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May 17

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHAT)

May 17

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4330″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every story has a start although no story ever told has an actual beginning. Each story we hear starts deep inside each one of us and brings themselves into this moment from that place.

These are the ancestors. The best stories are their stories.  


So this starts with a quip at the end of a Zoom call. 

We are in the middle of reorganizing the coop into two coops, with one dedicated to community-based, participatory research and the other one to deliver a new class of community wellness services derived from that research.

And so, we connected up with one of our old friends at the BC Cooperative Association Elvy del Bianco. It took a while to connect with Elvy because he had recently moved from Vancity where we first met back in 2014 when we were sponsored both at the dock co-working center and also at the coop boot camp in 2015. That experience is a good story for another time.

When Elvy was at Vancity, every other year for many years he hosted a European tour of some of the industrial coops and their respective hinterlands. Lost in the haze of the pandemic.

As we were finishing the call, I chatted Elvy up about the tours and said, we need to figure out a way to make these happen again.

In that funny way, it was a prompt from the ancestors. The same as when you see a forest nymph out of the corner of your eye when you come upon a woodland lake. Inspiration, the curse of those who live with a muse, or like some of us, several dozens of them.

And so the germ of the idea is this, and from here on, the work is in manifesting this core of an idea.

Every year when we read the TDOR list at the memorial I am usually around in some way to make it happen. After years of doing it, the discussion around which parts we read and why is not as raw an experience it was in the past but it still stings. By the time we get to the reading, I am often trying to find my breath in just hearing of it.

Incredibly impactful and important work keeping track of all the names and people done by many hands in many countries. How does it all work? And how is the best way for us in the occupied territories of Canada to help in this work. Where is the year-by-year correlation between MMIWG and the TDOR list?


Join us as we figure all of this out along this year’s Creating Connections Community Campaign.



Victoria Native Friendship Centre
231 Regina Ave
Victoria, V8Z 1J6 Canada
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Our_Community Health Initiative
888 241 99921
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