My name is Cicely-Belle Blain and I am Black, queer, non-binary community organizer, writer and artist originally from London, England. I have been living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations for five years.
I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in Modern European Studies and a minor in Russian (language and literature). Whilst at UBC, I used my passions of increasing inclusivity and accessibility in campus spaces through several initiatives. With the Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age, I was instrumental in mapping the histories of racialized student activism across North American campuses and advocating for safer spaces for students of colour.
Through my work in contributing to a global black liberation movement, I have developed and co-developed several workshops that encourage the unlearning of anti-Black racism. Vancouver is a city that has systematically erased Black communities and continues to silence Black voices. So many institutions, spaces and communities are inaccessible to Black folks, particularly those that live within the margins of the margins (Black queer and trans folks, trans women, femmes, poor and working class and those with disabilities).
It is my hope, through workshops and consulting services, that organizations will become allies to the Black community and work towards a world in which Black and racialized communities can freely and safely participate, exist and thrive.
European Council of International Schools Award, recipient, 2011
International Leader of Tomorrow Award, recipient, 2012
YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award, nominee, 2014
United Nations Habitat 3 Conference (Quito, Ecuador), speaker, 2016
British Columbia Multicultural Awards, nominee, 2016
City of Vancouver Award of Excellence, Diversity & Inclusion, nominee, 2016
Changing the Conversation in Sexual Assault Conference, speaker, 2016
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, panelist, 2016
Racial (In)justice in Canadian Universities Conference, panelist, 2017
Black Canadian Studies Conference, keynote, 2017