Who We Are
The Champlain Regional Planning Table (RPT) for Trans, Non-binary, Two Spirit, Intersex and Gender Diverse Health is a coalition of community members and service providers working to improve trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse health in Ottawa and the surrounding areas.
The vision of the RPT is to ensure Trans, Two Spirit, Intersex and Gender Diverse people of all ages within the Champlain region have access to client-centered, culturally appropriate, gender affirming and timely transition-related care; health care; services and programs for mental health, addictions and concurrent disorders; and social services across the Champlain region. Our vision is for healthcare, mental health and social services to meet the diverse needs of trans,two spirit, intersex and gender diverse people, and that they are available when and where they need it.
The RPT was formed in 2016.
The RPT was formed in 2016 through a unique collaboration between trans and gender diverse community members and service providers from health and social service organizations, with support from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
The current RPT membership includes Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC), the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Family Services Ottawa (FSO), Ontario Health East (OHE), Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB), and 6 trans, Two Spirit, intersex, and gender diverse community members.
Trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse communities will be actively consulted and engaged to inform the work of the RPT.
The RPT’s Community Advisory Table (CAT) provides input on the priorities and activities of the RPT, supports community engagement activities alongside the RPT, and undertakes additional initiatives relating to trans and gender diverse health in the Champlain region.
The RPT is committed to ensuring membership on the RPT from diverse communities within the trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse community. In particular, we seek the involvement of Indigenous people, Black people, non-Black and non-Indigenous racialized people, people from Francophone communities, people who are newcomers to Canada, people with disabilities, youth, and older adults.
All decisions of significance to the RPT and the work of the RPT will be made through a collaborative decision-making model that ensures all community members and service providers with membership on the RPT have a voice in decisions.
The RPT is committed to ensuring transparency and community accountability in all work done by the RPT. Meeting minutes will be made readily available, and the RPT will engage in a minimum of two annual initiatives to provide the trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse community with updates on the work of the RPT, and opportunities to provide feedback on the role, approach and direction of the RPT.
Acknowledging the value of community contribution, knowledge and active engagement, as well as the systemic barriers experienced by trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse communities, the RPT will ensure fair compensation for all work done by community members with membership on the RPT.
The RPT operates on unceded Algonquin Territory, colonially known as the Champlain Region. The RPT is firmly committed to embedding Indigenous cultural competency and the recognition of Indigenous history, culture and experience as a core practice within all work of the RPT. The RPT is committed to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
The RPT is committed to working in a way that combats cissexism, racism, sexism, ableism, colonialism, classism, heterosexism, and the stigmatization, erasure and invalidation of intersex bodies and acknowledges the interconnected nature of differing forms of oppression. The RPT is committed to engaging diverse intersections of trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse communities, and operating in a way that values and acknowledges those who exist at various intersections of oppression.
The RPT is committed to hiring trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse people whenever and wherever possible for any positions related to or resulting from the work of the RPT.
The RPT affirms that the only one capable of knowing one’s gender and/or sex is the individual in question, and that trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse have the fundamental human right to make decisions for themselves when it comes to health and social services.
The RPT is committed to ensuring accessibility in all of its work. Accessibility includes the physical accessibility of spaces, as well as the accessibility of language, actions and documentation used both within RPT meetings, and in communication with the public.
The RPT is committed to intentionality in confidentiality. Unless stated otherwise, all personal information is confidential. Organizational information may sometimes be confidential, and for greater clarity, service providers will state when this is so, and all members of the RPT will seek clarification if they are unsure. We recognize the work of the RPT is often difficult and that individual members will sometimes need support outside the table in order to be able to continue to do the work – we agree that this will be done in a way that protects specific personal and organizational names and details. In all cases, whatever we share outside the RPT will be done with a view to supporting, not undermining, the work of the RPT and the partners who are part of it.