Program Details and Costs

What is the program/schedule for the events?

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The Equal Voice team is working hard to build an exceptional program for the event. We are still in the earlier planning stages, but selected delegates can anticipate programming from 11:30 a.m. EST to 2:30 p.m. EST, plus additional optional programming, from March 5 to 8, 2021.

Note: these tentative program times are subject to change. Equal Voice will do its best to communicate all program changes as early as possible.

Do I need to attend the entire program?

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Yes. Delegates are expected to be fully available and attend events for the duration of the entire official program from March 5-8, 2021. 

There will also be mandatory training (approx. 6 hours) for all selected delegates prior to the official program start date.

I have to miss school/work to attend this program. Will EV provide me with a written letter?

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Yes. EV can provide a letter to delegates confirming their participation in the program. EV cannot, however, provide medical or legal notes for employers or educational institutions. Whether or not your employer or educational institution accepts the letter is at their sole discretion.

Will I get to meet my MP or another elected official of my choice if I participate in the program? Do I have to meet my MP?

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We encourage delegates to meet with their MP if they are comfortable doing so. In the past both delegates and MPs have found these meetings very enriching. EV cannot guarantee that you will have the opportunity to meet any individual or elected official ahead of, during, or after the program. EV will not be organizing one-on-one meetings between delegates and MPs; however we will facilitate contact with consent from delegates.

Delegates are not obligated to meet with their MP, and meeting any MP is not a requirement of the program.

I do not have internet access or a computer. How can I participate?

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Equal Voice will work with delegates who do not have access to internet services or a computer at home to ensure they're able to fully participate in the program, including those from remote communities.

Do I need a microphone/camera on my computer to participate?

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Yes. However, Equal Voice will work with delegates who do not have access to a computer with a camera and/or microphone at home to ensure they're able to fully participate in the program.

Will childcare be provided?

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EV will reimburse delegates for childcare during official programming. 

What kind of services and resources will EV provide for delegates during the program?

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EV is still in the planning stages of DOV 2021, but will be providing the following services/resources to delegates:

  • Reimbursements for costs related to childcare.
  • Counsellors/support workers available for the duration of the program.
  • There will be Indigenous Elders available for the duration of the program.
  • A third-party ombudsperson will be available to help resolve any issues relating to harassment, bullying, or conflict that may occur.
  • Subject to date and time availability, volunteers will be made available to attend virtual meetings during business hours with delegates who may not be comfortable or are nervous about attending on their own (i.e., meeting an MP or Senator).

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