MMIWG2S Awareness

Today is May 5, a time designated to honouring the spirits of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2-Spirit People. It is a day to raise awareness of, and speak out on violence inflicted against Indigenous people. REDdress installation at the Women’s Centre of Calgary The REDdress Project – Jaime Black The Red dresses …

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5 Canadian Women to Celebrate

Celebrate Herstory—get to know 5 incredible Canadian women in 3 sentences each. Viola Desmond First on our roster is Viola Desmond, who you may recognize from the Canadian $10 bill. Viola was instrumental in spurring the Canadian Civil Rights Movement in the 1940s by standing up against segregation in a Nova Scotian movie theatre and refusing …

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2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages

Calgary Women’s Centre celebrates that 2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages, declared by The United Nations. We want to recognize the importance of increased understanding of reconciliation and culture by raising awareness of languages in our Treaty 7 Territories and other Treaty Nations. Language plays a vital role in our daily lives, to Indigenous …

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Calgary Pride Month and Issues of Homophobic Rhetoric

I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body. These words we’ve heard spoken several times by celebrities and public figures in defense of controversial, homophobic tweets or statements they have made, and were then challenged on. What stands out to me about these comments is this notion of not being influenced by heterosexual, social …

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Awareness Into Action Series

Awareness into Action Series: Gender-Based Violence Against Indigenous Women September 23 (Violence Against Women) – October 1 (Violence Against Indigenous Women) – October 4 (Sisters in Spirit Vigil) You are invited to join us in our first Awareness Into Action series. We will start by learning about what constitutes violence against women, systemic forces that …

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Social Issues Discussion Recap – Consent in the Service Industry

This post was written by Jenny and Sarah, Social Issues Committee Volunteers. This month the Social Issues Discussion focused on the difficult conversation of addressing consent in the service industry. This discussion is an important one as the hospitality and service industries are mass employers for many people. We have all experienced unwanted attention or …

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Calgary Police Services Reports an Increase in Domestic Violence Incidents in Calgary

This article was written by Tracie Czerkawski member of the Social Policy Committee On June 6, 2018, the Calgary Police Service Annual Report was presented to Calgary City Council’s Standing Policy Committee on Community & Protective Services. This report showed a 16% increase in domestic violence incidents in 2017 from the previous year, which Calgary …

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