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Code of Conduct

March 30, 2016

The Archives Association of British Columbia strives to promote a safe and respectful environment for its members to learn and collaborate, and therefore does not tolerate harassment in any form. The AABC is committed to providing a harassment free environment for its members and others who participate in its conferences, events, meetings, volunteer committees, and online spaces.

Harassment may include abusive verbal comments and/or discriminatory images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, as well as advocating for or encouraging any of these behaviours.

Conference, event, meeting, and online participants who are asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Those who violate these rules may be expelled from the conference, event, or meeting at the discretion of the organizers or AABC Executive or may be denied access to the online space at the discretion of the administrator or the AABC Executive. Persons who have been expelled from an event or online space may appeal to the AABC Executive.

If you feel that you are in immediate danger at any time during an AABC Annual Conference or event, contact law enforcement (by dialing 911) or the facility front desk without delay. If you are not in immediate danger but feel that you are being harassed or that someone else is being harassed, or if you have other concerns, please contact the event coordinator or an AABC Executive member immediately.

At the AABC Conference and AGM: Go to the registration desk and ask a volunteer to put you in touch with an event coordinator or AABC Executive member.

At other AABC Events/Meetings: Discuss your concerns with the event organizer or instructor and/or contact the AABC President:

In AABC Online Spaces: Contact the administrator of the space or the AABC President:  

Content presented at AABC conferences or meetings or online may at times deal with sensitive subject matter, ranging from visually sensitive historical material (such as images related to acts of genocide) to sexually explicit language or images (such as in archival letters, nude photographs, or film or audio recordings). This policy is not intended to constrain scholarly or professional presentation, discourse, or debate, as long as these exchanges are conducted in a respectful manner.

This Code of Conduct applies to all participants in AABC events and committees, including volunteers, event attendees, instructors and other paid contractors, and vendor representatives. It is the responsibility of the AABC Executive/event coordinators to make participants aware of this Code of Conduct.

This policy is based on the Association of Canadian Archivists Code of Conduct and the Society of American Archivists Code of Conduct, which is based on US OpenGLAM Friendly Space Policy (

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The Archives Association of British Columbia acknowledges that it carries out its work on the land of Indigenous nations throughout British Columbia. We are grateful for the continuing relationships with Indigenous people in B.C. that develop through our work together.  

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