We organize on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaɁɬ nations in so-called Vancouver, Canada. The Organizing Committee stands in solidarity with Indigenous peoples in their struggle for autonomy and self-determination. We understand that the gender binary is a colonial construct, and affirm the diversity of gender identity and gender expression of people around the world, especially those who are reclaiming identities and roles lost, erased, and vilified due to colonization.
Trans Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-trans hatred and violence. The event is observed internationally, and held every year on November 20th, to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead
” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-trans murder cases — has yet to be solved.
Trans Week of Resilience was created by trans people in the United States to widen the focus of Trans Day of Remembrance and honour and celebrate the living trans community, especially trans people of colour, alongside memorializing those murdered and killed by anti-trans violence.
Our mission is to gather resources and support for Two Spirit, trans, and gender nonconforming communities to organize and participate in a variety of events and opportunities for ourselves and each other.
We envision the creation of safer spaces to learn, grow, heal, and build individual and community capacity to navigate day-to-day struggles and to resist hatred and violence.
Basis of Unity
- We assert that transmiosgyny and sex worker antagonism are the direct causes of violence faced by trans women and transfeminine people.
- We recognize that the majority of trans women murdered each year are Black women, Indigenous women, and women of colour from the Global South, many of whom are sex workers, and commit to leveraging our privilege, power, and social agency as trans people presiding in Western, Global North countries like so-called Canada.
- We acknowledge that there are many deaths of trans people that are unaccounted for including unreported / under-reported / misreported murders, suicides, as well as institutional violence, and work to highlight these realities.
- We understand that the gender binary is a colonial construct, and affirm the diversity of gender identity and gender expression of people around the world, especially those who are reclaiming identities and roles lost, erased, and vilified due to colonization.
- We work using anti-oppression, intersectionality, and decolonization as our framework to ground ourselves in the complex realities of oppression and violence, and seek to address issues that continue to affect trans communities local to our region, particularly those who are multiply-marginalized.
- We believe that the work is up to us to build community capacity and resilience to meaningfully challenge, resist, and fight the capitalist, imperialist, white supremacist, cisheteropatriarchy, and push for stronger, more meaningful alliances among all marginalized communities.
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In honour of this amazing event, the Vancouver Tool Library and the Wood Shop Co-op are teaming up to bring Trans, Non-Binary, and 2-Spirit folks a free introductory woodworking workshop. This workshop will be facilitated by trans people, and is for self-identified trans people to attend.
Allies are encouraged to show support by making a donation to this event, 100% of which will go to the Trans Resiliency Fund – an initiative to support urgent and emergency needs of our local trans communities. Donations can be made on this page, or through: https://vancouvertdor.com/donate/
Location: The Wood Shop Co-op, 1245 Glen Drive, East Vancouver.
Date/Time: Saturday Nov. 23 @ 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Facilitators: Craig Orrett and Laine Hughes
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/trans-week-of-resilience-intro-to-tools-build-a-stash-box-tickets-82290484053
The intention of this workshop is to give participants the knowledge and confidence to use some of the more common tools involved in woodworking, in a trans affirming environment. By the end of the workshop participants will have applied their newfound knowledge and skills towards creating a small wooden box that they will be able to take home with them.
Stay tuned for our upcoming workshop series.
Do you have an idea for a workshop you’d like to lead, or participate in? Send us an email at email@example.com and let us know what’s on your mind!
VTL Members! Our Annual General Meeting is coming up and WE WANT YOU THERE! This is Your opportunity to hear what we’re working on, get a report about our last year operating, and to add your voice to the conversation! We wanna hear what you have to say!
Monday, May 29th, 2017
Toast Collective, 648 Kingsway
We’ll have some snack and refreshments for you too!
Intro to Tools: Hexagonal Shelf (AGAIN!)
Sunday, Sept 18th, 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm
Buy tickets here: http://buytickets.at/vtl1/64116
We’re building beautiful Hexagon Shelves again! Our facilitator got sick and we had to cancel the last one. For this edition of the Intro to Tools Workshop, we’ll be building hexagonal shelves that hang on your wall! Learn how to use a table saw, mitre saw, drill and other basic tools. As per usual, this workshop is intended for woodworking beginners and will focus on safety around power tools. We will assume you have never touch any of the tools before. We’re doing 2 workshops on the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Space is limited and our workshops sell out quickly! One hexagon/participant.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Intro to Tools: Hexagonal Shelf
Sunday, Aug 21st, 10am-12pm AND 2pm-4pm
We’re building beautiful hexagon shelves! For this edition of the Intro to Tools Workshop, we’ll be building hexagonal shelves that hang on your wall! Learn how to use a table saw, mitre saw, drill and other basic tools. As per usual, this workshop is intended for woodworking beginners and will focus on safety around power tools. We will assume you have never touch and of the tools before. We’re doing 2 workshops on the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Space is limited and our workshops sell out quickly! One hexagon/participant.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members