2016 Training Forum

#OurTimeisNow: Ending Gender-Based Violence

Over 300 registrants attended EVA BC’s Annual Training Forum, #OurTimeIsNow: Ending Gender Based Violence, that took place on November 24 & 25, 2016 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. In addition to the many anti-violence workers who attended from all over BC, participants included representatives from police, health, justice, government and academia. This training forum was delivered in partnership with Legal Services Society of BC.

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Keynote Speakers:

Si sityaawks – Woman who creates change (Jessica Wood) is a Gitxsan/Tsimshian artist, community developer and consultant who focuses on issues related to Indigenous women, gendered violence and sex work. She was the first Indigenous woman in Canada whose work as a social planner focused solely on the health and safety of sex workers and impacted communities, gendered and racialized violence, and the prevention of youth sexual exploitation at the municipal level.

A former Social Planner with the City of Vancouver, her portfolio was a result of Forsaken, the report from the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry.  In that position she was also the lead for the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addiction’s Gender Forum in 2015.

She has previously held positions working on the Residential School Settlement Agreement and the NFB documentary Finding Dawn, a film about missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Jessica is also the Board Vice-President for the BC Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health and a long-time organizer with the DTES Women’s Memorial March Committee.

Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 25 years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His work has focused on the long term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists. Dr. Lisak has served as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the country, and has conducted workshops in all fifty states. He consults widely with universities, the four services of the U.S. Military, the Department of Defense, and other institutions regarding sexual assault prevention and policies, and frequently serves as an expert witness in homicide and sexual assault cases. Dr. Lisak is a founding member of 1in6, a non-profit agency that serves men who were sexually abused as children.

Farrah Khan is a nationally recognized counsellor, educator and artist with over 16 years of experience addressing gender-based violence. She is the Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator at Ryerson University, co-chair of the Ontario Roundtable on Violence Against Women and has been appointed to the Government of Canada’s Federal Strategy Against Gender-based Violence Advisory Council. She has co-created innovative community-centered initiatives, conducted trainings across North America on gender-based violence and developed a risk assessment/safety planning tool. Farrah regularly contributes to national media including the CBC and the Globe and Mail for her expertise in addressing violence against women. For her community work, Farrah is the recipient of the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award, Canadian Women’s Foundation Award and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women’s Women Who Inspire Award.

2016 Keynote Speeches from the Training Forum are available on our YouTube page.

lss_blackThe Annual Training Forum 2016 was delivered in partnership with Legal Services Society of BC.

Artwork kindly provided by Sheila Norgate, Gabriola Island, BC.

This event was made possible with funding from the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Department of Justice Canada.

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