Accessibility and Safer Space Policy

If you have any concerns during the Bookfair volunteers sitting at the welcome table are available for assistance.

The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Collective actively strives to create an accessible event. We aim to avoid replicating the barriers in society that exclude and marginalize people. In line with our principles, we organize the Bookfair to challenge exclusions deriving from social oppression. We maintain:

– A policy of no alcohol or other drugs and we ask all participants to respect this and help us ensure our relationship with the venue remains solid.

– Wheelchair access to events: the hall is fully wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms are wheelchair accessible on both levels of the bookfair.

– A safe and welcoming event for children and their parents. An event free of smoke, nuts, and perfumes/scents, to enable a kid-friendly and accessible event for people who might have allergies, including allergies that are life-threatening.

– Journalists are escorted and ask permission before they take pictures. Respect for everyone’s privacy: photographs may be taken for 1 hour, between 2-3 pm each day. Before taking pictures and/or posting them on line, ask for permission.

– All pets must remain outside and on leash. Only working dogs are welcome inside.

– Free admittance (donations accepted).

People participating should be aware of how they are presenting them self to insure their choice of atheistic is not of cultures other than their own. The bookfair acknowledges that cultural heritage and identity is not always visible, we will not be discriminating based off of appearance.

The dynamics of hierarchy, power and privilege that exist within society are also found among us. People participating in the Bookfair are asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be oppressive to others. The Bookfair is no space for violence, racism, ageism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, sizism, or touching another person without consent. Acting in a way that perpetuates oppression, including through language, will not be tolerated.
Our attempts to equalize access are made within the limits of current resources and therefore may not be perfect. However, we welcome suggestions for improvement and will do our best to implement them.

If you wish any excluded from the Bookfair for reasons of violence contact info@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca