TCLIP Engage | Dismantling Barriers & Fostering Belonging - May 4th to 21st
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Week 1 (May 4-9 ): LEARN & ENGAGE

Deepen your understanding of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and their importance in building inclusive communities and our sense of belonging.





MAY 4 |KAIROS Virtual Blanket Exercise

Tuesday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
This exercise builds awareness and understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by having participants walk through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. 


MAY 4 | Keynote: The Importance of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in our Communities with Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
As an equity & inclusion advocate, Celina will share about the importance of equity and inclusion in our communities by using examples and lessons from her lived experience as a Black entrepreneur and former Member of Parliament. 


MAY 5 | Disability Awareness

Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
This workshop will provide participants with tools to understand what disability is, the types of disability, the current language of disability, what ableism is, how you can actively work to fight against it, and tips for disabled people and allies alike to better ensure equity in all that you do.

May 5 | Diversity in Books: Can You Hear Me Now?

Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Join our book club to discuss Celina Caesar-Chavannes’ book, Can You Hear Me Now? Share some of your reflections from the book or her keynote speech the night before.


May 6| Fundamentals of Anti-Oppression

Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Through self-reflection, community- based inquiry, lessons from history and collaborative problem solving, participants gain the knowledge and skills to view the world through an anti- oppressive lens.


May 6 | Principles of Allyship 

Thursday, 5:30  - 7:00 pm
This workshop is an introduction to what is allyship and why is allyship important in anti-racism work.





May 7 | Intro to Racial Justice

Friday, 1:30 - 3:30 pm 
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the manifestations of racism from systems of power to workplace microaggressions and most importantly gain the skills to speak up and combat racism in their communities.

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Week 2 (May 10-16 ): ENGAGE & EMPOWER

Connect with others in dialogues and activities to build empathy and allyship





May 10 | Keynote: The impact of intergenerational trauma & the use of trauma informed lens in policy and service improvements with Jesse Thistle

Monday, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Author of From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless and Finding My Way, Thistle will share how his lived experience with addiction and homelessness has impacted his advocacy work. 


May 11 | Disability Justice

Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Increase your disability knowledge and engage in dialogue as we explore new ways of doing and perceiving, including the ten principles of disability justice and how they can be utilized in daily life. 

May 11 | Dinner Dialogue: Decolonizing Language

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
A frank dialogue around decolonizing our language to create more inclusive and safe spaces for all. 

May 12 | Cultural Connections: Storytelling Dialogue

Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sharing about each other’s heritage and culture can empower and strengthen our understanding of who we are. Join us in dialogue about our cultural connections.


May 13|Inner Work of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This workshop will dive deeper into intersectionality framework and understanding
privilege as a responsibility. 

Geared mostly for organizational staff (front line to senior management).

May 13 | Dinner Dialogue: Liberating the Self: A Self-Decolonization Approach

Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Creating a safe space for BIPOC folx and allies to connect and reflect on their experiences and develop connections and solidarity.





May 14 | Transgender Rights

Friday, TBC 
This introductory workshop includes an overview of appropriate language to use, existing legal protections, and what we as activists can do to make sure our workplaces and our unions are inclusive to transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks.






Week 3 (May 17-21 ): EMPOWER & TRANSFORM

Strengthen your capacity to amplify diverse voices and influence positive change





May 17 | Disrupting Unconscious Bias

Monday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
While biases are a natural part of our human brains, this workshop allows attendees to think critically about how biases may inform the decisions we make every day.


May 17 | Mindfulness Hour: Yoga with Intention

Monday, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Tap into your inner-power with this yoga session, learning more about your inner-self through mindfulness practices. 


May 18 | What is Systemic Racism?

Tuesday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm 
This workshop will provide information about BC Office of Human Rights Commissioner and human rights, information about discrimination with an overview of the BC Human Rights Code, overview of BCOHRC‘s work related to systemic racism and how that work links to what people can do to address systemic racism at the individual and systemic level.

May 18|Food Diversity Dialogue: Conversation with Local Chefs

Tuesday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm 
Join us in this dialogue with some local chefs around the preparation of traditional foods, how their food connects themselves and their clients to their culture and some of the challenges they face around cultural appreciation and appropriation.


May 19 | Inclusive Leadership

Wednesday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
This workshop will cover how allyship can move towards collaboration and structural change and how organizations can map intersections for action. Geared mostly for organizational staff (front line to senior management).


May 20 | Moving from Allyship to Collaboration

Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
This workshop will cover how allyship can move towards collaboration and structural change and how organizations can map intersections for action. Geared mostly for organizational staff (front line to senior management).


May 20 | Connections: A Virtual Closing Celebration

Thursday, 4:00-5:00 pm
Join us for an hour of music, dance and poetry to celebrate our initiative.


May 21 | KAIROS Virtual Blanket Exercise

Friday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Second session of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. We are offering this a second time to enable more people to participate. 

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