TCLIP Engage | Dismantling Barriers & Fostering Belonging - May 10th to 21st
 
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Week 2 (May 10-16 ): ENGAGE & EMPOWER

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

 

 

 

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About the Author

Jesse Thistle
Indigenous Rights Activist | Bestselling Author, From The Ashes 
Assistant Professor of Metis Studies, York University


Jesse Thistle is a Metis-Cree Ph.D. Candidate in the History program and Assistant Professor at York University, Toronto. Currently, he is working on theories of the intergenerational and historical trauma of the Metis people. Jesse’s work involves reflections on his own previous struggles with addiction and homelessness and has been recognized as having a wide impact on both the scholarly community and the greater public.

Thistle was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1979 he and his two brothers were removed from his family home and moved to Brampton, Ontario to be brought up by his paternal grandparents. During his late teens and twenties, Thistle struggled with addiction, homelessness, and served several brief stints in jail for petty theft. After an unsuccessful robbery attempt in 2006, Thistle turned himself in to police custody and entered a drug rehabilitation program. In 2012 he entered the undergraduate history program at York University.


 

 

 

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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. 

Presented by Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods. 
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May 11 | Dinner Dialogue: Decolonizing Language

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Join facilitator Luna Aixin in a frank dialogue around decolonizing our language to create more inclusive and safe spaces for all. Bring your dinner with you to this dialogue. 
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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 facilitator, indigenous artist Christine Mackenzie in dialogue about our cultural connections.
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Presented by Coquitlam Heritage Society

 

 

 

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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).

Presented by Priti Shah & Christine Spinder

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


Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Creating safer spaces for BIPOC folx and allies to connect and reflect on their experiences and develop connections and solidarity. Bring your dinner with you to this dialogue!

Facilitated by Lakshmi Lochan
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May 14 | Transgender Rights


Friday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
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.

Presented by Adrienne Smith

 

 

 

Missed a session? Recordings are available for some of the activities on our website!


 

 

 

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

Strengthen your capacity to amplify diverse voices and influence positive change

 

 

 

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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.

Presented by Bakau Consulting

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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. 





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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.
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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.


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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).

Presented by Priti Shah & Christine Spinder


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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).

Presented by Priti Shah & Christine Spinder


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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.


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May 21 | KAIROS Virtual Blanket Exercise

Friday, 10:00 am - 1:00 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. 

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