About UsWhat we do, and why we do it.
Nanaimo Pride Society’s mission is to empower, celebrate, and promote inclusivity, acceptance, and respect among persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities through advocacy, educational and cultural events, and activities in Nanaimo and surrounding communities; and to provide similar and related services and support as determined by the membership and/or Board of Directors in accordance with the bylaws.
Safe Space Policy
The Nanaimo Pride Society (hereafter: NPS) will manage all spaces and events in accordance with the Safe Space policy. Under this policy, all people are protected on the grounds of gender identity, sexuality, age, ethnicity, religion, faith, spirituality, ability, disability, or any other form of discrimination, whether intentional or otherwise.
The NPS affirms that it is the responsibility of everyone to maintain an inclusive and welcoming space that is free from all forms of oppression. This includes, but is not limited to, racism, ageism, sexism, classism, ableism, xenophobia, slut-shaming or anything else that can harm or limit the well-being of any person. All opinions must be shared in a respectful manner, while respecting another’s right to do the same. Accordingly, all participants are asked to refrain from actions and/or images that are excessively violent, sexually explicit, or disturbing. Our standard is not to limit self-expression, but to ensure that the context in which it occurs is appropriate. Everyone has the right to feel safe and be free from oppressive behaviour. Prejudice, hate-speech, discrimination and identity-policing in all its forms are forbidden.
The NPS requires all parties, including, but not limited to, volunteers, vendors, organizers and performers to commit to these guidelines. By attending spaces and events managed by The NPS, both in person and online, you agree to follow the Safe Space policy. Further, The NPS encourages any person to approach the executive board at any time with questions regarding the above, or any event experiences they feel are contrary to our commitment to make our spaces safe.