Welcome to the Vancouver Island Queer Resource Collective!
This site was created and is maintained by queers for queers on a purely volunteer basis. We aim to help queer folk from all walks of life find the resources and support they need and to help themselves grow theirselves and their communities, no matter what background they’re coming from or where they fall under the rainbow.
We would like to acknowledge that this website was originally created on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, now called the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We would like to acknowledge that the resources curated here are created and maintained by and for all people residing in the traditional Tribal Regions of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka’wakw peoples. We aim to work from a place of compassion, understanding, and inclusion. We would like to recognize that sharing resources for safety and healing can be a part of community care and reconciliation while also recognizing the intersectional harm that colonization has brought to indigenous people and settlers alike through the introduction of anti-gay and anti-trans sentiments. To learn more about the land you are on, visit Native-Land.ca. We welcome feedback regarding this acknowledgement and any other aspect of our site.
Why do we use “queer”?
In a word, reclamation.
While we recognize that “queer” has been historically used as a slur and has brought direct harm to many members of our community, we also feel that it is important to reclaim this term for ourselves. We use queer as an inclusive term, to recognize all members of our rainbow community no matter where they fall on the spectrums of gender or sexuality. LGBT, LGBT+, LGBTQAI2S, and any other acronym fails to capture the diversity that exists within our community, limiting the inclusion to only those who are most visible, and excluding the idea of intersectionality while many members of our community hold multiple letters at their hearts. Why don’t we use “rainbow” instead? Rainbow is great; an umbrella term that is inclusive and recognizes the community, however it is also tied to many local, national, and international organizations that we do not share affiliation with including organizations that are designed for cisgender and heterosexual people to the exclusion of our community. Why not “pride” then? Pride is an amazing term, and closely tied with our community, but also closely tied with the parade, festival, and society. In order to differentiate ourselves from the Pride Society, Pride Parade, and Pride Festival, we have chosen to not use the word pride to identify ourselves as a group. We also recognize that not everyone who falls under our umbrella feels pride and we want to allow space for all people to feel welcome and find connection, no matter how they feel about themselves and their identities.
We have named our collective “Queer” in order to be as inclusive as possible and to differentiate ourselves from other community groups and organizations. Whether you visit us for our resources or connections, work with us, or only pass us on to others, we hope you will use the words you identify with most, whether or not those words include “queer.”
If you need a community support group, check out our Victoria Support Groups or our Island Support Groups pages.
If you need a community connection, check out our Community Groups and Organizations page.
If you need a single-person touch point, to meet before a group or just to connect, contact us. Please note: this is not a place to look for crisis support.
KUU-US Crisis Line Society:
– Indigenous Elders and Adults Call 24/7: 250-723-4050
– Indigenous Youth Call 24/7: 250-723-2040
– Call Toll-free 24/7: 1-800-588-8717
– Canada-wide 24/7 call: 1-877-330-6366
BC provincal-wide Suicide Line:
– 24/7 call: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)