- Connect with others with similar and shared identities
- Learn about the systems and structures which uphold gender-based violence
- Share lived experiences and stories
- Work on strategies for dismantling and challenging gender-based violence, dominant constructions of masculinity, and other structures of oppression on campus and in the larger community
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.
When? Every two weeks.
Where? On-campus, usually in the Student Union Building.
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 newcomers!
Snacks are sometimes provided by attendees.
Wednesday, Sept 18 – B025, 6pm to 8pm
First Circle of the school year! (Intro, community aspirations, why we are here)
Wednesday, Oct 2 – B025, 6pm to 8pm
Heart Lab – this is space to share and debrief the material we’ve covered so far and chat about how it’s showing up in our lives
Wednesday, Oct 16 – B025, 6pm to 8pm
Wednesday, Oct 30 – location TBA, 6pm to 8pm
Mental health and masculinity
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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!
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.
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.
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.
Learn about some of the projects and issues we’ve worked on in the past.