March 21st – The Fentanyl Crisis: A Men’s Health Perspective

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FREE TO ATTEND

Tuesday, March 21st @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Room TBA)
515 West Hastings St.
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

4 out of 5 fentanyl deaths in B.C. are males. What are we to make of this deadly gender disparity? Join SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys for a special presentation by Dr. Dan Bilsker, who will explore the Fentanyl crisis from a men’s health perspective.

Featured Speaker

Dan Bilsker, PhD, is a psychologist who works in the areas of men’s health, knowledge translation and psychological safety in the workplace. He is a partner in Psych Health & Safety Consulting (www.psychsafety.org) and holds academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Prof., UBC and Adjunct Prof., SFU.

References

Bilsker D, Goldenberg R, Davison J (2010) A Roadmap to Men’s Health. (https://www.sfu.ca/carmha/publications/roadmap-to-mens-health.html).
Bilsker D, White J (2011). The silent epidemic of male suicide. British Columbia Medical Journal 53: 529-534.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by CAFE Vancouver

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

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March 9th – Do Men Need Feminism?

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FREE TO ATTEND

Thursday, March 9th @ 6:30pm
***VENUE CHANGE – Vancouver Public Library* (Central Branch)
Peter Kaye Room (downstairs)
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

Featured Speaker:
Diana Davison

A popular vlogger on gender issues, freedom of speech, and feminist interventions in the legal system, Diana is known for her well researched videos addressing the growing challenges facing men in the courtroom. Encouraging members of the public to take an interest in the legal system and to add their voices to the discussion, Diana has become a strong voice in a community concerned with protecting and preserving civil rights.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by CAFE Vancouver

The NEW SFU Men’s Centre Proposal

DOWNLOAD The NEW SFU Men’s Centre Proposal (Sept 2016)

Recently an interesting post by an anonymous user was shared by SFU Confessions, a Facebook page where students “can send your deepest, darkest confessions and [they] will post it up anonymously!”:

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In September of 2016 SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys (SFUAMB) submitted a new proposal to the SFSS for a Men’s Centre. In response the SFSS requested that a needs assessment be conducted to determine the needs of the community on campus. In October SFUAMB submitted a grant proposal to fund research towards that end and is still awaiting feedback.

Do you support a Men’s Centre at SFU? If so, here’s what you can do about it:

  1. Read our SFU Men’s Centre Proposal (SFUMC)
  2. Email the SFSS and tell them why you support a Men’s Centre on campus –> go@sfss.ca
  3. Like and comment the SFU confession featured above.

NOV.20TH – The Red Pill screening!

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ONLINE TICKETS SOLD OUT! — A grouping of tickets will be available at the door on the event day (first come, first serve). Registration opens at 2pm.

Free to attend
Registration required (via link)

“When a feminist filmmaker sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs.”
TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK7n_XA40V8

2:30pm–6pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Room #1900)
515 West Hastings St.

Join us for a one-day only screening of the highly anticipated feature documentary about gender equality and the Men’s Rights Movement, The Red Pill: A feminist’s journey into the men’s rights movement.

Featuring SPECIAL GUESTS for a post-film discussion:

  1. JohnTheOther
  2. Diana Davison
  3. ???

Hosted by SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys
Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

Oct 24th (and Oct 25th!) Events – The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

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SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys and CAFE Vancouver present 2 events on domestic violence in October:

Monday, Oct.24th “She Hits Me”

*FREE ADMISSION*
Link to Facebook Event Page
Room #1800 @ SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown)
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

She Hits Me: The Hidden Side Of Domestic Violence
Featuring Speakers:
Micheal Healey, Intimate Partner Violence Survivor
Dr. Alexandra Lysova, Assistant Professor of Criminoloy at SFU

*Free snacks and beverages will be made available.
*This event will be accessible for those new to the subjected or well-versed.

A similar proportion of men and women experienced domestic violence during the five years prior to the 2009 Statistics Canada survey. Among men, 6.0% or about 585,000, encountered spousal violence during this period, compared with 6.4% or 601,000 women. In Canada more women than men report being pushed, shoved or slapped while more men than women report being kicked, bit, or hit with something.

Numerous other studies indicate virtual parity of male/female domestic violence victims – but what resources are made available to men? Join us for an informative evening on why the problem of intimate partner violence won’t go away when only one gender is given consideration.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Michael Healey has for 30 years operated a successful Toronto-based consulting practice specializing in organizational development and culture.
Michael is also a survivor of intimate partner violence. He’ll share his story, including his path to recovery.

Dr. Alexandra Lysova’s PhD thesis focused on the study of intimate partner violence where she found “200 studies that document equal rates of IPV perpetration by women and men.” Dr. Lysova is working towards correcting the record through research that IPV is not a gendered problem and that male victims are faced today with little to no resources to help them.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys
Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

Tuesday, Oct.25th “Untold Suffering”

*FREE ADMISSION*
Link to Facebook Event Page
Room #2020/2030
Limited Seating
Contact: pjohnston@equalitycanada.com

UNTOLD SUFFERING: The Whole Story on Domestic Violence
Featuring Speakers:
Micheal Healey, Intimate Partner Violence Survivor
Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Associate Professor of Psychiatry @ UBC

*Catering generously made available by UBC Engineering Department.
*This event will be accessible for those new to the subject or well-versed.

Join us for an important, educational event on the untold story – the whole story – on domestic violence in Canada. The public and media have beliefs about domestic violence that are contradicted by years of research evidence — and these uninformed notions are leading to ineffective public policy changes. Without the whole story we risk perpetuating the problem and even making it worse for DV victims.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Michael Healey has for 30 years operated a successful Toronto-based consulting practice specializing in organizational development and culture.
Michael is also a survivor of intimate partner violence. He’ll share his story, including his path to recovery.

Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, SFU, and Senior Research Fellow at the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services. Dr. Nicholls is a forensic psychologist with research interests at the intersection of law and mental health.

Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

OCT.8TH -EXPAND THE INQUIRY!

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*FREE ADMISSION*
Oct.8th @ 6:30pm
Room #1800 @ SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown), 515 W Hastings St.
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com
Featured Speaker: Dr. Adam Jones (additional guest speakers TBA)
RSVP via our Facebook page to ensure yourself a seat!

Free coffee and snacks will be made available.

SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys is pleased to welcome Dr. Adam Jones for his 2nd presentation on behalf of our club. He will give a presentation on the need for missing and murdered indigenous men to be included in the national inquiry.

There has been a lot of recent focus in the media on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, and rightfully so. However, it is troubling that no space in the discourse has been reserved for the status of indigenous men. Indigenous men are murdered at more than twice the rate of that of indigenous women. Furthermore, no funded research has been directed toward investigating the statistics on missing cases.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Jones is a professor of Political Science at UBC Okanagan, and is an expert on gender, genocide, and masculinity. In early 2016 he launched a petition for a gender-inclusive inquiry.

It’s time for a Men’s Centre @ SFU

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The SFUAMB team has been busy over the summer months constructing a proposal to the SFSS for an SFU Men’s Centre (SFUMC). More details will be released, and the full proposal will be available to review online soon! For now read SFUAMB President Jesse Velay-Vitow’s official statement on why male-identified people need their own space at SFU campus:

“My name is Jesse Velay-Vitow and I am the President of the Simon Fraser University Advocacy for Men and Boys. It is my pleasure to write the foreword to this ambitious proposal. In my three years on campus I have endeavoured to embody our school’s motto. To be an engaged student at an engaged university. I have sat on student council, ran for board, held positions in my departmental and faculty student unions, and volunteered for as many outreach projects as I could handle. Through this all I have gained a great appreciation for students striving to be involved. The students of SFUAMB have been paragons of this virtue, devoting countless hours of work throughout the last year, sacrificing weekends and evenings to create one of the more active clubs and the most successful student led group for men’s issues in Canada. I am incredibly proud of the work they’ve done, and feel privileged to lead them into this new chapter of our work.

The SFUMC has been a dream of mine since I arrived at SFU. In my first year I joined the men’s programming initiative and sought greater involvement. It has been a long time belief of mine that through cooperation and community outreach, we can address the needs of male students in a constructive and unique way. As long as one of us is without a safe community, our entire community is weaker for it. Men’s issues have been a passion of mine ever since I took a class in social justice in high school. This broadened my appreciation for the issues facing various groups in our society. I was much impressed with the quality of work women were doing to raise awareness of and see an end to issues facing women. I noticed a dearth of the same for men, and decided to take that on as a life goal and passion. Much changes throughout four years of university, but for me, this goal has remained constant.

I envision the SFUMC as a safe haven for men, conducting research and outreach in how to most effectively better men’s lives and improve their health. A room where they can learn about different models of masculinity and are aided in creating their own. A place where they can express their emotions without fear of judgment, and learn the skills to process these emotions in an effective way. There will be workshops focusing on emotional skills, fatherhood, mental health skills and more. I would love to have a diverse and unique resource library, telling the stories of men from all walks of life. This is my embryonic vision for the men’s centre and I am incredibly excited to see how it develops in the coming months and years.

SFU has been on the cutting edge of progress for the past half century, we were among the first to recognize the issues facing women on campus, and a few decades later the plight of LGBT individuals. As we hit our 50th anniversary, Simon Fraser University once again has the opportunity to be on the forefront. At its inauguration, the SFUMC will be the first of its kind in the entire country.  I won’t lie and say that this opportunity will be without difficulties and that there will be no detractors. However I implore those who consider this proposal to look past the short term consequences and focus on the long term benefits. Progress is never easy, but it is always necessary. I thank you for taking the time to consider making our dream a reality.”

Sincerely,
Jesse Velay-Vitow
SFUAMB President