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Summit Details

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Afternoon – Summit organizers arrive

2:00 – 5:00 | Registration
5:00 – 5:10 | Group Check in,
5:10 – 5:15 | Territorial Acknowledgement
5:15 – 5:30 | Setting of the Wands
5:15 – 5:30 | Gifting the Wands
5:30 – 5:45 | Reviewing the Cards

6:00 – 7:00 | Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 | Elders Panel
9:00 + Night Owl’s Option – The Matrix

6:30-7:00 | Yoga & Stretching

7:00-9:00 | Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:40 | Check – in, Acknowledgements
9:40 – 10:00 | Binding of the Wands

10:00-11:30 | Group Building Games
12:00-1:00 | Lunch
1:00-2:30 | Workshop: Are we elders or just old?
2:30-3:00 | Break
3:00-4:30 | Workshop: Mentorship
4:30-5:00 | Intro: Casting the Wands
5:00-6:00 | Break
6:00-7:00 | Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 | Social, Music
9:30 + Night Owl’s Option Matrix Reloaded

11:30 – 4:30 | Chill Space Alternate
The Way of the Wand

6:30-7:00 | Yoga & Stretching
7:00-8:30 | Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:30 | Casting of the Wands
10:30-12:00 | Clean up / Checkout

South Island

There will be a 7 passenger van leaving Victoria in time for the 9:00 ferry.
It’s first stop is planned to be near Mayfair Mall
It will return on Sunday aiming for the 3:00 ferry
Contact Corey Keith (
For more information

North + Central BC
We have funding available for a van but need driver in the area

List on Camp Squeah Website

Please Bring
Change of clothes

Sleeping Bag & Pillow


Toothbrush & Toiletries

Water bottle

Hat with visor

Sturdy footwear


Rain gear

Modest swimsuit & towel

Extra pair of shoes/footwear


Pens & paper

Envelopes & stamps





Musical Instrument

Please DO NOT Bring

iPod, electronic games, mp3

Cell phones

Junk food


Knives & pocket knives

Matches & lighters



We are providing family style, buffet, self serve dinner
Coffee, Herbal Tea
Green Salad

Your help in cleaning up after eating is appreciated

We are providing Continental style, self serve-breakfast
Coffee, herbal tea

We are providing family style, self-serve
Coffee, herbal tea
Fruit Drinks
Sandwiches and Wraps
Mix of cold cuts and vegetarian
Hot vegetarian soup
Green Salad
Chips and Salsa

We are providing continental style, self serve-breakfast
Coffee, herbal tea

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Somewhere Else Cafe
27052 Baker, Yale, BC V0K 2S0
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
20 min walk / 5 min car

Kimchi Restaurant
821 6 Ave, Hope, BC V0X 1L2
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
15 min / car

Camp Squeah


Tenting / RVs

Lodging Nearby

Fort Yale Motel

31265 Trans-Canada Hwy, Yale, BC V0K 2S0
5 minutes by car

The Johnny Ward House (Yale)
64905 Albert St, Yale, BC V0K 2S0
7 minutes by car


Skagit Motel (Hope)
655 3 Ave, Hope, BC V0X 1L0
15 min by car

Wifi at the camp is limited to the main office

Changing2gether Summit

The Changing2Gether Summit is a retreat based weekend and knowledge exchange to find new paths into a shared future of vitality, resilience, reconciliation, capacity and justice for the trans, Two-Spirit, nonbinary (T2NBY) community of BC.

The summit is being hosted at Camp Squeah (Salish:’place of refuge’) in the traditional territory of the Yale and Sto:lo First Nations whose relationship with these lands and waters remains unbroken.

Through workshops and conversation we will empower each other and gain new insights into eldership, mentorship, leadership, social justice, wandwork, and wellness magick. Self-care is at the core of all wellness, so there will also be plenty of time to slow down, be present, relax, rejuvenate, and dance in the beauty of the gateway to the Fraser Canyon.

The 2019 theme is eldership, including the convening of the T2NBY elders Council of BC.

The summit welcomes and is open to all T2NBY people from anywhere in British Columbia. While the theme is elders and eldership, the event is intentionally intergenerational. This will be an opportunity for community members to meet and connect across generations and experiences. Given the residential nature of this event, all participants should be at least 18 years of age. This year, we have capacity for up to 30 attendees. The selection criteria is eldership, community service, and regional representation. Spaces are reserved for Indigenous community and healthcare system stakeholders.

We cover the costs of accommodations and food for the weekend. Meals are family style, primarily vegetarian and intended to cover basic dietary needs. People on special diets should plan accordingly with their own supplies. A communal kitchen is available at all times. Accommodations are cabins shared by two or three people. You are also welcome to bring your own tent or RV. People will be asked to get themselves to the retreat location. If you require assistance with travel costs, please let us know. We are coordinating carpooling from several parts of the province. If you are driving and would be willing to have others join you, please let us know; similarly, if you are looking for a ride, please also let us know.

Convening the T2NBY elders Council of BC is the first step in establishing the T2NBY Community Council of BC.

The T2NBY Community Council is conceived as community designated representatives from BC’s 16 regional health districts and the Indigenous community, along with representatives of the healthcare system.  Together they represent the range of stakeholders in T2NBY community wellness.

The purpose of the T2NBY Community Council is to define, maintain, and exercise a set of community-based standards for transition related services, healthcare, and research.

This event is a project of the Our Community Health Initiative, a community-based research collaborative supported by partners at Rainbow Health Cooperative, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, and the University of Victoria. Funding for this event is provided by the Vancouver Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The primary community deliverable of Our_Community Health Initiative is to establish a sustainable basis for the T2NBY Community Council of BC.

Rainbow Health is BC’s largest trans, Two-Spirit, nonbinary organization. We are a volunteer based, not-for-profit cooperative that began as a community initiative early in 2014.
We have members across BC, and acknowledge the multiple First Nations traditional territories where we live, work and play. Our organization is housed in the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, and centered in the islands of the mid-Salish Sea, as such we specifically acknowledge our organizational host, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, and our hosts of several nations, collectively the SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples, also referred to as the Malchosen, the Lekwungen, the Semiahmoo, and the T’Sou-ke. We work on a way forward that is based on mutual respect and marked by stories of our communities cooperating in this time of Truth and Reconciliation.
Our mission is the promotion of gender wellness through education. Gender wellness is the set of personal strategies and public policies that makes our genders a beneficial part of our lives, families and communities.

0_CHI is a partnership initiative by Rainbow Health Co-operative, the University of Victoria and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre to develop new training, workshops, and services.

O_CHI is a multi-year, BC-wide Community-Based Participatory Research Project investigating what systemic change would be for the T2NBY Community. O_CHI is a mixed methodology research project that establishes community resources to accomplish its objectives, while maintaining equitable access by the Indigenous community.

O_CHI views systemic change through a strengths based lens that sees a world where the T2NBY community is a respected, vital and important part of society. The start of that change is to see ourselves as vital, important and worthy of respect. This is where we begin.

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