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What is a Positive Space?

  • A welcoming environment where members of the *2SLGBTQ+ community are able to access inclusive services with dignity and respect

  • Employees can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

  • An ongoing process.

  • Positive Spaces are also welcoming environments where 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect. 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers are an integral, though often invisible, part of immigrant and refugee communities, as well as 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Experiencing marginalization from within both cultural communities and mainstream 2SLGBTQ+ communities often leaves individuals feeling that there are few options for obtaining services.

  • It is everyone's responsibility to create Positive Spaces by challenging homophobia and heterosexism, transphobia, biphobia and cisexism.

*2SLGBTQ+ = 2-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer; the plus sign acknowledges and represents other identities not explicitly listed in the acronym


Positive Spaces Initiative postcards (above) are available in 11 languages.
Check out the OCASI Positive Spaces Initiative for more resources.