Seniors are now the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population, with their numbers expected to double over the next two decades. By then, one in four people living in Canada will be older than 65 years of age. With many advances in LGBTQI2S human rights, we are now beginning to see more LGBTQI2S seniors ‘out ‘ and proud! To respond to these changes, Egale offers a variety of initiatives and resources that help meet needs, address gaps and share experiences across Canada.
We may be small in numbers, but we are mighty! The purpose of the Egale Seniors Resource map is a go to place to start your search for programs and services that may be available for an LGBTQI2S Senior in your area. Like any map, this map is by no means complete nor entirely accurate, but it meant as a first step to seeing what’s out there. The map will be updated on a continual basis by the Seniors Program Officer at email@example.com.
Tips & Tricks: This map has been created using google maps, but the interface sometimes limits the accessibility and readability. Please zoom in to your desired location in order to see all the options populate. You can also search by clicking “View Larger map” on the top right hand corner and using the search bar.
Disclaimer: Please note, Egale does not have a direct relationship with all the organizations listed here, and cannot guarantee that each organization has enacted LGBTQI2S-inclusive anti-discrimination policies and practices, or that each organization will provide the services you may need. This database is provided for general information purposes only, and does not indicate Egale’s endorsement of the organizations, their staff or their services.
The Community Engagement Consult for LGBTQI2S Seniors
The Community Engagement Consult for LGBTQI2S Seniors is an initiative launched in March 2016. This multi-stage knowledge gathering process is the first of its kind in Canada and was launched with the purpose of:
- Understanding the diversity of experiences of LGBTQI2S seniors living in Canada.
- Deepening our understanding of organizations, research and work already being done.
- Highlighting gaps and holding our governments accountable to change.
- Sharing our findings with the communities most closely impacted.
We are gathering information in four distinct phases, each of which builds off one another:
Knowledge Sharing Forum
Held in Toronto, ON during March 2016. The 1-day event took the form of a panel of community members, organizational representatives, service providers and researchers who described the circumstances facing LGBTQI2S seniors. Facilitated breakout groups made up of the 40+ folks attending then each collected feedback and critiques of the panelists’ views to contextualize with lived experience. The knowledge that was generated at the forum captured a wealth of local knowledge, and provided a starting point for launching a national discussion on how to create meaningful, positive change for LGBTQI2S seniors in Canada. More information on the results found here.
With the support of Egale’s National Seniors Advisory Council (NSAC), an online consultation was launched in September 2016 that gave others a chance to respond and add to the ongoing discussion. The consult was open for a six month period and collected over 225 responses. The respondents represented all 10 provinces from both rural and urban locations, and a spectrum of sexual, gender, racial, and disability identities. Participants described their own lived experiences, issues, and recommendations, as well as highlighting local resources and supportive organizations. More information on the results found here.
While the online consultation added richness to the discussion, there were a few key demographics and geographic locations that continued to be underrepresented. We look forward to hearing more from those who live in the maritime and territory regions in order to gain a wider and deeper understanding of the diverse experiences across Canada. Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates!
Share and Promote!
The information gathered through our Knowledge Sharing Forum, our Online Consultation and our In-Person Consultation will be used to draft a series of documents for community members to share the results and plan next steps for organizations and governments to strengthen their work. We know that Community Engagement Consult for LGBTQI2S Seniors will help refine our own strategic planning through programming, advocacy efforts and educational toolkits.
Meet Our National Seniors Advisory Council
Egale’s National Seniors Advisory Council (NSAC) is a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and Two Spirit seniors and allies from across Canada working to improve the quality of life of LGBTQI2S seniors. The council oversees the Community Engagement Consult for LGBTQI2S Seniors, and holds the organization accountable to the diversity of the LGBTQI2S community. By fostering nation-wide partnerships, the NSAC provides opportunities for Egale to identify and support on-the-ground work of local organizations across Canada. Interested in learning more or hearing of new opportunities for involvement? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the Seniors Program Officer will get back to you shortly!
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