The conference organizers of EconoUs2019 deeply value your participation and are striving to implement measures to create ease of access and comfort for all people in attendance.
Here is a list of ways we are working to support accessibility at the event:
- A bursary program is available by application to help subsidize the cost of attendance for individuals requiring support for costs associated with registration or transportation
- Equipment for French-English and English-French simultaneous translation will be provided to all registrants at no charge for the duration of the conference.
- Childcare (kids aged 4-12 or potty-trained) is available at the local YMCA, free of charge for conference participants, in order to alleviate barriers to participation for folks who care for children. Be sure to include your needs on the EconoUs2019 registration form.
- Rooms at the RBC Place welcome and accommodate smudging and medicines used for ceremony.
- A multi-faith prayer room will be available on site for anyone needing a quiet space during EconoUs2019. Both gendered and non-gendered rooms will be available.
- Quiet places will be created and cared for in the interest of offering participants space for quiet reflection.
- Sunrise ceremony will be available on Sept. 17 and 18 for anyone interested.
- Gender-neutral and gendered washrooms will both be available on site.
- London is the Forest City! EconoUs2019 aims toward being a zero-waste event by reducing the amount of garbage we produce, by promoting eco-friendly behaviour changes on site, uplifting green organizations, and by working with local partners to source renewable, recyclable, reusable items for any conference materials. Visit their green initiatives page for more on the RBC Place’s commitment to environment.
- EconoUs2019 is a plastic free event! Hydration stations will replace plastic bottles of water so remember to bring your own reusable bottles.
- Waste receptacles throughout the RBC Place have compartments to recycle glass, plastic, paper. Food scraps are collected and sent for composting. Any large amount of leftover food will be donated to the local Men’s Mission.
- Food will be locally sourced first whenever possible: The RBC Place team is committed to supporting their neighbours and local farmers and community by sourcing season, regional, and sustainable ingredients. They work with suppliers who are committed to purchasing ingredients from a 100 mile radius, reducing their carbon footprint and supporting local food systems.
- Dietary needs will be diligently accommodated with dignity to the greatest degree possible.
- Space will be available for additional meetings outside of the RBC Place via local organizational partners.
- The RBC Place is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence and is committed to meeting the needs of people of all abilities in a timely manner. They do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). More information is available on their accessibility and services page.
We know this list is by no means exhaustive, nor will we get this exactly right, but we wish to be transparent and collaborative in our learning process! We welcome your active participation in making EconoUs2019 a conference that works for all.
COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS: ECONOUS2019 WELCOMES EVERYONE!
EconoUs2019 intends to be a conference that is welcoming for all. We acknowledge that working towards equitable community economic development means addressing marginalization due to systemic injustices and oppression, and that this is lifelong work.
As a conference planning team we have tried to create an event that is as accessible as possible, both uplifting and celebrating participants’ varied identities and life experiences. As we envision and build just and inclusive local economies in community, we also practice these values within the microcosm of the conference.
We are excited to co-create this conference with you! The following suggested community guidelines can help us to collectively create a caring and inspiring space for all.
Respect: Diverse perspectives and experiences are a source of wealth and inspiration. Be curious, challenge yourself to question your perspectives and be open and inviting to what is new or unfamiliar to you.
Listen: Active listening is about listening to understand rather than to respond. Avoid jargon, acronyms and abbreviations when possible and speak for yourself by using “I” statements.
Share: In facilitated sessions, if you are someone who tends to be more comfortable listening, move your speaking skills along by contributing more. If you tend to speak a lot in groups, move up your listening game. Be mindful of the space you take up in conversations.
Learn: No one knows everything, but together we know a lot! Use this conference space to learn from peers, and build connections to take your learning forward past the event.
Please get in touch with Hannah Renglich (firstname.lastname@example.org) with supportive feedback, additional requests, and, especially, ideas for co-creating an accessible conference.