Honouring National Indigenous History Month and 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month

June is National Indigenous History Month and 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month. This month highlights the ongoing fight for liberation among First Nation, Inuit, and Metis communities and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. While these are sometimes viewed as separate fights for liberation, we recognize the ways in which our liberation is connected, and that systems of oppression and violence…

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Mandatory Reporting is Not a Prevention Strategy

A senate public Bill, Bill S-249, has passed its first two readings and is now with the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for consideration. This Bill calls for the creation of a national strategy to address intimate partner violence (IPV). Included in this Bill is a provision that proposes that this national…

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Victim or Survivor? Language matters

The language we use when we talk about gender-based violence (GBV) carries a lot of weight. We can cause harm and leave some people feeling excluded if we are not thoughtful about our use of language. How we talk about GBV can even reinforce patriarchal structures and rape culture.  Whether to use the word “survivor”…

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