Serving Manitoba's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Two Spirit Communities
The Rainbow Resource Centre provides public education, outreach, and private consultation to health care providers, educators (K-12 and post-secondary), students (K-12), social service practitioners, and those in the public and private sectors who wish to build their capacity, awareness and learn about the issues, challenges and barriers faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit children, adolescents and adults.
The Rainbow Resource Centre offers professional workshops, presentations, and seminars on a broad range of topics that are adapted to meet the needs of each request. Workshop facilitators are non-judgmental, trained in adult education, and encourage participation and sharing of skills and knowledge. Fees may apply.
To book a training session, information booth, or a private consultation, contact the Education Program Coordinator at 204-284-5590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have presented in schools, universities, colleges, non-profit agencies, crown corporations, private businesses, financial institutions, insurance agencies, funeral chapels, unions, churches and spiritual groups, and healthcare institutions.
Contact the Rainbow Resource Centre for fees. Fees are collected on a cost recovery basis. Travel and accommodation may apply if sessions are delivered beyond Winnipeg.
The Rainbow Resource Centre provides education services throughout Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Exceptions beyond the Centre’s geographic scope is on a case by case bases.
Training sessions are created and adapted to meet your objectives and goals. Our preference is to collaborate with each request when designing and delivering sessions. Usually a combination of didactic teaching, small and large group discussions, self-reflection exercises, and worksheets are to be expected. We prefer to work collaboratively with you to ensure that participants are getting the most out of our sessions.
The Rainbow Resource Centre also offers several training sessions throughout the year. We would be more than happy to notify you when we host a training session. Please forward your contact information to the Education Program Coordinator at email@example.com or call 204.284.5590.
Here is a sampling of our training sessions. Feel free to book one of our sessions, or speak to us so we can collaborate on a session that meets your needs and learning objectives.
This introductory session runs from 1.5 to 3 hours in length.
LGBTTQ* Awareness training provides general knowledge to individuals who wish to broaden their understanding of sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. Participants will learn how to identify homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism from a personal, social, cultural, and systemic framework.
This training session is appropriate for those who are seeking basic and general knowledge. It is highly recommended to complete a half-day Awareness Training prior to a Rainbow Resource Centre full-day Ally Training. Participants completing an LGBTTQ* Awareness training will:
Participants will receive a certificate of completion indicating they have completed an LGBTTQ* Awareness Training through the Rainbow Resource Centre. It is highly recommended that all members of an education, social services and healthcare organization attend this session before taking Ally Training.
The method of instruction will comprise of lecture, personal reflection and group discussion.
LGBTTQ* Ally training gears individuals to identify, speak out, and stand up for a person or group that is targeted and/or discriminated against based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. An ally works to end oppression by supporting and advocating for people who are stigmatized, discriminated, or treated unfairly because of who they are.
Allies are people who do not necessarily identify as an LGBTTQ* person (as all people can be an ally), but do support the LGBTTQ* community by standing up against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism so all people can live in a more affirming and safer environment, community, and society. Included will be the following:
Upon completing a minimum of 6.5 hours of Ally Training, individuals will receive a full colour Ally card that acknowledges completion of the training. .
This session is ideal for teachers, school administrators, counselors, therapists and business people who wish to expand their knowledge on the issues. The method of instruction will comprise of lecture, personal reflection and group discussion.
Ally Training 2.0 delves deeper into the issues faced by LGBTTQQI individuals including minority stress, syndemics, social ecological frameworks and social determinants of health, and re-frames perceptions of what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer. Case scenarios, interactive processing, communication tools and lived experiences may be included in a 2.0 session. This session is ideal for those who have completed basic training and those who grasp understandings of sexual orientation, gender identity, homophobia and heterosexism.
Trained youth educators speak directly to students either by workshop or facilitating discussions on celebrating diversity as well as the impacts of homophobia on all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. This popular workshop has been delivered to students from elementary to high school senior levels. Using age appropriate teaching and learning modules, students will learn how to identify and combat school based bullying and discrimination, and how to be stronger role models for their peers and school community. Classroom presentations are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.
To book a YEAH workshop, please click on the following link and submit a YEAH Workshop Request Form: www.rainbowresourcecentre.org/YEAH .
You can also contact Jared Star. YEAH Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 204-474-0212, ext. 202.
As more students are feeling comfortable self disclosing their sexual orientation and gender identity (including heterosexual allied students with LGBTTQ friends and family), many of them are creating groups and clubs for support, safety and programming. Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs) are becoming more common throughout Canada and the United States. Usually, GSAs are teacher supervised however it is the participants themselves that initiate and deliver the programming.
The Rainbow Resource Centre can speak to your school about:
The Rainbow Resource Centre provides cultural competence training on gender, gender identity, and gender expression. Issues relevant to transgender, transsexual, gender non-conforming individuals and families will be explored including how assumptions and stereotypes impacts and affects all people. The following gender series workshops include building capacity and embracing inclusivity through a gender lens perspective. Sessions also include the impact of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism on gender and gender identity. All gender trainings include:
This introductory workshop can be delivered as a half day or full day session. This session is appropriate for healthcare providers, social service providers, teachers/education assistants/school administrators, and all other service providers working with trans people and their families and wish to broaden their understandings and build capacity. The delivery format includes lecture, small and large group discussion and personal reflection.
This session focuses on the role of social service providers as advocates for the needs and rights of trans people seeking holistic services. The session includes:
This session is ideal for teachers, guidance counsellors, education assistants, school trustees, educational consultants, and support staff including before and after school staff. This specific session addresses the following:
The following are a sampling of previous sessions tailored to address specific issues that affect sexual and gender minorities. Should you have an inquiry not already listed, please contact the Rainbow Resource Centre.
Welcoming LGBTTQ Newcomers, Immigrants and Refugees (for newcomer agencies, agencies working with newcomers, mental health professionals, healthcare professionals)
Gay and Bisexual Men, and Disordered Eating (for community healthcare centres, health care professionals, counsellors and therapists, mental health professionals, in-take and crisis workers, residential and shelter workers)
Pre Natal Issues and Challenges for Lesbian Mothers (for community healthcare centres, health care professionals, counsellors and therapists, mental health professionals)
Perpetuating the Phobias Within the LGBTTQ* Communities: Issues, Policies and Practice (for any organization or business that specifically serves the LGBTTQ* communities)
The Rainbow Resource Centre offers seminars to insurance agents and brokers as part of the Insurance Council of Manitoba annual continuing education credit hour requirement.
This seminar offers sensitivity and customer service training to employees who encounter same-sex couples seeking to purchase insurance, as well as those individuals seeking to amend their sex designation on their driver’s license. Understanding and sensitivity will enable providers to provide the highest quality customer service and service provision to all clients, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Issues addressed in this seminar include:
For more information about educational services, please call the Education Program Coordinator at 204-474-0212 ext. 201 or email: email@example.com
The Rainbow Resource Centre appreciates opportunities to be part of your event by putting up a display or information booth. Please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your event.
If you wish to be notified for any of our upcoming public training sessions, please fill out the form below.