The Canadian polyamory community continues to celebrate the legalization of polyamory by hosting PolyCon – a national conference in Victoria from Friday, November 11, to Sunday, November 13, 2016.
Sponsored by the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA), the conference features sessions including Thorns in the Bouquet (Unique problems that occur in Polyamorous Lifestyle) presented by Orion Stormcrow, Many Loves, Many Stories (a writing workshop) presented by Monica Meneghetti, Together Independently: Building Diverse Polyamorous Community presented by Mel Mariposa Cassidy, Strange Bedfellows: Polyamorous Relationships and Family Law in Canada with Alysia Wright of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (a discussion of their survey results), Polyamory in the Media: How do we expand on the limited media concept of the diversity in our poly community a panel facilitated by Kiki Christie, A Participatory Workshop in Giving, Receiving and Withholding Consent presented by David Collins and Patty Disbrow, Polyamory and the Stages of Life (advocating in a financial & health crisis, immigration, marriage & divorce, co-parenting and aging perspectives) facilitated by Zoe Duff, and Maintaining Safe Space When Complaints Arise (a panel discussion of consent violation and other complaints) also facilitated by Zoe Duff.
The conference starts on Friday evening with a Double Dog Dare Writers’ Open Mic, hosted by Filidh Publishing and Van Isle Polyamory, and a Polyamory Blend social at a local pub. On Sunday is a Brunch that includes the screening of the new polyamory film Lutine (trailer here: vimeo.com/142623841) and a Skype session with the film’s French director, Isabelle Broué.
Some sessions will be live streamed for participation across Canada and around the world. To view without subscribing, visit www.youtube.com/channel/UCor4hzjgpZmo02EAazEeKtQ
“We’re poly, we’re proud, and we continue our efforts to tell Canadians and the world that polyamory is here, is growing, and is most likely practiced by someone that you know,” said Zoe Duff, CPAA Coordinator and PolyCon spokesperson.
The CPAA works to change laws to better accommodate polyamory, provides professional referrals, puts on national conferences such as PolyCon, and helps form, support, and promote local polyamory groups.
The theme for this year’s PolyCon is Poly And Diversity where “poly” is short for polyamory. The first PolyCon was held 2013 in Vancouver and was themed Claiming our right to love.