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VEC Accessibility Community Consultations @ Central Library
June 9 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Community Consultation for VEC Accessibility
The first of a series of community consultations, this event is taking place at Central Library downtown on Broughton and Government – 735 Broughton.
In this event posting, details are indexed as follows:
What this event is
What to expect
What we seek & offer
Who is running this event
Accessibility Information for this event
If you cannot come / ways to participate
This event and work takes place on unceded Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ land. These people have and continue to exist in what is now known as “Victoria”.
This land was seized forcibly through colonization, through which cultural and physical genocide was and continues to be enacted. Bree (the facilitator of this event) is a visitor and settler to this land, and would like to thank, acknowledge, and appreciate the caretakers of this land for their legacy of ongoing kinship with their homeland.
Many promises have been made and broken in regards to this land, and as a settler it is my job to ensure that I understand what (re)conciliation means, to listen to these peoples on if and how reconciliation take place, and to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for greater understanding of ongoing violence and ways to interrupt it.
We cannot have safer spaces or accessibility until it is safer for Indigenous folks to practice their language, culture, and base existence on land that has and always will be theirs. It is within the intention of this event to prioritize and honour the voices of the Indigenous peoples of this land.
What is this Event:
Facilitated by Accessibility Consultant Bree Gardner (bio to follow), this event aims to be one of the many ways the VEC opens the floor to the community about what accessibility needs, hopes, and harms need to be addressed by the upcoming renovation to the VEC.
In hopes of being guided by the needs of our community, we are hosting a series of community consultations in-person and online to hear from locals about the wants, needs, and hopes of this space moving forward. Nothing will be considered “too much” or “too little” to be considered for documentation. Come with your anger, your hope, your fears, your skepticism, or your indifference.
We affirm harm has been, and may continue, to be done throughout this process. We commit to harm reduction, continued growth and learning, as well as a practice of accountability. We are learning new approaches every day.
We encourage all people to feel welcomed to join us- snacks will be provided that are mindful of vegan, celiac, and diabetic needs. If you need additional dietary needs, please reach out.
Bus tickets will be provided at the event, and if you require one before arrival, please contact Bree at email@example.com
Childcare will be available for the hours of this event, tending provided by a registered Early Childcare Professional (Presley Abdul from Fernwood NRG) which will take place at the Victoria Central Library. If you are accessing childminding, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Expect:
This is an informal community meeting. Bree will be facilitating conversations, and documenting the needs, concerns and hopes of all who want to come. They will also be able to answer questions regarding this process with information provided by the VEC. No staff from the VEC will be at this meeting, to allow ample space for anyone uncomfortable or harmed by previous actions of the VEC and/or its staff to participate in this consultation.
Participation is not required. If you would like to attend this event but do not wish to speak, please feel free to join us at this event regardless; listening along is greatly welcomed.
If you would like to participate but cannot/will not attend this event in person, please feel free to reach out to Bree by email, text, or phone at 403-903-6862, or see the bottom of this event listing for more options.
What We Seek:
The beginning of a discussion on how the VEC can remove barriers to access, focusing in particular on the construction of a wheelchair lift to get inside the VEC, and the renovation of a washroom to make it accessible to mobility devices. From this discussion, we hope to identify some ideas about what dignified access at the VEC would require, in order to guide our renovations and other accessibility activities.
What We Offer:
News on our progress
An independent contractor to listen to past and present harms, concerns, and mistakes made by the VEC
Documentation of this process
Ongoing updates and transparency
We have a modest honorarium for those who want to participate but for whatever reason cannot without a transfer of money.
Who is running this event?
Bree is a multi-disciplinary activist originally hailing from Mi’kma’ki land and recently moved from Mohkintsis on Treaty 7. Trans-spectrum, chronically ill, queer, disabled, and experiencing poverty, Bree’s primary focus is on Safer Spaces, Harm Reduction, and Accessibility. Bree has worked with music festivals across the country to provide safer spaces and harm reduction policies, spoken at numerous conferences, regularly teaches workshops, and formerly hosted a podcast addressing the ongoing concerns of grassroots organizing – particularly as it pertains to queer and trans-spectrum folks. They have been working in safer spaces and accessibility for a decade, and are thrilled to be consulting with the Victoria Events Centre as a guest on Lkwungen Territory. Bree is practiced in facilitation modalities of Non-Violence Communication, Restorative Justice, High-Stakes Mediation, and Radical Accessibility.
They have recently been hired by the VEC to consult on accessibility updates, as well as act as the go-between for VEC and the community.
For questions or concerns before or after the event, Bree is available for all forms of communication at email@example.com or 403-903-6862.
This event is held at the downtown Victoria Library – Central Study Room #1.
This is accessible by bus routes stopping at the Bay Centre: 50,70 27, 28, 2, 3, 30, 31, 8
Or at the intersection of Douglas and Fort: 50, 70, 4, 27, 28, 1, 2, 21, 30, 31, 8
Both of these stops are a little more than a block to walk on paved sidewalks with curbs.
It is a publicly-owned and operated building, which we understand may be a barrier to some community members. Online and in-person alternatives are listed at the bottom of this event posting and will continue to expand. Reach out to Bree at any time to discuss other options at firstname.lastname@example.org
These rooms are on the main floor of the library in glass rooms overlooking natural light in the foyer of the library. There is one gender neutral single-stall washroom close to these rooms, as well as multi-stall gendered washrooms. The lighting is fluorescent but can be negotiated. Service dogs are allowed in the space and a pet relief area is behind the library and one block down.
We would like this to be a scent-reduced space, so please be mindful to not wear cologne, perfume, or other heavily scented products.
This is an informal, casual space that will not be in proximity to alcohol. You are not required to show up sober to participate, and Naloxone kits as well as trained provider will be present. This is a harm reduction space — no one will be turned away or deemed unfit to participate.
If you cannot attend this event, there are many options:
Attend our next event which will have more details about our funding, plans from architects, and updated information as the progress is tracked.
Fill out our next survey:
Reach out to the accessibility consultant at
Anonymous comments can be made using our online survey or by dropping off an envelope with your comments at the VEC.
We look forward to seeing you!