White Privilege Conference Global – Toronto (May 9-12, 2018)

“A challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience to empower individuals to work for equity and justice.”

The 18th year of White Privilege Conference (WPC) includes the first event outside of the United States, the White Privilege Conference Global event (WPC Global) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

WPC Global – Toronto

Though Canada is praised around the world for its multiculturalism, there are still hurdles that exist nationwide. Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion will be hosting “The White Privilege Conference Global – Toronto” to explore Canadians’ challenges with privilege and oppression.

WPC is an annual symposium in the United States; this is the first time the conference will take place in Toronto. The event will be a great opportunity to engage openly in honest, critical, solutions-based discussions that address obstacles as they relate to issues that focus on and go beyond race. WPC Global – Toronto aims to enhance individual understanding of white privilege, as well as to address the dominant narratives that operate throughout our institutions and across society.

 “Privilege is often times difficult to see for those people who were born with access to power and the resources that go with that power.”


1-Day Institute –$150-275
Wednesday May 9, 8:30am-10:00pm               

3-Day Institute – $250-750
Thursday May 10, 7:30am-10:00pm
Friday May 11, 8:00am-9:30pm
Saturday May 12, 8:30-7:00pm 

Early bird registration prices are available until April 15, 2018.
Here are more details from Ryerson on registration costs.

Discount on Registration Costs

A discount is available for Quakers interested in attending the White Privilege Conference at Ryerson University. Friends can register through FGC for this event, and will receive a follow-up email with the discount code, instructions for registering on the WPC website, and accommodation information (if required). The discount will be 5-10% off the registration cost, dependent upon the total number of registrants through FGC.

Register through FGC for the White Privilege Conference in Toronto.

“Through workshops and panel discussions, we will engage in transformative conversations about privilege and its impacts with an aim of building a more inclusive world.”

The WPC Experience:

  • Gathers a consummate network of both national and regional leaders, learners and practitioners to work and learn from each other.
  • Provides opportunities for participants to discuss how white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression affects daily life, while giving strategies for addressing issues of privilege and oppression and advancing social and economic justice.
  • Engages in synergistic collaboration to produce both paradigm shifts and personal action.
  • WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.
  • It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white people.
  • WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”
  • It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups.

“WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.”

WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes people with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and inclusion.


CYM Office Spring Closure (March 23 – April 3)

Greetings, Friends!

CYM Offices in Ottawa and Victoria will close on the evening of Friday March 23 and will reopen the morning of Tuesday April 3. CYM staff will be taking their respective holidays, and are not expected to respond to any correspondence (i.e., email, phone, or mail) during this time.

Kerry MacAdam, CYM Office Administrator, will be on holidays beginning the evening of Tuesday March 20. Friends can contact Cameron Fraser, CYM Secretary, or Lorraine Burke, CYM Accountant for assistance between March 21 and 23.

We encourage all Friends to take a break and utilize the time to rest and replenish for the busy seasons ahead!

Gratefully serving CYM,
CYM Office Staff.

Call for Submissions: June Issue of The Canadian Friend

We’re excited to be finalizing our current issue of The Canadian Friend.  The printing and mailing process starts this week!

The next issue is scheduled for June, and submissions are being accepted.

Theme: Polarization

The world seems to be getting more and more polarized – politically, economically, religiously, etc. The middle class is evaporating, while the 1% gets richer and the rest get poorer and more precarious.

Confidence in liberal democracy seems to be waning, leading to a revival of fascist and revolutionary leftist groups. Even our weather is swinging to extremes as climate change deepens.

How Can Quakers Respond to the World’s Polarization?

What do we make of polarization within Quakerism and Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) – between liberal, conservative, and evangelical Friends, for example? What does it mean that CYM has examined the idea of literally splitting through a simulation exercise? When CYM defines itself by taking particular positions on prison abolition, earthcare as a testimony, or Palestine-Israel, is this a constructive kind of polarization or separation from the norm – as opposed to a less-defined, all-embracing position?

Submissions Due April 9, 2018

Articles between 500-1000 words are welcome.  Suggestions and submissions for Gleanings & Quotations, photos, captions for our caption contest (coming soon in the latest issue), and interviews for Meet a Friend are also gratefully accepted – along with anything that might be of interest to Canadian Friends.

To take a trip down memory lane or seek inspiration, The Canadian Friend back issues are available online.  If your library is missing one, you can even download back issues and print them.


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Or by postal mail:

c/o CYM Office, 91A Fourth Ave.,
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1

Subscriptions and Advertising

You can order a print subscription to The Canadian Friend by contacting the editor. The Canadian Friend also accepts advertising! Send camera-ready or clear, readable copy to the editor, by e-mail. For rates and details, contact the editor (, again).