Equity Heritage Initiative

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The Equity Heritage Initiative will create space and provide meaningful support for emerging historians representing important lived experiences in our communities, to diversify and shape how we tell Toronto’s stories.

While providing engaging and fairly-compensated work, this exciting initiative also funds new youth-driven programming, which both explores creative approaches to storytelling and builds relationships with diverse community organizations. Further, the Equity Heritage Initiative will examine organizational policies and practices to help Heritage Toronto identify and eliminate barriers to the successful participation of professionals from Black, Indigenous, and Visible Minorities groups in our work.

Youth from equity-deserving communities are critical to diversifying heritage work and yet face systemic barriers to building a career in our sector. The Equity Heritage Initiative is an opportunity to begin transforming the heritage sector through investments in the next generation of heritage advocates from Black, Indigenous, and Visible Minorities groups.

These Emerging Historians will not only develop the fundamental skills and experiences they will need to excel in the field, but their work will help us expand the communities we serve, ensuring our city’s heritage is accessible, relevant, and engaging to all Torontonians.

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