progress on the 94 calls to action, and how they are being addressed on the CBC progress tracker. Beyond 94: Where is Canada at with reconciliation?

Healing in Colour

Healing in colour offers a directory of Indigenous, Black and Person of Colour therapists committed to supporting Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour in all intersections. Healing in Colour's Directory is available here.

National Queer & Trans therapists of Colour Network

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of colour (QTPoC). NQTTCN's overall goal is to increase access to healing justice resources for QTPoC. Check out NQTTCN here.


Qmunity is a community-based resource and support centre offering two levels of counselling and other resources for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities of all intersections. You can check out Qmunity's resources here.

Black Youth Helpline

Black Youth Helpline is a resource for Black Youth positioned to and resourced to promote culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools. Access their support resources here.

KUU-US Crisis Line Society

KUU-US operates a 24-hour provincial aboriginal crisis line. Adults/Elders (250-723-4050), Child/Youth (250-723-2040), Toll-Free Line (1-800-588-8717) along with other supports for members of the Alberni Valley. Check it out here.

Benefits of Film EFAP Service

Your membership of IATSE 891 includes EFAP support services. Find out more about Benefits of Film EFAP supports here.

Nationwide Mental Health Support

CBC has a helpful list of national Resources for mental health and other supports, available here.

The Arrest Handbook

The BC Civil Liberties Association's Arrest Handbook is a recognition of the harms caused by police and unaccountable policing systems and a practical tool to support people living in heavily policed communities. It is for people with mental health challenges, people with disabilities, people who are HIV+, do sex work, and gender diverse people. Access the Handbook here.

Black History Resources

Books, articles and films for children.

U Toronto Anti Black Racism Resources

The University of Toronto has a huge stockpile of resources, including films, a calendar of Black History and more. Available here.

BC Black History Awareness Society

Celebrating and honouring the achievement of Black People and the history of contributions to BC life and culture. The BC Black History Awareness Society has a treasure trove of things to explore and learn.

Black History Month

In 1995 Dr. Augustine MP, Canada's first Black Member of Parliament, Introduced a motion to recognize Black History Month in Canada. Read about the history and how the month came to be and more on Black Canadian Heritage.

CBC's The Feed - All about Black History Month

CBC's The Feed explains what the month means in a youth-friendly format.

Black History Month Facts and Resources.

The British Columbia Teachers Federation has several useful resources on Black History Month.

365 Days and Ways to Celebrate Remarkable Black Canadians.

A calendar with a person, event or historical moment to think about or celebrate everyday.