G Day Yukon 2018

May 4-6, 2018

Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Whitehorse


What is G Day?

G Day is a community-based rite of passage event series for girls ages 10 to 12 that emphasizes connection, confidence and supportive family relationships at this key “coming of age” transition between childhood and adolescence.

On that day, the G Day Village will include both girls and their “Champions”: parents, step-parents, grandparents, mentors, and other valued caregivers.

This full-day event will feature a diverse lineup of workshops for both girls and Champions.

Girls will connect with themselves and each other through empowerment workshops, movement, art, yoga, and inspiring story-based presentations on leadership, self-esteem, and more! Champions will come together to learn strategies for communication and resilience as supports for their girls.

G Day is a program operated by United Girls of the World (UGW), a registered charity based in Vancouver, BC. UGW’s mission is to develop and provide programs and materials to girls, their parents and other caregivers that assist in supporting girls’ development of personal empowerment, healthy peer relationships, self-esteem and body positivity.

In order to meet this mission, UGW is developing scalable, culturally elastic event frameworks and associated social-emotional learning programming, activities and other tools.


Who is organizing G Day Yukon?

The Yukon Association for Community Living (YACL) is leading the charge to launch this project in Whitehorse in partnership with many other organizations including Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre and BYTE. UGW’s team will support in programming before and at the event.


Our vision for G Day Yukon

When: Friday May 4 to Sunday May 6, 2018

Where: Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Whitehorse

Who: G Day participants include self-identifying girls ages 9-12, and their supportive adults (“Champions”) who live in the Yukon.

We will require a minimum of one Champion from each community to support travel and preparation for girl participants for the duration of G Day.

Registration: Our goal is that funding / sponsorship will ensure there is little to no cost for registration. If there is a cost bursaries will be available.

Accommodation: We are currently working with the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre (KDCC) to host a sleepover at the KDCC.

Participants and Champions will need to bring sleeping bags, sleeping mats, and overnight materials for 1-2 nights depending on their home community.

Schedule

  • May 4: Participant travel & opening ceremonies
  • May 5: G Day 9-4pm
  • May 6: Travel home for long distance communities

Transportation: Transportation will be provided from each community, either by reimbursement to the community champion, or by prearranged transport.

Meals: We will be seeking sponsorship for meals to be provided during the entirety of the event. Girls living in Whitehorse may be requested to bring meals to reduce costs.


How can you help?

  1. Become a community champion: Help us to spread the word to girls and champions in your community, support participants to register and prepare for travel, accompany girls to Whitehorse and participate in the Champions events.

  2. Join our core leadership team: We will require a core team for logistics support, volunteer coordination, social media support, speaker curation and coordination and much more — your skills can help us bring this vision to life!

  3. Volunteer at the event: We will need a number of volunteers to facilitate with the girls, serve meals, decorate and clean up, chaperone, and much more.

  4. Become a speaker: If you are interested in providing a workshop to the girls or their champions please let us know. Our selection committee will review all applications to ensure a diverse range of presentations.

  5. Become a sponsor: Sponsors will ensure our event is extra special for our girls and their champions. From food, to travel, accommodation, sound, and décor — we need your support.


Who do I contact for more information?

Sofia Fortin

Sofia is a born and raised Yukoner and a passionate champion for girls and women. She is a communications and marketing consultant and facilitator who supports non-profits in finding their ground and sharing their story. As the co-director of SMRT POP UPS she spends her time helping organizations engage audiences. Over the last decade, she has worked on research, events, campaigns, and movements to support women and inspire positive change in Whitehorse and beyond. Sofia is also a certified sexual health educator and facilitator of the My Life, My Body program: a sexual health education program for the disability community with Yukon Association for Community Living. As her friends are fond of saying, “give her a knitting needle and hammer and she’ll change the world.” 

G Day Yukon’s Community Leader

Yukon Association for Community Living

Cell: 332-0907

Email: yukon@gday.world