SBA Newsletter [July 17th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)
  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • Disorientation – Call for Volunteers

Community Events and Resources

  • Resilience 150
  • Government Survey on Accessibility Standards in Education
  • Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people
  • Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.
  • Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop
  • LGBTQ+ Penpals Needed
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC Space
  • Job Opportunity – Co-Facilitator, Deaf & Hard of Hearing LGTBQ2AS BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Program


SBA Programming and Events

QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!) – Please note location change!
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans* People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) for a summer social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

We will have ice cream (including vegan and gluten free ice cream), fruit and exciting toppings, along with some other snacks. There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting.

Join us for the treats, stay for the amazing people!

Date: Friday July 28, 2017

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Room 208 (Main Activity Hall), MultiFaith Centre. The MultiFaith Centre is located at 569 Spadina Avenue. The accessible entrance to the building is off of Bancroft Avenue.

Please arrive to the event fragrance fee.

If you have any questions, or access needs please contact Nadia at
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space.***

**As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.**

[Image Description: Image is a photograph of multicoloured ice cream popsicles that are melting, on a black background]


What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) is a two part program started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. Through the TRACX program, community organizations can develop research projects useful to their campaigns and long-term strategies while being matched with students interested in completing the research for credit.

This year’s symposium is tentatively titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre along with the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups. We want to problematize and challenge perspectives on research, and build networks between socially-conscious students and grassroots community organizations to develop research proposals led by the community group’s needs and priorities. We hope you can join us in helping facilitate this process as we focus on how we resist fascism, racism and oppression in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in the institutions and systems that govern our daily lives.

This year’s symposium will include both a skills-based component for developing the practical tools for conducting and disseminating research, and a thematic set of panels, keynotes, group discussions and presentations on anti-fascist work in Toronto and its intersections with other movements. This symposium is motivated by a need to reflect on our understanding of anti-fascism in the era of Trump and what the practice of anti-fascist organizing looks like. How do we cultivate an understanding of what anti-fascism means, and how do we employ it in our organizing work? We will explore how it intersects with other movements (like anti-racist organizing, migrant justice work, trans rights, and disability justice work) and what the antifascist organizing of the future might look like. Students attending the symposium will be exposed to a variety of social and environmental justice causes in the city of Toronto and will be able to network with community organizations about their research interests in the areas that the community groups work in. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about issues in the communities surrounding the campus and learn how the resources of the University could be utilized to assist with community projects.

September 30 – October 1
University of Toronto
Find this event on facebook

We are committed to providing ASL and captioning and are currently working on organizing other accessibility related logistics such as childcare and gender neutral accessible washrooms. Full details around accessibility will be posted along with the schedule

The submissions period for panels, keynotes, and group discussion sessions opens June 1st, 2017 and closes August 1st, 2017

For inquiries around accessibility, schedules, how to propose a session and how to get involved (volunteer or join the organizing committee) email

Are you interested in supporting us? If you appreciate our programming initiatives and have the capacity to do so, consider making a donation of any amount here:
All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated!


Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded
campus organizations

interested in collaborating
to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you!

This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th – 22nd. We would encourage groups interested in proposing panels, keynotes and discussion spaces to instead submit or volunteer with the TRACX symposium happening the following week on September 30th and October 1st. For more information on the TRACX symposium email

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.
To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.


Community Events and Resources

Resilience 150

Supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to acknowledge and celebrate thousands of years of Indigenous resilience on this land

Young people are playing an important role in creating new possibilities for a decolonized and reconciled Canada. Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth are leading, co-creating and involved in intergenerational efforts to address the ongoing impacts of colonization and to build cross-cultural relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

To give voice to alternative narratives and actions during this contentious year, we are offering micro-grants of up to $1000 to support projects and events created and/or co-created by young people that celebrate Indigenous resilience and resistance on this land. These grants will support opportunities for learning, reflection and relationship building that strengthen community efforts to ensure the stories, experiences, and priorities of Indigenous voices are not drowned out by fireworks and festivities in this year of Canada’s 150th birthday.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, July 31st, 2017 by 5 pm

PopUp Grant Details
Resilience 150 grants will support events, field trips, workshops, action projects, intergenerational exchanges, arts-based initiatives and other activities that explore:

  • The stories, histories and present day experiences of Indigenous peoples on the lands in your community
  • The stories, histories and present day examples of Indigenous resilience and resistance on this land
  • What is possible for the next 150 years


Are you a youth-led group (young people between the ages of 15-29) led by and/or co-creating with Indigenous youth? (you can be an intergenerational group and have members older or younger than 15-29).
Are you based in Ontario?
Do you have a project or idea that will acknowledge and celebrate the thousands of years of Indigenous resilience on this land?
Would some funding/resources help you get this project going? Then apply for a Resilience 150 grant.
*Please note, you do not need to be a charity to apply. You can be a grassroots group and apply on your own or in partnership with another group.

How to apply:
Logon onto the application portal by clicking here.


Government Survey on Accessibility Standards in Education

Ontario’s government is committed to ensuring that every student has access to the supports they need to succeed in school. The Education Act, administered by the Ministry of Education, provides the legislative framework for accommodations for students that are required by school boards. At the post-secondary level, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development works with publicly funded colleges and universities to provide students with disabilities the necessary support services and accommodations they require.

You have been invited to share your thoughts on proposed areas of focus for a new accessibility standard for education under the Act. The information you share will be provided to a Standards Development Committee responsible for making recommendations to government. Your experiences with barriers you have faced to achieving an accessible education for yourself, your child, your students, or colleagues, as well as success stories you have witnessed in your school, college or university, will help to inform the work of the Committee.


Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people

This summer, we want to hear from you about what it means to be Black and Indigenous!

Please join us for a weekend to create personal videos that explore your unique identity. Equipment, supplies, food, transit, tech training and an $X honoraria will be provided.
All you have to do is come ready to share.

Study location: Toronto, Ontario
Dates: August 25 – 28th, 2017

Space is limited. We need your commitment to attend all 4 days.

Participation is voluntary.
Childcare subsidies are available.

For more information about this research project, please contact: Ciann Wilson, 519-884-0710 ext.

This research project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (REB #5239)


Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.

In 2011 SlutWalk Toronto started a global movement against rape culture following an incident involving the Toronto Police Service instructing York University students not to dress provocatively to avoid victimization. Since then, SlutWalk has grown with solidarity actions in 60 cities across the world each year. This year SlutWalk Toronto is working with Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and Silence is Violence to center sex workers rights in our struggle against rape culture and sexual violence.

On Thursday July 13th we invite you to join us for a community dinner and visioning meeting from 6-9pm at 526 Richmond Street East in downtown Toronto. We want to hear from community partners, SlutWalk participants and advocates as the need to keep pushing back against sexual violence, rape culture, stigmatizing attitudes, as well as systemic forms of oppression and violence is as prevalent as ever.

Together, we hope to establish space for people to share experience and learn from one another, strengthen individual and community capacity, and practice resistance to all forms of violence. We would like to engage in partnerships with other anti-oppression groups, community organizers, and social justice advocates to share resources and inform the upcoming SlutWalk 2017 march and rally scheduled for August 12th at Barbara Hall Park.

Please join us for a meal and visioning session to discuss SlutWalk 2017, your vision for a fantastic event and how we can make this year’s action as thoughtful and inclusive as possible! If you cannot make the dinner and would like to connect to see how our initiatives might complement one another, contact us at:, Facebook, or Twitter.

Please also visit these links for more information about Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Worker Action Project and Silence is Violence UofT

Strength and solidarity,
SlutWalk TO Volunteer Team

**We encourage a scent-free environment and ask that participants refrain from using scented products before coming to the space.
**We will be able to provide childcare if you let us know in advance by email:
**If you have any specific accessibility needs or dietary requirements please email: and we will do our best to offer accommodations.–


Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop for artists explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop.

When: August 9th, 2017

Where: 180 Shaw Street (Artscape Youngspace)

Cost: FREE

Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.

Presented in Partnership with Generator, and b current performing arts

Facilitator Rania El Mugammar

Part of the SummerWorks Intensive Leadership Program (S.L.I.P.), a series of public events that explore how we can remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression through artistic practice.

All SummerWorks venues are physically accessible, and many events offer accessible options such as ASL Interpretation, Relaxed Performances, and free or discounted tickets. For more info on accessibility at SummerWorks, visit


LGBTQ+ Penpals Needed

Here at Prisoner Correspondence Project in Toronto, we have a stack of letters from individuals who are living their lies as LGBTQ+ people inside prison walls and are seeking a penpal. If you’re on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and are reading this message, please consider becoming a penpal through Prisoner Correspondence Project TO!

The isolation that incarcerated people experience is often more intense for those who are LGBTQ+ and transgender, Intersex and gender non-conforming people are over-represented in the prison industrial complex. Corresponding with a penpal is a small act of solidarity that can break through this isolation and create meaningful relationships.

If you’d like to become a penpal, email us at




Unite to share experiences and learn skills to enhance your life.




Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220 (Floor 2R)

(Spadina & Queen St. West) M5T 2C7

Email to register or for more info:

Be heard!

Be inspired!

Become our

own advocates.


Proudly brought to you by:
Springtide Resources, Alterna Community Fund and the LGBTQ Youth Initiative with generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


 Co-Facilitator, Deaf & Hard of Hearing LGTBQ2AS BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Program

Location: Springtide Resources (215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 220 Toronto, ON)
Job type: Part-time, contract
Time Length: September to December 2017, with the possibility of extension
Salary: $20/hour (4 hours per week)
Position Summary:
A dynamic working relationship focused on the task of facilitating a 12-week group, involving strong, self-reliant individuals who share a commitment to each other, the task of co-facilitation and the participants’ needs.

Program Summary:
This program will be held at Springtide Resources. It is a space for participants/clients of colour, who are Deaf or hard of hearing (HOH), LGBTQ to discuss issues that are affecting them, the concerns they have in building relationships; whether is it intimate or professional. This program is a safe space where participants or clients can address issues they’ve faced daily through oppression, being involved in a relationship with a partner or a professional relationship with someone who is Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing. We will have participants who experience oppressions and discrimination based on their hearing loss, sexuality, race, sex and gender identity. ASL Interpreters and note takers will be provided in the program. Discussions and topics is client-centered perspective.

• A diploma/degree in social services or related discipline preferred but not required
• Must identify as a member of the LGBTQ2AS community
• Is an individual who identifies as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of colour), Deaf or Hard of Hearing
• Knowledge and understanding of Deaf culture and familiar with working in a Deaf-friendly environment
• Assumes responsibility of quality educational and knowledge of LGBTQ, gender identities, racial background, Deaf and hard of hearing culture of clients within the program
• Strong understanding of and commitment to social justice issues, equity issues and anti-racism practices


Part-time Co-Facilitator to assist in providing
• Confidentiality
• Creativity
• Experience working with young adults and group processes
• Experience working within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and LGBTQ community
• Facilitation of psycho-educational group sessions. clients’ behavior and reaction to educational groups
• Documentation and delivery of group services
• Keeps Project Coordinator/Co-Facilitator informed of client care, problems and issues
• Participation in community meetings
• Assumes responsibility for learning and professional development needs
• Assists the Program Coordinator/Co-Facilitator in the development, implementation and management of content and group processes
• Prompt and regular attendance
• Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned

Springtide Resources is a survivor-centric organization that promotes anti-oppression principles and practice. We aim for our staff to reflect the communities that we serve (including queer and trans people of all genders; Deaf and disabled people; newcomers, immigrants, and refugees; Black, Indigenous and people of colour; low-income people, and youth). While we thank all candidates for their interest only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please submit a résumé and cover letter detailing how you meet the above requirements:
Deadline: July 25, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. to:

Search Committee
Springtide Resources
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 220
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
Please quote the job title in the subject line
No phone calls or faxes please.

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