Creating a more LGBTQ positive world
The Ten Oaks Project has been creating safer spaces and intentional magic for more than 10 years and we’ve learned a lot in the process!
As the first and only organization of our kind in Canada, we get a lot of questions about how to build safer, inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ communities. There’s a huge lack of resources detailing how to make this happen.
Many of the organizations who reach out to us are struggling. They want to know about the experiences of queerspawn, gender creative children, trans youth, and lesbian/gay/ bisexual/ queer children and youth. They want to know why all-gender washrooms are important or what queerspawn’s experiences of homophobia and transphobia look like. We’ve been asked for our insight on what support is truly meaningful, how camp can be a transformative experience, and how oppression becomes internalized. Above all, other organizations have a keen desire to know how to build their own cultural competency to better support and serve children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families and communities.
We offer two kinds of workshops
In order to share what we’ve learned over the past decade and help build the capacity of our communities and partners to create supportive, inclusive spaces and programs, we developing two streams of workshops:
- Workshops for youth, LGBTQ+ parents, educators and service providers about the identities and experiences of queerspawn/ queerlings/children of LGBTQ+ families
- Workshops for camp management and staff about creating safer, inclusive and celebratory spaces for children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families and communities
The goals of these workshops will be to share knowledge about the identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ families and communities, provide tangible skills and strategies to shape safer spaces for all children and youth, and help strengthen community services and camps to better serve LGBTQ+ communities.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout!