Strategic, Supportive, and Intentional Event Planning (+ Naloxone training)

Strategic, Supportive, and Intentional Event Planning (+ Naloxone training) – Thursday January 20th at 2pm
Registration link: https://bit.ly/3FeV8OZ

Workshop Facilitators: Kerry Duncan (they/them) – Coordinator, OPIRG Brock & Claire Laurie, StreetWorks Outreach Worker, Positive Living Niagara

This online workshop will cover a wide range of considerations for how to ensure your events fit within you and your groups’ capacities, are speaking to topics your primary audience is interested in, and are creating supportive environments for both your participants and organizing teams!

In addition to hosting a Naloxone training at the end of the workshop, this session will walk participants through conversations of:

  • Why plan events? What is the role of events in Niagara? What are the types of events that bring in more members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities?
  • What types of consent practices and safety models do we need to practice in our event planning, hosting, and follow up? What are the power dynamics at play in your event planning and hosting?
  • How do we address urgency culture in event planning?
  • What are the capacity considerations around events? How do your events fit within your larger annual plan? What is the goal of your event?
  • What are some tools and best practices for building supportive events – both in-person and online? What are the different ways to promote your event?
This event will be video recorded, and live transcription/ subtitles will be available. Handouts and slides will be available after the event on the OUTniagara website.–
OUT IN Niagara Education Series
Between January and March 2022, OUTniagara will be hosting the OUT IN Niagara Education Series – a range of capacity-building workshops, panels, campaigns, & more, all in partnership with community organizations, activists, & agencies!

This series is part of our Informed, Inclusive, Indivisible: Collectively Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Equality in Niagara+ Project funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)’s LGBTQ2S+ Community Capacity Fund (@women_canada_femmes).

This series is also part of the ongoing Niagara Skills Network (NSN) Community Toolbox Series. The NSN is a region-wide project hosted by OPIRG Brock, and works with a core team of organizers across activist groups, arts organizations, labour unions, and social & cultural services across the Niagara region to break down the silos between our work and develop sustained cross-sector systems and resources for connection.

Thanks!
The team at OUTniagara
Beyond the Rainbow Resource Syllabus: www.outniagara.org/resources/beyondtherainbow
Email: kerry@outniagara.ca
Facebook Page: @outniagara
Instagram: @out_niagara
Twitter: @outniagara
The work of OUTniagara  primarily takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Chonnonton people and home to many Indigenous people from First Nations from across Turtle Island, Metis, and Inuit people. A key treaty governing this territory is the “Dish with One Spoon” agreement. This treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee binds them to share the territory and protect the land. To learn more about the treaties in your area, we recommend checking out www.native-land.ca.

CUPE National’s Safe Spaces Working Group

On behalf of CUPE’s Safe Spaces Working Group, we would like to invite you to share your feedback on violence and harassment in our union. We will be hosting 2 listening sessions on January 19 and 29. Any CUPE member is welcome to join.

As a Working Group, we are working on addressing sexual violence and gender-based harassment as well as other forms of harassment and discrimination in our union spaces.

Over the last several months, the Working Group has been conducting research and developing recommendations to tackle violence and harassment in all its forms. Made up of the women members of the NEB, the Working Group is committed to making sure we develop and improve tools, policies and practices to end gender-based violence within CUPE.

You are all invited to take part in one of our Safe Union Spaces listening sessions, on January 19 or January 29. Register at: https://cupe.ca/listening

Simultaneous translation in English, French and ASL will be provided.

Please note that the listening sessions will involve discussion of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. The ombudsperson will be available during and after the sessions, and can be contacted at ombuds@cupe.ca

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or harassment, or you need support for any reason, a list of resources can be found here: https:/surveys.ggi.ca/cwpublic/Resources_English.pdf

The National Safe Union Spaces Working Group

Judy Henley
Sherry Hillier
Lee-Anne Kalen
Yolanda McClean
Nan McFadgen
Gina McKay
Debra Merrier
Barb Nederpel
Karen Ranalletta
Candace Rennick

OUTNiagara Updates!

 

Trans and Queer Rights as Human Rights: An Introduction to the Ontario Human Rights Code as Law for Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA+ Communities – January 4th at 1pm

Registration link: https://bit.ly/3qurLDc

Workshop Facilitators: Aidan Johnson (they/them) – Executive Director, NCLC & Silvia Dimitrova (she/her) – Director of Legal Services , NCLC & a Human Rights Law and International Law Specialist with special guest NaWalka Geeshy Meegwun – Indigenous Justice Coordinator.

Niagara Community Legal Clinic (NCLC) provides legal services to the people living on a low income in the communities of Welland, St. Catharines, Beamsville, Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the Lake, Port Colborne, Thorold, Fort Erie, and Crystal Beach.

NCLC can:

  • Give you free legal advice by telephone or in-person
  • Prepare tribunal applications
  • Represent you at tribunals and courts on a case-by-case basis, prepare appeals and judicial reviews, where merited
  • Discuss your legal situation and give you information or refer you to other agencies when we can’t help

The Queer Justice Project – Niagara – NCLC is privileged to serve Niagara’s diverse Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ communities, vis problems ranging from human rights violations in employment and housing to the rights of trans and queer sex workers. We offer affidavit help for gender I.D. change, to all members of the trans community who need assistance in this area.

Intake number: (905) 682-6635 | Website: www.queerjustice.ca/en/about-niagara

Live transcription services will be provided using Otter. ai. This training will not be video recorded, but we will be potentially pulling sound clips from this event for future resources.


OUT IN Niagara Education Series

Between January and March 2022, OUTniagara will be hosting the OUT IN Niagara Education Series – a range of capacity-building workshops, panels, campaigns, & more, all in partnership with community organizations, activists, & agencies!

This series is part of our Informed, Inclusive, Indivisible: Collectively Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Equality in Niagara+ Project funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)’s LGBTQ2S+ Community Capacity Fund (@women_canada_femmes).

This series is also part of the ongoing Niagara Skills Network (NSN) Community Toolbox Series. The NSN is a region-wide project hosted by OPIRG Brock, and works with a core team of organizers across activist groups, arts organizations, labour unions, and social & cultural services across the Niagara region to break down the silos between our work and develop sustained cross-sector systems and resources for connection.

News from CUPE Ontario

News from CUPE Ontario!

The work of the CUPE Ontario Women’s Committee is centred on achieving fairness for all sisters in our union and in our communities. They do this by promoting women’s equality, empowering women and fostering opportunity and advancement for women. Fighting sexual harassment and discrimination, violence against women, pay equity and employment equity are foremost in the work of this committee.Congratulations on the election of the following members from your local union to Equality Committees of CUPE Ontario during our Human Rights & Women’s Conferences earlier this month:

– Elizabeth D’Angelo, 4207 Humanities Steward (Pink Triangle Committee)
– Tracy Kennedy, 4207 Outreach Officer (Women’s Committee)
– Leila Meskine, 4207 VP Unit 1 (Women’s Committee)
– Lina Adeetuk, 4207 Equity Officer (Young Workers Committee)

Congratulations!

CUPE condemns anti-Asian racism

From CUPE Ontario’s Website. CUPE 4207 stands in Solidarity with Asian members and with Asian Communities.

A report by the Chinese Canadian National Council documents over 1,000 racist incidents directed at members of the Asian community in Canada over the past year.

The intensification of anti-Asian discrimination is not limited to Canada. In the United States, Asian Americans have also experienced a spike in racist crime and abuse. This includes the tragic loss of Asian and immigrant women killed last week at their workplaces in Atlanta.

CUPE stands in solidarity with Asian communities. Our union is committed to the ongoing fight for human rights across the country and will continue to be in solidarity with workers across the globe.

Health & Safety Workshops for CUPE 4207 Members

Health & Safety Workshops for CUPE 4207 Members

Your union is paying the registration fees for up to 6 members to attend the Niagara Regional Labour Council Health & Safety Winter Courses. Members can choose to do one course or both workshops.  The courses are online through Zoom.

Please email info@cupe4207.org by December 10 if you are interested.

Indoor Air – Jan. 15 from 9am – noon

Physical Hazards – Jan. 22 from 9am – noon