The City of Victoria wants to hear from Trans, Non-Binary, and Two-Spirit people and their families and caregivers about which actions are important immediate first steps and which are longer term goals.
Join in for an evening of social connection, conversation, and prioritizing key steps as the City develops an action plan to make its services, programs, and spaces feel more accessible, affirming, and welcoming.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
Victoria City Hall
1 Centennial Square
Event Details and Participation Information
- We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the homelands of the Songhees and Esquimalt People
- We further acknowledge that anti-colonial discourse, traditional ways of knowing, and many perspectives are imperative to doing meaningful gender justice work
What to Expect
- Nourishing food
- Social connection
- Chance to learn more about the City’s initiative to create an inclusion plan
- Share thoughts on high priority steps and longer term goals
5:30 p.m. Dinner and Community Connection Followed by:
- Overview from the facilitators about the flow of the evening
- During this time you can review the draft plan ideas posted throughout the space and vote on which topics should be the focus of the facilitated group dialogues
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Group Discussions on Plan Topics of Greatest Collective Interest
- Based on the input received on the table topics, three tables will be available for
facilitated group discussion. Two of these tables will be hosted by project team
facilitators, and one will be a facilitated table for family members, caregivers, partners, etc, of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people. Your trans family member is welcome to join you at this table discussion if they desire.
- There will be an Open Space table where you can draw or write contributions,
have 1-on-1 conversations, take space to rest or reflect, or speak with a counsellor in a private space
- A private story-sharing space will also be available if you want to share a story or
experience with others outside the public area of the event.
- Participants can also leave comments directly on the posters of plan ideas throughout the space, without participating in any of the group discussions
7:30 to 8:00 p.m. Closing Comments
- Recap of the next steps
- Sharing of closing thoughts with the facilitators as the event concludes if desired
Additional Session Information
- If you’d like to participate remotely, please RSVP to by 5:00pm on Monday, June 10th
- Kingsley will send a link to a shared cloud-based document by 3:00pm on June 11th, and remote participants can contribute directly into the notes being scribed at each table.
Support During the Session
- There will be two counsellors, Metta Vandervliet and Marcey Louie (counsellor bios at bottom of page), at the Open Space table to support new people who are arriving on how they can participate
- The counsellor can offer 1-on-1 emotional support in a private space to anyone who is feeling activated by the content of the conversation
Cis Allies Attending
- Other cisgender allies (beyond family members) who are specifically supporting a trans, non-binary, or Two-Spirit person’s participation in the event are welcome
- Cis allies are asked to treat their attendance at the event as an opportunity to listen, learn and help centre and elevate the voice and experience of their loved ones, which means not directing the discussion towards their experiences as allies or cis people
- Separate space for discussion without the presence of cis allies or staff will also be provided at the event
Honoraria and Accommodations
- The City will be providing food and round-trip bus fare to participants as well as an
honoraria of $25.00 per person.
- Participants will need to provide a signature to receive the honoraria at the event (names and I.D. are not required)
- Food options are all gluten-free and nut free, with meat and vegan (v) options:
- Pulled Chicken
- Pulled Jackfruit (v)
- Rice & Beans (v)
- Spinach Salad (v)
- Green Salsa (v) and Hot Sauce
Children and Youth Participation
- We value youth and children’s voices and perspectives ⎯ they are welcome in the space
- The City will also offer childminding services at the event. More information can be found here:
- If you bring a child or youth to the event and you do not want to leave them with the child minding service, we ask that you play a lead role in helping them self-regulate and participate respectfully in the space
- All participants (children and adults alike) will be asked to contribute and listen in ways that enable the participation of others around them
- There are two fully private, single stall washrooms in the hallway immediately outside the event venue. (One “accessible” washroom – photos are here. For image descriptions or more info, contact Kingsley)
- The nearest accessible parking spaces to the event venue are located within the Fisgard Street/Centennial Square Parkade
- Ramp access to the venue is available from the Pandora Avenue entrance to City Hall and ungraded, flat entry is available from the Centennial Square entrance
- An elevator to access the second floor is immediately to the right of the Pandora Avenue entrance
- A City staff person will be in the lobby to assist those arriving in locating amenities and accessing the venue
- If not using the elevator, there is a flight of approximately 40 stairs leading to the venue
- We encourage all participants to avoid the use of scented products
- We will update on food allergens as soon as possible
- There are windows in the room for natural light, and some hanging fluorescent lights
- Noise mitigation will include divider walls and providing as much space as possible between stations at the event. Facilitators will endeavour to manage competing auditory demands and volume throughout the evening
- There are two fully private, single stall washrooms in the hallway immediately outside the event venue.
- Please contact Kingsley (contact info below) for additional accessibility information or if you have other accessibility needs we can help to accommodate.
- If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please feel free to contact:
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Marcey Louie (Nuu-chah-nulth) is a clinical counsellor for Indigenous students at the University of Victoria and a visitor on the territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations. Marcey uses an Indigenous, strength-based person/community centred approach looking holistically at self and striving for balance in all aspects (emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual) to support individuals to process issues of intergenerational trauma, impacts of ongoing colonization, and identity along with connections to community and culture.
Metta VanderVliet is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre to help survivors process and recover from trauma. A longterm practitioner of mindfulness meditation, they approach healing from a somatic, relational perspective. As a genderqueer individual Metta understands first-hand that when our very existence disrupts societal norms, it impacts our experiences in complex ways that range from exhilarating to traumatizing.
Kingsley Strudwick is the Lead Facilitator at Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting. Kingsley is a white (English, Scottish, Irish) transmasculine person who has been living and working on Lkwungen Territories for almost 10 years.
Christine Matte is a Senior Consultant in MNP’s Advisory practice. Christine grew up on the Saanich peninsula and has been working on planning and facilitation initiatives within the region for the past 10 years. Christine is a white, cisgender person.