Everyone who participates in Westfest has a responsibility to uphold our community values and the intention of this safer space.

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JUNE 2-4  LAROCHE PARK, MECHANICSVILLE, OTTAWA

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WE ARE DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE.

No matter how a person identifies, how their body is perceived, or what community they belong to, every participant, attendee and audience member is part of our Westfest community. Westfest is actively working towards maintaining a safer space: one that is supportive, non-threatening, encourages open-mindedness and respect, and is grounded in physical, mental, spiritual and emotional safety for everyone, especially our marginalized communities.

WE ARE WELCOMING & ACCESSIBLE.

Westfest is for everyone to experience and is open to every community. We provide a diverse, non-judgmental and community-centred environment that is free and accessible to everyone. Westfest continues to encourage inclusive and accessible programming that is supportive and meaningful for our diverse communities.

WE ARE A SAFER SPACE.

Westfest is committed to providing a safer and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, size, race, or religion. Westfest will not tolerate harassment, appropriation or discrimination in any form. We value freedom of expression, but not at the cost of harming others. Everyone is here to have a meaningful experience and we are committed to ensuring that everyone is free to do so within a safer, self-determined and informed context.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.

Westfest producer, organizers, staff and volunteers are always available to connect with regarding any issues, concerns, and questions or for support. Feel free to connect with us at any time! All concerns brought to Westfest will be taken seriously and handled with care. Westfest is working towards centering the needs and experiences of communities regularly made to feel unsafe due to their race, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, class, ability, age and/or size.

NEED SUPPORT?

  • Call someone you trust to support you

  • Connect with Westfest organizers and volunteers

  • Call a Crisis Line

    • Ottawa 24 Hour Info and Help (24 hour): (613) 745-4818

    • Ottawa Distress Centre (24 Hour): (613) 238-3311

    • Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (24 Hour): (613) 562-2333

  • Seek medical attention if needed

    • Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus (24 Hour): (613) 761-4366 & TTY (613) 761-4140

  • In case of emergency please call 9-11

Westfest recognizes that our festival takes place on unceded Algonquin territory that was never given up and never surrendered. We would like to honour this land, its people and its histories.

Westfest values your continued commitment and support of our festival and communities. Thank you so much!


This vision was adapted by Westfest volunteer Dillon Black of Queering613

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