For nearly a decade now, the Hope Inclusion Project (HIP) has been working on creating a community everyone could be proud of: one where all individuals are accepted for who they are, not what they may look like. Following that, HIP is hosting a first of its kind event that the organization hopes will become an annual occurrence in the area.
Come Together is a full-day event at Camp Squeah aimed at providing education about intersectionality and colonialism, explained Kyra Bailey, who’s coordinating the event.
“Intersectionality is a theory from the late ’80s introduced by Kimberle Crenshaw,” said Bailey. “But it’s very personal depending on your experiences.”
The theory explains the grey area in our society where our social identities—race, gender, sexuality, class, etc.—contribute to the types of oppression and discrimination we may experience in our day to day lives.
“It’s not about people being racist towards you,” continued Bailey, “it’s how the systems and structures discriminate against you because of your intersectionalities.”
Come Together kicks off at 8 a.m., on Wednesday, Mar. 6, with registration, which will include fun, name tag making and breakfast before the real work begins at 9.
“Yale Nation’s Chief Ken Hansen is going to be talking about his experience growing up in Hope, and Emily Bailey will be there to give a one-on-one on what intersectionality is, and talk about her experience as a mixed-race, queer woman growing up in Hope.
“This is an open community forum for us to learn and gather together as Hope. It’s important to talk about the systems and structures keeping our Indigenous People disadvantaged (because) everyone thrives when everyone thrives.”
Local politicians, police officers, and artists will also be in attendance to talk and share experiences.
Come Together is free to attend, but Bailey requests those wishing to join RSVP because lunch is being provided and the number of guests will be needed. Attendance will be capped at 100.
To RSVP, please email Kyra@FreeReinAssociates.ca.