Men’s Circle at UVic

The UVic Men’s Circle is a drop in, discussion group for men and masculine-identified folks to discuss their experiences, challenges and wins in their life as a man.

  • Connect with others with similar and shared identities
  • Share lived experiences and stories
  • Get advice or just a listening ear, whatever you are looking for
  • Breakdown limiting, rigid and dominant views and expectations of masculinity for a more healthy and authentic life

The circles have a flexible structure allowing you to bring and share any challenges or struggles you are seeking advice or support on.

Folks are invited to participate in unlearning and challenging patriarchy and other various interlocking forms of oppression, in our minds and in our communities. This also means that it’s a space for folks who have caused harm to come and be a part of growth, healing, and accountability.

captain, Billy, Jonathan and Brydon standing together after a Men's Circle meeting at Meegan (Beacon Hill Park), near Dallas Road.

When? Every second Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm PST
Next circles are June 12th, 2024 & June 26th, 2024

Where? In the Student Union Building at UVic in room B025 or by Zoom.

Who? All men and masculine-identified members of the community (not just UVic students & staff!), including trans, genderqueer and non-binary folks. We’re always excited to meet new people!

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Upcoming Circles

  • June 12th, 2024
  • June 26th, 2024

Meeting Access

In order to continue to run the Men’s Circle throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve started meeting online via Zoom. To access the meeting click the button below and follow the on screen instructions, you’ll be placed in a virtual waiting room until facilitators start the circle. If you have questions regarding using Zoom, please email

Newcomers are invited!

Don’t worry if you missed our last Men’s Circle conversation. Every gathering is new but we also review – and generally repetition is important for human brains!

Acknowledgments

The Men’s Circle Coordinating Collective would like to acknowledge that the Men’s Circle takes place on W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen traditional territory. As a group of settler men and masculine-identified folks, we particularly want to name that heteropatriarchy has been a primary tool of colonization, through violence on the land and bodies of Indigenous people, and in the ongoing attempts to impose settler patriarchal masculinities on Indigenous men. This leads us to the understanding that learning to practice an accountable and feminist masculinity must also grapple with the need to show up in solidarity with Indigenous resurgence.

Accountability

The Men’s Circle was created by the Anti-Violence Project, and is accountable and in relation to them. We also strive to be accountable to the wider community in which we exist. We’re wanting to be better at that; the group isn’t perfect, and neither is the journey.

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Men’s Circle Resources

Access our resources, including the Men’s Circle formal funding report and our document Shifting Cultures: Some thoughts and reflections about the Anti-Violence Project’s Men’s Circle.

Resources

Past Circles

Learn about some of the projects and issues we’ve worked on in the past.

Past Circles