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Survivor Council of Canada ONLINE Information Session

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Free
Hello Everyone:
You are invited to the  Inaugural Survivor Council of Canada Information Session – October 13th at 10 am EST ( the US and Canada) via Zoom Meetings

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“Imagine if childhood sexual violence did not exist. What would have occurred for that to be our global reality? What would be your first thought on how childhood sexual violence came to an end?

We are inviting you to become key members of Survivors Council Canada. Together we will create the first ever space and process for the collective voices of survivors in Canada to be heard and acted on within a transformative context. We are distinguishing ourselves from the “ordinary” conventional efforts in change, by beginning our journey with a clear philosophy rooted in an explicit analysis of and meaningful response to oppression. We will be working within the 3 profound practices of Holistic Intervention, Holistic Healing and Holistic Transformative Social Justice.

These 3 pillars are founded on ancient wisdom, lineage and most importantly story-your story.”

Below is the outline of the Vision, Mission, Objectives of Survivors Council Canada, along with the background of the founding members and their personal vision statements. 

 Survivors Council Canada     

 Founding Members 

Kristi White: 

Rosalia Rivera: 

Maria Barcelos: 

Stewart Thompson: 

Arthur Lockhart: 

 Our Vision:  A country that is demonstrably there for all people who have been impacted by childhood sexual violence.  


To end childhood sexual violence in Canada, within all of its populations and institutions. 


 To ensure that CSV programs and funding are informed by and speak to the needs of survivors; by bringing together survivors, community-based organizations, and governmental organizations to listen and bring forth action that facilitates transformative social change. 

  1. To support the development of a National Survivor Online Support. 
  1. To support the development of new and existing community-based responses to CSV. 
  1. To support strength-based curriculum development, and implementation at the elementary, secondary, post-secondary school levels. 
  1. To support the development of restorative, transformative justice processes as they relate to Canadian law and childhood sexual violence. 
  1. To provide input into policy processes at the municipal, provincial, territorial, and Federal levels. 
  1. To support the development of survivor council chapters throughout Canada 
  1. To support the delivery of partner agencies’ conferences and events focused on healing from childhood trauma. 
  1. To ensure that the 3 Pillars: Prevention, Healing, and Holistic Transformative Justice are centered, prioritized, and implemented at all levels within Canadian populations and institutions. 

 Three Pillars of the Survivors Council Canada 

 Holistic Prevention 

  • Education Programs for Youth 
  • Educational Program for Caregivers 
  • Institutional Change Campaigns 
  • Intervention Programs  

 Holistic Healing 

  • Adequate Support for Victims/Survivors 
  • Social TRANSFORMATION {Change} Campaigns 
  • Mental Health Programs 

 Holistic Transformative Justice 

  • Redefining What Justice Means 
  • Reform Laws The Harm Survivors 
  • Alternative Systems To Punitive Practices 
  • Rehabilitation, Restorative, TRANSFORMATIVE Programs 

 These 3 Pillars: Holistic Prevention, Holistic Healing, Holistic Transformative Justice are founded and framed within the philosophy of Transformative Social Change 

 Key Tenets of Transformative Learning/Social Change include: 

  1) In the transformation process, one’s identity or self passes away and a new, radically altered one emerges. The new way of being is more integrated, resourceful and aligned. This is apparent to others in your presence, your actions and your increased capacity to respond based on vision, rather than reaction. This process repeats itself and deepens through continued engagement in transformative practices and processes. The old, previous “form” sheds again and new emerges again. 

As a comprehensive approach to progressive social change, it seeks to distinguish itself from the “ordinary” change of conventional social change, social justice and their respective organizing practices by placing emphasis on personal, organizational and social systemic change that cannot be undone, or “deep change.” 

  2)The methods and philosophy of transformation must be rooted in an explicit analysis of oppression.
~ We recognize that this work is grounded in ancient wisdom, lineages and history, and that it is entering a new phase of coherence that allows us to move forward. 

3) “Transformation – “A process whereby we move over time to reformulate our structures for making meaning, usually through reconstructing dominant narratives or stories.  This provides us with a more dependable way to make meaning within our lives, since we are questioning our own points of view, looking and reflecting on alternate points of view and often creating a new, more reliable and meaningful way of knowing that may be different from our old habits of the mind.  This requires us to become open to others’ points of view, and to be able to reflect on new points of view and information and often go back and reconstruct what we know and how we know it” (Mezirow, 2000). 

  4) Transformative learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in the basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and irreversibly alters our way of being in the world. Such a shift involves our understanding of ourselves and our self-locations; our relationships with other humans and with the natural world; our understanding of relations of power in interlocking structures of class, race and gender; our body awarenesses, our visions of alternative approaches to living; and our sense of possibilities for social justice and peace and personal joy 

 Founding Members 

 Kristi White 

Kristi White a proud Haudnosaunee woman who is a Oneida Nation of the Thames, Bear Clan member. As a mother of four, Kristi has spent many years guiding the establishment and implementation of programs for families and children based around healthy living, healthy relationships, literacy and cultural appropriate content and has worked alongside and consulted with numerous agency’s across Canada. Kristi is a children’s Author who has a 5 book series out that is center focused on appropriate content for Indigenous children and boys and literacy. Kristi creates a story with books that open the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life, inspiring them to read deeper, search further, and explore their own creative gifts. Taking inspiration from Indigenous cultures, she focus on themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning, and acceptance of other languages and cultures traditions. This mama bear is also a family and disability activist, Literacy advocate, co-founder of Hoops for Hope, board member and Indigenous program coordinator for Voice of Men 360 as well as a 2022 International Woman’s Day award recipient. Kristi has travelled across turtle Island with her family who each have their own unique diversity issues with their stories and teachings. She and her family are very culturally and socially active in their communities and participate in many events and ceremonies. 

 Rosalia Rivera (She/Her) 

Rosalia Rivera is a consent educator and child sexual abuse prevention specialist, sexual literacy advocate, rape culture disruptor, TEDx speaker, Chair of SAGE (Survivor Advocates Globally Empowered) representing the BRAVE Movement, the founder of CONSENTparenting™, the host of the AboutCONSENT™ podcast, and creator of CONSENTwear™. She is also a CSA (child sexual abuse) survivor and thriver.  

 Rosalia is certified under Conscious Parenting Mastery with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Ph. D., as well as the Canadian Centre for Child Protection®, COMMIT TO KIDS® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Program, and a Certified Facilitator of the Stewards Of Children® program by Darkness to Light. 

In 2021 she spoke at TEDxOneonta on the topic of dismantling rape culture, as well as at the well-recognized yearly industry conference, IGNITE by Darkness to Light on the topic of survivor/trauma-informed abuse prevention education. 

Rosalia was awarded a Hay House Diverse Wisdom Program scholarship to begin working on her upcoming book, a guide to abuse prevention for survivor parents. She is also in the process of writing a children’s safety book series on the topic of secrets that will be out in 2023.She has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, CTV News, Univision, Telemundo ABC7, as well as Parents Magazine, LiveWell Mind and Thrive Global. Rosalia has also published articles for BoldLatina and Motherly.  

Although Rosalia was born in El Salvador and grew up in NY, she now resides in British Columbia, Canada with her partner and three young kids.Read my latest feature in CNN: 5 Things You Should Know Before You Talk About Consent with Children 

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 Stewart Thompson 

Stewart started at The Gatehouse in 2012 as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Upon completing the programs, I continued on and volunteered until 2021. In 2021 he became a Program Assistant to the Adult Peer Support Men’s Program of The Gatehouse. Stewart facilitates guest lecturers at Colleges and Universities about his Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) healing experiences. Stewart started a podcast in 2015 supporting CSA survivors with over 200 podcasts > blogtalkradio/ also available on Spotify and other platforms; .@Twitter advocate since 2012 @Gottogetoutof Unforgiven Warrior I became Stewart Thompson I am.  

Stewart’s story has been presented in Unlock the Door Beyond Sexual Abuse by Deb Maybury 2014. Stewart’s story was published in The Toronto Star in 2017 and was presented in Canada Justice Magazine in 2018. In 2021 Stewart was a panel member of The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN CSA) hosted and moderated by the World health Organization (WHO). 

 Stewart was featured in ISPCAN CSA/ WHO 2021Documentary: Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse/Sexual Violence Tell Their Stories: 

In 2017 Stewart received The Governor General’s Sovereign Volunteer Service Award 

. Maria Barcelos, MA, Executive Director, The Gatehosue, Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) 

Maria has dedicated more than a decade to helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse find their voice through her work at The Gatehouse Child Abuse Investigation & Support Site in Toronto. Maria believes wholeheartedly in community engagement and the importance of community-based responses to underlying social issues.  She motivates, acknowledges, and empowers students, volunteers, and staff to be part of the change they want to see in the world.  An avid believer in the principles of transformative community justice, she values building safer communities through collaborative knowledge sharing, idea and process formulation, and implementation.  Maria is an honors graduate of the Yorkville University Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, a high honors graduate of the University of Guelph-Humber BA Justice Studies, recipient of the Virginia Grey Medal for Academic Achievement, an honors graduate of George Brown College’s HR Management Diploma program. Maria volunteers her time in the community as part of an advisory panel in the Community Development Program at Humber College Lakeshore campus. Maria also volunteers her time as an Advisory member of The Canadian Centre for Men and Families Family Shelter Advisory Board.  Maria is also a founding member of the Centre for Transformative Social Change, a collaborative project between The Gatehouse and Humber College Faculty of Community and Social Services Faculty members and students. Maria is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Narrative, Culturally Sensitive, Trauma-Informed, Mindfulness-based therapy in private practice at M&P Psychotherapy & Consulting Services. 

Arthur Lockhart 

Arthur Lockhart, M.Ed. Over the past 46 plus years Arthur has held the positions of: Professor-School of Social and Community Services, Chair of The School of Social and Community Services, Chair of The Board of Directors of The Gatehouse, Executive Director of The Gatehouse, Coordinator-Advanced Justice Studies Certificate, Senior Development Manager-Ministry of Correctional Services 

 Arthur is a founding member of the following organizations: 

(2022) Survivors Council Canada ( 

(2021) The Gatehouse Global Poetry Movement ( 

(2014) Canada Centre for Transformative Social Change (

(2010) Annual International Transforming Trauma Into Triumph Conference( 

(2005) Laser Eagles Art Guild ( 

(1998) The Gatehouse ( 


Film  Co-productions/Documentaries: 

2013 Illuminating Silence: –Stories of people Transforming Trauma Into Triumph 

2007 Into The Light:  -Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse  

2005 Laser Eagles:-Celebrating capacities of people labeled disabled 

 Published Works: 

2022  Transformative Justice: Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA) 

2018  Why We Bully-A Transformative Response: (CCJA) 

2018  The Gatehouse:  (CCJA) 

2007   Restorative Justice: Provincial School Resource Officer Training Manual.  

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services 

2007  The Human Touch: The Heartbeat of Extraordinary Education.  

          Transformative Publishing 

2005   Restorative JusticeTransforming Society:  

Inclusion Press 

2004   Community Lost and Found: A conversation between two dreamers

Inclusion Press 

2001   Restorative Justice: National Crime Prevention Centre of Canada 

 Arthur is the recipient of a number of awards for his work in the fields of education and social justice, including: Canada’s Top 50 Champions of Change, Innovator of the Year Award, Student Teacher Appreciation Awards, Community Builder Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Toronto Mayor’s Community Safety Award, Lakeshore Community Building Award of Merit, Youth Impact Award, Inaugural Purple Door Award, Paul Harris Fellow, Humber College Inaugural Distinguished Community Service Award 

 Arthur provides training and organizational transformation consultation on the local, national and international levels. At the core of his workshops are: the power of the human spirit, trauma transformation and transformative social change. 

 Statements from Founding Members 

 Collective Voice:  The Power to Create Social Transformation 
 “Imagine if childhood sexual violence did not exist. What would have occurred for that to be our global reality? What would be your first thought on how childhood sexual violence came to an end? 

We are inviting you to become key members of Survivors Council Canada. Together we will create the first ever space and process for the collective voices of survivors in Canada to be heard and acted on within a transformative context. We are distinguishing ourselves from the “ordinary” conventional efforts in change, by beginning our journey with a clear philosophy rooted in an explicit analysis of and meaningful response to oppression. We will be working within the 3 profound practices of Holistic Intervention, Holistic Healing and Holistic Transformative Social Justice.  

These 3 pillars are founded on ancient wisdom, lineage and most importantly story-your story.” 

-Arthur Lockhart 

 “Greetings friends I am here today part of this new Canadian initiative, I will be supporting victim’s, survivor’s and health practitioners all across Canada, friends we need to come/work together for real change when dealing with (CSA) childhood sexual abuse in all forms, nothing would make me more happy than being able to fix or change Government polices/laws and education that are supposably protecting our children today moving into the future and with my esteem colleges I will fight with and for all Canadians.” 

-Stewart Thompson 

 “Survivors of sexual violence are often defined, categorized, and rated based on what others perceive the survivors’ lived experience to have been. A large part of my place with the Survivors Council of Canada is to break down the barriers of compartmentalized thinking, advocating for those with complex trauma woven into the fabric of their whole being. Many Survivors of sexual violence have endured a lifetime of all types of abusive behaviours that are rooted in what was done to them, what was normalized, and what forced them, mind, body and spirit it, into perpetual survival mode. As a woman of Oneida Nation, as a mother, an auntie, and a child advocate, being part of the Survivors Council Canada is an opportunity to bring awareness, and education about sexual violence to a global platform that will help guide much needed healing, and also prevention measures like never before, from a grassroots level.” 

-Kristi White 

 “Without organized, comprehensive and consistent communication with our government officials as a survivor-led organization providing guidance, and amplification of survivor voices, the work of true prevention, healing and transformative justice cannot truly be done in Canada. 

 It is for this reason that I am dedicated to the commitment of a vision and mission to support the creation, development, and implementation of the Survivors Council of Canada. 

 I believe that, only through elevating the voices of survivors, the work of survivors, the experiences of survivors, and the innovative ideas of survivors we can truly end childhood sexual violence for all the populations of Canada. And it is our desire and commitment to represent survivors from all populations of Canada so that our work can truly protect children and adolescents from trauma for generations to come. We also aim to help heal those who have already suffered trauma, so that they can become thrivers who can reclaim their lives and their joy. It is also of paramount importance to us, as a Survivors Council, that we find a path forward for transformative justice and change. 

 This cannot be done without the commitment of policymakers and government to work side by side with us and prioritize this issue, and that will be our advocacy work. 

 Lastly, but perhaps most important, is that we educate Canadian society about the scope of this crushing issue, so that through this education we can awaken and activate Canadians to take action and prioritize these conversations and destigmatize this topic so that the work of prevention, healing and transformative justice can take root and so that government, which is supposed to be an institution for the people, can respond at the level that it should. 

 These are our goals and commitments and why I am dedicated to the creation, development, and implementation of a Survivors Council of Canada.” 

 -Rosalia Rivera 

 Many survivors hold onto the secret of the abuse for decades, remaining encased in shame. We need more services and support for survivors across Canada. We need agencies across Canada to come together to listen to and support survivors. We need policy change and direct and consistent public funding for agencies like The Gatehouse in Toronto that help survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The council will bring together like-minded individuals, agencies, government, and others to collaborate and co-create solutions to the issue of child abuse in Canada. We can’t do it alone. It’s time to stop working in silos around the issue of abuse. It’s time for true, meaningful change.  


-Maria Barcelos 


October 13
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


The Gatehouse

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