We begin by listening: keynote presentation by Farrah Khan, performances by others...

Keynote talk by Farrah Khan

We are so excited that Farrah Khan is speaking soon! On Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 pm, Khan will be presenting at the UVic Farquhar Auditorium with opening presentations by Anne-Bernice Thomas and Jeremy Loveday.

Join us! We’ll also be tweeting at the hashtag #letsgetconsensual. You can find the Facebook Event here.

Join in the discussion on how to address issues of sexualized violence with nationally recognized speaker, counsellor and educator, Farrah Khan.

Khan is the co-chair of the Ontario Roundtable on Violence Against Women, the co-creator of #WeBelieveSurvivors, and is an Advisory Committee member of Canada’s Federal Strategy Against Gender-based Violence. Farrah has been featured on CBC and the Globe and Mail and was the recipient of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Award.

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We Begin By Listening: Keynote presentation by Farrah Khan and performances by Ann-Bernice Thomas and Jeremy Loveday

Anne-Bernice Thomas

Thomas is the Victoria Youth Poet Laureate. As a life-long writer, she was pushed into slam poetry two years ago and hasn’t stopped since. She has performed at Victoria’s Ferguson Rally, The Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life, and The Elevate the Arts Festival. She is currently working on her art and poetry project, An Exploration of the Human Body.

Jeremy Loveday

Loveday is an award winning performance poet whose work has sparked international debate. He speaks his truth on social and environmental justice issues and has been featured on Upworthy, Huffington Post, and CBC. His viral video poem Masks Off – A Challenge to Men is taught in universities around the world. Jeremy is the Founder of Victorious Voices youth arts festival and serves as a Victoria City Councillor.

Location and details

This event is being held on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and WSÁNÉC at what is now referred to as the University of Victoria in the Farquhar Auditorium. Tickets are free for anyone with student ID including high school student but must be accessed in person at the UVic ticket center. The cost for non-students is $10 advance and $15 at the door for non-students. If cost is a barrier for any community member please contact to find out about accessing free tickets.


We’re working on being better at our accessibility practices. We don’t have everything right and we’re excited to get better.

  • The Farquhar auditorium is inside the University Centre building. There is a map at http://www.uvic.ca/auditorium/home/maps-directions
  • The University Centre building and the Farquhar auditorium are wheelchair-accessible, including washrooms and the ticket counter. There are designated disability parking spaces in front of the University Centre and in underground parking underneath the University Centre with elevator access.
  • A gender-inclusive and accessible single-stall washroom is available on the second floor and can be accessed via elevator.
  • There are seating areas at the back, and middle of the main floor set aside for people who need space for mobility devices. For a map see
  • If you need a care aid or other individual to accompany you, you do not need to buy a ticket for them (i.e., their admission to the event is free).
  • Participants can enter or leave the auditorium at any time during the event. Auditorium staff can assist with getting in or out of the auditorium if assistance is needed. Note that once the event starts, overhead lighting is dimmed and there are dim lights on the ramps and stairs.
  • We anticipate real-time captioning will be broadcast during the event, but the specific details are not yet confirmed. Let us know if you need an update.
  • There are two group bathrooms on the main floor of the University Centre, each with a wheelchair accessible stall, and a single-user wheelchair-accessible all-genders bathroom on the 2nd floor, accessible by elevator or stairs.
  • The Farquhar auditorium has a scent-free policy but this is not enforced. If you need to change where you are sitting to avoid scented products, please let auditorium staff know and they will make another seat available to you.
  • There are grassy areas outside the University Centre where service dogs can be taken for a break.
  • There may be potential plug-in at the front (stair access only) for anyone who needs to plug in a laptop or other assistive device – please contact the Anti-Violence Project so we can discuss your A/V needs with auditorium staff.
  • Bus access: The #4, #7, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #26, #39, and #51 buses stop approximately one block from the University Centre. Bus tickets are available from the Anti-Violence Project upon request. For more information on getting to UVic by bus, see http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/campus-info/maps/maps/busroutes.php
  • Bike access: There are bike racks located outside the University Centre and under the University Center in the Campus Bike Center – the entrance is on the ground floor and is located on the west side of the University Center.
  • ASL and other interpretation is not available for this event and there is no child care available. If having interpretation or child care subsidy available at future events would make the event more accessible for you, or there are other measures we could take to improve accessibility, please let us know so we can try to arrange this for future events.
  • Parking: is available in many lots with most being $2.50 from 6 pm until midnight. You will need coins or a credit card to pay and more info is here: https://www.uvic.ca/security/parking/

If you need an update on captioning or have feedback around accessibility please contact the Anti-Violence Project at coordinator@antiviolenceproject.org250-721-8080. If you have any specific questions about the University Centre or Farquhar auditorium please contact the UVic Ticket Office, 250-721-8480, or contact the Anti-Violence Project and we’ll do our best to assist.

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