[image description: On the left, the 2021 CampOUT! theme image created by Rain Pierre (sɬə́məxʷ) pictures a modern Coast Salish style hummingbird with right wing resting on hip, standing on the thumb of an open raised hand, and left wing leaning on the first finger. The four finger tips have letters that spell out LOVE. The hand has 4 diagonal stripes in pink, blue, brown, and black. The CampOUT! logo is coloured as a rainbow and sits in the palm of the open hand. On the right are the words: CECUWATUL, the pronunciation “tse-tsuw-ah-tul”, and the translation from Halkomelem to english: HOLDING EACHOTHER UP]
We are offering fourteen FREE virtual workshops and activities (through zoom) for queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth to connect with each other, share knowledge, and learn about 2SLGBTQ+ resources and leadership. If you are a queer, trans, Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer, questioning, or allied youth (2SLGBTQ+) between the ages of 13-21, you are welcome to register now!
Scroll below for the calendar of events, workshop posters, facilitator information, and workshop/activity descriptions.
The theme for this year’s virtual camp program is Cecuwatul (“tse-tsuw-ah-tul”), a Halkomelem word meaning ‘helping one another/holding each other up’! Read more about this year’s theme in Rain Pierre’s Artist Statement
Things to know about CampOUT! 2021:
When? Typically CampOUT happens the first week of July but this year we will meet online via Zoom at different times from June 4 – July 24!
Who? CampOUT! is for youth ages 14-21 who identify as queer, trans, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, lesbian, gay, genderqueer, questioning, or as allies to the LGBTQ2S+ community who live in BC or the Yukon. Some of our campers identify as LGBTQ, some as children of gay parents, or as siblings of LGBTQ individuals, some as Two-Spirit indigenous people. Other campers are interested in learning to be better allies to BC’s queer and trans communities. Some of our campers experience struggle around their identity and/or orientation and others are less conflicted with these issues and are interested in being present in a celebratory space that welcomes ALL of who they are. We are extending the age limit to include 13 year olds for the online sessions.
What? CampOUT! is:
- A leadership and learning summer camp supported by UBC, for queer, trans, two-spirit and allied youth aged 14 – 21 from BC and the Yukon
- Meeting new friends while engaging in imaginative and innovative workshops and fun activities
- A safe and inclusive space where youth can develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, inspire each other, foster hope and resilience, and connect with resources to support their health and well-being
- All about fun, friends, nature, learning, leadership, community, support & resources, health & well-being, & social change!
Where & How? On Zoom! All sessions will have closed captioning. Folks can have cameras ON or OFF, and folks can attend as much or little of a session as they are able to! We hope to make this as accessible as possible. Contact us if you need help accessing technology or internet.
How much does it cost for campers? Online programming is FREE of charge – thanks to the generosity of community partners and donors!
2021 Virtual Sessions for CampOUT!
- Friday June 4, 6-8pm | Out In Schools from Out On Screen: YOU on screen!
- Monday June 7, 6-8pm | Uncovering Brilliance, Transforming Racism: Mindfulness for QTBIPOC Youth
- Friday June 11, 6-7:30 | Let’s Go Poet!
- Monday June 14, 6-8pm |what the heck is anti oppression?!
- Friday June 18, 1-3pm | Being Grounded in Strangeness
- Saturday June 19, 3-4:30pm | All About Boundaries
- Sunday June 27 | Virtual hike / Nature walk and activity
- Monday June 28, 10:30 – noon | Move Me: DIY Fitness
- Wednesday June 30, 1-3pm | Being Grounded in Strangeness
- Thursday July 1, 1-3pm | Two-Spirit Storytelling
- Friday July 2, 1 – 2:30 | Body Wisdom: Befriending Your Nervous System
- Saturday July 3, 1-2:30 | Let’s Chat About Neurological Disabilities
- Thursday July 22, 3-5pm | Waacking Workshop |
- Saturday July 24, 1-3:30pm | Stick it to ’em!
[Image Description: Poster with a pink and white wavey background. In the top right corner there is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text on the poster reads: “Out In Schools from Out On Screen: YOU on screen! June 4, 6-8pm.” Below text are two images of the facilitators on top of yellow blobs, with pale green dots framing the facilitator images. One photo is of Avery (they/them), a young person of colour with glasses, on lush grass in their turquoise wheelchair. They are wearing a rainbow-brimmed toque, a long-sleeve flannel, black jeans, and a denim vest that has many pins on it. The other photo is of Danny (he/him), a person with short, curly blonde hair, glasses, and lip rings wearing a confetti sweater and denim jacket. Behind Danny is a park, with a grass field, trees, and a bench. Below the images of Avery and Danny is more text: www.campout.com]
Day 1: Friday June 4, 6-8pm. ‘Out In Schools from Out On Screen: YOU on screen!’
We’ve all seen different characters with different backgrounds. But what about YOU? In this session, come play games and see some fantastic films focused on finding aspects of YOU and your story!
Out in Schools facilitators: Avery Shannon & Danny Lybbert
This workshop is hosted by Out In Schools, a program by the non-profit organization Out On Screen. At Out In Schools, we give love to stories- stories that are out there, living and breathing, that could use some uplifting. We know and recognize that everyone knows their own story best. The Out In Schools team is made up of queer/trans folks from many different backgrounds and walks of life, including folks who are Disabled, BIPOC, Jewish… All of us vehemently value creating space for folks to share what you know best: your own stories!
[Image Description: Poster with a pale green and white wavey background. In the top right corner there is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text on the poster reads: “Uncovering Brilliance, Transforming Racism: Mindfulness for QTIBIPOC Youth. June 7, 6-8pm.” Below text are two images of the facilitators on top of orange blobs, with pale green dots framing the facilitator images. One image is of Lu Lam (he/him), a Taiwanese-Chinese trans-masculine person, with short black hair. He is standing outside backgrounded by tall black bamboo. He is smiling, angled to the side, wearing a white t-shirt with a large green monstera deliciosa/swiss cheese plant print. The other photo is a smiling Metis Two spirit Elder Bonaventure Fabian (they/them). Their brown hair is pulled back, and they have sparkly brown eyes. They are wearing a green and white checked shirt. In the top left corner is a red-black image backgrounded by white. Below the images of Lu Lam and Bon Fabian is more text: www.campout.com]
Day 2: Monday June 7, 6-8pm. ‘Uncovering Brilliance, Transforming Racism: Mindfulness for QTBIPOC Youth’
Are you a Two-Spirit, Queer, Trans BIMPoC youth? This mindfulness session is for you! Come join us to try out mindfulness. We’ll learn how mindfulness can support your wellness.
UBTR facilitators: Lu Lam & Bonaventure Fabian
Lu Lam, M. Ed. C.C.C. is a Chinese-Taiwanese trans-identified Mindfulness Counsellor and Consultant. Lu finds joy in creating spaces for people to uncover who they truly are in order to strengthen our social justice work. He gratefully acknowledges the people of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueum), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, where he works and lives as a settler learning to be a guest. He brings 22 years of group facilitation experience and 12 years of daily mindfulness practice, he was in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders 6 Program before its closure during the onset of the pandemic, he is in continuous mindfulness study, and attends yearly meditation retreats. For fun, Lu loves to feast with family, awe outdoors and swim in nature. www.lulam.ca
Two-spirit elder Bonaventure Fabian (they/them) is a very proud warrior of the Red River Métis (Treaty one territory – Winnipeg), living on Squamish. Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories (Vancouver) since 1978. Involved in ceremony for nearly 30 years, and a Sundancer for the past 19, they were part of Kunsi Keya Sundance founded by Beverly Little Thunder for 24 years and are now part of the George Family Sundance, where they dance with the men. As a pipe carrier, healer, and sweat lodge keeper, they are sought out to support and advise youth and two-spirits through the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), Out in Schools, TransCare BC, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre, and St. Paul’s Hospital. Bon believes we are all gifts as we are, wherever we fit on the spectrum. Warm, welcoming, creative and playful, they have a gift for connecting with people of all genders and orientations. They recently completed the Digital Talking Circle Leadership Program offered by the Four Worlds International Institute.
[Image Description: Poster with a dark purple and white wavey background. In the top right corner there is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text on the poster reads: “Let’s Go Poet! Friday June 11 6-7:30pm.” Below text is an image of the facilitator, behind which is a purple blob, and some dark purple dots framing the photo. The photo is of Kitze (they/them) standing behing a microphone on a darkened stage. They have dark curly hair that falls near their chin, and they’re wearing a shimmery gold unbuttoned top with the sleeves rolled up above the elbows, a dark tank top, a thick belt decorated with studs, and black jeans. Their arms are bent at the elbows, with their hands gesturing to an unseen audience. Below the image of Kitze is more text: www.campout.com]
Day 3: Friday June 11, 6-7:30pm. ‘Let’s Go Poet!’
Often the hardest part of poetry (or any writing for that matter), can be believing the piece is as good as you felt writing it the first time. Revisiting work, editing it, publishing it, or even just sharing it with a friend or two can feel terrifying and might lead us to judge ourselves and our work harshly. With poetry especially as an art form that is home to a lot of identity and experience-based storytelling, it’s important we learn how to be kind to and proud of our work in all of its stages. Together we will find the parts of our poems we love to their cores, build them up and allow them to grow, and even get some tips on formatting them for the page and self-publishing if we feel like that’s what the group wants.
kit tempo (kitze pacilla) is a poet, singer, and otherwise loosely defined “artist”. they are a biracial, nonbinary lesbian who has spent their life as a settler on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples. kit’s work centers around perpetual recovery, gay yearning, complex ancestry, and re-understanding themself. also ghosts. they’ve competed at national festivals and self-published 3 works; in that time their favourite part of the art is hearing the stories others get to share about themselves and their own experiences, and kit hopes to bring that enthusiasm and storytelling here. an unreformed emo kid circa 2006, kit is hot shit, full of feelings, and good at it.
[Image Description: Poster with a pink-red and white wavey background. In the top right corner there is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text on the poster reads: “WTF is anti-oppression?! Monday June 14 (time tbd).” Below text are two images of the facilitators on top of red blobs, with golden yellow dots framing the facilitator images. One image is of Ry (they/them), a white person with short brown hair, shaved on the side and falling to the right. They are smiling and looking at the camera with their face angled and chin up. They have multiple ear piercings. The photo is cropped to frame their face, and the background is illuminated by red lighting. The other photo is of Anita 沈霁 (they/them), posing in a white buttoned top with the sleeves rolled up past their elbows. One arm is raised and their hand is playfully touching the back of their hair, which is shaved on the side, while their other arm is bent and their hand hangs in the air near their face. They are looking down and smiling, and their face is angled slightly to the side. Below the images of Ry and Anita (沈霁) is more text: www.campout.com]
Day 4: Monday June 14, 6-8pm. ‘WTF is anti oppression?!’ with PeerNet BC
What is oppression? What does it mean to be a settler on stolen land? Is “antifa,” “SJW,” or “Karen” an insult? Is “reverse racism” real? This workshop aims to create a safe, respectful space to explore these questions and build our understanding of the roots of discrimination, how and why it happens, and what it has to do with ourselves in the world today.
PeerNetBC facilitators: Anita & Ry
Anita: A childhood immigrant to these lands, Anita (沈霁) is proudly queer, mixed-race, and a former youth in government care. They are passionate about conquering their fears and learning through play. Here are some of the fears they’ve faced: heights, public speaking, and seeing an octopus in the ocean. Next up: singing at an open mic, or meeting an ostrich!
Ry (they/them/their) is a queer non-binary bean who descends from uninvited settlers and lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and səlilwətaɁɬ nations (aka: “North Vancouver”). Throughout their years of doing facilitation work they’ve evolved from a shy creative person who doesn’t know how to talk to people, to a confident creative person who still has no idea how to talk to people
[Image Description: Poster with a purple and white wavey background. In the top left corner there is the CampOUT! 2021 logo, and in the top right corner is the CampOUT! website address: www.campout.ubc.ca. Text on the poster reads: “Being Grounded in Strangeness. Feel like a weirdo? Probably because you are! In ‘Being Grounded in Strangeness’, we hope to build your skillset in magic making, critical thinking, and radical self acceptance. We need more unabashed queer freaks and community to lean on in this world. Friday June 18 1-3pm & Wednesday June 30 1-3pm.” In the bottom right portion of the poster is an image of the facilitator, behind which is a lime green blob, and some green dots framing the photo. The photo is of Meika (they/she) standing outdoors in front of bushes and lush green leafy forest. There is one bush (possibly a blackberry bush) in front of them and covering part of their body. Meika is visible from the knees and up, with their body turned to the side and their face turned towards the camera. They are smiling and wearing sunglasses, a hat, a blue bandana tied around their neck, a burgundy long-sleeve top, and black shorts.]
Days 5 & 9 Friday June 18, 1-3pm & Wednesday June 30, 1-3pm. ‘Being Grounded in Strangeness’
Feel like a weirdo? Probably because you are! In ‘Being Grounded in Strangeness’, we hope to build your skillset in magic making, critical thinking, and radical self acceptance. We need more unabashed queer freaks and community to lean on in this world.
Meika (they/she) is a queer enby Metis person living and adventuring along the Salish Sea. She attended CampOut! as a baby gay in 2014 and returned as a Cabin Leader in 2019. They are most excited to share their virtual workshop with all you queerdo’s. Meika currently works as a Junior Wizard and Queer Educator, spreading the gay agenda across the province. They hope to share their tools of manifesting magic and radical self acceptance with this years CampOut! participants.
[Image Description: Poster with an orange and white wavey background. In the top right corner is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text on the poster reads: “YouthCO: All About Boundaries! Saturday June 19 3-4:30pm.” Below text are two photos of the facilitators, on top of yellow blobs, and framed by pale green dots. One photo is of Emily (she/they), a fat light skinned South Asian, English, and Austrian person smiling with glasses, dark red lipstick, gold-coloured circular earrings and an olive-green collared button up top. The other photo is of Bill (they/he/他 tā), a light skin East Asian person with short black hair. He is wearing a pastel blue shirt with rolled up pastel pink sleeves and yellow button up collar. His hands are gently touching his neck and the side of his face. Below the images is more text: www.campout.ubc.ca]
Day 6: Saturday June 19, 3-4:30pm. ‘All About Boundaries’ with YouthCO
Boundaries are the beautiful grey areas between our mind, body and spirit that allow room for the expansion of these three aspects of us. They allow us to give and receive love from ourselves and the world around us in the most beautiful ways. Join us for a discussion about boundaries, needs and everything in between. We will explore how we experience boundaries in our bodies, how boundaries can keep us safe, why boundaries exist and how they shift over time. This is a great opportunity to discuss and learn about our boundaries in a low barrier setting with other queer and trans young people.
YouthCO facilitators: Bill Xu & Emily Bailey
Bill (they,them,theirs / he,him,his /他 tā ) is a queer Han-Chinese first generation settler, dancer, artist, and community organizer. He has a passion for traditional medicines and teachings – how these wisdoms can transform the way we hold and care for one another. He is interested in creating care and wellness spaces that allow for our imagination and actions to transcend carceral relations and borders. Bill’s life work lies in creating spaces for genuine existence and pleasure in this life-long journey of learning and unlearning. Outside of Bill’s work, they can be found battling in dance battles, on spontaneous hikes, studying traditional Chinese medicine, tea tasting, and eating (a lot of) chocolate.
Emily (she/they) is an uninvited guest of mixed Anglo-Indian and Austrian heritage living on the unceded and occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples. Emily is excited by the potential of our friends doubling as our co-conspirators, keeping each other laughing, listening, and practicing the worlds we imagine for ourselves and each other. As the manager of the Mycelium program, Emily is interested in learning how we can create opportunities for us to be in our bodies – when possible – to learn the abundant information they have to offer us about ourselves, our histories, our futures, and about this movement.
[Image Description: Poster with a brown and white wavey background. In the top right corner is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text on the poster reads: “Campy Nature Hangs Sunday June 27 1-2:30pm / Join us to connect, or re-connect with nature! Rockie will take us on a tour of a forest spot that nurtures their spirit, and we’ll chat about the magic and the science of how spending time with plants and animals helps us learn how to be the awesomest versions of ourselves. We’re excited to hear about your experiences!” Below text are two photos of the facilitators. One photo is of Rockie (they/them), a young POC who is smiling at the camera at CampOUT! They have dark hair, glasses, and are wearing a black choker and a necklace nametag on a string. They’re also wearing a purple CampOUT shirt and a black cardigan with a white collar. The other photo is of anna, who is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a shirt buttoned all the way up, and her brown curly hair falls down one side of her face. Her small black dog is in anna’s arms, and is looking away from the camera. In the background is a wooden fence, green trees, hills, and a blue sky with bright white clouds. Below the images is more text: www.campout.ubc.ca]
Day 7: Sunday June 27 , 1-2:30pm. “Campy Nature Walk & Reflecting Space!” with Rockie and anna!
Join us to connect, or re-connect with nature! Together, we’ll hang out in some of our favourite spots, either in remembering and sharing stories, or, you might zoom in from a favorite spot and tell us about it! Rockie will take us on a tour of a forest spot that nurtures their spirit, and we’ll chat about the magic and the science of how spending time with plants and animals helps us learn to be the awesomest versions of ourselves. We’re excited to hear about your experiences!
Rockie (they/them): I am a 17 year old queer, questioning POC that has been to two years of CampOUT and loved both. I enjoy hanging out with friends, roller skating and I love arts and crafts and making almost anything from yarn! I hope to join a roller derby team soon and start weight lifting once I can go to the gyms. I live with 5 dogs so I’m definitely a dog person and I love nature. I love how it makes me feel so I’m so excited to share and connect with people over our experiences in and with mother nature.
Hi, I’m anna! I identify as a handy low-femme queerdo. I am also an auntie, artist, activist, builder, cook, camper, dancer, dog mama, gardener, hiker, sci-fi/fantasy lit appreciator, sister, daughter, cousin, and I try to be a really good friend. I love creating spaces that feel inclusive for inter-generational community building, resource sharing, learning, unlearning, relearning and fun campy times in nature. I am also the Camp Director for CampOUT! If you are curious how I ended up with my awesome job directing a social justice leadership summer camp for queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth, I am trained in children and youth program development, adult education, facilitation, non-violent communication, harm reduction, mental health, non- violent direct action, collective visioning, painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, butoh, ballet, modern dance, and Canadian clowning (did you even know that was a ‘thing’?). I also did an undergraduate degree over 13 years in fine arts, feminist, queer, and anti-colonial theories. You can talk to me about doing things slowly 🐌 I am dedicated to working with an intersectional approach. My passion is for intergenerational community projects which: embody radical welcome, create space for personal and group development, share tools for building inclusive communities, and spark positive and meaningful social change.
[Image Description: Poster with a teal and white wavey background. In the top left corner there is the CampOUT! 2021 logo, and in the top right corner is the CampOUT! website address: www.campout.ubc.ca. Text on the poster reads: “Move Me: D.I.Y Fitness. Join me to explore ‘do it yourself fitness’ combining creativity and active movement to plan a personal fitness experience inspired by how you move. Monday June 28 10:30am-noon.” In the bottom right portion of the poster is an image of the facilitator, behind which is a lime green blob, and some green dots framing the photo. The photo is of Savoy (he/him), a young Black trans man in a plank position, holding 10-lb weights in his hands. He is looking at the camera and wearing glasses, a backwards beige cap, and a green hoodie. White text reading “Move Me.” is in the foreground of the image.]
Day 8: Monday June 28, 10:30 – noon. Move Me: DIY Fitness with Savoy Williams
Join me to explore “do it yourself fitness” combining creativity and active movement to plan a personal fitness experience inspired by how you move.
Hey what’s poppin’ campers? My name is Savoy and I am a guy from Hamilton, Ontario, with big plans! I was the first transgender valedictorian in the history of my high school’s district (Hamilton-Wentworth School District). Currently, I am the first transgender person and the youngest person in the history of the Canadian Deaf Blind Association (and now Sensity) to be nominated and to have held a seat on their board of directors, as a director. But most importantly for this camp session, I am also a certified personal trainer; having received a career activation grant to pursue my passion in supporting other queer and trans people get their bodies movin’. This November, I will “move” across the graduation stage as the first person in my family’s lineage to obtain a Master’s degree. I am committed to moving through this world as who I am. That just so happens to be a young Black transman desiring to create more space for people whose identities are similar or different from my own, in the spaces I enter.”
[Image Description: Poster with a bright purple and white wavey background. In the top left corner is the CampOUT! 2021 logo, and in the top right is the CampOUT! website: www.campout.ubc.ca. Text on the poster reads “Two-Spirit Storytelling. A fun and interactive storytelling session that takes a look at what Two-Spirit is and delves into our understandings of it. Thursday July 1 1-3pm.” In the bottom right area is a photo of the facilitator, behind which is a purple blob, and grey dots framing the photo. The photo is of Jean Baptiste (they/he), an Indigenous non-binary person, with short black hair and the sides of their head shaved. They are standing outside, backgrounded by trees and a lake. He is looking to the side, wearing a white t-shirt with a black toucan print, sunglasses hanging from the front of his shirt and a dark grey sweater.]
Day 10: Thursday July 1, 1-3pm. ‘Two-Spirit Storytelling’ with Jean Baptiste
“Two-Spirit Storytelling” will be a fun and interactive storytelling session that takes a look at what Two-Spirit is and delve into our understandings of it. The session includes both open discussion and facilitated activities for participants to create a sense of community while exploring their own identity. Space will be held for traditional stories and we will be integrating our contemporary understandings of what it means to exist within the current Canadian colonial context. This space will be most useful for Indigenous youth.
Jean Baptiste, Kihew Mahihkan Atayohkan Iskwew, is a nonbinary Two-Spirit member of the Wet’suwet’en nation in the Laksilyu clan. They have spent the past 11 years as a community educator and advocate along with exploring their own personal journey to understanding their identity as a trans and Two-Spirit person. Currently they are a grad student at the University of Northern British Columbia with the Master of Business Administration program. On their downtime, they are a beadwork artist, poet, and storyteller. Previously, they have worked for Trans Care BC as the Regional Community Network Coordinator for the Northern Region and worked closely with the Northern Gender Clinic in Prince George, BC. Jean has also participated in CampOut! as a cabin leader in 2017 where countless stories and magic was created.
[Image Description: Poster with a green and white wavey background. In the top left corner is the CampOUT! 2021 logo, and in the top right is the CampOUT! website: www.campout.ubc.ca. Text on the poster reads “Body Wisdom: Befriending Your Nervous System. Pandemic Blues got you feeling out of whack? Tired of riding waves of anxiety and overwhelm? We’ve got you! Friday July 2 1-2:30pm.” In the bottom right area is a photo of the facilitator, behind which is a light green blob, and purple dots framing the photo. The photo is of Axel McGown (they/them), a white person with dark wavy hair and bangs swooping across their forehead. They are looking up at the camera, a faint smile on their face. They are wearing a black and white top.]
Day 11: Friday July 2, 1 – 2:30. ‘Body Wisdom: Befriending Your Nervous System’ with Axel McGown
Pandemic blues got you feeling out of whack? Tired of riding waves of anxiety and overwhelm? We’ve got you! In this experiential workshop, we’ll tune in to the rhythms of regulation in our bodies. We’ll explore practices that support our nervous systems when the world is rocking and rolling around us. We’ll learn new ways of stepping towards our centre so we feel more confident flowing through the ups and downs in life.
Hi, I’m Axel and I’ve always loved talking about feelings. I’ve been to CampOUT as a camper, cabin leader and community mentor; I’m excited to pass along some tools and teachings that have been helpful for me about our bodies’ nervous systems and how we can team up with them to live with more choice and connection. I am a white settler with ancestors who came from Scotland, England, and Germany, and I live on the homelands of the Sinixt people in a town called Nelson, BC. Some words I use to describe my inexpressible identities are queer, femme, graygender (this word is new to me! inspiring!), empath, witch. I am fascinated by astrology, intentional social change, and the connections between minds and bodies. My latest project is learning how to handstand!
[Image Description: Poster with a blue and white wavey background. In the top right corner is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text on the poster reads “Let’s chat about Neurological Disabilities. Saturday July 3 1-2:30pm.” Below the text is a photo of the facilitator, behind which is a blue blob, and dark purple dots framing the photo. The photo is of Gabriela (she/her), a latinx woman with straight dark hair parted down the middle and swaying gently in the wind. Gabriela is looking directly at the camera and smiling gently. She is wearing a green top and a navy blue button-up. In the background is a city view of reflective skyscrapers. In the bottom right corner is the CampOUT! website: www.campout.ubc.ca]
Day 12: Saturday July 3, 1-2:30pm (time to be confirmed). ‘Let’s Chat: Neurological Disabilities’
When confronted with those who are neurologically disabled, people often infantilize and talk down to them. I see this as an automatic response that means no harm, but it still makes a negative impact. This discussion based workshop will be a space to ask questions, share our own experiences, and learn about disability justice and allyship. We will have breakout room chats to get to dive deeper into sharing and learning!
Facilitated by Gabriela, Cadence & Rachael:
Hello, I’m Gabriela and I was actually a camper at CampOUT! back in 2018. My pronouns are she/her and I am a cis latinx lesbian. I would love to offer any advice or support to campers. I can even talk about my experience being a queer latinx with a disability if that is something that interests you. I’m open to answering questions about what it is like to have a neurological disability, talking about the impact of being talked down to, and suggesting ways to be accommodating instead of belittling when interacting with disabled people. Looking forward to learning with you!
Cadence Chen, (They/Them) is a Chinese-Peranakan settler who has lived for 21 years on the unceded homelands of the Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Prior to settling here, Cadence was born in Singapore, where they spent their formative years and learned from their Teo Chew grandmother. As a self-taught facilitator, Cadence’s work is grounded in anti-oppression values and continued learnings on intersectionality. Cadence is grateful to have experienced providing education for diverse groups on sexual and gender diversity, and with youth and seniors to build community through intergenerational art-making and storytelling. In their ongoing intention, Cadence is obsessed with practicing a deep creativity that specializes in designing group processes to facilitate creative risk-taking. They live in the space – and invite folks – to ask the question “What is the role of imagination in dismantling systems of oppression and in the co-creation of our futures?” Cadence loves eating prawn tempura, singing and fussing over their cats. http://peernetbc.com/our-team/
Rachael E. Sullivan (she/her) is a passionate educator in the areas of gender and sexual diversity, and student leadership. After earning her doctorate from the Sociology Department at UBC, she taught for two years before joining the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office in 2014. Since then, she has been involved in the Positive Space campaign, co-developing various workshops that promote equitable and inclusive approaches to teaching and learning. Rachael joined the CampOUT Community Advisory Committee in 2014 and has been a proud supporter of CampOUT ever since! https://equity.ubc.ca/team/rachael-sullivan/
[Image description: Poster with an orange and white wavey background. In the top right corner is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text reads: “YouthCO: Waacking Workshop. Thursday July 22 3-5pm. Waacking is a style of street dance that was built by queer and trans Black and Latinx communities in the West Coast! Join us in learning about the history of waacking, and the movement itself.” In the bottom right area of the poster is an image of Ashley, the facilitator, on top of a purple blob, and framed by purple dots. Ashley Perez (she/her) is a dark skinned black femme person, and she is smiling. She is wearing a light blue denim shirt, pink circular earrings, and black shoes. She is standing in a pose with her right hand is placed on top of her head and her left hand is bent towards her right waist. In the bottom of the image is more text: “www.campout.ubc.ca” and “(photo credit: Sam So”).]
Day 13 : Thursday July 22, 3-5pm. ‘Waacking Workshop’ with YouthCO & Ashley Perez
Waacking is a style of street dance that was built by queer and trans Black and Latinx communities in the West Coast! With roots in Westcoast underground clubs in the 70s, Waacking is a style of dance that is deeply rooted in queer and trans self-expression and resilience. With the glamour of old Hollywood and the funky rhythms of 70s disco, our bodies will start jamming by itself! Join us in learning about the history of waacking, and the movement itself. This is a beginner level waacking workshop – the perfect opportunity for us to explore movement in our bodies and to hangout with other queer and trans people too!
Ashley Perez is a Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Mix Mix Dance Collective. Mix Mix has completed an Artist Residency at York Woods Library, showcased work at Fall For Dance North (2017) and Contemporaneity 3.0 (2019), and represented Canada at the Jeux de la Francophonie (2017) in Abidjan. Ashley’s talent was awarded the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance, Ensemble in the Dance Division for Floor’d presented by Holla Jazz in 2018. Ashley continues to teach street dances with her enterprise, Class with Colours. Ashley is currently working on her MA in Dance at York University.
[Image description: Poster with a bright green and white wavey background. In the top right corner is the CampOUT! 2021 logo. Text reads: “Stick it to ’em! Saturday July 24 1-3:30pm. Ever wonder what it’s like to take your art all the way from your hands to the printer’s? Together, we will design stickers: learn techniques to make the art eye-catching and easy to read, connect with new friends, and then receive copies of your stickers in the mail so you can stick it to ’em!” In the bottom right area of the poster is an image of Laura Gaaysiigad Cuthbert, the facilitator, on top of a dark green blob, with grey dots framing the photo. In the image, Laura (they/she), is close to the camera, grinning and looking at the camera. Their face is angled slightly to the side, and their face is a little dark (the window is behind them), but the outline of their face is bright from the natural light in the background, where a laptop and a large and desk are blurry. Beneath the image is the URL for CampOUT’s website: www.campout.ubc.ca]
Day 14: Saturday July 24, 1-3:30pm. Stick it to ’em! with Laura Cuthbert & Friends
Ever wonder what it’s like to take art all the way from your hands to the printer’s? Together, we will design stickers: learn techniques to make the art eye-catching and easy to read, connect with new friends, and then receive copies of your stickers in the mail so you can stick it to ’em! What if I can’t draw? We will try shapes, write a slogan, or use an image on the web, we’re excited to meet you way more than seeing “perfect art”.
Laura Gaaysiigad Cuthbert (They/She) Gaaysiigad hínuu díi kya’áang Higdáa G̱ándlaay. Laura grew up walking with their feet wet from Brunette Creek in New Westminster, a gathering place of many nations and the territory of the Kwantlen, Qayqayt, Kwikwetlem, Sto:lo, Katzie, and Musqueam. With their hands swinging from willow trees. And her face, dirty.
She got their love of learning and temper from their Dad and used those traits to fight hard. When that didn’t work, they used art and organizing, they learned that we need to be soft too. They share that in their work at SFU as Associate Director of Leadership and Community Building, in their non-profit, Populous Map, and in their art practice with Vancouver Art and Labour Union Coop.
Laura believes in community above all else and uses data visualization, art, and anthropology to share the history of “BC” you might not learn otherwise. They do this by building real reciprocal relationships with Knowledge Keepers, Elders, and volunteers across the “province.” In the summer, you’ll find them somewhere rural shuffling through dusty records, gutting fish, doodling, and sipping on lemonade.
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