PRESS RELEASE: Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife hosts second annual Days of Pink Outreach Festival

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YELLOWKNIFE, NT (March 27, 2017) – In only its second year, Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife (RCYK) has nearly doubled the offerings of the second-annual Days of Pink Outreach Festival.

The festival runs April 9 – 15, coinciding with the national Day of Pink on April 12th 2017 hosted by the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity.

Days of Pink supports queer and trans youth in Yellowknife by providing the public with opportunities to participate in discussions, workshops and panels throughout the week.

Highlights on the schedule include:

  • The launch of the Rainbow Solidarity Award—an award for a local Yellowknifer who actively supports queer and trans youth in Yellowknife. Nomination forms for the award can be found online at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/award and close on March 31st 2017.
  • a free movie showing at the Capitol Theatre;
  • a facilitated conversation luncheon at Twin Pine Diner;
  • a youth open mic; and
  • the first ever Days of Pink Gala, where the Rainbow Solidarity Award will be presented.

Days of Pink also supports parents of queer and trans children to come together to celebrate and learn about their children. “Days of Pink is a great opportunity for parents and allies of queer youth to come together and learn how to support those they love,” said Teresa Joudrie, Parent Director on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife.

With more than 10 confirmed local and national sponsors—including Dominion Diamond Corporation, WestJet and Fierté Montreal Pride—the Days of Pink is organized by the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife and an Organizing Committee, with the support of the City of Yellowknife.

“It’s really revolutionary that there’s a whole week dedicated to supporting the needs of queer people, especially queer youth,” explained Damian Benoit, Days of Pink Organizing Committee member and Youth Treasurer for the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife.

Workplaces and schools around Yellowknife are invited to take part in the festival by organizing their own internal events or activities: Sir John Franklin and St. Patrick’s High School are both planning events during the week.

Days of Pink is celebrated as an opportunity for queer and trans youth to express themselves. “As a queer person, Days of Pink make me feel like I can express myself freely,” said organizing committee member Noah Haché, “it encourages other youth to safely express who they are too.”

The Day of Pink is nationally celebrated with a dialogue session between city mayors and local LGBTQ+ youth. This dialogue session allows local LGBTQ+ and allied youth to share ideas on how leaders can support queer and trans people in Canada. Youth interested in participating in Yellowknife’s session, will which include the participation of the Mayor, City Councillors, and Members of the Legislative Assembly can sign up online at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/daysofpink/youthdialogue.

Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife is still looking for sponsors and workplaces interested in helping to support the Days of Pink. Interested parties are invited to go online at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/daysofpink to learn more.

For Media Inquiries, please contact:
Jacq Brasseur, Executive Director
(pronouns: they/them)
Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife
Work: 867-444-RCYK • Cell: 867-445-5878
jacq@rainbowcoalitionyk.org

Backgrounders on all aspects of the festival can be found at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/daysofpink/media


About the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife

The outreach organization to support LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth has existed since 2011, and became incorporated under the Societies Act on June 27 2016. An organization by youth, for youth, the Coalition is excited to not only operate the Rainbow Youth Centre, but to bring forward a new way of non-profit governance by promoting social entrepreneurship and organizational leadership among youth, through their interest in queer and trans issues and identities.

About the Days of Pink Yellowknife

In November 2015, The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) asked Mayor Heyck and the City of Yellowknife to organize an event called “Day of Pink” in celebration of the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia and Transmisogyny on April 13th 2016. In response to this, Mayor Heyck reached out to us! We put together a committee, turned it into a full week-long outreach festival, and figured out our goals. We’re excited to be continuing this project in 2017.

Guiding Principles:

  • The Days of Pink are about talking honestly and openly with our peers about the bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
  • We believe that when talking honestly and openly about these things, we’re able to educate ourselves and fight ignorance in our community.
  • We address this by asking questions about how we express our gender, what gender means to different people, how we love and who we love, and how we can stop bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
  • We believe that a safe Yellowknife for everybody includes a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, asexual, pansexual and queer people!

About the International Day of Pink

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.” (DayOfPink.org/about)

Safe Stage w/ Quetzala Carson

Rainbow Youth Centre – 5112 52nd Street
867-444-RCYK (444-7295)
savannah@rainbowcoalitionyk.org

We are stoked to announce that this coming March 21-23 from 1-8pm daily we will be making music! We will have a variety of instruments available for you to choose from, make, and record some sweet tunes of your own. Personal instruments welcome too! This workshop will be facilitated by Quetzala Carson.

Quetzala Carson is a Two Spirit Mestizx from Mana ahuac, Nicaragua. The child of two special needs educators, pe spent per summers in Managua and winters in Amiskwaciwâskahikan. A professional musician from age 13, pe’s current solo project is FRYZZ LYFE. For Quetzala, music is a platform from which to communally discuss and transmute trauma. Pe released an album this year titled Mecayotl Tlazohcamati Axcammochipa (thank you kin into perpetuity) available at FRYZZLYFE.com

We’ll be talking about how music can be a medicine and a tool for liberation for Two Spirit folks. It serves to shield us and heal us as well as it allows us to amplify our voices and audiences.

Safe Stage is an opportunity for young marginalized artists to create a songs, explore a multitude of instruments, and hold space. All youth are welcome, no matter their identity!

Day 1: Two Spirit identities, decolonization, music as a medicine and as a weapon, youth lead tour, brainstorming
Day 2: Jam instrumentals and lyrics together, work on album art
Day 3: Recording our sounds

If you have any accessibility needs or would like any additional information, send us an email at savannah@rainbowcoalitionyk.org.

Seeking Visual Artists for a Youth Visual Art Showcase!

For our Days of Pink outreach festival this year, we’re looking for visual artists under 19 who are interested in submitting art pieces for a Youth Visual Art Showcase that will take place on April 15th 2017!

The cool thing about this showcase, is that you have the opportunity to make some money if people bid on your piece of art during the silent auction during our Days of Pink Gala.

If you’re a visual artist under 19 years old, take a look at the information and see if you’d be interested.

If you’re an art teacher based in Yellowknife, and you want us to come chat with your art class about how we can use visual art to enact social change, give us a shout! We’d love to come talk about this opportunity!

#queerloveyzf

Queers love each other in all sorts of cool, unique ways. It’s a special kind of love; among queer friends, queer couples and queer family members.

Celebrate queer love on your social media account and have a chance to win a free tshirt or tank courtesy of RCYK for yourself and a human you love!

Post a photo or video using the hashtag #queerloveyzf (make sure your post is public!) and show us how you queer love.

What does queer love look like to you? How do you show your queer pals that you care for them? How do you show your own body and heart queer self-love?

Party on February 14th by loving your queer friends, loving your queer partners and loving your queer self.

Post a photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #queerloveyzf to show the world what Queer Love looks like in Yellowknife!

Enter for your chance to win a free tshirt/tank for you and a human you love!

JOB POSTING: Indigenous & LGBTQ+ Project Coordinator

Sorry, this competition is closed!

Contract Length: Feb 10th 2017 – March 31st 2017 (with possibility of extension)

Contract Bid Closes: February 7th 2017 at 12:00pm (noon)

Responsible to: Executive Director, President

Compensation: $3,850.00: Based on 25 hours/week for 6 weeks at $25.33/hour

Hours: Part time; 25 Flexible Hours a Week; From Feb 10th – March 31st 2017

Job Summary

The Indigenous & LGBTQ+ Project Coordinator (ILP Coordinator) of the Rainbow Coalition is mainly responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing projects during the contract period. The ILP Coordinator will also be responsible for staffing the Rainbow Youth Centre two days a week and to facilitate a discussion group over the course of these 6 weeks. The successful candidate will be required to provide a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check prior to employment.

The ILP Coordinator will work with the Indigenous Director on our Board of Directors to put together projects that support the following goals:

  •  To provide an opportunity for Indigenous queer, trans or Two-Spirit youth to have access to knowledge from people who share this identity; and
  • To support the health, wellbeing, and growth of Indigenous queer, trans or Two-Spirit youth in and around Yellowknife.

This is a contract position, however funding is currently being requested to be able to maintain this position on a more permanent basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Upholds and maintains the sentiment of a youth organization, driven and governed by youth themselves
  • Acts as the spokesperson on projects to any media or communications request
  • Attends board meetings
  • Ensures the safety of the youth who access the Rainbow Youth Centre the Rainbow Youth Centre two days a week (3:30pm – 8:00pm)
  • Facilitates a weekly discussion group on a topic to be decided

To apply for this position, please e-mail a resume, a short list of possible projects that you would like to implement over the 6 weeks and a letter outlining why you’re interested in this contract to info@rainbowcoalitionyk.org.

Qualifications:

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife is an organization governed by mostly youth, and therefore are prioritizing hiring people who our organization recognizes as youth (people under 30).

Experience:

  • Personal, lived understanding of LGBTQ+ identity
  • Personal, lived understanding of Northern Indigenous identity
  • Experience managing a youth project
  • Experience working in youth-centred spaces or organizations
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to engage with and interact with youth in a non-patronizing way
  • Comfortable speaking or presenting in front of small and large groups

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of intersectionality and concepts of marginalization, oppression, power and privilege are a must
  • Committed to ending or working to end heterosexism, cissexism, monosexism, homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia
  • Committed to ending or working to end colonialism and violence against Indigenous people
  • Knowledge of another official language of the NWT is considered an asset

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife supports an affirmative action hiring process for people who have lived with marginalized identities. In your application, please include any information you wish to share about your own lived experience of any of the following:

  • Queer or trans identity
  • Indigenous: First Nations, Metis or Inuit
  • Disability
  • Mental Health Experiences
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Addiction
  • Racism
  • Womanhood, or femininity
  • Being a part of a religious minority
  • Fatphobia and sizeism
  • Domestic or intimate partner violence

 

JOB POSTING: Rainbow Youth Centre Support Worker – Summer Student

Job Posting Closes: May 9th 2018

Responsible to: Executive Director

Compensation: $13.46/hour / 40 hours per week

Hours: 12:00pm – 8:00pm (Flex), Monday – Friday (subject to change to include occasional weekends)

Job Summary

The Rainbow Youth Centre (RYC) Support Worker of the Rainbow Coalition is mainly responsible for supporting queer, trans and allied youth who access the Rainbow Youth Centre. The successful candidate will be required to provide a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check prior to employment.

This is a summer student position funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program. All applicants are required to have been enrolled in full-time schooling the year prior to employment, and confirmation that they will be returning to full-time schooling in the fall of 2018. This includes secondary, post-secondary and tradeschooling.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Upholds and maintains the sentiment of a youth organization, driven and governed by youth themselves
  • Writes daily reports on RYC use
  • Ensures the safety of the youth who access the Rainbow Youth Centre
  • Creates and facilitates programs, activities, events and discussion groups
  • Provides peer support to queer and trans identified young people, their allies and their families, when requested
  • To help create and find resources touching on LGBTQ2S+ identities and issues.

To apply for this position, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to vicepresident@rainbowcoalitionyk.org.

Qualifications:

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife is an organization governed by mostly youth, and therefore are prioritizing hiring people who our organization recognizes as youth (people under 30).

Experience:

  • Personal, lived understanding of LGBTQ+ identity is preferred but not required
  • Experience working in youth-centred spaces or organizations
  • Experience with facilitating discussion groups or workshops
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
  • Possesses adequate interpersonal and communication skills

Knowledge in the following areas is considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of intersectionality and concepts of marginalization, oppression, power and privilege
  • Committed to ending or working to end heterosexism, cissexism, monosexism, homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia
  • Knowledge of another official language of the NWT is considered an asset

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife supports an affirmative action hiring process for people who have lived with marginalized identities. In your application, please include any information you wish to share about your own lived experience of any of the following:

  • Queer or trans identity
  • Indigenous: First Nations, Metis or Inuit
  • Disability
  • Mental Health Experiences
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Addiction
  • Racism
  • Womanhood, or femininity
  • Being a part of a religious minority
  • Fatphobia and sizeism
  • Domestic or intimate partner violence

Makeup Workshop

Makeup Workshop – Hosted by Nicole Garbutt Makeup Artistry

All ages/genders/identities are welcome!

February 1st 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Rainbow Youth Centre
5112 52nd Street
Yellowknife, NT

Download a poster here.

In partnership with the NWT Creative Collective, we’re really glad to bring you a Makeup Workshop, put on by Nicole Garbutt Makeup Artistry!

Folks use makeup for all kinds of reasons. Some people use it as art, some people use it for performance, and some people use it as part of their daily routine.

Start February off with some new skills that will help you learn some staple components to add to your artistic abilities. Workshop will include classic brow block, contouring and highlighting for structural shifts, beard stippling and simple hair application.

If you have supplies that you would like to bring, please do. Nicole will also have supplies if you don’t have anything!

For a lot of queer and trans folks, makeup can be used to help us navigate any dysphoria that we have with our bodies or faces, or it can help us to express our gender in a way that feels right for us. In this way, makeup can be life-saving.

Some folks also use makeup in drag performance; drag is an art form that expresses a hyper-performative version of femininity or masculinity. In this way, makeup can provide us with an artistic outlet to play with the concepts of masculinity and femininity.

We invite everybody (all ages/identities/sexualities/genders) to attend this workshop, no matter why how use makeup!

If you would like to attend, please sign up here: