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The Centre for Gender Advocacy in Montreal invites you to attend, participate, and tell all your friends! Unless otherwise specified, events take place at 1500 de Maisonneuve West #404.

Monday September 23rd
2PM-4PM, Open House
Come visit and get acquainted with our space and all we have to offer!
6:30-9:30PM, 10 de Pins West #414
Come one, come all. Help us celebrate another September and kickstart another inspiring event series by sharing food, drink, and music in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Open mic is open to all spoken, musical, and other sound-making — bring us a riddle, a rhyme, a rant, or a rave!

Tuesday September 24th
 Media skills workshop, with Abby Lippman
This interactive workshop will help you begin to develop some basic understandings about and ways to deal with the (mainstream) media to ensure YOUR story gets told as YOU want it told. We will consider different ways to get media attention and to communicate written and spoken messages effectively in creative ways that reflect your values.

Wednesday September 25th 
 Trans’ History workshop with Sophia Starosta
An introduction to trans’ trailblazers in Quebec and parts of Europe. We will be exploring aspects of trans’ history through the lenses of activists, artists, models and historical cabarets.

Thursday September 26th 
 H-415, Residential Schools & violence against Native women, “My Mother–A Modern Warrior,” a talk with Norman Achneepineskum
“My mother was an orphan at the age of ten; she ended up in the Sainte-Anne’s Residential School at Fort Albany, Ontario where she stayed for eight years until my father removed her from there and married her. My mother is a survivor.  Most of her children, young at the age of 5, were torn away from her arms as they were sent to residential schools.” Norman is an Ojibway-Cree Native originally from Northern Ontario. He moved into the Montreal area in 1992 when he was 24-years-old in search of a better life. He is a powwow singer and songwriter, an artist painter, a craftsman, a writer and a poet, a storyteller and handyman. He is the lead singer and drum carrier for the Buffalo Hat Singers who primarily participate in events in and around the Greater Montreal Area.

Friday September 27th
 Art & Activism (The SORPLUSI Method) with d’bi young
SORPLUSI is a personal development methodology emphasizing holistic self-actualization through arts-education. originated by d’bi.young anitafrika, SORPLUSI is based on the seminal dub poetry theory of her mother, at the edna manley college of the visual and performing arts. A workshop with internationally celebrated artist d’bi.young anitafrika, an african-jamaican-canadian dubpoet, monodramatist, and educator whose purpose is to love.

Monday September 30th
2PM-4PM, A Safer Concordia Consent workshop

Sexual Assault Awareness: It’s Never Your Fault. This workshop is designed to provide a basic understanding of sexual assault, including consent and personal boundaries. We will explore the right to define our own experiences. We will delve into why consent can be complicated, the importance of communicating comfort levels, and what resources are available within Montreal for survivors of sexual assault.
6PM-8PM, Men & Feminism discussion with Dan Parker and Tim Keen
After sharing some of his personal experience as an activist fighting gender oppression, Dan Parker will lead a discussion on the role of men as feminists with open-ended questions. What does it mean to be a feminist man? Do men suffer under patriarchy? What should we make of the so-called men’s rights movement? All genders are welcome, and we especially welcome those who identify as men to share their thoughts and experiences. Dan Parker is a member of the Centre for Gender Advocacy’s board of directors, as well as a singer and songwriter for the Reproductive Justice League Choir.

Tuesday October 1st
3pm-6pm, Direct Action for Social Transformation with Dru Jay

Direct action can be a powerful tool to dramatize unjust systems and relationships, provoke debate, shift public opinion and take the first step toward social transformation. This participatory workshop will cover the basics of action planning, explain what to expect during an action, and outline ways to maximize impact. This is an occasion to think through how direct action can be useful for your group or your campaign.

Wednesday October 2nd
3PM-5PM, Behind Closed Doors: Access-to-information Investigative Research
 with Martin Lukacs
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to Access-to-Information (ATI) research. ATI legislation gives people rights to request documents produced by many public institutions and government branches, which usually prefer hiding them from public scrutiny. Accessing this information can generate powerful or incriminating information for campaigns or journalism. Learn how to file ATIs, step-by-step, and discuss obstacles and some tricks to get around them. Martin Lukacs is an independent journalist and editor with the Canadian Association of Labour Media.

Thursday October 3rd
6PM-8:30PM, H-937, REHTAEH PARSONS WAS MY DAUGHTER: An evening with Glen Canning (KEYNOTE event)

Our keynote speaker, Glen Canning, has been seeking justice for his daughter, Rehtaeh Parsons in the wake of her sexual assault and suicide death. Glen will be discussing his family’s loss and the impact of the failure of the school system and justice system to protect his daughter. He will be addressing police responses to his daughter’s sexual assault and its aftermath as well as the media and public reaction to this high profile case. Glen will share his thoughts on the cultural and political forces that normalize and excuse sexual assault, the need for publicly funded counselling and consent education as well as the role of men in challenging rape culture and sexual assault.

Friday October 4th
 8th Annual Sisters in Spirit Memorial March & Vigil for Missing & Murdered Native Women Cabot Square(corner Atwater & Sainte Catherine Streets). 
Missing Justice and the Centre for Gender Advocacy invite you to come out and show your support in Montreal this October 4th at the Annual Sisters in Spirit Memorial March and Vigil. Bridget Tolley founded the March and Vigil in 2005, which happens every year on the anniversary of her mother’s Gladys Tolley’s death. Since then, the march has been organized all across the country on that day. Marches are now held in communities across Canada, in the hundreds, with one march being held as far away as Nicaragua, showing us that the problem of Indigenous women being disproportionately affected by violence is one of colonized Nations worldwide.

*Wheelchair accessible space.
*Childcare available with 48 hours notice
*Whisper translation to French available for some events