BIPOC Frontline Workers’ Coalition aims to foster a community of Black, Indigenous, People of Color sexual violence support practitioners working in OCRCC member agencies. This project builds a space where BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) frontline workers can come together, share resources, learn from each other, and increase supports for racialized survivors of sexual violence. BIPOC members support one another, organize together and can build connections with peers doing similar work.
See the Project’s report and guide below:
Healing Our Ancestors, Ourselves And Our Communities: A Toolkit to Address Systemic Injustices in Sexual Violence Support Services.
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The OCRCC-BIPOC Counsellors Coalition-Building Project (pilot) was funded by Heritage Canada under its Anti-Racism Action Program initiatives in 2022.
This project was dreamed up from the seeds of our previous work through the ‘BIPOC Counsellor’s Coalition Building Project’, where we created and nurtured a space for BIPOC frontline staff working within OCRCC’s member sexual assault centres to gather in community, celebrate and support each other, share stories, wisdom, resources, grieve together and feel supported in unpacking experiences of systemic racism. Based on the voices, experiences and needs of the BIPOC folks who journeyed with us in our previous project, we have widened the scope of the tools and supports we can offer beyond our monthly Coalition gatherings.
The new project continues to centre the needs, experiences and brilliance of racialized folks working in OCRCC member agencies through:
- Building an online community of BIPOC practitioners to foster peer-to-peer support, and to celebrate the cultures, cosmologies and lived experiences of BIPOC frontline workers through holding regular online gatherings where we share resources and tools for: challenging systemic racism and oppression within the workplace, personal and collective healing, and re-centring pre-colonial traditional healing practices.
- Engaging white allies and leadership in member centres to bring about anti-racist, anti-colonial organizational change
- Further advocacy work by OCRCC, addressing the interaction of race and gender oppression on gender-based violence
The vision of the BIPOC Frontline Workers’ Coalition is to effect anti-colonial systems change through supporting and uplifting the voices of BIPOC sexual violence service providers, as well as educating white allies and decision-makers within the sector.
Our goal is to bring together a community of practitioners to address the following needs:
- Increased support and decreased isolation for Black, Indigenous, People of Color frontline staff in OCRCC member agencies
- Increased opportunities for anti-racist organizational and systems change within sexual assault centres
- Increased support for racialized survivors of sexual violence
We aim to reach our goals by 1) scaling the BIPOC Frontline Workers’ Coalition (2022-2023) model to include BIPOC outreach, public education, and management roles in sexual assault centres in OCRCC member agencies, 2) creating an ongoing peer support model for BIPOC frontline staff, 3) deploying the Healing Our Ancestors, Ourselves and Our Communities Toolkit to enhance organizational change and 4) undertaking advocacy work to address the effects of racial and gendered oppression on gender-based violence support work.
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The Fostering a BIPOC community of practice Project is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada.