Love Letters To Survivors
*TW/CW: some mention of sexual assault below.
Call for submissions! Love Letters To Survivors allows individuals to submit art, letters, poems, or songs that are written to the survivors of sexual assault. Those who wish to submit a letter can remain anonymous, or chose to have their name included in their submission as it will be shared across SAMRU and MRU social media channels.
Survivor Love Letters is a movement for survivors of sexual assault and their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. It was started by filmmaker and activist, Tani Ikeda in 2012 on the anniversary of her sexual assault where she penned a letter to her younger self that ended with the words: “This is my survivor love letter”. To see examples of Survivor Love Letters, check out #SurvivorLoveLetters and @survivor.love.letter
Please submit your contribution here. Submissions will remain open and will be posted throughout the month of May in honour of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you have any additional questions, you can reach out to Sarah Armstrong, RIS Programmer.
*You must be logged into your mtroyal Gmail account to access the website and submissions page. Reach out if you have additional questions.
Wellness Wind Down
Come wind down from the week in a queer-friendly, virtual space every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The weekly Wellness Wind Down is a collaboration project with queer-friendly counsellor, Janet Miller, from Wellness Services on Campus. Students will gather weekly to wind down from the week, chat and hang out in a supportive setting. Students will be able to decide what they need from the space each week that they attend.
Here’s the link to join!
Crafternoon is back- with a twist for the winter semester! Instead of Google Meet group instructions, craft packages will be available at SAMRU reception (Z222) with instructions for each craft included.
While we will be offering ten pre-made craft bags each week for contactless pick up in reception
on a first-come, first-serve basis- we also wanted to provide a full craft list for those who would
like to purchase their own materials, would like to order online in advance, or those who are
simply just curious!
Craft list available here.
Queer ‘n’ Tell
Come listen to other students share what resources helped them along their queer journey, such as agencies, books, zines, and programs the last Wednesday of every month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. We’ll engage in a discussion after each presentation. Here’s the link to join!
Have a resource you’d like to share with your community? Email email@example.com to submit to the Relationship, Identity, and Sex (RIS) Programmer. All resources presented are required to be rooted in some sort of evidence, and approved by the RIS programmer prior to presenting. This is to ensure that topics follow accountable spaces guidelines and are appropriate for the group (no hate speech, trigger warnings in place if needed, etc).
Queer ‘n’ Tell Resource Sheet coming soon!
The Gender Affirming Clothing Swap is back, and we’re going online! Check out the ‘Gender Affirming Clothing Swap album’ on our Pride Facebook group for clothing options, and then message RIS Programmer Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choices and to receive contactless pick-up instructions. It’s that easy.
We will not be accepting donations other than gently worn shoes, binders and bras (due to need) for the winter semester. We currently have a large amount of clothing that we will need to go through first, and these clothes have been quarantined over the winter break.
BE(lieve in) YOU is a peer support program in partnership with Sagesse for those who identify as women who are facing an increased risk of violence and abuse because of their involvement in sex work. This program supports all individuals and their choices in the work they engage in.
This online program allows women to connect and learn from other women who have had similar experiences – consensual or not. BE(lieve in) YOU is about empowering women to achieve their goals and create safety wherever possible while accepting that safety is not always in our control.
*Please email Sagesse (email@example.com) or call (403-234-7337 ext. 100) to complete intake and registration to the program. The registration deadline is ongoing.