June is Pride month, where we gather to remember the harms of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, and to celebrate and continue to create a more equitable province alongside our LGBTQ2S community. Along with Pride, this month is also #IndigenousHistoryMonth! We invite you to read this article by Canadian Women’s Foundation on Indigenous Firsts: 14 Indigenous Women to Know on National Indigenous Peoples Day.
On another note, we’ve recently updated our Services for Women and Communities in the Greater Toronto Area bookmark that lists emergency numbers and community services relevant to people who experience gender-based violence in the Greater Toronto Area. The updated bookmark is now available in French, Traditional Chinese, Punjabi, Urdu, Spanish, Tamil, and Tagalog. All bookmark versions are available as a free download or you can order printed copies of all languages here.
We have also released our Infographic on the Law of Sexual Assault and Consent in Arabic, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese, Urdu, available as free a download here. All translated infographics will be available for print soon on the Ontario Women’s Justice Network website.
The METRAC Team
Designing a Better Experience for Survivors of Sexual Violence: Engagement on the Due Justice for All Project
On Monday June 25, 2018, the Due Justice for All project held an online town hall for survivors of sexual violence, service providers, supporters and members of the public. This important session gave Canadians a chance to talk collectively about our society’s responses to sexual violence.
Throughout the day, participants imagined What if… we, collectively, offered survivors the services and supports they need to prevent, heal from, prosecute, or respond to sexual violence. People from across the country learned from survivor stories, shared ideas and considered new responses to sexual assault.
Some ideas shared during the one-day town hall include:
Increasing equal access for rural communities such as stand-alone community support services that are confidential, non-judgemental and private for survivors of sexual violence
Provide comprehensive training and awareness for parents, teachers, justice system workers about the role of healthy relationships in ending sexual violence
Better supports and clarity about options available for people who choose to disclose
Developing healing-centred programs to support people who disclose an experience of sexual violence
Key ideas from this town hall will be incorporated into the work of the Due Justice for All project, informing discussions, design sessions and research topics throughout the project.
Animazing: Free stop-motion animation art camp for LGBTQ2s Teens and Youth
Animazing is a stop-motion animation art camp for up to eight (8) LGBTQ2S Teens and Youth, provided FREE of charge to selected applicants. Animazing is a paid program experience – those selected will each receive $500 for their participation, and assistance with public transportation costs! Animazing is a collaboration between TAIS and The 519 Community Centre.
Who can apply: Youth between 13 and 23 years old who identify as members of LGBTQ2S communities