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How to Have an Open Dialogue with Deaf People of Colour and D* DB/HH Community Members

August 12, 2016- 5:45 pm

~*~*~ part of KILLJOY FEST 2016 ~*~*~

*everyone is welcome to attend!*
*facilitated by ashanti & jessica*

How do we identify ourselves as Deaf people of colour as part of our cultural-linguistic identities? How do we create an empowering dialogue together to build the connection on the human level? How do you become an ally of Deaf people of colour and their communities?

We will be engaging in open dialogues allowing us to introduce ourselves to each other. We will be having a fun activity of ice breaker game. It is the goal to see that we all be engaged as active listeners. We will be using LCD projector during the workshop facilitation.

Let’s talk together to embrace cultural humility touching some important topics such as:

-How to engage in nonviolent dialogue with Deaf community members without cultural assumptions.
-Dismantling the phonocentric or cultural-linguistic assumptions, Eg: general basic assumption that most or all Deaf people can read lips.
-How to deepen the connection with Deaf individuals and intersectional Deaf individuals (Taking the time to listen to understand their life experiences and life challenges)
-Approachable ways to be mindful of each Deaf community member’s communication and accessibility needs.


$5-10 sliding scale
$25 for a fest-wide pass

please PM or email us at hi.killjoy@gmail.com if you’d like to participate for free—no questions asked!


About the facilitators:

Jessica: Identifies as Deaf PoC-Asian and Taiwanese, gender neutral. Born and live in Vancouver, BC. Graduated from Vancouver Community College (VCC) with a degree in ASL and Deaf Studies. Currently working to train to become a Peer Support Worker (PSW). Enjoys being an embodiment of empowerment as one of the stewarding BC leaders of Cascadia Deaf Nation(CDN). My goal is to empower DHH communities and hearing folxs to learn about the rich diversity of Deaf culture, unlearn the stigmatized aspect of Deaf experiences and relearn about healthy perspectives of Deaf as a cultural linguistic identity together to know that we are human beings.

Ashanti: Identifies as a Deaf woman of colour of Afro-Cuban and Native American descent. Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). A native of United States who is currently living in Bellingham, Washington (WA). Actively working on a Ph.D in Transformative Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Proactively working as one of the stewarding leaders of Cascadia Deaf Nation (CDN) in Washington State (U.S.) to empower others. It is my goal to guide people to embrace the deeper meaning of Sankofa wisdom to rebuild the human connection that most people have lost over the years of cultural transformation. I look forward to walk with you on this journey during the workshop.



for site-specific info, here is the mount pleasant neighborhood house audit made by ramp for genderfest in 2015:


The room is host in the East Hall room with the area of square shape room (Sq ft) 252.

**ASL/Voice interpretation: provided by Yayoi Quesnel and Melanie Valencia.

to request childcare please PM or email us at hi.killjoy@gmail.com

bathrooms will be marked with gender neutral signs!

KILLJOY FEST events are a mix of BIPOC-only [black // indigenous // people of colour], QTBIPOC-only [queer // trans // intersex who are also black // indigenous // people of colour], & non-exclusive. please take note!

If any concerns or more information regarding with accessibility and this workshop, please contact: stewarding_leaders@cascadiadeafnation.co (Jessica Leung and Ashanti Monts-Treviska)


KILLJOY FEST takes place on the ancestral, traditional, & unceded lands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, & Tsleil-Waututh peoples. as organizers, we invite festival participants to join us in reflecting on our varying relationships to these lands.


August 12, 2016
5:45 pm


Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway
Vancouver, Canada


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