HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III

May 17 - November 29, 2023

Welcome to the Anti-Oppression Workshop Series 3!


You must select all the workshops you wish to register for in the next step of registration. Please download and follow the instructions so that you receive Zoom links for each workshop. 

Detailed Instructions for module selection HERE

We are on a transformative journey towards fostering equity, dismantling systemic barriers, and cultivating inclusive communities. This empowering series, presented by the Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (BC PRC) with generous support from the Health Sciences Association and BC Housing, invites you to explore critical topics and engage in meaningful conversations that promote social justice.

Join us for a series of interactive workshops designed to provide you with the knowledge, tools, and actionable steps needed to create positive change within your own spheres of influence. Delve into the complexities of oppression, challenge harmful norms, and envision a more inclusive society.



Mark your calendars for the following workshops:

Crip Kindness: May 17, 10 AM - 12 PM

Discover the power of crip kindness and community care in our engaging and transformative workshop led by Heather McCain, an experienced public speaker and Executive Director of Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods. Join us to explore disability, reclaim the concept of "crip," and discuss the role of a Crip Doula in building inclusive communities. We'll challenge harmful norms, highlight the significance of kindness, and identify ways to meet the needs of all individuals.


Sex Work in the Sector Panel: June 14, 10 AM - 12 PM

Join our captivating panel discussion and Q+A session with representatives from Ask Wellness-Kamloops, Peers Victoria, Raincity Housing, and WISH Drop-In Center. These agencies are renowned for their unique programs supporting individuals in sex work. Gain insights into their impactful initiatives and engage in valuable dialogue. Featuring panelists Therese Barrozo, Jen Stack, Elisha Hamilton, and Amelia Ridgeway. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and contribute to the broader sector's advancement.


2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion: June 28, 10 AM - 12 PM

Join our impactful workshop on 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion led by facilitator Dee Abdirahman, a certified K-12 educator and dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist. Explore power, privilege, positionality, and intersectionality, and learn how to foster an inclusive workplace that embraces 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. Discover the importance of inclusive leadership, solidarity, and effective allyship. Dee's expertise, backed by their Master of Education and research on racial inequities, will provide valuable insights for creating systemic change. Don't miss this opportunity to gain tools for building an inclusive environment and promoting belonging.


Anti-Oppression 101: July 12, 10 AM - 12 PM

Join our interactive workshop, "Anti-Oppression 101: Through an Intersectional Lens," to learn best practices for anti-oppressive inclusion. Discover proactive strategies for creating inclusive environments regardless of social status, mental health, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. No expertise needed - everyone is welcome to share and engage. Our facilitator, Chanelle Tye, a Principal Consultant specializing in equity and inclusion, will guide us with humor and deep knowledge of power dynamics and privilege. Bring your laptop, notepad, and join us in fostering a more just world.


Bullying and Harassment Prevention in BC: July 18, 10 AM - 12 PM

Join our powerful workshop on addressing workplace bullying and harassment to gain the knowledge and tools needed to effectively address these issues. Led by Amanda Thiessen, an experienced therapist, social worker, coach, and educator with over 25 years of experience in the social service sector, this workshop will equip you with practical strategies and insights. Amanda's diverse expertise and qualifications, including a Master of Arts in Theology, a Master of Social Work, and an Organizational Coaching Certificate, make her an exceptional facilitator. Learn how to navigate workplace challenges, advocate for your rights, and foster inclusive and respectful environments.




Indigenous Harm Reduction Train the Trainer Workshop: Oct 17, 10 AM - 12 PM 

Join us for a transformative Indigenous Harm Reduction Train the Trainer Workshop led by Tonya, an Anishinaabe Métis woman with kinship ties to the Ktunaxa and Secwe̓pemc First Nations. This workshop explores Indigenous harm reduction, decolonization, and trauma-informed approaches to substance use and community healing.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Understanding the Current Public Health Emergency & the Toxic Drug Supply
  • Decolonizing Substance Use & Indigenous Harm Reduction
  • Statistics & Disproportionate Impact on Indigenous People
  • Plant Medicines for Harm Reduction & Recovery
  • Naloxone Training & Save Me Steps
  • Creating Safe, Inclusive, Community Spaces
  • Trauma & Resiliency-Informed Facilitation Skills


Reclaiming Home: Indigenous Perspectives of Homelessness: Nov 15, 10 AM - 12 PM 

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking workshop, Reclaiming Home: Indigenous Perspectives of Homelessness. This workshop is designed by Indigenous community members specifically for municipalities, service providers, and front-line responders seeking a deeper understanding of the context of homelessness for Indigenous people.

Key Workshop Features:

  • Challenging Conversations: Learn how to foster and navigate challenging conversations surrounding Indigenous homelessness, encouraging dialogue that leads to creative, strength-based collective solutions.
  • Lived Experience Insights: Hear directly from Indigenous individuals with lived and living experience of homelessness. Gain valuable insights into trauma-informed, evidence-based, and culturally safe approaches to reduce harm and support our unhoused relatives.
  • Decolonizing the Response: Take actionable steps to decolonize the current response to homelessness, addressing the social inequity and public health crisis that Indigenous communities face.


Deepening Trauma-Informed Tools: Oct 31, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

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Anti-Oppressive De-Escalation Skills: Nov 29, 10 AM - 12 PM

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Join us as we explore these important topics, learn from experienced facilitators, and engage in dynamic discussions. Each workshop is an opportunity to deepen your understanding, challenge assumptions, and take tangible steps toward building a more inclusive society.

We extend our gratitude to Health Sciences Association and BC Housing for their generous support in making this workshop series possible. Their commitment to social change empowers us to bring these crucial conversations to the forefront.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of the Anti-Oppression Workshop Series 3. Together, let's foster equity, amplify marginalized voices, and create lasting change.





Event Date
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III 10:00 AM, May 17, 2023
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- Sex Work in the Secotor Pa June 14, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion June 28, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- Anti-Oppression 101- Through an Intersectional Lens July 12, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- Bullying and Harrassment Prevention in BC July 18, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- Indigenous Harm Reduction October 17, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- Reclaiming Home: Indigenous Perspectives on Homelessness October 31, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- Trauma-Informed Tools November 15, 2023, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
HSABC and BCPRC: Anti-Oppression Workshop Series III- Anti-Oppressive De-escalation Skills November 29, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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