By AVP Educator | 2020-10-26 | News

"(Un)learning Together: community workshop series" written beside the Anti-Violence Project logo

This November, the Anti-Violence Project is excited to be bringing you three FREE workshops facilitated by different community groups dedicated to providing essential services and education to folks on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ lands (“victoria, bc”).

Over the span of these workshops, join us online to learn about gender, sexuality, harm reduction and so much more while challenging societal norms and dominant myths. Together, we can do the sometimes messy work of “unlearning” harmful ideas and practices which do not serve us as we strive towards building more inclusive and caring communities. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense just yet—these workshops are open to all, regardless of knowledge level or experience!

These workshops will be held virtually using Zoom and are open to anyone (not just students and UVic community members)! Check out the individual workshop details below.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Anti-Violence Project, please see our info at the bottom of this page on how these workshops will prepare you to join us in pushing back against sexualized and gender-based violence!

GEM: Gender Diversity

Date/Time: Nov 5th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Description: Join facilitators from the Gender Empowerment Centre for a workshop to explore Gender Diversity. Learn more about the nuances of gender identity, gender expression, sex, as well as attraction. We’ll discuss the diversity of gender identities, disrupting normative gender expectations, using pronouns, and tips for incorporating gender inclusion into your daily life.

The Gender Empowerment Centre (GEM) provides a space for self-identified women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to organize, network, access resources, attend workshops and events, study, and relax. Our space is open to both University of Victoria students and community members.

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AVI: Substance Use, Criminalization, Harm Reduction, & Consent

Date/Time: Nov 19th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Description: This workshop draws on the legacy of activism by people who use drugs, people who are HIV positive, and sex workers (especially Black Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) within those communities) to analyze how our current state and legal systems create conditions that can increase harms associated with substance use. Participants will be introduced to harm reduction as an approach to mitigating risks in daily life as well as some specific strategies for substance use and safer sex. A collaborative discussion will be facilitated about the nuances of navigating consent when substance use is taking place.

AVI Health and Community Services (AVI) is a community-based AIDS Service Organization (ASO). We have offices in the communities of Greater Victoria, Westshore, Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River. Our catchment area includes all of the Gulf Islands. At AVI Health and Community Services we provide education, advocacy and support clients. AVI provides education and prevention information to schools, the broader community and target populations. Evidence demonstrates that comprehensive prevention programs can help to effectively contain HIV, hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases. AVI’s mission is to promote health, dignity, and well-being for all people affected by HIV, HCV, and substance use by delivering sex-positive and  harm reduction based education, prevention, and support service. AVI envisions a community where all people affected by HIV, HCV, or substance use have equitable access to the support and services necessary to experience optimal health and well-being.

  • Marshall Kilduff (he/him): Marshall is a queer, trans, fat, neurodiverse, uninvited settler of English and Irish heritage. He grew up and currently lives and works on the land of the Teechamitsa family of the Lekwungen-speaking people, on the fringes of the Kwsepsum, Scia’new, and T’Sou-ke territories. Marshall is the health promotion educator for the Men’s Wellness Program at AVI, working to promote health and wellness for gay, bi, queer, trans, two spirit, and other men who have sex with men, as well as those whose lives are deeply intertwined with ours. Marshall is passionate about social justice, anti-oppression, good tea, activism, advocacy, nail polish, sexual health and wellness, busting stigma, his cat, decriminalization of drugs, HIV, and sex work, and books, among many other things.
  • Sarah Graham (she/her): Sarah is a cis white queer settler who has lived, uninvited, on the lands of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples for the past 8 years. She has worked at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, Quadra Village Community Centre and is now the Youth Educator at AVI Health and Community Services. Her work is mostly focused on youth, education, consent, harm reduction, anti-oppressive practices, transformative justice and community organizing. Outside of capitalist time, she is usually found with the latest book from her favourite anarchist press, practicing care centered solidarity or learning to grow healing plants in an apartment garden.

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This is Table Talk: Setting Boundaries in 2020 

Date/Time: Nov 26th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Description: This session will explore how to set healthy boundaries while existing within inherently oppressive systems and environments within our lives.

Success in boundary setting comes first and foremost, when you decide to commit to yourself and your well-being.  However, it’s still important to check your attitude, intentions and be humble in the way that you express yourself. Justine will explore energetic boundaries, safe communication, and self-care. She’ll also explain how she uses tarot to expand her self-awareness (no cards will be pulled during this workshop, Justine will just be explaining her use of tarot as it relates to boundary setting & assertiveness). Parker will discuss the practice of self-location as a tool to help us understand ourselves within our current system and unpack how oppression impacts our abilities to set boundaries and be relational at school, work, in our personal lives and beyond.

Justine Sogalla: Justine is a tarot reader who focuses on delivering messages that guide people through navigating their lives with greater emotional & erotic intelligence.  She also facilitates interviews to highlight sexologists, artists and other professionals in the eroticism industry, which provide a safe and non-judgemental space for her audience to ask questions they might not feel comfortable asking otherwise. Though she has no formal education in sex therapy, she plans to become certified as a Tantra practitioner and Somatic healer.

Parker Johnson: Studied Psychology and minored in education. Has 6+ years of Youth Support Work experience, primarily in group homes with at risk indigenous and POC youth. He runs a community platform called This is Table Talk,  dedicated to Black, Indigenous and People of colour. He creates a space for important discussions to be had. Moments to come together and co-regulate as well as network. He also does diversity, equity and inclusion consulting within the public and private sectors, for Kin and Culture consulting.

Registration

Accessibility

Do you have any accessibility needs? With appropriate time we can access transcribers and interpreters. Please email  or call 778-400-5007 with any inquiries.


Due to Covid-19, we aren’t able to safely run our in-person training this past spring, so this year volunteer training is a little different! We are asking that prospective volunteers attend a set of online workshops over the fall semester (including the ones above). Here are the new requirements to qualify to volunteer with AVP in 2020/21:

The application will be made available soon, and completed applications will be accepted in November/December, with the aim of having volunteers ready to support AVP work in January for the winter semester. Some tasks we will be asking for help with are creating social media posts, writing blog posts, making zines and tabling on campus.

If you have any concerns about being able to access the online workshops, please write to us at .

(Un)learning Together: A community workshop series
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