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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Meet the Speakers

Adrienne Smith


Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and drug policy lawyer. They recently settled a BC Supreme Court case which guaranteed access to opiate replacement therapy for prisoners in BC jails. Adrienne appeared at the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada where they argued about the deleterious effects of mandatory minimum sentences for women, indigenous people, and drug users. As a trade union activist, they advocate for transgender inclusion in our unions and workplaces. Adrienne volunteers at the Catherine White Holman Wellness Clinic where they give free legal advice and notarize name change documents for trans people.


Session: Take Space, Make Space: Discussions on Privilege

Jennifer Reddy


Jennifer Reddy was elected to the Vancouver School Board in October 2018. She was born in the East Kootenays on Ktunaxa territory to immigrant parents. Jennifer holds a Masters in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, a Bachelors in Development Studies from the University of Calgary, and a Certificate in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design from Mount Royal University. She is one of the founders of EdMeCo, an organization using mentorship programs to support students in their educational goals. Jennifer is committed to building an inclusive community that drives educational leadership in the city.


Session: Courage to Speak Up: Empowerment for Racialized Organizers

Eman Salem


Eman is an energetic motivational coach who is passionate about finding inner strength to pursue one’s goals, no matter how far-fetched they seem. She is the founder of Iron Self, a coaching business that focuses on unfiltered vulnerability to empower the self, or as she likes to call it ‘Find Your Iron Self’. Her work with Radius SFU and Lululemon YVR has helped her empower her clients to re-define their own personal sense of health, and to create personal definitions of happiness and success through compassionate goal setting exercises. When she is not working on her storytelling vlog, or baking epic pies, she is training for the Cultus Lake Half Ironman, a goal she herself once thought was unattainable!


Session: Courage to Speak Up: Empowerment for Racialized Organizers

Chelene Knight


Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter. The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” Knight was the previous managing editor at Room (2016- June 2019), and programming director for the Growing Room Festival (2018, 2019), and now CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials and Breathing Space Creative. She often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling. Knight is currently working on Junie, a novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, forthcoming in 2020. She was selected as a 2019 Writers' Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy.


Session: Diversity not Tokenism: Curating Radical Branding

Ivan Leonce


Ivan is a part-time organizer, full-time friend and big-time believer in the transformative power of relationships. Born and raised in one of his ancestral homelands, Iere, land of the hummingbirds, Kalinago territory, he moved to unceded Coast Salish territories 7 years ago seeking a change from colonially imposed anti-queer laws in the Caribbean. His approach to facilitation is grounded in the knowing that we can only choose do better when we know better, and that the most sustainable liberation is the liberation we all choose.


Session: Unlearning Anti-Blackness 101