Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Reconciliation, and Accessibility (EDIRA)

Mitigation Policy and Response Practices for Artsy Fartsy


Artsy Fartsy is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that respects and values diversity. Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space for all customers, staff, and volunteers, both in our studio and during our off-site events. This policy outlines our approach to addressing and mitigating negative experiences related to equity, diversity, inclusion, reconciliation, and accessibility (EDIRA).


Equity: Ensuring fair treatment, opportunities, and advancement for all individuals while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

Diversity: The presence of differences that include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective.

Reconciliation: The process of acknowledging and addressing the historical and ongoing injustices faced by Indigenous peoples. It involves building respectful relationships and making amends for past harms.

Inclusion: Creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.

Accessibility: Ensuring that individuals of all abilities have equitable access to spaces, information, and opportunities. This includes physical access, as well as access to communication and services.


This policy applies to all employees, customers, and volunteers of Artsy Fartsy, including those participating in on-site lessons and off-site events.


  • Promote a culture of respect, inclusion, equity, reconciliation, and accessibility.
  • Prevent and address instances of discrimination, harassment, and exclusion.
  • Provide clear procedures for addressing complaints and negative experiences.
  • Ensure accountability and continuous improvement in EDIRA practices.

Prevention Strategies

  • Training and Education: Regular EDIRA training for all staff and volunteers to enhance understanding and sensitivity towards diverse perspectives and the importance of reconciliation and accessibility.
  • Inclusive Practices: Ensure that all studio activities, communications, and events are accessible and inclusive. This includes considering physical accessibility, language needs, cultural sensitivities, and the perspectives of Indigenous peoples.
  • Policy Communication: Clearly communicate the EDIRA policy to all employees, customers, and volunteers through orientation sessions, written materials, and the Artsy Fartsy website.

Reporting and Response Mechanisms

  • Complaint Reporting: Provide multiple channels for reporting EDIRA-related complaints, including in-person, email, and anonymous online forms.
  • Immediate Response: Ensure timely and confidential handling of all complaints. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint within 24 hours and initiate an investigation within 72 hours.
  • Investigation Process: Conduct thorough and impartial investigations. Collect statements from all involved parties and review any relevant evidence.
  • Resolution and Follow-up: Develop a resolution plan that may include mediation, training, or disciplinary action. Follow up with the complainant to ensure the issue has been satisfactorily resolved.

Support Systems

  • Support for Complainants: Offer support services such as peer support to individuals affected by negative EDIRA experiences.
  • Support for Staff: Provide access to professional development resources to help staff manage and respond to EDIRA issues effectively.

Accountability and Monitoring

  • Record Keeping: Maintain detailed records of all complaints, investigations, and resolutions.
  • Regular Reviews: Conduct yearly reviews of EDIRA practices and complaint records to identify trends and areas for improvement.
  • Feedback Mechanisms: Encourage ongoing feedback from employees, customers, and volunteers to continuously enhance EDIRA initiatives.

Communication of Policy

  • Public Access: Make the EDIRA policy publicly available on the Artsy Fartsy website and in physical locations within the studio.
  • Regular Updates: Review and update the policy annually or as needed to reflect evolving best practices and legal requirements.


Artsy Fartsy is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, reconciled, and accessible environment for all. By adhering to this policy, we strive to ensure that every individual feels respected, valued, and supported, whether in our studio or at our events across Nova Scotia.