CSES 2021: Disrupt Demand
The 2021 Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit is a free online conference happening May 6-7.
CSES brings together more than 50 expert speakers who will present the latest research, innovative strategies, and lessons helpful to leaders from every sector.
Why do we need a Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit?
To unite organizations and individuals in Canada fighting sexual exploitation.
To create an opportunity for networking and strategizing.
To fuel a movement towards collective action and ground-breaking strategies against sexual exploitation in Canada.
We will hear from both leaders, Elder Mae Louise Campbell and her daughter Jamie Goulet, in the opening Summit webinar on May 6 at 7:15 a.m. CDT.
We owe much gratitude to the work of Clan Mothers Village and the Experiential Voices Project - This digital media website is the outcome of this exciting initiative. It celebrates the stories, knowledge, solutions, work, and leadership of persons with lived experiences of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
Guided by Indigenous Elders, matrilineal ancestral teachings, knowledge, and worldviews, the national collective of experiential voices, leaders, partners, and allies featured in this project share what the solutions are to dismantle sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
The first-hand experiences, insights, powerful responses, strength, resiliency, and innovative projects, actions, and solutions of the diverse contributors provide a path forward for meaningful and transformational change, ensuring action is taken in a good way to end sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
The Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit brings more than 50 expert speakers who will present the latest research, innovative strategies, and lessons helpful to leaders from every sector. Check back regularly to see the speaker list.
Assistance if Triggered
Some of the sessions of the Summit could be triggering to those who have experienced trauma in their past. Even for those who have not experienced trauma some sessions cover heavy topics. Knowledge Keepers and Friends will be available for designated hours during the Summit on May 6,7.
Instructions to reach out:
- Find one of the Knowledge Keepers below in the list of attendees in Whova.
- On their profile in “attendees” click on “let’s Meet”.
- You can select the day and time to meet and click “request meeting”.
- Knowledge Keeper or Friend will confirm the time and then reach out to you virtually at the pre-arranged time through the Whova App using her phone or computer camera.
Schedule of availability:
- Thursday May 6th 9am – 12pm: Kim & Sada
- Thursday May 6th 1pm – 4pm: Tammy & Teresa
- Thursday May 6th 6pm – 9pm: Shona & Teresa
- Friday May 7th 9am – 12pm: Kim & Sada
- Friday May 7th 1pm – 4pm Shamin & Tammy
- Friday May 7th 6pm – 9pm: Shamin & Shona
Recognizing Joy Smith
Joy Smith holds a Bachelor's Degree (B.Ed.) and a Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in education and was a teacher for 23 years devoted to educating high school students in mathematics and science.
Mrs. Smith is also a best-selling author and a recipient of the Hedley Award for Excellence in Research. She was nominated as Manitoba's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also a wife and mother of six children.
Joy Smith served as Member of Parliament for Kildonan - St. Paul (2004-2015) and Member of the Manitoba Legislature (MLA) for Fort Garry (1999-2003) and served as critic for Justice, Education, and Intergovernmental (Urban) Affairs. She also led the Manitoba Task Force for Building Sustainable Communities.
Law Enforcement Training
The training will equip law enforcement personnel (attorneys, police officers, judges, lawyers, and law students) with a deeper understanding of the impact of sexual exploitation (prostitution). The training is based on 20 years of experience with the Prostitution Offender Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
We will highlight how the justice system together with community agencies needs to respond to sexual exploitation by focussing on the demand side of paid sex. We will explore: the reasons of why men buy sex, the legal provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada about prostitution, enforcement strategies against demand, and the connection between the sex industry and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. We will also share powerful testimonies of women who have lived through sexual exploitation, abuse and trauma and how they are using their voices to educate sex buyers about the harms of this industry.
Cost: $20 and law students free (register link)
When: Wed, May 5, 2021 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
The training is organized through collaboration between the Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services Winnipeg, Manitoba Justice Prosecution Services, Winnipeg Police Services and other community agencies.
Transit, Truck, and Taxi Training
Equipped and empowered industry members are critical in the fight against human trafficking. Learn from Truckers Against Trafficking Training Specialist, Liz Williamson, on how Truckers Against Trafficking is building the largest mobile army of transportation professionals dedicated to discovering and disrupting human trafficking networks, and glean best practice examples of public-private partnerships in this effort.
When: May 5, 2021 12:30- 1:30 CDT
This workshop will empower hoteliers and hotel staff with psycho-education through an interactive workshop on human trafficking. Our workshop helps service providers understand human trafficking, recognize risk factors, red flags, and how to prevent youth from being trafficked. We bring this to life through a survivor sharing her lived experience with the audience. Certificates will be mailed to participants.
When: May 4, 2021 9:30- 11:30 CDT
Training for Law Enforcement
Training for Transit, Trucks and Taxis
Training for Hospitality Industry
The CSES Code of Conduct
Those attending the CSES understand that they do so in a spirit of open-mindedness, respect and tolerance. Defend Dignity (dD) does not tolerate harassment in any form. Participants agree to respect confidentiality and understand that the atmosphere at the CSES is appropriate for high-level relationship building and strategy development in growing the movement to end sexual exploitation.
dD reserves the right to sanction or expel conference participants who violate these rules.