Code of Conduct
The Hyperborea Experiential Art Team (HEAT) expects attendees and volunteers to create and maintain a space that is welcoming for all. We do not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age or religion.
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behaviour at Hyperborea and it’s associated events. This includes any online forums moderated by HEAT and between any HEAT volunteers and attendees participating in pre and post event planning.
Participation in HEAT events and it’s online forums are open to all; however, continued attendance and opportunities for participation can be revoked if you fail to respect other attendees or behave in a way that endangers yourself, the event, or the broader community.
Please be conscious of your well-being and aware of your own needs. Practice self-care. Remember that we value self-reliance in our community. In general, HEAT encourages community members to work things out on their own to each person’s satisfaction. There are some problems you can’t work out on your own. If you find yourself in such a situation please reach out to others for support. An outcome where one community member backs away from the community out of fear that a certain person may be there is not acceptable.
Expected behaviour includes, but is not limited to:
- Ensuring consent: consent has the support of our whole community. You are obligated to get someone’s consent in a sexual context, in a situation involving video or photography, or in any situation affecting the experience of another person at Hyperborea events.
- Being considerate and respectful of fellow participants and the community around the event.
- Refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants’ safety.
Unacceptable behaviour includes but is not limited to:
- Predatory behaviour, defined as any unwanted and non-consensual form of the following: intimidation, harassment, stalking, verbal or physical abuse, violence against people or other’s property.
- Non-consensual physical contact, including unwelcome sexual interaction.
Abuse or neglect of HEAT property, physical or otherwise, such as vandalism, theft of event property, abusing the ticketing process or impersonating a lead or event organizers.
- Disrespecting the community surrounding the event such as dumping trash in local dumpsters, trespassing, or repeated violations of the event’s sound ordinance.
- Wanton, flagrant, or repeated disregard for one’s own safety or well-being in a manner that demands the intervention of other participants, community members, volunteers or outside agencies, such as intervention by local law enforcement or fire department staff.
- Repeated or egregious violations of any and all policies put in effect by event organizers.
Consequences of unacceptable behaviour:
Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes behaviour at the event as well as before or after the event, whether by phone, email, social media or in face to face communication.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviours, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate to ensure the safety of the event and its participants. This action may include expulsion from the event without refund, revoking tickets, or removing a volunteer from their shift.
What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour:
If you are subjected to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subjected to it, or have any other concerns:
- First, speak up. Ask the person to stop. Say no.
- If you feel unsafe, leave the situation.
- If you feel uncomfortable but the person’s behaviour does not cross a line, step away from the situation.
- If you need help, ask for it. If someone asks you for help, do your best to help or find someone who can.
- At any Hyperborea Event, report your concerns to a Ranger or a HEAT Board Member on-call; these individuals are prepared to assist participants and listen to your concerns. They can be found roaming the event and/or stationed at Safety HQ. If you see any event Staff with a Radio they can also contact a Ranger or Board Member for you.
- If you are the victim of a crime during the event, you can also go directly to law enforcement, although the event organizers would appreciate a heads-up. A Safety Team member may be able to get law enforcement on the scene more quickly if you go through them.
- Outside of Hyperborea report directly to HEAT using our Incident Reporting Form
HEAT does not have the power to exclude a person from the burner community at large, public spaces where the community gathers, or private, non-sponsored community events (parties, private fundraisers, etc.) HEAT does not intend for this process to be an alternative forum for justice. It does not have the power to make things right, repair damage, or reverse trauma.
We thank you in advance for your adherence to this code of conduct. Together we create an event and community that is welcoming for all participants.
Boundaries & Consent
Consent is mandatory. Consent means permission. Get consent before when taking photos of someone, touching them, or engaging in sexual activities. Radical self-expression can take many forms – including nudity – but it is not an invitation to anyone to invade someone’s personal space or make physical advances. People may be unable to give consent due to being intoxicated, in an altered state, or even asleep. Past interactions do not imply future consent. Consent may be withdrawn at any time for whatever reason and you have an obligation to honour their change of heart.
Respect people’s bodies and personal space; we all want to have a fun, safe and enjoyable experience.
Accept “no” gracefully; coercion is a crime and thanking someone for expressing their boundaries helps make a better community for all. Remember, only “YES” means yes!
Hyperborea is a clothing-optional event, although, given the bugs and the unpredictable Ontario weather in May, it’s probably going to be much less common than at Burning Man.
**this conduct guide is a work in progress and will be updated as necessary