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Our Vision

A Canada free of prejudice and discrimination, where trans people can thrive in a free, just, and equal society.

About the Network

The Canadian Trans Network aspires to become a united community of trans, non-binary, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit, organizations, advocates, and activists from across the country.

Our primary objectives are to:

  • support the trans rights movement in Canada
  • advocate for the human rights for trans people on a federal level.
  • mobilize, empower, and unite the trans community
  • collect research data, educational resources, and historical archives.
  • provide international collaboration with trans organizations from around the world.


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Pillars of Competency

We have identified 7 initial pillars of competency:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Employment & Wealth
  • Education & Training
  • Policy & Government
  • Research & Analysis
  • Arts & Culture
  • International Collaboration 


Intersectional Groups

Our community is rich with diversity and intersectionality. This adds a dimension to the Pillars of Competency.

  • Geography
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC)
  • Two-Spirit
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Sex-Workers
  • People living with HIV
  • Children & Youth
  • Older Adults
  • Parents of Trans or Gender-Diverse Kids
  • People with disabilities
  • Francophone


Meet The Working Group

The role of the core working group is to get the Canadian Trans Network up and running. This work starts with securing funding for, and organizing, the CTN Summit in November of 2019 as well as build the foundation for the Network.

Michelle Emson

Michelle is an international trans activist, author, keynote speaker, and documentary filmmaker. She serves as the Digital Director for Women’s March Global and on the steering teams of the Dignity Network and North Simcoe Muskoka Trans Health Program.

gender identity: transgender woman
pronouns: she/her

Dr. Olena Semenova

Olena has been working on LGBTQI rights internationally for over 20 years with extensive experience in HIV/Aids prevention and awareness, capacity building, and communications. Olena is on the international advisory board for the Dignity Network.

gender identity: gender non-conforming
pronouns: he/she

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