2017 Treaty 7 Dyke and Trans March / Picnic in the Park
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Calgary, Alberta, CA
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// 2017 ANNUAL TREATY 7 DYKE AND TRANS MARCH //
Join us and march in resistance to the on-going internal marginilization of the LGBTQAI2S+ community, both within Calgary and on the international scale. The Dyke and Trans March is a POLITICAL event that aims to provide an alternative to commercialized and sponsored pride events. The march is a demonstration of visibility, resilience, and community.
This year's march and events have a theme of three A's: ACCOUNTABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY, and AFFIRMATION.
- We believe that it is essential that the queer folx of our city be able to find and live among a community that is accountable to creating safer, self-critical spaces.
- We believe that it is essential that all possible steps towards accessibility for these spaces be taken, and
- We believe that these spaces must be dedicated to affirming the identities of those within it.
We are speaking to the necessity of gathering together to create these spaces in Calgary, and will be marching to demonstrate our commitment for this cause!
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It's is vital that for this event that we acknowledge we are marching on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of Treaty 7 lands. This includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
It is important to acknowledge that many of the oppressions we are addressing during these events are the results of colonialism. The violence and marginalization faced by the LGBTQAI2S+ folx in the Treaty 7 area is directly inherited from views enforced by these colonialist forces. It is therefore necessary for any actions and decisions we make today, to reflect this and to support anti-colonialist efforts.
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🏳️🌈// THE MARCH // 🏳️🌈
The March will begin in WILLIAM ABERHART PARK (located on 24th Avenue SW, between 1st and 2nd St SW).
-1:00pm: Come to the park to get ready for the march! We'll have sign-making materials as well as volunteers on-hand to provide information about both the march route as well as accessibility.
-1:30pm: The organizers of the march will offer opening words, as well as information about the parade route, accessibility, safety practices, suggestions for what allyship can look like, and why it's important for us to be marching!
2:00pm: MARCH BEGINS. The route will start by heading west down 24th Ave. SW, and then at 4th St SW will turn north. After six blocks up 4th St., the route will then turn east onto 18th Ave SW. We will march for two blocks until we reach the bottom of ROULEAUVILLE SQUARE (located at 197 17th Ave SW).
🎶🌳🌲☀️// THE PICNIC IN THE PARK // ☀️🌲🌳🎶
After the march has finished, everyone who participated is invited to join us for a potluck-style picnic in the park. Bring your favorite snacks and drinks, and come listen to both speakers and music. We'll gather together, and celebrate with a visual queer take-over of city space. Bring your flags, picnic blankets, and kids!
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The march is an estimated 2500 steps. The wheelchair accessbility of the march route is do-able but it's a goal for us in future years to find a better route for this. There are several bumps and side-walk lips down the streets, but from what we could observe they can be navigated around. Google maps estimates the route to be 8 minutes (albeit for an able-bodied person walking at an average pace of around 3 miles an hour.)
At both events, there will be volunteers whose roles are specifically dedicated to accessibility. These folks will be offering their time to help accomodate those who need information on accessibility and who need to be directed to areas that best accomodate their needs.
There will be a first-aid tent set up at Rouleauville Sqaure, for the picnic event. Shade, water, and first aid will be provided there. In addition, this is where missing persons/children reports must go.
During the march, there are volunteers who will be dedicated to the specifical role of safety, and of minding the edges of the group while marching. They are there to provide support and safety for you! If you have any concerns, please find one of these folks (who will be wearing a visual that designates them as a Safety Team member) and they will listen and help you.
Allies to internally marginilized LGBTQAI2S+ folx are welcome at this event! But it is crucial that, as an ally, you take time to consider what your role is for an event like this. Many people (organizers, volunteers, performers, marchers) are dedicating their time and both physical and emotional labour to making this event happen. Please respect this. Please show your support by drawing attention the voices of those who are marginilized, rather than overwhelming others with what may be your privelaged voice. This event is devoted to providing platforms for the voices and experiences of non-binary, trans, genderqueer, intersex, asexual/aromantic, femme/female, lesbian, bisexual, and two spirit people (and the folx within these groups whose identities intersect with other forms of marginilzation such a race and culture). If you are not a part of these groups, then it is fundamental to your allyship that you also support platforms and spaces for these folx.
If you have any questions or suggestions on allyship, we would be more than happy to hear from you! You can send us an email or a fb message anytime.
OTHER IMPORTANT WORDS:
The Treaty 7 Dyke and Trans March is a collaborative event! In order to be able to have these events we need volunteers, and we need to be able to hear as many diverging voices as possible.
You can check out our Call for Volunteers here: https://www.facebook.com/events/110719979594740
We are also a self-crit event! If you have any concerns over accessibility, safety, providing enough resources for POC and Indiginous folx, or ANY other concerns, please reach out to us if you can. We'll get back to you as soon as we are able to with how we can help and accommodate.
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