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Fat Camp 2016

July 23, 2016- 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
SFU Burnaby, MBC 2290
Unceded Coast Salish Territories


Come explore FAT POLITICS in all its intersectional glory! Join us for an exciting and transformative day of workshops, and learn about resisting fat oppression and integrating fat politics into your life and your activism!

Fat oppression targets those of us who are considered ‘too fat.’ But every one of us, no matter what our body size, is impacted by this form of injustice, and each of us can play a role in tearing it down. Let’s work together to create a world in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else’s body.

Fat Camp 2016 will be held at SFU Burnaby, on unceded Coast Salish Territories. Based on our current knowledge, this includes the territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Kwikwetlem & Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Fat Camp is brought to you by Fat Panic! Vancouver, PeerNetBC and SFPIRG!

Admission is by donation, with a suggested sliding scale donation of $0-$50 (cash or cheques made out to “SFPIRG” are accepted). No one is turned away due to lack of funds.

Donations go directly towards honoraria for workshop facilitators and for lunch/dinner for participants. If you have the resources and capacity, please consider donating to help ensure that Fat Camp is more accessible and sustainable for everyone! If you are able and would like to donate more, that’s okay, too! Please bring your donation with you to Fat Camp.

Stay tuned for more info about a special workshop with Shilo George on Sunday, July 24th – hosted by PeerNetBC! The workshop will hold up to 15 people. We are looking into funding for ASL for July 24th.


Fat Camp Schedule


Welcome to Fat Camp!
Community Connector

Fat Politics 101 – Introduction to Fat Politics for Beginners
Fat Politics 202 – Advanced Fat Politics for people with a solid understanding of intersectional anti-oppressive Fat Politics


Super Fat Caucus
Small & Mid-Sized Fat Caucus
Allyship Workshop (for people who do not identify as Fat)

Community Talking Circle

Dinner and Social Time!


Accessibility Info

SFPIRG and our community partners and organizers are committed to creating accessible programming and events, including all of Fat Camp!

Fat Camp will be held in a wheelchair/scooter accessible venue with access to accessible washrooms nearby. We are also aiming to have a variety of seating options available.

Gender-neutral washrooms are available outside the workshop space.

In order to enable people to attend without experiencing hardship, bus tickets and money for dependent care (this can include childcare, eldercare, etc.) are available upon request. Please indicate during registration if you will require either subsidy.

While we cannot ensure a fully scent-free event in this setting, we’re aiming to create a scent-reduced environment by not bringing additional scents into the space. Exposure to laundry products, colognes, hairspray, and many other scented products can trigger serious health reactions in individuals with asthma, allergies, migraines, and/or chemical sensitivities. We ask that you not wear/ apply/ or bring any scented products into this space. If you do so, we may need to ask you to leave so others can safely stay in the space. If you find yourself being impacted by someone’s use of scented products during the conference, speak with any one of the organizers. We know that this can be a big step for many people. As Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha says in Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness, “Cutting out scents may seem like a pain in the ass, but it means that awesome, ass-kicking community members you love can attend events you’re at and make out with you without having seizures, throwing up or otherwise getting really sick.” Please, bring your amazing self, and keep the scents at home!
(More info here: http://thinkbeforeyoustink.com/howtogofragrancefree.html, http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15, http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html)

Fat Camp will be nut-free and peanut-free. Absolutely no nuts or peanuts will be permitted within the event space in order to create an allergen-free environment for all participants. This includes (but is not limited to) products like hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, coconuts, walnuts, coconut oil, coconut milk, and peanut butter.

If you have any other allergies or sensitivities that we need to know about so that you can participate fully and safely, please let us know during registration.

ASL interpretation is being booked for Fat Camp! Deadline for ASL registration is July 11th. Interpreter names will be posted when they have been booked.

Some folks are sensitive and/or get sick from electromagnetic frequency radiation (EMF). This can include radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi, fluorescent lights, and more. SFU Burnaby has Wi-Fi set up throughout its campus, including in the Fat Camp workshop space. In order to reduce EMF exposure, we will strive to minimize fluorescent light usage and utilize natural lighting whenever possible. We will also have a designated area in the workshop space for folks with EMF sensitivities and folks who are willing to turn off their cellphones during the workshops. Folks who need to keep cellphones on (for work, for emergency contacts, etc.) will be asked not to sit in the EMF-reduced area.

If there is any other way we can make Fat Camp more accessible for you, please let us know during registration!


Facilitator and Organizer Bios

Coming Soon!


July 23, 2016
8:30 am - 7:00 pm


SFU Burnaby, Maggie Benson Centre 2290
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, Canada


SFPIRG – Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
View Organizer Website