Friday

Registration and Morning Refreshments

Opening Remarks                                                          
Adrian Wolfleg “Cultural knowledge keeper” Alberta Men’s Network.

Welcome
Liza Lorenzetti, Kamal Sehgal and Ryan Valley

Background: Alberta Men’s Network  
Vic Lantion, Men’s Action Network, and Alberta Men’s Network

From conversations to actions, together we will share how small talk among individuals led to the formation of Alberta Men’s Network. The presentation will also briefly present some of the earlier work and actions to show what has been done and how some of these feed into the forthcoming presentations. 

Racism, Masculinities, and Whiteness
Jeff Halvorsen 
The session will investigate how well-meaning white men perpetrate racism unbeknownst to them and the problematic defensive responses which perpetuate systems of oppression they are unconsciously socialized into when confronted with their racism (among other isms). Through work with men, personal experience and anti-racist literature we will explore specific barriers to overcome insidious racist behaviours and attitudes. Through this exploration we will touch on the themes of invisibility of privilege to the privileged, white racial discomfort and how men can be supported to move to productive allyship.

World Café: Alberta Men’s Network Toolkits
 Adrian Wolfleg, Lahn Jones, Michael Hoyt, Travis Pederson, LemLem Haile, Liza Lorenzetti, Ryan Valley, Justin Otteson.
 
This café offers an opportunity for discussion and feedback about a number of emerging toolkits for working with men.  Join this guided café led by Alberta Men’s Network members and their allies. We will provide a positive framework for three distinct world café conversations about working with men and masculinity. The toolkits outline common barriers that men face when considering joining a men's group, important steps in the initial planning of a men's group, strategies for getting men involved, tips for providing supports and services in a "male-friendly" way, and a collection of best practices from groups in Alberta that have been successful in engaging men. Toolkits set to be explored include Working with Indigenous Men, Introduction to Masculinities and Strategies for Planning and Running Men’s Groups and a Human Right Approach to Working with Men. Bring your ideas!

Empathy and Equity: Working with Latino Men
Fanny Oliphant
This workshop is a presentation of how to engage Latino Men in conversations to enhance and develop the level of empathy, compassion, and positive masculinity. How a deeper self-understanding as well as reflecting about your family of origin, values, idiosyncrasies and personal experiences will bring a foundation of emotional well-being; which  will be reflected on healthy relationships within the family.

Indigenous Approaches to Addressing Grief and Loss
Adrian Wolfleg “Cultural Knowledge Keeper” Alberta Men’s Network.
This workshop utilizes Nature’s University teachings and self-help techniques to break down destructive masculine stereotypes.

Mobilizing Men in Community-Based Settings
Emily Ophus and Stafford Perry
This workshop will inspire conversation around how Calgary Sexual Health Centre (CSHC) has been creating different opportunities for men to engage in creating positive social change in their communities. In response to concerns from communities where folks were coming forward to share their experiences of sexual violence or unwanted sexual attention, CSHC has developed and implemented several strategies to work with folks to make their communities safer. We will look at how these strategies have developed, explore some of the tools that have been useful, and discuss how these learning can be applied to people’s personal communities.  

Super Dads Super Kids Essentials
Kyle Campiou *This session will run from 1:15 – 3:30*
Engaging fathering figures is as much skill as it is knowledge development. We can help you grow your organizations father-friendliness through a framework that focuses on understanding key aspects of father involvement. This includes best practices and action planning based on activities that kids and dads do together, and involves a short discussion component for the men. It focuses on activities they can share AND gives the dads some quality parenting information on topics such as setting limits, emotional health, injury prevention, and communication. This full day training will help you understand the importance and context of the father-child bond and give you all you need to know to deliver Super Dads in your community.

Liberatory Masculinities from a Transmasculine Perspective
Stefan de Villiers.

How society understands gender is shifting as more people embrace identities outside of the gender binary or challenge traditional conceptions of what it means to be a man. Transmasculine folks offer a potentially unique and valuable perspective on the embodiment of masculinity. This interactive workshop will invite participants to reflect on their own relationship with the shifting landscape of masculinity while offering a window into the lived experiences of  a trans men. We will explore the meaning of masculinity using storytelling, self-reflection and dialogue; and we will discuss ways we can move towards celebrating a plurality of masculinities. 

The facilitator] will invite workshop participants to consider their own relationship with masculinity and how it has (or hasn’t) changed over time. Further, we will explore ways in which non-binary identities open up avenues for boys, men, women, and other non-binary folks to expand their understandings of themselves and to become more intentional in the ways they choose to move through the world as gendered beings.

South Asian Men & Mental Health: Findings from the Men’s Survey and Yoga as a Prevention Approach
Madan Nath and Vic Lantion
Canada is best known for its ethnic diversity. Canada Statistics (2011) indicates that almost seven million Canadians were born outside the country. Like other immigrants, South Asians may experience a number of resettlement challenges that may cause stress and frustration, loneliness, anxiety and depression. In some cases, they may have issues related to mental health concerns, interpersonal conflict and domestic violence. South Asian men have not been adequately supported due to little research on their well-being. South Asian brief focuses on the insights and experiences of 89 immigrant male Albertans of South Asian descent. The findings underscore the importance of family as one of the main enablers for well-being and health relationships, whereas financial stability and discrimination are key challenges. Moreover, the pervasiveness of discrimination, systemic barriers and underutilization of services pinpoint intersectional elements that negatively impact men respondents from South Asian heritage.

Super Dads Super Kids Essentials
Kyle Campiou
Engaging fathering figures is as much skill as it is knowledge development. We can help you grow your organizations father-friendliness through a framework that focuses on understanding key aspects of father involvement. This includes best practices and action planning based on activities that kids and dads do together, and involves a short discussion component for the men. It focuses on activities they can share AND gives the dads some quality parenting information on topics such as setting limits, emotional health, injury prevention, and communication. This full day training will help you understand the importance and context of the father-child bond and give you all you need to know to deliver Super Dads in your community.

Remembering, Actioning and Reconciling
Adrian Wolfleg, Lemlem Haile and Liza Lorenzetti
Anti-racism and anti-colonization are critical when working towards reconciliation, healing and ending domestic violence. This wrap-up session focuses on the roles of communities in the parallel work of remembering, actioning and reconciling. 

Path Forward and Wrap Up  
Justin Otteson
Everyone will join together to harvest the day’s learnings

Saturday

Healing Circle: A Traditional Approach to Well-being and Violence Prevention (Experiential)
Adrian Wolfleg

Emerging Men’s Shed: Community Bike Repair
Doug Murphy and Lemlem Haile
This two-part session will unpack the success of the Men’s Shed approach through the lens of bike repair events. By engaging core group of men to help run the bike repair program – this program  provided space for men to discuss issues they are facing in their lives and the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships. Our focus will be providing practical support by highlighting the success and tribulations within this model and looking to opportunities moving forward.

Yoga as a Violence Prevention Approach
Madan Nath and Vic Lantion

Addressing Trauma and Addiction Preventions through Ecstatic Dance Practice.
Maksim Klimov *Experiential – please bring loose clothing*
Join Maksim Klimov as he guides you through an empowering journey of self-discovery using different meditation techniques such as breath work, visualization as well as different styles of movement to assist yourself to understand how one would connect with higher self and create manifesting currents to release stress and balance your life to live a harmonious life with yourself and your surroundings. 

Closing Feast