Safer Spaces Policy
BIG FUN Festival Safer Spaces Policy
As outlined in this document, patrons (any person attending the festival) and performers (any artist who has been enlisted with offering their art for the festival for public consumption) have the right to address a concern related to these guidelines with Big Fun Venue Managers or Organizers and have that concern addressed in a respectful and timely manner. Patrons, volunteers and performers also have the right to be made aware of these guidelines by Big Fun, as they are expected to comply with the policies contained within this document.
As an additional note, any services offered by the festival for a patron who has experienced an incident are to be extended for the evening of the incident unless otherwise indicated.
1. All volunteers, venue managers and organizers are required to attend Safer Spaces training through an accredited organization, workshop to be organized by festival organizers.
a) Workshops will be attended annually to ensure all information regarding safe spaces is up-to-date and ongoing education is occurring.
2. Big Fun has a Zero Tolerance policy for discrimination – if an incident is reported, perpetrator is given a verbal warning and has reasons explained. If an incident occurs a second time, person is ejected and a more permanent ban is put in place.
a) If perpetrator is a performer, person is given a verbal warning and has reasons explained. If second incident occurs, performer is ejected and a more permanent ban is put in place.
3. Big Fun Productions has a responsibility to advise all contracted performers of our policies regarding the creation of safer spaces and zero tolerance for incidents in the various spaces occupied by the Big Fun Festival. A copy of our safer spaces policy will be provided in all artist packages.
a) Big Fun Productions reserves the right to nullify artist contracts upon discovery of any performer history that is in violation of our policy.
4. Performers with a known history of sexual or discriminatory violence will not be booked to play unless they have participated in some form of demonstrable rehabilitative counselling.
5. Potential volunteers with known offences of sexual or discriminatory violence and/or abuse cannot volunteer for the Big Fun Festival or subsequent events organized by Big Fun Productions unless they have participated in some form of demonstrable rehabilitative counselling.
6. Big Fun Productions will try to provide a safe space at each venue (office or some other enclosed area) where a person can recover from any incident that happens at venue. If a safe space is unavailable, Venue Managers must work with the patron to identify ways to make them feel safer.
7. Posters will be hung in bathrooms identifying our Safer Spaces-trained Venue Managers to whom a patron who experiences an incident can speak safely.
[i] For the purposes of this document, the term incident is used as a blanket term to encompass the following:
Incident: can refer to discrimination* against, verbal and/or physical harassment of, and sexual and/or physical assault of any person within a venue used by the Big Fun Festival perpetrated “because of the ancestry, Nationality or national origin, Ethnic background, race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status, or age (as defined by the Manitoba Human Rights Code)
*Discrimination refers to the attempt to “deny any person or class of persons any goods, services, accommodation or facilities that are customarily available to the public.”
[ii] All “second chances” mentioned above are determined by organizers on a case by case basis.