Between January and March 2022, OUTniagara will be hosting the OUT IN Niagara Education Seriesa range of capacity-building workshops, panels, campaigns, & more, all in partnership with community organizations, activists, & agencies!
The OUT IN Niagara Education Series is part of the ongoing Niagara Skills Network (NSN) Community Toolbox Series. The NSN is a region-wide project hosted by OPIRG Brock, and works with a core team of organizers across activist groups, arts organizations, labour unions, and social & cultural services across the Niagara region to break down the silos between our work and develop sustained cross-sector systems and resources for connection.

Incorporating Harm Reduction into our Capacity Building (+ Naloxone training)

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Workshop Facilitators: Claire Laurie, StreetWorks Outreach Worker, Positive Living Niagara & Kerry Duncan (they/them) – Coordinator, OPIRG Brock

This workshop is part 2/ follow up to the Strategic, Supportive, and Intentional Event Planning workshop that took place in January. Attendance at the first session is not necessary to be able to attend this session.

Harm reduction is an essential framework for strategic, inclusive, and intentional event planning, this session will will provide a Niagara context for substance use and overdoses, education on addictions, debunk myths and stereotypes about substance use, narcan/Naloxone training! This training will also provide tangible tools for improving the accessibility of your events, support services and community organizing spaces.

Strategic, Supportive, and Intentional Event Planning (+ Naloxone training)

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Workshop Facilitators: Kerry Duncan (they/them) – Coordinator, OPIRG Brock & Claire Laurie, StreetWorks Outreach Worker, Positive Living Niagara

This workshop will cover a wide range of considerations for how to ensure your events fit within you and your groups’ capacities, are speaking to topics your primary audience is interested in, and are creating supportive environments for both your participants and organizing teams!

In addition to hosting a Naloxone training at the end of the workshop, this session will walk participants through conversations of:

  • Why plan events? What is the role of events in Niagara? What are the types of events that bring in more members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities?
  • What types of consent practices and safety models do we need to practice in our event planning, hosting, and follow up? What are the power dynamics at play in your event planning and hosting?
  • How do we address urgency culture in event planning?
  • What are the capacity considerations around events? How do your events fit within your larger annual plan? What is the goal of your event?
  • What are some tools and best practices for building supportive events – both in-person and online? What are the different ways to promote your event?

Trans and Queer Rights as Human Rights: An Introduction to the Ontario Human Rights Code as Law for Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA+ Communities

Handout - OUTniagara and Niagara Community Legal Clinic Workshop
Handout – Trans and Queer Rights as Human Rights: An Introduction to the Ontario Human Rights Code as Law for Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA+ Communities

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Workshop  Facilitators: Aidan Johnson (they/them) – Executive Director, NCLC & Silvia Dimitrova (she/her) – Director of Legal Services , NCLC & a Human Rights Law and International Law Specialist with special guest NaWalka Geeshy Meegwun – Indigenous Justice Coordinator.

Niagara Community Legal Clinic (NCLC) provides legal services to the people living on a low income in the communities of Welland, St. Catharines, Beamsville, Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the Lake, Port Colborne, Thorold, Fort Erie, and Crystal Beach.

NCLC can:

  • Give you free legal advice by telephone or in-person
  • Prepare tribunal applications
  • Represent you at tribunals and courts on a case-by-case basis, prepare appeals and judicial reviews, where merited
  • Discuss your legal situation and give you information or refer you to other agencies when we can’t help

The Queer Justice Project – Niagara – NCLC is privileged to serve Niagara’s diverse Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ communities, vis problems ranging from human rights violations in employment and housing to the rights of trans and queer sex workers. We offer affidavit help for gender I.D. change, to all members of the trans community who need assistance in this area.

Intake number: (905) 682-6635 | Website: