imagineNATIVE recognizes that barriers to services exist for members of diverse communities, particularly for equity-seeking groups, and we are committed to acting as a positive force in eliminating these barriers. To achieve this, and as stated in our equity policy, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will:
- ensure that diverse members of the Indigenous community it serves have equitable access to its services, resources and decision-making.
- be non-discriminatory and promote the goals of anti-racism, access and equity; and,
- take reasonable steps to ensure its services, programs and decision-making reflect the community it serves.
As reflected in our organizational values, imagineNATIVE strives towards an ethic of “do no harm”. In the event that the content of films may trigger trauma – for example topics such as residential schools, graphic violence, or subject matter regarding violence against women and children – we want to ensure the wellbeing of our audience members. This may include Audience Warnings reflected in both the catalogue and at the time of the screening.
Cultural Support Workers will be available during specific relevant screenings, and throughout the Festival.