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Canadian Trans Summit

Friday Feb 19 & Saturday Feb 20, 2021

 

The inaugural (Virtual) Canadian Trans Summit will bring together committed trans, gender diverse, and Two-Spirit community members from across the country to discuss strategic collaboration in pursuit of trans rights throughout Canada.

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Summit Program Committee

Photo: Vivianna Santibanez

Vivianna Santibanez

(she/her)

A Latina Trans Woman with over 10 years of experience in the HIV sector, 8 years serving in committees, task forces, and advisories groups. I have worked side by side with marginalized communities, Immigrants, sex workers, and PLWA. I have studied as a Certificated Nurse Assistants, Community Health Worker, Digital Communication, and Immigration Consultant.

Currently serving on OHTN Committee board of directors, AON Committee Board, and a Host of a Latino LGBTQI2S Talk Show HostA Latina Trans Woman with over 10 years of experience in the HIV sector, 8 years serving in committees, task forces, and advisories groups. I have worked side by side with marginalized communities, Immigrants, sex workers, and PLWA. I have studied as a Certificated Nurse Assistants, Community Health Worker, Digital Communication, and Immigration Consultant.

Currently serving on OHTN Committee board of directors, AON Committee Board, and a Host of a Latino LGBTQI2S Talk Show Host

Photo: Kelendria Nation

Kelendria Nation

(she/her)

Kelendria is a Black woman of Trans experience of Caribbean descent who uses her perspective and unique experience to bring awareness to the various issues surrounding trans people; especially trans women of colour. She has dedicated herself to using her voice to impact change and bridge understanding across all communities.

She provides advocacy, resolutions and transitions for Trans identified peoples. Through her work in community space through advocacy, she strives to allow folks to see that Trans, Non binary, and 2spirit identified folks because of their multiple intersections are oftentimes left out in conversations.

With collaboration and standing in solidarity with other community members she has been given the tools of being able to communicate her experience which has allowed her to tell her own story in her own voice.

It is her hope that in time there will be more opportunities to empower other BIMPOC identified folks in the same which she has been.

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Dr. Veronica Ivy

(she/her)

Dr Veronica Ivy is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and roster faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches courses on knowledge, language, and trans issues. She has published dozens of articles and book chapters, as well as opinion pieces for outlets such as New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, NBC, and Vice, among others.

For the last four years, her work has focused on trans and intersex athlete rights. She has advised sports organizations from local and regional, to national and international organizations such as the International Olympic Committee.

Dr. Ivy is also a 2-time UCI Masters Track Cycling World Champion in the F35-39 Sprint competition. She has been competing professionally as a cyclist for 5 years. She continues to be an activist for athlete rights, promoting her message that #SportIsAHumanRight

Photo: Adebayo chris Katiiti Kalibbala

Adebayo Chris Katiiti Kalibbala

(He/Him/They)

debayo Kalibbala Katiiti is a Prince from Buganda Kingdom(Uganda), Grand-Trans-son of Buganda god of War Kiganira KIBUUKA and The Kabaka (King) Kimera of Buganda, A Transgender son of Kalibbala.

He is an activist and founder of RARICANow, an Edmonton-based NGO that supports LGBTIQ+ Refugees and Newcomers. He came to Edmonton for the ILGA swimming competition that happened in August 2016. Following the traumatizing events after Uganda police raided the gay pride. As the reigning Mr. gay Pride Uganda of 2015 he was among the activists who were arrested, highly beaten and undressed to check if he was a man or woman

Adebayo applied for refugee status and now a permanent resident, but soon realized: that most queer and trans refugees were not afforded the same support he received, and that racism was alive and well in Canada’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. Since settling in Edmonton, Adebayo has dedicated himself to helping newcomers like himself navigate the labyrinthine refugee process and access the services they need. He’s guiding principle is putting humanity first before ego and internalized bias

Adebayo is a board member (QTBIPOC Liaison) at The LGBTIQ Wellness Center, A leader and organizer of Stonewall, Black Trans Lives Matter Movement rallies in Alberta. He was honoured to receive the Change Maker Pride Award from EPFS June 2018, Adebayo’s in school enrolled in Compassionate, Collaborative and Inclusive Leadership; Anti-Racism Capacity Building Course at MacEwan University after being granted the Make it Awkward bursary.

NO ONE IS FREE UNTIL ALL OF US ARE FREE

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Aimee Copping

(she/her)

Aimee Copping is a music performer, producer and educator.

Aimee is the creator and executive director of Blackball, a non-profit education program delivering free electronic music tools and teaching to marginalized youth and prison inmates. In its five years, with the support of provincial, foundation and private funding, Blackball has worked with hundreds of marginalized community members in four cities across Ontario.

Between 2017 and 2019, Aimee partnered with Pros and Cons, a songwriting and recording project for incarcerated individuals. Aimee established a dedicated music production space at Grand Valley Institution For Women, and produced two albums inside the prison.

In 2019, the Correctional Service of Canada commissioned Aimee, a published author, to lead a summer-long creative writing workshop aimed at LGBTQ inmates at Grand Valley Institution For Women.

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Garry Dart

(he/she/they)

As a queer, genderfluid, Newfoundlander he brings his experience in sexuality research, sex education and access to healthcare for queer folks with them. They have worked and volunteered for many 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations in St. John’s, Halifax and Ottawa, on community, provincial and national levels including prideHealth – Nova Scotia Health Authority, ACNS, MAX Ottawa, and PFLAG Canada for many years.

They have run over 60 events in the past two years, ran a National 2SLGBTQIA+ Summit for 150+ folks and given countless workshops and guest lectures. Most notably, she Managed a $550,000 National HIV Anti-Stigma ‘POZitivity’ Campaign including the ‘Slay Stigma Canadian Tour’ with Trinity K. Bone’t from RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2019, has been guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University and provided workshops for the international UFCW OUTreach team in Vancouver.

Photo: Kai Sparrow

Kai Sparrow

(Kuyen) They/Them

Kai is a non-binary, mixed Mapuche, activist, creative and healer born and raised on treaty 1 territory, in what is known as Winnipeg.

Kai has dedicated much of their work and volunteer life to supporting and empowering QTBIPOC youth to thrive and heal from the traumas they have experienced. They are also a fat activist, and an advocate for gender equity for non-binary and gender diverse people in all of their places of work.

Currently kai works at Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc. for their capacity building project, Two Spirits Building From Within. They also have a small beading business named Witch Craft.

Photo: Garry Dart

El Chenier

(they/them)

El Chenier is the founder of Gender Mentors, a community for non-binary people and those who love and support us. They are also a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia where they teach, research, and write about race, gender, and sexuality.

Logo: Canadian Trans Summit

Danielle Araya

(she/her)

Graphic Recorder

We are delighted to be working with Vancouver based graphical notetaking agency Drawing Change to bring this exciting form of documenting events to the Canadian Trans Summit. For more details please see, drawingchange.com

Photo: Tiaré Jung drawing on an artboard.

Tiaré Jung

(they/them)

Graphic Recorder/ listener/ witness/ visual connector

Tiaré was born on Lheidli T’enneh territory and raised with Hawaiian values. They are a Mahu (2Spirit) person. They moved to Musqueam, Tsliel-Waututh, and Squamish Territories to study illustration and stayed for the love of queer community and the land. They centre Indigenous, Black, trans, sex worker, and disability leadership and liberation.

Tiaré draws to make visible collective wisdom and futures of belonging. Uplifting community voices with an intersectional approach brings them joy

Graphic: Example Drawing Change art board for digital graphic recording.

About the Summit

On August 1st, 2019, Randy Boissonnault MP, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2S Issues, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced funding to support the Canadian Trans Summit, a project that will bring trans, gender diverse, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people from across the country together to identify the way forward for trans advocacy in Canada.

Register today to secure your place…

Where It’s At

In YOUR office, living room, or other location of your choice.

The Summit has gone virtual so we’re coming to you, wherever you are.

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