The EnVision conference is pleased to share with you several important moments and resources, including the launch on Tuesday March 30th, 2021. We hope the conference can set the tone for the rest of this year’s focus on Black and Indigenous 2SLGBTQI+ Activism and Wellness.
Student & Educator Resources
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Closing EnVision Conference Remarks - Ocean Ruel
2021 Envision Launch and Welcome
Description: On Tuesday March 30th, Envision 2021 conference began with our young co-host Ray Douglas, who welcomed us into the space and introduced each of our guest speakers. Superintendent Senk from the Urban Indigenous Education Centre led the opening with the land acknowledgement. This was followed by a pouring of libation by Vice-principal Zuberi, LC4 Virtual Schools, to honor and celebrate African ancestors. Attendees heard greetings from Associate Director of Equity, Well-Being and School Improvement,Curtis Ennis encouraged all 2SLGBTQI+ students “to not lose hope, to hold us accountable” as we continue to fight against homophobia and transphobia in our schools.
Dr. Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto-St Paul’s encouraged us to “build each other up and celebrate who we are” wherever we fall on the gender spectrum. Superintendent Jacqueline Spence of Equity, Anti-Oppression and Early Years, ended the greetings with a reminder that identity is an integral part of children and youth development especially those that belong to the 2SLGBTQI+ community. We were asked to think about what it means to create safe spaces for 2SLGBTQI+ students as Superintendent Spence recalled the significance of this event for Black and Indigenous students. The opening ended with a live theatre performance by Mixed Company Theatre.
2021 Envision Launch and Welcome Video
Greetings for EnVision attendees - Dr. Jill Andrew, MPP Toronto-St. Paul’s
Renaming yourself in Zoom
Description: Being able to use your name is essential but virtually there are barriers to being able to do so and communicating your pronouns. Use this PDF guide to rename yourself in Zoom - both webinars and Zoom meetings.
Renaming yourself in Zoom PDF document
Asynchronous session: Twysted Miyake-Mugler - Intro to LGBT+ Ballroom Community Workshop
Description: This pre-recorded workshop will break down the history of the ballroom scene locally, and it’s connection to the worldwide ballroom community. We will also touch on the importance of chosen families, with a mini vogue tutorial at the end!
Intro to LGBT+ Ballroom Community Workshop Video
Please look forward to resources created by facilitators and attendees during the workshops.