EquiTalks: Building Connected Communities – Virtual Events

October 16, 2020


These inspiring talks will focus on important issues faced by LGBTQ2I communities in Canada and around the world and how we can all contribute to building more equitable and inclusive communities. A diverse panel of Canadian activists working to promote and protect the rights of LGBTQ2I communities will engage with Victor Madrigal Borloz. The events will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience, followed by an optional virtual networking event.

Our guest of honour

As a UN Independent Expert, Victor Madrigal Borloz assesses the implementation of international human rights law, raises awareness, and provides advisory services and capacity-building to help address violence and discrimination against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The impacts and challenges of LGBTQ2I human rights defenders in Canada and internationally

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12 PM EST, in French with live translation to English.

Moderated by Anne Delorme of Equitas, the October 21 EquiTalks will feature the following panelists:

Diane Labelle, an expert and researcher on Aboriginal education, LGBTQ2I and Two-Spirit identities

Solange A Musanganya, co-coordinator of the Queer African Youth Network, based in Burkina Faso

Janik Bastien Charlebois, Professor of Sociology at UQAM, specializing in intersex studies

Minister of International Development, the Honourable Karina Gould.

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Canada’s role in supporting LGBTQ2I refugees and newcomers

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12 PM EST, in English with live translation to French.

The October 22 EquiTalks will feature:

Kimahli Powell, Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad

Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

Deon Mejri, co-chair of the Board of Egides, the International Francophone Alliance for Equality and Diversities.

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