This conference is taking place on the territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people and the work of Cicely Blain Consulting and our co-conspirators takes place on other parts of stolen and occupied Indigenous land including, but not limited to the land of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Stolo, Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.


The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people have been here as long as there has been land to live upon. The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant, məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary. (source

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Community Agreements

Community Expectations

●    Speak from your own experience
●    Honour confidentiality
●    Create and respect boundaries
●    Believe in collaboration over competition 
●    Strive for compassionate call-ins over shameful call-outs where possible
●    Assume best intent but acknowledge impact
●    Lean into vulnerability​

●    Respect and honour names and pronouns

●    Expect and accept non-closure 

●    Ask consent (for photos, hugs, friend requests and more)

Community Assumptions

We enter into this space with these foundational assumptions. These are things we believe to be true and we believe should be at the core of our conversations.

If you disagree or are confused about any, please get in touch, we’d love to iron things out!

  • All systems of oppression exist & are interconnected

  • We are all here because we want and choose to be here

  • We live at intersections, we all benefit and are harmed by systematic oppression

  • We believe survivors

  • Sex work is real work

  • Black lives matter

  • Trans women are real women

  • Trans men are real men 

  • All gender identities are valid 

  • This land is stolen and continually occupied

  • No one is illegal and borders are harmful

  • It is not useful to argue about which system is worse

  • Dismantling systems of oppression benefits everyone

  • Confronting social injustice is painful and joyful

  • Liberation is possible

  • Everyone has a choice in any situation

  • The body doesn’t lie

Inspired by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.


These things should go without saying, but sometimes we need a reminder!

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, ableism, audism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, anti-Blackness, fatphobia, or any other form of discrimination or hate speech will not be tolerated.

  • Harassment in the form of microaggressions, unwanted advances or physical touching, bullying, threats, unwarranted swearing, slurs or phsyical violence will not be tolerated.

  •  Cultural appropriation will not be tolerated - this refers to wearing, practicing or in some way consuming a sacred or significant item or tradition that is not part of your own culture or ancestry, in a way that is harmful, without consent and/or perpetuates oppressive structures.

  • If you experience or witness something that feels wrong, please bring it to the attention of one of the conference organizers who will be clearly identified. 

    • Those who are deemed to be in violation of the above agreements & expectations will be invited to have a mediated conversation 

    • Those in violation of the non-negotiables will be asked to leave immediately

    • Ultimately, decisions will be made that enhance safety of those most impacted 

    • No refunds will be given to those asked to leave early

  • If you experience something that feels wrong but don't want to point out an individual/make a complaint and just need support, please find an active listener who will hear your concerns and support you to the best of their ability​

  • If the concern is relating to the space e.g. broken glass, broken elevator, please bring it to the attention of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre staff.

  • In an emergency, please call 911 first and then immediately inform a lead volunteer or event organizer.

  • Remember, uncomfortable is not the same as unsafe. Things like being called in, being asked to check your privilege, being invited into conversations about fragility may make you uncomfortable, but are not inherently dangerous.