Polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Among the concepts critical to the understanding of consent and of ethical behaviour within polyamory are gender equality, self-determination, free choice for all involved, mutual trust, and equal respect among partners.
The term polyamory was coined in the mid 20th century, an amalgamation of the Greek word ‘poly’ meaning ‘many, and the Latin ‘amor’ meaning ‘love’. Polyamory is a form of consensual non monogamy and includes the practice of relationships where individuals may live with one partner, multiple partners, or no partners!
Non-Monogamy is not a modern innovation. Many cultures around the world have long and rich histories of relationships that aren’t defined by monogamous principles. Our volunteers are working on compling some examples of this. If you have stories or information to contribute, please send an email to volunteer[at]polyadvocacy.ca
In the modern day, polyamory is practiced by people of all genders, all ages, and all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
You can learn more about Polyamory by checking out our list of Canadian resources here.
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