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 https://www.musqueam.bc.ca/)

© 2019 Stratagem. Brought to you by Cicely Blain Consulting.

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Schedule

 

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Friday, Sept. 27th 6 PM - 9.30 PM

Pre-Conference

Location: Suite Genius Mount Pleasant

5.50 PM - 6.10 PM

Arrive & settle

6.10 PM - 8 PM

Brave Dialogues

 Choose the space that's right for you! 

Brave Dialogues are concurrent sessions that set the tone for the conference. This time allows people to connect, talk through fears, navigate privilege and move towards safe and inclusive space creation so that when Saturday morning comes, we can dive right into the content!

2nd Floor

Courage to Speak Up: Empowerment for Racialized Organizers

with Jennifer Reddy, Eman Salem

This space is curated for folks of colour to show up in all their wisdom and courage! As we move into two days of exciting, intimate and provocative dialogue with people from all backgrounds, we want to empower folks of colour to take up space and speak their truth. This space is intended for people of colour and Indigenous folks.

3rd Floor

Take Space, Make Space: Discussions on Privilege

with Adrienne Smith

The intention of this space is to discuss privilege, allyship and what it means to show up in a world where injustice and disparity exist. Sometimes privilege socializes us to take up space - how can we have meaningful conversations while being mindful of this reality? This space is open to everyone but is primarily intended for white folks moving towards allyship with racialized communities.

8 PM - 9.30 PM

Come together

8 PM - 9.30 PM

3rd Floor

Refreshment

Amazing afro-Caribbean food provided by Kula Kitchen and Elbo Patties. Mingle and sign up for some puppy love.

8.30 PM - 9.30 PM

2nd Floor

Puppy therapy

Hosted by Vancouver EcoVillage, we’ll have a room full of dogs (!!). It’s proven that interacting with affectionate dogs can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, lower blood pressure and even decrease the perception of pain.

 

 

Saturday, Sept. 28th 8 AM - 5 PM

Day ONE

Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

8 AM - 8.30 AM

Second floor by the elevators

Arrive & settle

Register collect your Fairware ethically sourced tote bag, a conference program and a pronoun pin.

8.30 AM - 9.15 AM

Jack Poole Hall

Welcome to the land & Welcome to the conference

Take your seats and join us in acknowledging the sacred land that we are doing this work on. We’ll set the tone for the day. 

 

9.15 AM - 10 AM

Jack Poole Hall

The Griot - Blair Imani

(A Griot is a West African word for storyteller; an oracle of wisdom and important knowledge.)

Blair Imani is a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity. In addition to being a public speaker, Blair is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020). She is also the official ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values. Blair has been featured in Essence, Out Magazine, THEM, Broadly, and more.

 

Watch Blair’s TED Talk.

 

10 AM - 10.30 AM

Jack Poole Hall

Griot Q&A

Your chance to ask questions!

Head to slido.com and use the code #stratagem to ask your questions. 

10.30 AM - 11 AM

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre & around

BREAK

Grab snacks, buy art from our vendors and mingle!

11 AM - 12.30 PM

Workshops & Panels  Choose one! 

Jack Poole Hall Side A

Intersectionality & Other Lessons from Black Feminism

Intersectionality: a buzzword, academic jargon... a lived experience of overlapping systems oppression. Kimberle Crenshaw’s original thoughts on intersectionality centred the experiences of Black women and so this panel brings together four Black women to discuss their intersectional identities. Join for a rich discussion on the evolution of intersectional feminism and the crucial role of Black women and femmes  in creating safe and inclusive spaces for all.


Jack Poole Hall Side B

Creating Muslim-friendly Spaces
Imtiaz Popat, Nisrine El-Amri

Cultural safety is something often overlooked by work and community spaces. In this panel, four local Muslim leaders and organizers share their insight into creating spaces where Muslim folks feel included and celebrated. They’ll share their wisdom and offer tangible advice on creating spaces that are inclusive of Muslim and faith communities.

Bill and Risa Levine Classroom

Inclusion at Every Size 
Athena Affan

In this workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding of how fat oppression is constructed and maintained in social spaces. Through a combination of presentation, discussion and activities, we will examine healthism, sizism and fatphobia through an intersectional lens, and work together to critically analyze diet culture as a barrier to inclusion at every size.

Boardroom

Decolonizing Practices 
Michelle Nahanee

Decolonizing practices are actions we can take, words we can say and ideas can we unlearn/learn to transform colonial impacts. We aim to address the challenge of where to start within the enormity of reconciliation. By dialoguing professional scenarios within a forgiving space of a giant game board, we get a chance for a do-over and we start to map out the what’s next.

 

Polygon Classroom

Unpack Biases Now
Lisa Moffatt, Leesa Renee Hall  

This interactive and practical session will use the Contemplative Methodology, a combination of self-reflection, guided writing prompts and expressive writing, as powerful tools to explore what it means to liberate ourselves from the ways that our identities and stories have been defined and redefined by our Inner Oppressor, the innermost part of ourselves where our unconscious biases reside. The facilitators will share the many ways unconscious biases create misinformation and will help attendees begin the process of lessening the power that white supremacy, white privilege, white fragility, white saviourism, anti-blackness, tokenism, micro-aggression, tone policing, and weaponized kindness has over themselves and others. This session is especially helpful if you consider yourself highly sensitive, introverted, clairvoyant, empathic or stuck, and need a way to process your inner thoughts in a safe space without being watched, witnessed, or observed.

Achievement Lounge

Unraveling Gender

jaye simpson, Marcelo Ponce

Description coming soon.

Terrace Lounge

Mindfulness as a Tool for Building Inclusive Spaces

Kendra Coupland

Description coming soon.

12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Jack Poole Hall

LUNCH

Collect your bagged lunch, mingle and connect with the interactive displays. You’re also welcome to visit our quiet spaces for some alone time. 

 

1.30 PM - 3 PM

Workshops & Panels  Choose one! 

Jack Poole Hall Side A

Diversity not Tokenism: Curating Radical Content
Jen Sungshine, Lydia Okello, Chelene Knight, Mal Tayag

The secret’s been out for a while - diversity improves business. But what happens when companies continually use diversity as a sales tactic that isn’t backed up by internal policy, inclusive hiring and respectful workplace environments? This panel of artists, curators, stylists and communications professionals will discuss moving beyond tokenism to create diverse branding that is accurate, inclusive, representative and genuine. Learn how to make sure the images, words and voices used to represent your brand uplift marginalized voices and are part of long-lasting and sustainable inclusion efforts.

Jack Poole Hall Side B

Reconciliation 101 
Mallory Amirault, Andi Icaza-Largespada

Description coming soon.

Achievement Lounge

Self Love and Self Care in Marginalized Communities 
Amar Mangat

Description coming soon.

Polygon Classroom

Unlearning Anti-Blackness 101
Ivan Leonce

This workshop is a starting place - a welcoming - an introduction to the work of understanding and responding to the ways anti-blackness shows up in our communities, workplaces and sites of play. Participants will gain deeper insight into the forces that shape the harm experienced by black communities in Canada. We will work together to build on our practice of identifying effective strategies in shifting these experiences and in naming tangible next steps for our own un/learning.

Boardroom

Introduction to Disability Justice
Heather McCain

Disability Justice is a movement-building framework, on ongoing practice, that recognizes the intersecting legacies of colonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, gendered oppression, audism, and ableism and challenges movements to more fully address ableist notions of how we think about, and label, our bodies, minds, and senses. Disability Justice works to build cross-movement organizing that moves away from segregation, isolation, and ableism towards accessibility, inclusion, connection, and interdependence. Disability Justice not only challenges our way of thinking but has the power to fundamentally shift the way we organize and fight for social change.

 

Heather McCain, a queer, nonbinary, disabled advocate and educator will give an introduction to Disability Justice and ableism. By the end of the session, you will have learned the 10 principles of Disability Justice, how to begin to recognize ableism, how to increase the accessibility of your movement, and how to become better allies to disabled people.

Bill and Risa Levine Classroom

Unpacking Toxic Masculinity 
Rup Sindhu, Victor Salman

Through guided discussions and activities, participants will identify ways of recognizing and challenging toxic masculinity. While examining root causes, we will see how toxic masculinity affects us and moves through us, and what we can do to challenge it.

Terrace Lounge

Self-Advocacy & Mental Health

Ji-Youn Kim

Mental health affects the way we show up in different areas of our lives, and it is important that we voice what we need to be fully present and engaged. This workshop is for any participants who would like to reflect on their desires/needs to honour their mental well-being and explore how to self-advocate in the workplace and in other areas of life.

 

3 PM - 3.30 PM

Jack Poole Hall

BREAK

Grab snacks, buy art from our vendors and mingle!

3.30 PM - 4.15 PM

Jack Poole Hall

Closing Panel

This is Hard Work: Preventing Burn Out
estefania alfonso, Mutya Macatumpag, Tonye Aganaba

As the world around us appears to dissolve in disaster, many of us still fight for a future of love, inclusion and liberation. This work is hard and draining and many activists (no matter the path they choose for their work) find themselves exhausted and burnt out. This panel brings our conference to close after a day of deep and difficult dialogue. Join our panelists as they navigate burn out and explore ways to prevent exhaustion at work and in community.

4.15 PM - 4.45 PM

Jack Poole Hall

Meditation 

Guided musical meditation to help us heal from the hard work and bring our busy day to a close. Desirée is a Vancouver-based folk musician, best known as the 2016 winner of CBC’s Searchlight competition. She is passionate about healing as a collective, using the power of music to encourage listeners to have compassion for themselves and for the world around them.

 

4.45 PM - 5 PM

Jack Poole Hall

Closing

 

 

Sunday, Sept. 29th 8 AM - 5 PM

Day TWO

Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

8 AM - 8.30 AM

Jack Poole Hall Side A

Arrive & settle

Get settled in for another great day together!

8.30 AM - 9 AM

Jack Poole Hall Side A

Welcome to the land & Welcome to the conference

Take your seats and join us in acknowledging the sacred land that we are doing this work on. We’ll set the tone for the day. 

 

9 AM - 12 PM

LABS  Choose one! 

Jack Poole Hall Side A

Vision & Values

with Amal Rana


Jack Poole Hall Side B

Policy Development

with Trina Isakson

Boardroom

Recruitment

with Parker Johnson

Achievement Lounge

Communications

with Zoe Grams

12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Jack Poole Hall Side A

LUNCH

Collect your bagged lunch, mingle and connect with the interactive displays. You’re also welcome to visit our quiet spaces for some alone time. 

12.30 PM - 1 PM

Jack Poole Hall Side A

Performance

1 PM - 4 PM

LABS  Choose one! 

Jack Poole Hall Side A

Vision & Values

with Amal Rana


Jack Poole Hall Side B

Policy Development

with Trina Isakson

Boardroom

Recruitment

with Parker Johnson

Achievement Lounge

Communications

with Zoe Grams

4 PM - 4.45 PM

Jack Poole Hall

Presentations

A few brave volunteers from each LAB stream will present their plans to the rest of the group. We’re super passionate about creating avenues for sharing and collaboration!

 

4.45 PM - 5 PM

Jack Poole Hall

Closing

That's all, folks!