Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate, highlight and reflect upon the rich histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. June 21 was chosen because it coincides with the summer solstice, a sacred and joyous time for many First Nations peoples because it marks the longest day of the year. There are lots of COVID-friendly National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening around the capital
Imagine That: A BIPOC Youth Guide to Navigating Teenage Identity is a free, virtual, national conference that will take place Friday, August 13th to Saturday, August 14th, 2021.
Imagine That welcomes Black, Indigenous, and other cisgendered girls, trans and gender nonconforming, and two spirit folks of colour from the ages of 13-16 all across Canada.
WHAT I WISH I KNEW…
The Imagine That conference originated with the guiding question “what do I wish I knew” as a first generation young Black woman born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. By thinking about what I would go back and tell myself as a teenager in regards to navigating my identity and spaces that were not “built” for me, I began brainstorming workshop sessions that would later turn into a two-day conference proposal.
The title Imagine That stems from Toni Morrison’s essay “The Future of Time,” and her Sarah Lawrence commencement address, which both note the importance of “dream[ing] the world as it ought to be.” In hosting this event, our objective is to encourage participants to imagine beyond their current reality through learning the language necessary to articulate their experiences and positionality within systems, and create new ones.
The conference is divided into three streams, each of which will host two workshops. Apart from the workshops, participants will meet in “homerooms.” These sessions will provide attendees across the country with the opportunity to meet and chat with one another on different topics and activities facilitated by a “mentor” in small groups.
Participants will be able to make their own schedules by choosing the workshop sessions that are most interesting and relevant to them! That way, you can make the session times work for you and join at your convenience.
Stream 1: Self
Session 1: “Pretty for A ____ Girl”
Session 2: Emotions As Data
Stream 2: Community
Session 1: “Two Times Better:” Social Media and the Pressure to be Excellent
Session 2: Freeing the Imagination: Solidarity Across Difference(s)
Stream 3: Systems
Session 1: Patriarchy and Intersectional Feminism 101
Session 2: Intro to Decolonization