Membership to OSR is open to adult residents of Ontario only. *Please note: We do not accept members from outside of the province.
You may be a good candidate for membership if you have enthusiasm, commitment, and a desire for knowledge. One must believe that sasquatch is a flesh and blood creature, with no special or paranormal abilities other than an uncanny ability to avoid humans. An old Chinese proverb states that the most intelligent creature is the one that can avoid contact with humans.
Particular skills or experience may be an advantage in sasquatch research, but are not a pre-requisite to membership. Some of these skills are survival training, photography, animal tracking, trapping, hunting, camping, anthropology, zoology, primatology, military, law enforcement, medical, evidence collection, computer/internet research, and any skills that would assist a person in the wilderness. A skeptical, analytical mindset as well as meticulous attention to detail are helpful.
At OSR, we have rigid standards for selecting members. We need to ensure that all investigators approach this subject in the same way. We also need to be able to trust the people we are working with, since we may be going out into the field together in situations where we are depending upon each other, perhaps even for our survival. Those wishing to join OSR Field Trips into remote areas should be in good physical condition. If you do not wish to join remote expeditions for whatever reason, you may still have skills and experience that will benefit both you and the group.
We require that members join using their real names. Besides your name and contact information, etc., the questions are aimed at advising us of your experience related to this field, and your approach and attitudes toward the subject. All of the information you provide is strictly confidential and is not used for any other purpose than to tell us who you are. As members, we all agree not to share information about each other with anyone outside of the group.
Many First Nations Communities have a long history of encounters with sasquatch. OSR has both FN members and connections to FN communities. Anyone who is a member of an FN Community, or who has connections with FN groups, is most welcome at OSR.
OSR has a two-tiered level of membership. New members who are not sponsored by an existing member will become Associate Members. Associate Members will have full voting rights, will have the ability to participate in all OSR activities, and will have access to all but the most confidential field reports. Associate Membership status will continue for an unspecified period of time, not to exceed one year, so that existing members can get to know the new member. After a reasonable period, for example, three months, if an Associate Member has made a noticeable contribution to the OSR private member's-only Forum, a Member may request that the Associate Member be granted Member status. A vote will follow, after which, if successful, the Associate Member's status will change to Member, which will provide full access to confidential reports.
OSR has a Code of Ethics which clearly spells out to the membership what is expected and what is not acceptable. OSR also has a policy for dealing with the media.
Witnesses and Confidentiality:
OSR has very strict guidelines with respect to the confidentiality and privacy of witnesses. All OSR investigators have to agree to this as a condition of membership. OSR does not divulge private information about witnesses or sighting locations to anyone outside the OSR group. OSR members may not approach witnesses with the intent of producing a documentary, or any type of TV, film, or radio production. OSR Members may not discuss any private information in a blog or in a print publication.
Ontario Sasquatch Research strives to set high standards of interviewing and publishing of reports. The OSR Witness Interview Form is very thorough and OSR investigators are required to conduct detailed investigations. OSR also has high standards of evidence collection, using the best methods available. The same high standards apply to which reports are published on our website. Not all reports will be published if they do not meet the standard.
We approach this subject with a great deal of skepticism. We don’t see evidence of sasquatch in every tree twist, rock pile, or bedding area. We expect our investigators/members to all be on the same page in this regard.
If you are interested in volunteering your skills, experience, and knowledge, and are considering joining OSR as a member or field investigator, please join our public forum, Ontario Sasquatch/OWFR Forum.
Please be advised that membership does not entitle you, as an Associate Member or Member, to represent Ontario Sasquatch Research, (OSR) in any legally binding manner, without exception, or to incur any debt, liability, or any other legal responsibility on behalf of OSR.
OSR is a private, non-profit, volunteer research group and reserves the right to decline applications without prejudice, or explanation.