Land Acknowledgement

Fashion Your Identity acknowledges that the sacred land on which we are based has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years.

This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations.

This territory is the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and any other nations who care for the land (both recorded and unrecorded), and we recognize them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this traditional territory named Tkaronto, “Where the Trees Meet the Water” or “The Gathering Place”.

We do not support colonial forces that seek to undermine, distort, or erase the vital role of indigenous people in Turtle Island, and our world - and will continue in our efforts to help decolonize and educate our community.

Accessibility

As an organization that strives to be as inclusive and intersectionally aware as possible, we at FYI do our best to try and ensure everyone’s needs are met.

We have the following accommodations listed below at our events;

  • Wheelchair accessible venues

  • ASL interpretors for panels and presentations

  • Active Listeners for panels and presentations

    These people are here for listening and assisting in grounding anyone that may feel overwhelmed or potentially triggered by the subjects being discussed

  • Consent Beads for any guests

    These are a simple bead necklace you can pick up at the front desk to ensure you aren’t photographed and any photos accidentally taken of you will be deleted for privacy

  • Non - gendered washrooms

**Please let us know if there are any personal accommodations you may need and we will be happy to assist to the best of our abilities.**

Having our event hosted at the Toronto Media Arts Centre means we expect our guests follow their practices when it comes to being in a respectful and safe shared space.
We have their code of conduct quoted below:

All community participants – including members, guests of members, staff, volunteers, event hosts, sponsors, presenters, exhibitors and attendees – are expected to abide by this code of conduct.

By becoming a member of TMAC, attending or hosting any event here, or joining our Slack team, you agree to abide by this code of conduct, and cooperate with organizers who enforce it.

Expected Behaviour

We insist that everyone who uses this community space remains mindful of, and takes responsibility for, their speech and behaviour. This includes:

- Always acting out of respect and concern for the wellbeing and free expression of others

- Actively listening to others and not dominating discussions

- Respecting physical and emotional boundaries

- Not making assumptions about identity, experiences, or preferred pronouns

- Not using words that are racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, transphobic, cissexist or ableist

- Humbly accepting respectful correction (or correcting yourself), keeping in mind that the impact of your words on other people is more important than your intent

Unacceptable Behaviour

We believe that failing to address dynamics of hierarchy, power and privilege alienates and further victimizes members of a community and prevents us from creating the safe, equitable and welcoming space we want.

We do not tolerate oppressive behaviour, harassment, destructive behaviour, or exclusionary actions.

Oppressive behaviour: any conduct that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms anyone on the basis of identity, background, or ability.

Harassment: deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; disruption of events; aggressive, derogatory, or threatening comments; and unwanted physical contact or sexual attention.

Destructive behaviour: damaging or altering any part of the building, inside or out, including furniture, equipment, or other people's belongings.

Exclusionary actions: denying certain participants opportunities to share views, skills and other contributions; engaging in favouritism; and creating or reinforcing an inequitable learning environment.

Enforcement

Anyone‭ ‬asked‭ ‬to‭ ‬stop‭ ‬unacceptable‭ ‬behaviour‭ ‬is‭ ‬expected‭ ‬to‭ ‬comply‭ ‬immediately.

Anyone who engages in sustained ‬unacceptable behaviour may be sanctioned ‬or‭ ‬permanent‭ly ‬expelled‭ ‬from‭ ‬the‭ ‬community‭ ‬without‭ ‬warning‭ (‬and‭ ‬without‭ ‬refund‭ ‬in‭ ‬the‭ ‬case‭ ‬of‭ ‬a‭ ‬paid‭ ‬event‭)‬.

What to do if you need help

If you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour, or experience marginalizing or silencing behaviour that limits your full participation, please speak with the host of the event you are attending, a TMAC staff member or volunteer. You can also report an incident to coc@tomediaarts.org.

Your conversation will be held in confidence.

When you come to us with a problem during an event, it is our top priority to help you feel safe as quickly as possible. Next, a small group of community organizers and members will meet to decide what our response will be in accordance with our written conflict resolution and equity policies. Then, we will warn or remove the offender depending on the circumstances, taking your and the community's safety and wishes into account. If the problem does not impact your human rights or safety, we may ask the involved parties to leave the event and schedule a time to engage in negotiation and mediation at a later date.

Community‭ ‬organizers‭ ‬are‭ ‬available‭ ‬to‭ ‬help‭ you ‬engage‭ ‬with‭ ‬local‭ ‬law‭ ‬enforcement (solely at your request).