While some programs remain only online, many groups will be starting slowly back in-person. Check our programming guide here for all the details and links!
Kind Space is an intersectional space and acknowledges that being oppressed in one way does not absolve us of being oppressors in other ways. Hierarchies in our communities exist and must actively and continually be challenged.
Note: This list was augmented for virtual meetings.
Do this all (or most of) the time
- Introduce yourself to new people you meet
- If you feel comfortable you can introduce yourself with your name and pronoun
- Ask people if it is OK before making physical contact, especially if you do not know them
- Use the name and pronoun a person gives you
- Do not ask or question people’s gender or sexuality, especially in public spaces
- Take ownership of your words and actions and the effect they may have on others.
- If you are participating in a group for the first time, it is a good rule of thumb to listen and get an understanding of the dynamics and culture of the group
- Ask clarification questions around sensitive subjects with facilitators or staff
- Give people high fives, hugs and fist bumps if you are comfortable and the other person consents
- Do not give out your personal contact information, especially if you are a counsellor, placement student, or doing peer support work
Do not do this all the time
- Make assumptions about someone’s gender, sexuality, or relationship status/style
- Touch people or enter people’s personal space without their consent (online, too!)
- Mis-gendering someone (gender identity, expression, and perception can be tricky!), it happens, apologize, move on and do better – DO NOT DWELL OR APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY
I am not sure what you were thinking
- Continually disrespecting people, their wishes and/or boundaries
- Assault/abuse/harassment (sexual, physical, emotional, mental)
- Theft from service users, volunteers, staff, or Kind
- Intimidation or threats of violence against service users, volunteers, staff, or Kind