QMUNITY’s 2022 Facilitators Forum is a virtual two-day gathering of community facilitators taking place February 11-12, 2022.

This year’s virtual event will welcome attendees who wish to collaborate, expand, and generate new approaches to facilitation around the principles of justice, equity, diversity, decolonization, and inclusion.

Registration is now closed.

You can access the digital recordings here.


ABOUT THE EVENT

As educators and facilitators in queer, trans, and Two-Spirit equity and inclusion, we are often called upon to raise awareness about the particular challenges and barriers 2SLGBTQIA+ folk may experience while accessing programs, government services, interfacing with institutions and systems, or simply navigating their day-to-day life.

Education and training is a powerful strategy and tool at our disposal, and QMUNITY’s Facilitators Forum is an opportunity to bring together educators, trainers and facilitators who are using education as a tool to advance change in social services, health care delivery, community building, and beyond.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Please note that the schedule may change (but we hope nothing too drastically by this point!)

Friday, February 11Saturday, February 12
10:00AM to 10:15AMLand Acknowledgment & WelcomeLand Acknowledgment & Welcome
10:30AM to 12:30AMWorkshop #1

Challenging the Discomfort: Anti-Oppression in Education

Trainers: Dee Abdi (They/she) – TK (They/he)
Workshop #3

Disrupting Unconscious Bias: BAKAU

Trainer: Carmen Watson (she/her)
12:30PM to 1:30PMLunch & Facilitated NetworkingLunch & Facilitated Networking
1:30PM to 3:30PMWorkshop #2

Amplifying QTBIPOC voices: Intersectional conversations & collective reflections

Trainers: A Youth Collective: Qani/Marcus Reid (they/them), Keitu Malatsi (she/her), Shania Cross (she/they)
Workshop #4

Ethical engagement with marginalized communities & trauma

Trainer: Whitney Welsh (she/her)
3:30PM to 4:00PMEnd of Day DiscussionEnd of Day Discussion

SPEAKERS

Whitney Welsh (she/her)

Whitney has been involved in community organizing, youth support work, and advocacy for 15+ years. Her background as a facilitator is informed by her experience with volunteer coordinating, grassroots community groups, student advocacy organizations, peer support groups, and community drop-ins for LGBTQ2SAI+ youth. Professionally, she has worked with organizations such as the Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions, Trans Care BC, Foundry, Island Sexual Health Society, SARAVYC, CMHA, and the Saanich Peninsula Youth Health Clinic. Her interest in facilitating is fueled by a passion for community, genuine connection, and learning as much as possible.

Liberation Collective

TK Hannah (they/he)

TK is a forest school manager with years of experience in Forest Schools in Ontario and BC. TK is a nonbinary transgender educator living and working on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. In addition to their work in forest schools, they are a workshop facilitator committed to gender diversity, inclusion, and experiential learning. TK is passionate about transformative education, the importance of play (no matter our age!) and the journey of unlearning. He is happiest when playing guitar & spending time in nature.

Dee Abdi (they/she)

Dee currently works as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist in fintech and holds a Master of Education from York University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Their research has explored racial inequities and barriers in access to education and she uses her knowledge, passion for teaching, and lived experience to actively influence systemic change in the educational system. In their spare time, Dee enjoys the outdoors, mindfulness and mediation, and making earrings.

BAKAU

Carmen Watson she/her/elle

Carmen is a mixed-race settler of primarily Chinese and European descent, with Francophone roots. She currently resides on the territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl ̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) Nations, having lived as far West as Songhees and Esquimalt territories, as far North as the Yellowknives Dene territory, and as far East as the territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people. Carmen believes in reciprocal relationship-building with communities (including her own), the need for intersectional storytelling across mediums, and centering the voices of those who have been historically and/or are currently disempowered. She also works in the field of Indigenous reconciliation, and is committed to learning (and unlearning) the histories of the peoples, places and institutions that surround her. Her commitment to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression is influenced by her lived experience, her family (past and present), her academics, and her hopes for a more equitable society. She has a BA (Hons.) from UBC in history and international relations, with a focus on decolonial history and Indigenous sovereignty. Carmen is pursuing her MA in History at UBC — her research focuses on Indigenous feminism(s) and various recognitions of sovereignty in the second half of the 20th century.

A Youth Collective

Keitu (she/her)

Keitu is a Black and Queer South African student and activist who has been living on ancestral, traditional and stolen Sḵwx̱wú7mesh,  Səl̓ílwətaʔ and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm lands for over four years now. I have always felt deeply connected to community and Ubuntu, both of which frame much of my transformative learning. Currently in my last semester at UBC, I continue to be committed to aiding QTBIPOC youth to explore expansive pathways to liberation rooted in Land, Community, and Care.

Qani/Marcus Reid (they/them)

Marcus Reid or Qani short for Q̓án̓iágḷis is a Indigenous youth with Heiltsuk/Nisga’a First Nations and white ancestry who uses the pronouns they/them/theirs) and gender neutral language to express their trans identity encompassed through the terms  queer, femme and the cultural term Two-Spirit. In Marcus’s studies, work, volunteering and activism, they aim to keep grounded in transformative justice.  Marcus’ life commitment is redistributing wealth, opportunity and reparations to the Indigenous nations they have and continue to occupy and also to Black, Indigenous & Racialized Peoples across the globe + Queer, Trans, disability, migrant and climate justice organizers who are the reason why Marcus believes they are alive today and the reason Marcus can embrace each intersection of their own power, privilege, oppression & identity.

Shania Cross (she/they)

Shania Cross Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawà:ke and Maya from Ajaxa Guatemala. Currently living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ Nations. Currently in my last year at UBC getting my B.A. in First Nations and Indigenous Studies.


Registration for the 2022 Facilitators Forum is now closed.

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