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06 November, 2020
5:30 PM
Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3 NS

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BIPOC Community Onsite Gathering
November 6 – 8, 2020 – Friday 5:30 PM – Sun 1:30 PM

Join us for a weekend of connecting, sharing and building relationships together where Stacey (she/her) and Rena (they/them) will facilitate a program that brings together the collective wisdom from Black, Indigenous and People Of Colour community members from across the Atlantic Region.  Together, we will create a space for us to hear and learn from our common and disparate experiences, deepen our understandings of each other’s lived experiences as BIPOC people, and build shared strength and solidarity, and collective visions of what we can do together.  Our purpose is to contribute to a community of BIPOC individuals who are better supported, connected and equipped to organize and thrive in the context of living in Atlantic Canada in 2020. We’ll start with an agenda that is spacious and flexible enough to respond to the direction and needs of the group that gathers.

Acceptance to this program is based on an application process.

We welcome applications from Black, Indigenous, Queer and trans BIPOC applicants and other People of Colour over the age of 18. We will prioritize Black and Indigenous applicants.

In your application, please share 2-3 sentences about yourself that will be shared with other participants if you are accepted. Note that all accepted participants will receive a list of who will be attending and their mini-introductions.

Click Here for the Application Form

Application Deadline: Oct. 4, 2020 and people will be notified if they have been selected or are on a waitlist on Oct. 12, 2020.

Please read our Covid-19 protocols for our onsite gatherings.

Program Cost

We acknowledge that there are systemic barriers that make it difficult to participate and access programs. We work to support those who are unable to pay the full cost of programs, while providing a living wage for facilitators and covering the costs of learning programs.

We name the true program fee of the program in order to allow those who are able to pay this cost to do so. Those able to pay a generous program fee help to subsidize those facing financial barriers. We don’t want financial barriers to prevent anyone from participating in a learning program so we offer a subsidized program fee. This particular gathering is experimenting with three program fees given available funding.

True Program fee – $480 (including tuition, meals  & shared accommodation – only in your bubble). $530 (including tuition, meals & single accommodations)

Generous program fee – $503

Subsidized program fee – $48

Tatamagouche Centre is grateful for *funding to support individuals to accommodate financial and other systemic barriers. Once registrants have been selected, funding support is applied based on eligibility and priorities as there are limited subsidized spaces available. Participants will be notified on October 1, 2020 about acceptance and funding to support participation.

Leadership – Rena Kulczycki

Rena Kulczycki (pronouns: they/them/their) is a facilitator who believes in building communities where our limits can be lovingly challenged and our ideas collaboratively cultivated. To that end, Rena designs and delivers programs that engage and lift up the gifts and wisdom of every participant, applying wit and skill to foster opportunities for authenticity and courageous vulnerability, centering voices from the margins, as we strive toward stronger (more magical!) communities of trust and support.

Rena draws on many experiences including training in conflict mediation and anti-oppressive facilitation, delivering youth camps and conferences on social justice, global issues and for trans and non-binary youth, serving on the board of and living in a housing co-operative, studying Sociology & International Development in university, living in rural and urban places across Turtle Island, and growing up in K’jipuktuk coming from a family of immigrants from both Poland and Korea. Rena unites these experiences and their passion for positive collaborative change in their work to heal and mobilize communities towards justice, particularly around gender and race.

Leadership – Stacey Gomez

Stacey Gomez (pronouns: she/her) is a community organizer who finds joy in organizing programming centering learning and healing from racialized communities.

Stacey has been engaged in struggles for migrant justice with the  Latinx community, as well as grassroots groups like No One is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk and Solidarity Across Borders. She currently works as Maritimes Coordinator of the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, which has been engaged in solidarity with Guatemalan human rights defenders since the 1980s. Stacey holds an MA in Development Studies from York University.

This gathering at Tatamagouche Centre is explicitly only for Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour(BIPOC). If you are not BIPOC person and are wondering why this gathering is only for BIPOC people, Kelsey Blackwell has generously written a piece about why we need closed spaces for BIPOC community

*A note about funders who made this program possible

Bursaries for addressing barriers are provided for “Racial Justice,” United Church of Canada, young BIPOC people by The Edwards Family Charitable Foundation, and “Seeds of Hope,” United Church of Canada. We are grateful to The James Robertson Memorial Trust Fund, the Wesley C. Smith Fund, the Davey Family Endowment Fund, the Living Spirit Fund, the Brian and Belva Piercy Fund, the Jean Moore Endowment Fund, and the United Church of Canada Foundation’s General Fund at The United Church Foundation.