AWI Sanctuary Space presents: What’s Cancelling and What’s Accountability?

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces where people can connect at the intersection of art and mental health.

Catch the replay of our open discussion where we dissected and analyzed how cancel culture currently functions in our society on a wide-scale level and in our personal lives. Together we explored this messy topic and how we would like to see cancel culture used when it comes to accountability, reconciliation, openness to conflict, and owning our decisions, mistakes, and growth. This event was facilitated by Natalie Patterson and Rebecca Lieb.

Watch: Interactive event recording + presentation:

About the facilitators:

Natalie Patterson (she/her/QUEEN) is a highly acclaimed African American poet and teaching artist. Over the last 15 years, she has traveled the country teaching and performing at universities, colleges, and high schools. Natalie leaves no topic untouched from inspiration to social justice. She was the first female producer and host of the nation’s largest poetry venue, Da Poetry Lounge, President of Sister Support and has worked extensively in non-profit, education and with major brands like Sephora and SoulPancake. Over the last year, Natalie has been teaching poetry as a healing tool to incarcerated youth in Los Angeles. You can learn more about her at

Rebecca Lieb (she/no pronouns) is a Masters of Counselling student based in what is currently commonly known as Calgary, Alberta, where she also co-owns a local LGBTQ+ retail shop called The QUILTBAG. She has an MA in English from the University of Alberta and was a managing and contributing editor of GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine from 2012-2019. Rebecca’s career has focused on providing support services for LGBTQ+ youth, advocating for disability justice through working with children and families, and racial justice in Black-Indigenous solidarity movements. Her professional interests are primarily anti-oppressive and trauma-informed counselling and educational practices.

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance
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Date:July 28, 2022
Time:3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Workshop Evaluation

100% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
86% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
75% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people
I really enjoyed the topic today! I have teen daughters and and we so often discuss cancel culture. I do feel like some folks just “cancel” people because its trendy, but on the other hand, some people need to take responsibility for their actions. I have mixed feelings on this topic. One one hand, I feel like people have every right to have their beliefs, whether I agree or not. I feel like cancel culture is, in a way, forcing people to all think and believe the same way. I enjoy the world’s diversity, and we can all learn from each other as long as no one is getting hurt. "
--Sanctuary Space attendee


Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.