Skills for the Revolution

Skills for the Revolution is a grassroots, peer-led program aimed at empowering and equipping LGBTTQIA+ communities with knowledge and hands on experience of fundamental life, advocacy, and community-building skills to deconstruct the oppressive structures which keep us in cycles of shame and conflict with ourselves and each other. This program centres healing, emotional, and restorative justice as core philosophies/principles.

“Everyone wants a revolution, but no one wants to do the dishes.”

Shane Claiborne 

Why “Skills”?

We all have the capacity to learn and grow. At times, our situations, histories, or traumas prevent us from engaging with ourselves and others. Being our true selves and building the kind of communities and structures we want to see takes time and practice. Just because you don’t have the skills you want right now does not mean you will never have them. Skills for the Revolution provides an environment in which to learn the skills you want and need, and put them to use.

Why “Revolution”?

We have a vision of LGBTTQIA+ communities in Ottawa that function in ways which allow us to step outside of, transform, and/or heal from our traumas in order to create more supportive, holistic, and kind communities. 


What is Healing Justice?

“A framework that identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence and bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.  Through this framework we built two political and philosophical convergences of healing inside of liberation.”

Cara PageBlack queer organizer, artist, healer, poet

What is Emotional Justice?

“Emotional Justice is the remedy for the legacy of untreated trauma impacting us as a people.”

Esther Armah,  Playwright, radio host and political commentator living in Brooklyn

What is Restorative Justice?

“Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that allow all willing stakeholders to meet, although other approaches are available when that is impossible. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities.”

Workshops, Activities and Events

For Ourselves

Skills developed which are focused on building self-esteem, confidence, self-care, and communities of care for ourselves.

For Each Other

Skills developed which are focused on building systems of support, healing, and justice to the community spaces we occupy.

Interested in volunteering in the program or have a skill you would like to share?

Sign up to share your skill, talent, or gift with the Storytelling Skillshare.