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    I come here speaking from my heart

    by Beverley Jacobs | Jun 12, 2008

    My ancestors ... tried hard to fight against you because they knew what was happening. They knew what was coming, but we have had so much impact from colonization and that is what we are dealing with today ... Women have taken the brunt of it all ... What is it that this government is going to do in the future to help our people? read more

  • News

    a new day has dawned

    by Mary Simon | Jun 12, 2008

    On June 11, 2008, Mary Simon stood in the House of Commons and made a statement in response to the historic apology to former students of Indian residential schools. The words of the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami are themselves historic: “I stand here today ready to work with you, as Inuit have always done, to craft new solutions and new arrangements based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility.”  read more

  • People

    activist artist: Persimmon Blackbridge, other matters

    by Frances Rooney | May 30, 2008

    Her creative work deals with the experiences of those who’ve been through both the mental health and prison systems. Through her art, Persimmon has explored body image, community, depression, sexuality, alcoholism, marginalization, disabilities, pornography, and war. Her latest search for a collaborator is very personal. She is looking for a kidney donor. Her situation reveals something startling: Canada has one of the lowest organ donation rates among industrialized countries. read more

  • News

    report from British Columbia: building a highway of hope

    by Jessica Yee | May 13, 2008

    The Highway of Tears community forums have travelled across British Columbia, bringing messages of empowerment through pride of culture to youth living in remote regions. We have been blessed to witness the incredible force of youth, who simply need an avenue to make their voices heard. We can assure you that they are ready to take on the world, and change it for the better. read more

  • Ideas

    history: Second Wave Archives Project, if we don’t tell our own stories, they might not be told at all

    by Mary Breen | May 1, 2008

    Where are the stories, minutes, photos, briefs and buttons that tell the story of the women’s movement in Canada since 1960? The Second Wave Archives Project, launched in the fall of 2007 and sponsored by Nancy’s Very Own Foundation, began with this question. It quickly became clear that relatively few such records are on deposit in public archives, and those that exist aren’t particularly easy to find.  read more

  • People

    Earth Day: Vandana Shiva, physicist, environmental activist, feminist, ecologist and author

    by Frances Rooney | Apr 21, 2008

    According to Vandana Shiva, we are all connected, As a result, the rights of women and small farmers is central to her work for our earth. She points out that women are the main producers and processors of food. Farmers are the keepers of the diversity that makes both people and plants strong. “For me,” says Shiva, “ecology and feminism have been inseparable.” She combines women’s rights and nature’s rights, celebrating our cultural diversity and biological diversity. read more

  • Ideas

    just a supertitle: AAA Sample Story, just a subtitle

    Apr 17, 2008

    This is a sample story for formatting examples. read more

  • Reviews

    Beautiful: Margaret Cho, biting comedy stands up on new tour

    by May Lui | Apr 16, 2008

    Race, gender, sexual orientation and politics. Oh, and dirty words. Lots of dirty words. Margaret Cho breaks down the stereotypes, takes down the phobes, and builds a case for specialty shuttle buses from gay bars at midnight. But does a change in audience mean that some of the material misfires? read more

  • Ideas

    education: sex, knowledge, and justice for youth

    by Jessica Yee | Mar 31, 2008

    When we talk about the ability to make healthy sexual “choices” we must also encompass ethnically and racially diverse voices and realize that the concept of “choice” falls short when placed against the backdrop of poverty, race, culture, and oppression. The lack of information and awareness in schools has everything to do with fundamental issues of empowerment and justice. We need to really listen to what our youth are saying in every part of the country about their sexual health. read more

  • News

    An Act to amend the Criminal Code: Bill C-484, private member’s bill passes second reading - so what’s next?

    by Jude MacDonald | Mar 11, 2008

    The Unborn Victims of Crime Act passed second reading last week. Now, a dozen Members of Parliament – one woman and 11 men – will consider the next steps for this proposed law. It is the perfect time for you to contact the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights with your thoughts about Bill C-484. read more


  • Seasonal Feature

  • April 1994: the night raid at Kingston’s Prison for Women

    by Sierra Bacquie

    There was supposed to be a new approach to the Correctional Service of Canada’s relationship to female offenders, who were promised responsible choices, respect, dignity, supportive environments, and shared responsibility. But on the night of April 26, eight women experienced humiliation, degradation, raw fear and trauma at the hands of an all-male emergency team. How did this happen? What has changed since?  read more