Horizons: Conference on Non-Monogamies and Polyamory

On Saturday, November 24th 2018, PolyamQ: Calgary’s Queer & Polyamorous Community, held their first conference on non-monogamies and polyamory. 

A crowd of over thirty people joined invited speakers and presenters from a diverse range of backgrounds and identities, all with the desire to explore the topic of non-monogamous and polyamorous existence, in Canada. 

For the inaugural conference, the theme of Horizons was selected to help guide presented works, thoughts, and materials. Through the horizon, conference attendees explored contemporary forms of non-monogamous and polyamorous family life, while centring the need to remain mindful and respectful of those (presently) living on the margins. 

Horizons presented the opportunity to reflect on the past, and the impact of colonial monogamy, early capitalism, and other historical particularities, on the present form and function of Canadian family life. Presenters and attendees challenged the need to conceptualize “The Family” as one rooted in biology and custom/law, thereby relocating familial arrangements around concepts such as “caring” and “choice”.