Coming to the Table

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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During these uncertain times, COVID-19 has made us shift the way we see the entire world, especially how without access to financial income, many of our lives would easily become unstable. For many, this has always been an everyday circumstance. Folks with Disabilities are less financially supported than their able bodied working counterparts. In British Columbia, folks who are on Disability are receiving up to $1500 a month during the quarantine while folks who can access CERB are receiving $2000 a month plus provincial rent supplements. During this dialogue, Audrey Siegl, S F Ho and melannie monorecos dive into the ways in which these supplements and supports are failing people with Disabilities and how institutional bureaucracy is endangering more lives than saving them. There is so much to do as this isn’t the only barrier, the larger community has and still remains apathetic and nonresponsive to community members with Disabilities, this dialogue gives us a chance to unpack and witness these perspectives and honour the labour happening before us. This panel will have live transcription available!


melannie monoceros is a poet and interdisciplinary artist exploring polysensory production and somatic grief through text/ile. A Black, queer and chronically ill creator, they live in Treaty 1/Winnipeg, MB; home of the Métis First Nation and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations.

S F Ho is a 90% chill 10% not artist living on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples. They are into community building, books, being sort of boring, and they recently finished writing a short novella about aliens, love and boundaries called George the Parasite.

sχɬemtəna:t, Audrey Siegl, an independent activist from the unceded lands of the Musqueam.

She has been active on grassroots environmental and social justice-political frontline movements.

Audrey has worked on raising awareness on MMIWG, the housing crisis, the Fentynal crisis, forced displacement and the connection btw extractive industry projects and violations of FN, Land & human rights.

This panel will have live transcription available!
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