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Trans, Non-Binary, and Two-Spirit Community Engagement – NO LOCATION Help inform the City of Victoria's 'Inclusion Plan'

The City of Victoria wants to hear from Trans, Non-Binary, and Two-Spirit communities about what would make city services, programs, and spaces feel more accessible, affirming, and welcoming.

Come offer your ideas about what is going great, what needs to change, and help envision the way forward.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
5:30-8:00pm
For location, RSVP to

Event Details and Participation Information

What to Expect

  • Nourishing food
  • Social connection
  • Chance to learn more about the City’s initiative to create an inclusion plan
  • Share thoughts, ideas and experiences about what about would improve experiences and community connection for trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people in the City of Victoria

Territory Acknowledgement

  • 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

Agenda

5:30 p.m. Dinner and community Connection Followed by:

  • Welcome by Glenn P. from the Victoria Native Friendship Centre
  • Overview from the facilitators about the flow of the evening, expectations and options for participation as well as care measures

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Small Table Break-Out Stations

  • Two stations with facilitated group dialogue
  • One Open Space station for graphic and written contributions as well as one-on-one discussions
  • You are free to move between tables and to take breaks as needed. There will be time allotted for trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people to have conversations in a dedicated space (see below for details on expectations for cis participants)

7:30 to 7:45 p.m. Closing Comments

  • Recap of the next steps in the planning process and other upcoming opportunities to engage

7:45-8:00 p.m. Wrap Up

  • Space to connect with sharing of closing thoughts with other participants, or directly with the facilitators or counsellors as the event concludes

Additional Session Information

Starter Ideas to Begin the Dialogue

  • The facilitators will use the following themes to help initiate and guide the discussion throughout the night, to ensure that topics directly relate to actions the City can take:

Table A Themes
Parks + Recreation
Health + Wellness
Arts and Culture
City Programs

Table B Themes
Public Spaces
Public Safety
Housing
Poverty Reduction

Open Space Table
Draw or write ideas
Have 1-on-1 conversations
Take space to rest or reflect
Speak with a counsellor in a private space

Remote Participation

Support During the Session

  • There will be two counsellors (one counsellor who is in the TNB2S community, one counsellor who is indigenous) 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 to anyone who is feeling activated by the content of the conversation

Cis Allies Attending

  • Cisgender allies 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 (location is near downtown on many major bus routes).
  • Council approval for is required for honoraria for participants – an update will be provided following the next council meeting on May 10

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:
    victoria.ca/EN/main/city/childminding-at-council-meetings.html
  • 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

Accessibility

  • 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)
  • We encourage all participants to avoid the use of scented products
  • There are windows in the room for natural light, and some hanging fluorescent lights
  • We are pursuing gluten, dairy, and nut free meal options, and will post an update as soon as possible
  • Noise mitigation will include divider walls and providing as much space as possible between co-located stations at the event ⎯ facilitators will endeavour to manage competing auditory demands and volume throughout the evening
  • To maintain the privacy of the meeting location, building details, including accessible parking, stairs/ramps/elevators, can be sent on request or will be shared when you RSVP.
  • Please contact Kingsley (contact info below) for additional accessibility information or if you have other accessibility needs we can help to accommodate

Contact Us

  • If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please feel free to contact:

Poster

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