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Human Library: Creating Positive Spaces for the LGBTQIA+ Newcomer Community

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240 Catherine Street

Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z5

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Greetings Ottawa,

We are pleased to announce that the Positive Spaces Initiative of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) will be hosting its first Human Library.

A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage with. The same way you might gain new knowledge from reading a book, you will have an opportunity to engage in conversation with Human Books, with the purpose of promoting inclusion, celebrating resilience, and encouraging understanding.

The goal of this human library will be for folks working within the LGBTQIA sector and the settlement sector to come together and share best practices on how to better serve LGBTQIA newcomers living in Ottawa. LGBTQIA+ newcomers and refugees are an integral though often invisible, part of immigrant, refugee and LGBTQIA+ communities. Experiencing marginalization from within cultural communities and mainstream LGBTQIA+ communities often leaves individuals feeling that there are few options for obtaining services.

The event will begin with a panel discussion with three speakers speaking on the various barriers to access to services for LGBTQIA+ newcomers. You will then be given the opportunity to connect with our speakers and learn from their stories. There will also be other service providers in your field available to discuss ways in which we might all better serve LGBTQIA+ newcomers and refugees.

A light dinner will be provided and the space is fully accessible.

The event will take place at 240 Catherine Street, Suite 207. The event will run from 5:00pm-7:30pm.

Come prepared to share your knowledge and contribute to change.

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