Gender Creative Kids

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Dragonboat Challenge – very first fundraising campagain!

Next September 8th, Gender Creative Kids Canada will be participating in the Dragonboat Challenge, held by the Montreal Coalition of LGBT Youth Groups! Our team will row for the cause and collect donations to support our mission. It is our very first fundraising campaign: a great opportunity to show your love to our organization 🙂

If you want to make a donation or to share the campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/equipeetcgckcteam-challenge-2018

Come and cheer us on with family and friends on September 8th at Lachine Canal, in Montreal!

More detail about the event here

 

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THE LAB – “Safer Space: A Place For Me” Project

It’s that time of the year, folks…With flowers everywhere , and glitters on our minds , we are not afraid to say that summer is finally here— and it really inspires us! Here at Gender Creative Kids Canada, we are SO happy to launch our new project :”Safer Space: A Place for Me”, a place for trans, non-binary and questioning youth to explore, and reclaim their stories, as they connect together through creativity. “The Lab” is the first series of workshops that will be taking place at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this coming July.

Are you between 14 and 17 years old and would like to participate? Contact us to sign up, places are limited. The workshops are free, and will be facilitated in french and english. Feel free to come to us with any questions, comments or suggestions!

Keep an eye open for events to come… 

Confidentiality
For the sake of confidentiality, more informations will be given directly to registered participants.

Accessibility
The museum’s studio is accessible to people with reduced mobility. There’s an access ramp and automated doors leading to the room. Gender neutral bathroom will be available. Guide dogs are allowed.

Stopping transphobia before it starts

Our mission is to educate people around the world about gender identity issues. Sam is an essential tool designed to help children understand what it means to be born transgender.

Hello Sam

Sam Animation

Why is Sam so important?

Awareness of gender issues is increasing in many countries but there are still very few tools available that allow parents or teachers to talk to young children about this sensitive, complex subject. Sam helps children empathize with the emotional challenges of being born trans or gender non-conforming.

Gender identity issues affect millions

Anywhere between 2-6% of boys and 5-12% of girls identify or express their gender differently from their sex binary gender assigned at birth (Moller, Schreier, Li, & Romer, 2009).

Tansphobia causes depression, self-harm and suicide

Most gender-questioning children are born into cultures that don’t accept them. They are often subjected to physical, verbal and sexual harassment leading to feelings of rejection, isolation and confusion.

Studies suggest that gender-questioning children who have the support of their family and friends are far less likely to experience depression and feelings that may lead to self-harm and suicide (Travers et coll. 2012; The Williams Institute and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2014).

Why is Sam a toy?

We knew that for us to have the biggest long-term impact possible we needed to engage the people who will shape the cultural norms of the future: children.

Girl holding Sam

Encouraging kids to play. And to talk.

Play-based learning is not only accepted as one of the best ways to teach children (source) but also creates natural opportunities for an adult to start a conversation about what it’s like to be assigned a sex at birth that does not correspond to how you feel inside.

What is Sam feeling?

Sam's feelings

Sam is just a toy

Sam does not represent the path taken by every person.

Sam does not represent the full spectrum of emotions felt by any child.

Sam is not a road map for people to follow nor a diagnostic tool for parents.

Who is Sam designed for?

Transgender youth and their families

Sam is not only an educational tool but also a symbol of pride, acceptance and understanding.

Education professionals.

Sam gives every teacher the opportunity to help stop transphobia before it starts by teaching young people about gender issues and the importance of empathy and kindness.

Everyone else.

Transphobia is a global human rights issue. Our mission is to educate the world about gender identity issues because with education comes understanding, empathy and ultimately, acceptance. The more people that can help spread this message the better.

Sam's friends

Sam is an initiative of Gender Creative Kids Canada, but we could not have done it without the help, kindness, financial support and overall enthusiasm from our friends at:

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Annual General Meeting (AGM) – April 4th 2018

Hi everyone!

Further to the announcement made on January 26th on the Member’s page of the organization, Gender Creative Kids Canada will be holding their yearly meeting (Annual General Meeting, AGM) on Wednesday April 4th 2018 at 6:30pm at Simone de Beauvoir Institute (MU Building, 2170 Bishop street, Montréal, H3G 1M8).

During the Annual General Meeting, we will be presenting the work we have done throughout the past year and the goals and work we will be focusing on in the future. We will also be electing new Board members. Five (5) positions are up for election or re-election this year: one parent-member (for 2 years), one parent-member (for 3 years), one ally-member (for 1 year), and two community-members (for 1 year each).

It is a really great opportunity to get involved.

We look forward to seeing you all on April 4th!

AGENDA 

1. Opening of the General Assembly/Word of welcome
2. Quorum call
3. Adoption of the agenda
4. Approval of the minutes of the 2016 AGM (March 23rd 2017)
5. Presentation of the 2017 Activity Report
6. Presentation of the Financial report
7. Approval of Financial auditors for the upcoming year
8. Election of new representatives
9. Various questions
10. Adjournement

Facebook event right here : https://www.facebook.com/events/165760947417509/

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March 15th – Next monthly meeting

Next monthly meeting will be on March 15th, from 18h15 to 20h, at Famijeunes. 

For the parents’ group: We are pleased to have Me Sophie Gagnon who will answer your questions about legal and civil procedures.

For children and youth: We are thrilled to be welcoming Marie-Pier Laniel, a zootherapist from Centre canin Toutounet. For this event, we will all be reunited together instead of in two separate groups.

See you there 🙂

TD Bank Group announce a donation of 100,000$ to Gender Creative Kids Canada

During the Montreal Pride national conference on LGBTTIQA2S human rights, TD Bank Group announced a major donation of $100,000 to Gender Creative Kids Canada – a Montreal based organization that provides support for transgender children, youth and their families. Over the next two years, the donation will assist with building organization capacity, developing education and training programs and providing peer support so that Gender Creative Kids Canada can continue its work.

From left to right on the photo: Sylvie Demers, Chair, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group, Kimberly Ens Manning and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, cofounders of Gender Creative Kids Canada and Teri Currie, Group Head, Canadian Personal Banking, TD Bank Group:

Teri Currie, Group Head, Canadian Personal Banking, TD Bank Group, during her allocution and the announce of the donation

To read her allocution during the Montreal Pride national conference on LGBTTIQA2S human rights, please follow this link:

https://newsroom.td.com/insights/inclusion-is-a-permanent-unequivocal-journey

A Message from the Trans Youth Can! research team:

Are you 15-20 years old and gender –diverse, trans or genderqueer?

We’re doing a research study about the experiences of gender-diverse youth across Canada. While the study itself will only involve youth 15 and under, we need your help to figure out what questions to ask, and how to ask them.
If you are 15-20 years old and have or are planning to seek medical supports related to your gender like hormones, hormone blockers or surgery, we’d love to talk to you.

We just need about 90 minutes of your time. You’ll need a computer and a private place you can talk.

Everyone who participates will receive a $20 gift card from ITunes, Starbucks, or Chapters.

Get in touch:

If you’re interested, please fill in this 5-10 minute survey application:
Trans Youth CAN! Feedback Group Application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TransKidsCANFeedbackGroups

We’re asking everyone their age, where they live, and some other information to make sure we have lots of different people giving us feedback. We’ll let you know by Tuesday March 14th if we plan to ask you to be in one of our feedback groups.

All the groups will take place online between March 20th and 26th.

You don’t need to share your real name if you don’t want to. We’ll ask everyone to keep what they share in the group confidential.
If you want more information before you fill out the application, please contact our project coordinator, Sandra (Sandra.Gotovac@schulich.uwo.ca)

Thanks!

Trans Youth CAN! Research Team