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Resources: EnVision Conference 2021

The EnVision conference is pleased to share with you several important moments and resources, including the launch on Tuesday March 30th, 2021. We hope the conference can set the tone for the rest of this year’s focus on Black and Indigenous 2SLGBTQI+ Activism and Wellness.

Envision Conference 2021 opens pdf

Student & Educator Resources

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Description: Ocean Ruel, a francophone 13 year-old trans TDSB student, performance artist and activist shares his experience and message for transformative change to 2SLGBTQI+ students, allies, and educators in the TDSB.

English video English transcript

French video French transcript

Description: On Tuesday March 30th, Envision 2021 conference began with our young co-host Ray Douglas, who welcomed us into the space and introduced each of our guest speakers. Superintendent Senk from the Urban Indigenous Education Centre led the opening with the land acknowledgement. This was followed by a pouring of libation by Vice-principal Zuberi, LC4 Virtual Schools, to honor and celebrate African ancestors. Attendees heard greetings from Associate Director of Equity, Well-Being and School Improvement,Curtis Ennis encouraged all 2SLGBTQI+ students “to not lose hope, to hold us accountable” as we continue to fight against homophobia and transphobia in our schools.   
 
Dr. Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto-St Paul’s encouraged us to “build each other up and celebrate who we are” wherever we fall on the gender spectrum. Superintendent Jacqueline Spence of Equity, Anti-Oppression and Early Years, ended the greetings with a reminder that identity is an integral part of children and youth development especially those that belong to the 2SLGBTQI+ community. We were asked to think about what it means to create safe spaces for 2SLGBTQI+ students as Superintendent Spence recalled the significance of this event for Black and Indigenous students. The opening ended with a  live theatre performance by Mixed Company Theatre. 

2021 Envision Launch and Welcome Video

Description: Here you can view the greeting Dr. Jill Andrews, MPP Toronto-St. Paul’s, shared with us at the Envision launch: a deeply personal and moving message of self-acceptance.

Greetings for EnVision attendees - Dr. Jill Andrew, MPP Toronto-St. Paul’s Video

Description: Being able to use your name is essential but virtually there are barriers to being able to do so and communicating your pronouns. Use this PDF guide to rename yourself in Zoom - both webinars and Zoom meetings.

Renaming yourself in Zoom PDF document

Description: This pre-recorded workshop will break down the history of the ballroom scene locally, and it’s connection to the worldwide ballroom community. We will also touch on the importance of chosen families, with a mini vogue tutorial at the end!

Intro to LGBT+ Ballroom Community Workshop Video

 

 

Please look forward to resources created by facilitators and attendees during the workshops.

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