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The Code of Ethics describes the standards Sacred Canvas embodies for contributors, offerings and our networks. A code of conduct will be upheld by all participants of the Collective. Official Members of Sacred Canvas are dedicated Artists, Practitioners and Curators; distinct from the general public of community members who surround us. Our structure is defined by delegation of roles, values and support systems. Safety is a community concern and all participants should feel empowered in making choices that keep them protected.
1. Kinship: the web of Sacred Canvas is woven of familial, tribal and friendship bonds that center multidisciplinary art and healing. In American-Indian tradition, All of Our Relations are kin - we see harmonious cohesion as a core principle. We model how bringing this sense to our art, and care work, builds bridges.
2. Equity: differences in privilege, ability, background, class, neurodiversity, and capacity are respected. Denominations with increased marginalization are given proportionate access and accommodations. Sliding scales are offered as is honorable to our resources, and our community.
3. Trauma Sensitive Approach: all members are vetted and screened. Those who contribute interpersonal support or alternative medicine are trained in ethical, impact-aware care. We don't claim to be gurus or saviors. We are not counsellors, doctors, or psychologists unless individual members maintain proof of certifications or licensure, with explicit protocols.
4. Restorative Justice: our arts and practices encourage compassionate activism. The Restorative Justice Exchange breaks down this model into three parts: Encounter (invitations to address harm), Repair (for individual and group needs), then Transform (to overcome root issues).
5. Collaboration: we are a Collective of independents and organizations, who come together for mutual goals: sharing healing, visionary creations, and prosperity. We operate as an alliance of Artists, Curators and Practitioners, whose skills form a web of expression and humanitarianism.
6. Outreach: community work we engage in (such as events, workshops, volunteering) corresponds to relevant projects and uplifts the people at large. Resource distribution is a vital part of our framework. We engage in educational content for all ages, and many causes.
7. Privacy: we maintain trust and do not share information about clients, community members, or patients without consent. The only exception is in situations of potential physical harm. Interpersonal support is confidential and peer-to-peer. In group settings, participants agree to keep vulnerable information shared within the circle. We make efforts to avoid data scraping.
8. Nondenominational: we do not operate out of only one religion or school of thought. Our Collective is multi culturally eclectic and does not discriminate. We credit cultures that influence and house our work, without appropriative implications.
CODE OF CONDUCT
• All rights and reproduction of creations, education and services remain with their Originator: who can opt to use their own brand design, or that of Sacred Canvas. We reference contributors consistently.
• No party is to sell on behalf of Sacred Canvas without unanimous member consent. We are a collaborative first, and from that role, then support independent businesses. Those looking to sell as Sacred Canvas itself, should pursue Member Curator training.
• All trainees are proficient in practical application of their craft and care, as well as receive real world experience.
• Conflict resolution within the Collective is lead by a trained Artist-Practitioner or vetted external facilitator, who has proven to be reliable and capable of non-biased solutions.
• Spiritual readings are not outwardly offered: rather, they are made available by members to clients who seek them out. These services are divinatory and symbolic guides, not therapy sessions. We reserve the right to refuse anyone for any reason.
• Decisions that impact all in the Collective are made within "round table" meetings, where each member and trainee's opinions or concerns are reviewed with equal value.
• Both compensated and volunteer efforts are exchanged by the Collective.
• Violations of Conduct result in removal from the Collective and terminated Membership.
• Members of Sacred Canvas balance their roles in the Collective, and within greater community, through standards of nonviolence. We have a strict do-no-harm policy, including emotional safety, and mutual accountability is maintained between members.
ARTIST PRACTITIONER CARE PROTOCOLS
• Artist practitioners represent specialties of at least one holistic or spiritual care modality, and at least one art discipline. Unless explicitly stated through certification/licensure, APs are not therapists, psychologists or physicians. We do not offer case management.
• All APs form a link between their artistic craft and holistic care, with Trauma Informed, antiracist, and tribal safety methods.
• For transparency, the forms of care (excluding list of workshops, energy work and spiritual service) the Collective is currently equipped for include: ethics advisory, herbal consultancy, loss doula services, altered states integration, survivor advocacy, coaching, small community security strategy, and referrals. Different healing arts practitioners are capable of varying measures; we may work as a team for comprehensive attention.
• Boundaries include: upholding hours of service and off time, attending sessions with a clear mind, no sexual contact during sessions, maintaining mutual scheduling for cyclical care, establishing continued consent with a client, avoiding assumptions, not predicting the future while giving as full a range of appropriate information as possible.
• Confidentiality of clients or patients is maintained to the fullest, with the only exception being necessary advocates for care plans. Care recipients are let know if oversight or reporting is required. Consent to share is acquired, unless the disclosing party is in danger (to themselves or others, from an impending threat, etc).
• We recognize that in community, relationships naturally grow, and that partnerships (including affectionate) have built our platform. Relations between APs themselves are disclosed within the Collective, and before new memberships. We do not deter APs from giving care to their partners or families. However, APs agree to never intimately pursue anyone they have met through directly giving a service.
• Body Art practitioners are updated in Bloodborne Pathogens certifications and herbalists operate within FDA standards (even if a product itself has not undergone federal inspections, a.k.a. "approval").
• Conflict resolution facilitated by trained APs is guided by the following structure: individual prep work with conflicting parties, developing a communication pattern, agreeing and acting on restorative measures to be taken, holding a group conclusion session, and private accountability follow-ups. Cases of abuse are seen as disclosures, not conflicts.
• Abuse aftercare policies: service receivers, collaborators and community members who disclose abuse are affirmed and given access to support. They have the right to retain anonymity when submitting reports and are never forced or coerced into divulging. Survivors' safety and healing is prioritized: their wishes, choices and timeline are honored in crisis logistics. After-abuse care is only handled by APs with Survivor Advocate experience.
• APs have a thorough understanding of avoiding retrumatization, including through spiritual support. Emotional, mental and physical labor is leveled by rest and integration. Modalities will not be over-used and excessive dependency is rerouted. Sustainability is considered a preventative measure.
• A basic level of cybersecurity understanding is required for practitioners who facilitate any kind of clinical or survivor-related healing art. Advocacy and patient files are either encrypted or offline.
• Warm hand-offs are standard: care providers may pursue authorized communication between practitioners or advocates. Upon conclusion of working together, an AP will verify a recipient feels well-resourced, and prepared for completion, to the best of their ability. Transitions are set up for success, in support of clients or community members and their evolving needs over time.
• Each AP has studied ethical care models within their field either in formal external education, or as a trainee. They are also familiarized with the Support System Template below.
SUPPORT SYSTEM TEMPLATE
The three factors of resilience, according to "Celebrating our Magic: Resources for American Indian/Alaska Native Transgender and Two-Spirit Youth, their Relatives and Families, and Their Healthcare Providers" are: individual resilience (mind), collective resilience (body), and cultural resilience (spirit).
Support Structure: Sourced by Greater Resilience Information Toolkit
1. Make Contact: approach and opening, introducing the option of support.
2. Ask questions: gaining insight info feelings, stressors and wellbeing. Finding real life reasons and systemic causes.
3. Identify coping strengths and resilience: discussing what is working well, and why.
4. Adding to strengths: exploration of additional supports and skills. Evaluating new or existing tools.
5. Review, summarize, discuss, educate: relay action steps, provide resources, promoting active coping, reflecting on and responding to key points, coming up with solutions or care plans.
Psychological First Aid (PFA)
1. Safety: help neutralize stimuli by reducing environmental stressors and identifying threats. Deescalate volatile situations. Ask individuals what safety means for them. Be conscious of additional health concerns, special needs, marginalization, age and other factors that add situational stress.
2. Nervous System Calming: employ physical grounding techniques like movement, breathing exercises, guided meditation, and care tools to reduce tension. Note that not all solutions work the same for everyone, people relax in different ways and at different speeds. Embrace emotions of upheaval during and after crisis with compassion, validate them to ease into release. Promote homeostasis.
3. Interconnectivity: venting, brainstorming solutions, consensual supportive touch, and community referrals are a handful of actions to encourage connection. Help recognize and bolster preexisting support systems. Social links and interpersonal kindness improve recovery from distress.
4. Reframing: healthy optimism combined with fresh perspective can offset hopelessness and fear. Instead of toxic positivity, reworking raw situations with practical solutions and thought patterns increases resilience. This is a fundamental step that enables people to regain footing within, and without.
5. Self-Efficacy: confidence boosting, encouraging healing habits, developing a care plan, and reflecting on experiences venturing into independence. The goal is to guide the recipient towards a sense of self trust and return to a grounded state. Invite to expand upon what empowerment looks like to them, and how they want to keep track of results.
This concludes the Codes specific only to Artist Practitioners.
Policies are developed internally and go through review. Sacred Canvas does not claim legal deed to any member or collaborator's qualifications; we function as a union or ecosystem of skill holders. We operate by recommendation and are not responsible for choices of recipients, who by working with us acknowledge that they have consented to Hold Harmless Sacred Canvas and its Members. Recipients, patients, event participants, collaborators and clients waive liability against Sacred Canvas and therefore protect the sanctity of firsthand agreements we make with each other. Grievances can be admitted to SacredCanvas@Protonmail.com with the subject line reading "Grievance Submission." Sacred Canvas does not endorse excommunicated parties (outed abusers, practices discovered to perform unethically, etc) and those who have violated our Code of Ethics. At this time, we do not offer services such as security guard rentals, legal advice, event management, nursing or bodywork. Do not email us with solicitation or asking for free labor. Sacred Canvas rejects predatory structures within both creative and corporate worlds, including investors or organizations with 501c3 status. We screen collaborators and prioritize the people above status, clout, colonist habits or systemic failures. This organization is focused on rehabilitation from personal and cultural wounding, therefore always recognizes room to improve.
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