Anti-Harassment Policy

Game-iToba is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form. [Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any convention venue] Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference [without a refund] at the discretion of the convention organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination, whether related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Vendors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, vendors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the Game-iToba organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the convention [with no refund].

The Game-iToba organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all Game-iToba venues and Game-iToba-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside of Game-iToba too!

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Convention staff can be identified by their maroon Game-iToba hoodies. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy while at Game-iToba. People like you make Game-iToba a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here https://gameitoba.wufoo.com/forms/z13pqrsx1cc06t4/

We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Calling or messaging this phone number: (204) 470-4594. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
  • Contacting a staff member, identified by maroon Game-iToba hoodies.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Email address for organizers: info@game-itoba.ca
Phone number for organizers 204.470.4594 or 204.298.5237
Bronx Park Community Centre: 204.667.5731
Police: 911, or 204.986.6313 (non-emergency line)

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24/7)
In Winnipeg: 204.786.8631
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1.888.292.7565
TTY: 204. 784.4097
Healthlinks: 204.788.8200 or toll-free 1.888.315.9257.

Taxi Services:
Unicity: 204.925.3131
Duffy’s: 204.925.0101
Spring: 204.774.8294
Yellow: 204.582.7777

This document created with guidance from: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment: