Holding Space for People Who Cause Harm

This breakout session will take place Saturday (1PM) in the Performance Theatre.

carolbilsonCarol Bilson identifies as Indigenous Latinx, queer, woman and mother from Wallmapu (Chile), pronouns are she/her. BA in Political Science and MA in Indigenous Governance, previous coordinator of the anti.violence.project (AVP) the University of Victoria’s Sexual Assault Centre. During my years at AVP in collaboration with University of Victoria Student Society (UVSS), we developed multiple prevention campaigns including: Let’s Get Consensual, #UVICMENAGAINSTRAPE and our highly successful UVIC Let’s Get Consent video: https://youtu.be/e1wRKTniHU8.  Currently, I am working as an independent consultant and facilitator, with intentions of starting my MA in counselling later this year.  My work in gender based violence is rooted in compassion, intersectional feminism, decolonizing and restorative community responses.   I firmly believe in order to shift the culture at post-secondary institutions, campus leadership must usher in a strong culture of consent that is holistic, trauma informed and survivor centered. Further, establish structures in which both survivors and the people who cause harm have access to support services, healing spaces, and institutionally funded accountability processes.

John Swift is an Indigenous scholar and father who has worked extensively in Indigenous Masculinities. He has worked with his worked with AVP in the past and presented on our panel for our event ‘Re-Thinking Masculinities’ and most recently his research contributed to the book Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration) can do the Saturday afternoon session.


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