CGAS RISER Found Festival

Safe(r) Spaces Program

Found Festival is for you, exactly as you are.

No matter who you are, what you look like, how or who you love, where you’re from, how you got here, how you identify, how or if you honour whatever higher power, or how you move through this world, you belong here.

What matters to us is that you feel welcome.

We believe in creating safer spaces that allow for creative risk. That means looking out for each other, communicating often and openly, respecting one another, being responsible for ourselves, our actions, and our impacts, making friends, and enjoying all Found has to offer.

We honour the vulnerability of the artistic process, and the beauty of the exchange between artists and audiences. We commit to sustaining a safe space by respecting, and even boldly loving, everyone who contributes to it. In an effort to uphold safer spaces on our Found Grounds and at our Festival events, we have created an evolving Safe(r) Spaces policy. This policy offers multiple ways to report an incident (whether you witness or experience something), including anonymous reporting structures, and an available external liaison should you not feel comfortable talking to Festival staff or board representatives.   The safety of our artists, volunteers, staff, and patrons is our #1 priority, but we know it takes a darn village to make that happen. Thanks in advance for creating a culture of caring with us.

Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS) and Found Festival foster unique artistic experiences that offer creative collisions between artists and audiences in unconventional and non-traditional spaces.
We believe in creating safe spaces that allow for creative risk. We commit to upholding open, supportive, receptive, and collaborative spaces and experiences that welcome all members of our community including artists, volunteers, staff, board members, and patrons.

We honour the vulnerability of the artistic process, and the beauty of the exchange between artists and audiences. We commit to sustaining a safe space by:

  • being mindful that our community resides on Treaty Six land;
  • embracing all forms of diversity;
  • creating a respectful, safe environment free from harassment, violence, discrimination, bullying, abuse, and solicitation;
  • ensuring all artists, volunteers, staff, board members, patrons, and/or community members are treated with respect and dignity;
  • providing opportunities for everyone to contribute to, participate in, and/or witness the creative process whenever possible and appropriate;
  • giving individuals and groups who are speaking or performing focus and respect;
  • assuming positive intent from others, but listening and learning when the impact of our actions may not match our intent;
  • respecting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual boundaries;
  • using inclusive language, and listening and learning when language used may have been exclusive;
  • engaging in ongoing conversations about how to make our spaces more inclusive;
  • calling in and/or putting an immediate stop to activities or behaviors that discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, place of origin, gender, age, marital status, religious beliefs, citizenship, mental and physical abilities, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited grounds within the Alberta Human Rights Act;
  • resolving discriminatory or harassment reports in an appropriately timely manner within the best ability of the organization in a way that centers the survivor and their needs; and
  • engaging the support, guidance, and learnings of professional organizations and appropriate external bodies when necessary.

For more information, please refer to our Safer Spaces & Anti-Harassment Program

Submit a Report

Thank you for helping us maintain a safer space by submitting a report. We are grateful for your willingness to come forward.

The following form is to report an incident that violates our Safer Space Program. All reports are received and read by Festival Director Whittyn Jason ( ) and Managing Producer Mac Brock ( ). You may report an incident by completing and submitting the form below, or directly by contacting Whittyn Jason and/or Mac Brock as above.

Common Ground Arts Society commits to taking immediate and appropriate action, reporting and following up with any incident of harassment, violence, discrimination, bullying, or abuse that is witnessed, disclosed, or reported. Every report will be followed up in a timely manner.

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We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.