Thursday, May 23, 2019 – Vancouver, The Post at 110-750 Hamilton Street, in the Startup Studio. Accessibility information for The Post is here.
Schedule: 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start, 2 p.m. finish, with a break for lunch.
Friday, May 24, 2019 – Victoria, Greater Victoria Public Library, sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch, 385 Menzies Street, in the Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room.
Schedule: 10:30 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. start, 3:30 p.m. finish, with a break for lunch.
These one-day workshops are intended to provide BC publishing professionals with an opportunity to inform themselves about different aspects of inclusivity, accountability, and respect in the workplace. The format will consist of four topics covered by industry experts, with opportunities for participant questions and discussion. Background reading material will be circulated prior to the workshops.
- Respectful Work Environment: Lawyer Melanie Samuels will provide a legal context for an employer’s obligations regarding workplace harassment, discrimination, and bullying, and provide best practices regarding workplace policies.
- Unpacking Diversity: Writers and publishers Chelene Knight and Gregory Younging will address cultural appropriation, Indigenization, and decolonization as it relates to publishing. They will examine how publishing professionals can become more aware of their own cultural biases and privileges, particularly when working with BIPOC and LGBTQ2SIA+ creators, creators from other underrepresented groups, and with culturally sensitive content.
- The Front Lines: Consultant Cicely Blain will use roleplays to give participants strategies for responding to incidents of harassment or discrimination they witness or experience.
- Supporting Change: Chelene Knight and Gregory Younging will lead this wrap-up, which will invite participants to discuss next steps forward: how can publishers – in particular, small publishers – support inclusivity and respect, and encourage diverse voices in our industry?
For more information on the speakers and to register visit their website here