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2013 Training Forum

Breaking the Silence: A Violence Against Women Prevention and Response Symposium

November 27-29, 2013
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC
Including a Pre-Symposium Training Day: “Family Law and Related Issues”on November 27th

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2009 heart decorated for conspicuous courage in the field

Heart Decorated for Conspicuous Courage in the Field by Sheila Norgate

In connection with our incredibly successful “Be More Than a Bystander” initiative, along with feedback from EVA BC members, our 2013 Training & Prevention Symposium, “Breaking the Silence: A Violence Against Women Prevention and Response Symposium”, highlighted approaches to prevention work in a variety of areas ranging from engaging men and boys as allies to creating physical safety in a virtual world to understanding the root causes of violence against Indigenous women. The training symposium included information and practical skill building on legal, policy and service related issues and showcased some inspiring and successful prevention initiatives.

Keynote Speakers

Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel, Kanien’keh a:ka Nation, Turtle Clan Kanehsata:ke, Mohawk Territory. Ellen is a visual artist and has been an Indigenous Human Rights activist for the past 22 years. She is an advocate for gender equity, the revitalization of Indigenous languages, culture, traditions and Indigenous governing structures.

Dr. Jackson Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture, and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy.

Marai Larasi, MBE, is the Executive Director of Imkaan, a UK based national second tier organization dedicated to challenging violence against black and minority ethnic women and girls. She has worked in the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) field for nearly two decades, at both operational and strategic levels, and has developed and led cutting edge services and programs that address violence against women and girls within marginalized groups.

David Toddington is the Founder and CEO of Toddington International Inc. With a background as a Vice President of a national Canadian Internet service provider and with extensive experience in the provision of advanced Internet intelligence services to a wide range of government agencies, David and his team have developed a number of innovative training programs.

Representatives from the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers football clubs presenting ‘Be More Than a Bystander’ including the BC Lions Director of Community Relations, Jamie Taras, J.R. LaRose, BC Lions and Chris Cvetkovic, Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

For more videos, visit the 2013 keynote speeches playlist on our YouTube page