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Negotiating Spaces: Advocacy in a Criminalized Context

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Naomi Sayers helps create a space for honest discussion about doing advocacy work in a criminalized context. Are you doing prisoner justice work? Do you work to end violence against women, girls, two-spirit and other folks on the gender-spectrum? Do you work with communities impacted by police violence, or impacted by increasing criminalization or state surveillance? Building on her experience in sex work advocacy, Naomi will help you navigate difficult conversations and ensure you have the tools to move your cause forward in a meaningful way. An Indigenous woman from northern Ontario with sex trade experience, Naomi will share her story about what it means to ensure you can build a healthy movement that is supportive and responsive to your community's or movement's needs.

This event will be hosted two times on February 23, 2018 (once in the morning and once later in the day). There are aims to have this event hosted via webinar. However, this will be pending location and hosting abilities. As such, times and locations are to be determined.

Naomi will be using these events to raise funds to help complete her journey to become a hopeful indigenous lawyer. Many people in our communities need help and one of those ways is seeking or advancing justice--or envisioning new kinds of justice. Naomi is one of those people thinking about new kinds of justice for Indigenous folks in Canada and beyond.

Presently, Naomi is in the process of completing her articles, which, for the non-legal folks, is like a co-op or internship. She has successfully passed both the barrister and solicitors licensing examinations which is another requirement to become a lawyer. However, the costs to complete the entire process has significantly increased. Her community and the relevant department at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) have not be supportive on this final step.

Those wishing to attend can expect the space will be respectful to a range of experiences and knowledges.

As this is a Pay-What-You-Can event, Naomi asks that you make a financial contribution that is honest and meaningful based on your ability to pay. Naomi is visiting Ottawa and this event will not be repeated.

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