Events, Trainings and Workshops

Our workshops are driven by community interests. All of our workshops and trainings are custom designed for specific workplaces, organizations and communities.

Upcoming Events and Workshops:

Presented with: University of Victoria Social Justice Studies 
Monday, March.19th 7:00pm-9:30pm
University of Victoria – David Strong Building C122
This powerful documentary explores Australia’s controversial Pacific Solution
Policy as it relates to asylum seekers and refugees.

“Asylum-seekers from around the world continue to risk their lives by embarking on dangerous boat crossings in search of safe harbour. But what happens when the destination is as unwelcoming as the dangers left behind? Australia has implemented some of the harshest immigration laws in the world, and Eva Orner’s unflinching new film exposes the impact of these policies, which see asylum-seekers detained in isolated island facilities and left in stateless limbo, sometimes for years. Shocking never-before-seen footage from inside the facilities, obtained by anonymous sources using hidden cameras, reveals the desperation and despair of the detainees, along with the feelings of powerlessness from those hired to oversee them. As reports of sexual and physical abuse surface, greater questions arise about a country whose leaders choose detention over compassion, and who deprive the desperate of their basic human rights”. – Shane Smith, Canadian International Documentary Festival

THIS EVENT IS BY DONATION (nobody will be turned away!)
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Some examples of the many trainings and events we’ve offered in the past are:

Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch, Community Meeting Room

VCST proudly presented Constance on the Edge, a film that follows a Sudanese Family for 10 years from refugee camp into their lives in Australia after being resettled while documenting the mental health struggles and demonstrated resilience upon embarking on a new stage of life in Australia.

The screening was followed by a facilitated discussion featuring Sonya Boya – Registered Clinical Counsellor, William Goldiet – AHAVI Representitive, Gita John-lyam – about mental health while we explored how acts of welcome can support newcomers in our community.

FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Moderated by Sharmarke Dubow, VCST President
Sari Alesh – Syrian Violinist, Gita John-Iyam – Family and Youth Services Coordinator, ICA of Greater Victoria,
Sonya Boya – Registered Clinical Counsellor

  • In Dignity: Using Response-Based Ideas in Work for Survivors of Torture and Violence, with Allan Wade, Ph.D., 2014: Workshop Poster (PDF)
  • Let’s Talk About Torture: Exploring the Roles of Health Professionals and Ethicists in the Prevention of Torture, with Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture at Canadian Bioethics Society Conference, 2014.
  • Survivors of Political Violence and Canada’s Role in Justice, with Matt Eisenbrandt of Canadian Centre for International Justice, 2013: Workshop Poster (PDF)
  • Refugee Determination Process, with Peter Golden, 2012:   Workshop Poster (JPG)
  • Trauma and Resistance, with Vikki Reynolds, 2011: Workshop Poster (PDF)

Do you work with survivors? Are you interested in receiving more training?

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