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We Need to Talk About This: Our first-ever national talk series

This fall we launched WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS, our new national talk series!

Watch this space to learn more about This Magazine events in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto. Each city will feature a different topic ranging from mental health to LGBTQ issues and include a diverse range of speakers.

We can’t wait to visit your city!

WINNIPEG: March 28th @ 7:00 p.m., Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library
We Need To Talk About This: Systemic racism in Canada’s health care system
The Big Question: “What can we do to address the racism and struggles Indigenous peoples face in accessing health care in Canada?”

Meet the speakers:

Ryan Thorpe is a reporter and writer born and raised in the Canadian prairies. A graduate of Niagara College’s journalism program, his reporting has appeared in newspapers in Manitoba and Ontario, including, among others, the Brandon Sun, the Hamilton Spectator and the Winnipeg Free Press. Ryan wrote This Magazine‘s September/October issue cover story on Windy Sinclair.

Elissa Black Wolf Kixen is an Anishinaabe Two Spirit Comedian/Producer who’s roots lay in Couchiching First Nation, Ontario. They have travelled across Canada and the USA as a Comedian and improviser. They use comedy as a tool in dealing with racism, homophobia and sexism. They are the Co-founder/producer of WOKE Comedy Hour, featured on APTN’s The Laughing Drum, Co-produces Queer and Present Danger MB and they are the executive producer for Minogondaagan: the good voice podcast.

Dr. Barry Lavallee is a member of the First Nation and Metis communities of Manitoba. His ancestral territories are located at St. Laurent, Duck Bay and Lake Manitoba First Nation. He is a member of the Bear Clan. He practices Family Medicine in Winnipeg. He serves as medical advisor to the Diabetes Integration Project of the First Nation Health Services and Social Secretariat of Manitoba. He remains a mentor to Indigenous, white and other settler health care learners.

Vanessa Tait was born in northern Manitoba and raised in the Cree community of O-pipon-na-piwin Cree Nation – South Indian Lake, Manitoba (12 hour drive from Winnipeg), where her parents Kenneth and Janet Tait reside. Vanessa left home to pursue her educational journey and completed her Masters in Development Practice: Indigenous Development degree from the University of Winnipeg, where she received the award for Graduate Student with Highest Distinction. Vanessa also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba (2012) and completed the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program (Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 2011) and Building Local and Indigenous Knowledge for Community Resilience (Kenya, Africa, 2018) from Coady International Institute. Currently, she works as a Policy Analyst/Researcher with the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) in the area of community engagement where she has had the opportunity to listen and hear many stories from First Nation community members in regards to the health care system here in Manitoba.

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HALIFAX: February 27, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m., The Bus Stop Theatre
We Need to Talk About This: Diversity in media
The Big Question: “What can we do to make Canada’s media more diverse”

Meet the speakers:

Arielle Twist has work published with Them, Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, This Magazine,and CBC. Her debut collection of poetry ‘Disintegrate/Dissociate’ is forthcoming March 2019 with Arsenal Pulp Press.

Trina Roache brings 18 years of experience to APTN Investigates as an award-winning journalist. A member of the Glooscap First Nation in unceded Mi’kmaq territory, Trina has covered Indigenous issues from politics to land protection, treaty rights, and more. Trina’s favourite place is behind the camera, and is honoured when the people living the story trust her to tell it.

Haleigh Atwood is the editorial assistant for Lion’s Roar magazine, America’s leading Buddhist publication. In her final year at the University of King’s College, she wrote an in-depth feature on how LGBTQ journalists navigate the workplace. From the perspective of a queer journalist, Haleigh thinks a lot about the landscape of Canadian media and how it can be more diverse.

Sandra C. Hannebohm has been writing about politics and race for five years. Together with fellow journalist Tunde Balogun, she started an independent media company that used community-based investigative journalism to produce a documentary on issues facing black Nova Scotians. She reports on a range of topics from housing to health-care, to racism in the workplace, and the rise of Korean pop music. In 2016 she wrote and hosted podcasts on media and racism in the legislature.

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TORONTO: September 27, 2018 @ 7 p.m., Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street)
We Need to Talk About This: LGBTQ issues
The Big Question: “In what ways are LGBTQ communities experiencing violence today, and how are we working to fix it?”

Featuring Farrah Khan, RM Vaughan, and Alex Verman

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Meet the speakers:

Farrah Khan has spent two decades raising awareness about the intersections of gender-based violence and equity through education, counselling and advocacy. She is Manger of Consent Comes First, co-founder of femifesto and host of the upcoming podcast Pleasure Principle. Her self care activities this week is reading Babysitter’s Club books, button making, and watching red panda videos.

RM Vaughan is a Canadian writer based in Toronto. Originally from Saint John, Vaughan holds an MA in English from the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of 11 books and hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines. Vaughan’s latest book, Bright Eyed: Insomnia and its Cultures (Coach House Books) was critically acclaimed in Canada and the U.S. and has been translated into Korean. Vaughan is a contributing editor to This Magazine.

Alex Verman is a writer and communist who lives and works in Treaty 13 territory currently occupied by the city of Toronto. Alex writes about the politics of identity and narrative, particularly focusing on issues of representation and exploitation. Alex’s work ranges from reported stories to personal essays, and has appeared in publications like This Magazine, Briarpatch, Canadaland, them., and Teen Vogue.


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MONTREAL: October 24, 2018 @ 7 p.m., Musée des Beaux-Arts (1380 Rue Sherbrooke)
We Need to Talk About This: Mental Health
The Big Question: “What’s missing from the conversation around mental health that we need to talk more about?”

Featuring Sonia Côté, Erica Ruth Kelly, and Tristan Ouimet-Savard

Missed the event? Podcast coming soon!

Sonia Côté has extensive experience in the health and social services network, more specifically in mental health and in the housing and social housing sectors. From 2009 to 2013, she coordinated the Montreal site of the world’s largest study on homelessness and mental health, Project Chez soi /At Home, a research and demonstration project that took place in five Canadian cities, and later became one of the founding members of the Movement to End Homelessness in Montreal. Currently, Sonia is leading a community organization whose mission is to improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations.

Erica Ruth Kelly is a Montreal writer and mental health advocate now working in the non-profit sector in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in This, BuzzFeed, the Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, and the Montreal Gazette, among others. She lives with, and educates others on, borderline personality disorder.

Tristan Ouimet-Savard is a community organizer with Quebec’s Regroupement des Auberges du coeur. His work focuses on  policy and human rights issues that affect the youth. He has been involved in the creation of the Mouvement jeunes et santé mentale, a coalition supported by 300 organizations and 1,300 individuals who wish to prevent the medicalization of social issues, to make voices of people living with mental health problems heard and to develop alternative practices in these areas.


Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates

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