Events and Conferences

An evening of awareness and education to support NEDIC (Toronto)

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Come out and support the National Eating Disorder Information Centre by attending an evening of awareness and education at:

Where: Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto
When: February 2nd, 2012
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Tickets: $200 each

Guest speakers:

"What We Need To Know. What We Need To Do."
Dr Blake Woodside, Director: Eating Disorder Inpatient Program at Toronto General Hospital.

"A Personal Point of View"
Sera De Rubeis, former NEDIC volunteer

Eating disorders tell stories of pain, chaos and challenge. Please help NEDIC to tell a different story: One that encourages full engagement in life, positive self-regard and a respect for all regardless of appearance.

Join NEDIC's supporters, such as Karen Cockburn, three time Canadian Olympic champion and co-Olympian, Sarah Charles, artist Jessica Gorlicky - who will delight with an on-site live performance - and Side Three, the accomplished five-piece band who will keep your toes tapping.

This evening will provide the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what an eating disorder is, will help raise proceeds so that NEDIC can continue providing high quality support, information and resources.

Please buy your tickets on NEDIC`s website

Unable to attend but want to support the cause? Click here to donate.


From Stillettos to Moccasins: healing workshop

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From Stilettos to Moccasins is a unique research project that gives voice to Aboriginal women healing from drug abuse and problems with the law, together with those who are helping them on their journey. You can view the project findings through song, music video, posters, articles and a workshop. These products are the result of a community-based process that sought the guidance of Elders, women with lived experience, treatment providers, researchers and policy makers to help turn research into practical tools.

The latest product from the community-based research team is a half-day health intervention workshop that accompanies the From Stilettos to Moccasins music video. The goals of the workshop are to:

- Discuss the role of identity and stigma in the healing journeys of Aboriginal women in treatment for drug abuse;

- Offer hope and inspiration from the experience of more than 100 Aboriginal women in substance abuse treatment who shared their healing journeys; and 

- Reflect on and learn from each other’s understanding of identity, stigma and the healing journey. 

Through a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), a facilitator’s guide will be available by the end of the year at no cost to interested groups. This guide provides step-by-step guidance to individuals wanting to raise awareness with their clients about the role identity and stigma play in the healing journeys of criminalized First Nations, Inuit and Métis women in treatment for drug abuse. Pilot tested in addictions treatment centres, correctional facilities and the community, this workshop has proven to offer hope to individuals in their healing journeys. 

Dying to BE Canadian: Honour Killings in Canada - Conference

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2012 Domestic Violence Conference
February 6th - February 7th, 2012
UBC Robson Square, 800 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

Training Frontline Service Providers
by Aruna Papp, MA, ADR, Med

Aruna is survivor of Honour Based Violence and forced marriage. She arrived in Canada with a grade three education and lived in an abusive marriage for 18 years. For the past 30 years she has worked as a Counsellor/Therapist and presently she is with Family Services of York Region, Ontario. As a consultant, she conducts workshops on cultural competency for Police Officers and frontline practicioners in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Aruna has founded three agencies which assist families dealing with domestic violence. She has written extensively on the issues facing new immigrants and is a columnist for two magazines, The Newcomer and Desi. Aruna has volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including Board of Governors of Centennial College and Centenary Hospital. Her forthcoming book "Unworthy Creature: A Daughter's Memoir of Honour, Shame, and Love" is being published by McClelland & Stewart in spring of 2012. Aruna is the recipient of eleven prestigious awards including the "Women of Distinction Award", "The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada" and "Life Time Achievement Award" from the South Asian Community.

Conference Schedule
Monday, February 6th:
Honour Based Violence - Part 1
Aruna Papp
The Policing Perspective
Detective Michele McKnight
The Crown's Perspective
Crown Counsel Helen James
Honour Based Violence - Part 2
Aruna Papp

Tuesday, February 7th:
Honour Based Violence - Part 3
Aruna Papp
Effects of Strangulation
to be confirmed

December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - Events across Canada

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On December 6, our national day to remember the 1989 gender-based killings in Montreal, and to rally against further violence, there are many campaigns and events planned around the country.

Status of Women Canada has a 16-day campaign, each day highlighting a different aspect of violence against women. It runs until December 10. See the posts on their website.

Other campaigns:

The YWCA Rose Campaign
The December 6 Fund (YWCA loan program for women escaping violence)
The White Ribbon Campaign (Men against violence against women)

And events in:





Hamilton, ON

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Owen Sound, ON


Launch: Domestic Violence Prevention and Reduction in British Columbia (2000-2010)

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Frances Grunberg, Chair, Centre for the Prevention & Reduction of Violence, would like to invite you to attend the official release of the Research Paper:

Domestic Violence Prevention and Reduction in British Columbia (2000-2010)

Prepared by: Katherine R. Rossiter, PhD Candidate
Prepared for: The Centre for the Prevention & Reduction of Violence (CPRV)

Monday December 5, 2011
Justice Institute of BC
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC, V3L 5T4

Research Presentation "The Rossiter Report"
JIBC Theatre: 9:00 - 9:30 am
Light Reception
Atrium: 9:30 - 10:30 am
Guest Speakers
-Katherine Rossiter, Associate Director, FREDA Centre
-Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC
-Dr. Greg Anderson, Dean, Office of Applied Research, JIBC

Please RSVP via email to
before December 1st, 2011

This research was performed under the auspices of The Violence Reduction Circle, with funding from The Centre for the Prevention & Reduction of Violence (CPRV), Office of Applied Research, Justice Institute of BC. The research was supported through a generous donation from the Webster Foundation.

Conference: Opening the closet on aging

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November 28th and 29th at The 519 Community Centre. Toronto ON

The conference engages 50 presenters over two days, including service providers, community members,  professionals and academics from a wide variety of fields relating to older LGBTQ communities. Registration and more information can be found at:

On Monday November 28th, the ‘Opening the Closet on Aging’ reception will take place from 4:30-6:30pm. This early evening event will feature live entertainment as well as hors d'oeuvres from FABARNAK Restaurant.

To kick off the conference, on Sunday November 27th  we are hosting ‘The 519 Older LGBT Reel’, a free movie night at The 519 featuring films both by and about older LGBT people. Doors open at 4:30pm and the films run  from 5:00-8:00pm. Everyone is welcome! 

The 519 Church Street Community Centre

519 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

(416) 355 6787


Vulvanomics: Awareness campaign (Kitchener)

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What: Peaceful Awareness Campaign to challenge the growing genital cosmetic surgery industry
Where: Outside Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener ON
When: Saturday, November 19th from 2:30-3:30pm

Come join women who are challenging the medicalization of sex and women’s bodies. The natural diversity of women's genitalia will be celebrated in an effort to raise awareness and challenge the growing labiaplasty industry (a form of female genital cosmetic surgery) that presents an ideal of the vulva that is socially constructed.

Women's health rally on silicone breast implants (Ottawa)

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Saturday, December 10th (Human Rights Day)
Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
Silicone Rally - Permit Ready
At 1:00pm

1st Location:
UN Women
300-309 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P OG5

Short walk to 2nd Location:
Human Rights Monument, the corner of Lisgar and Elgin.

See the event on Facebook.

The rally is intended to create awareness of the impact of silicone breast implants on women's health and ask that UN Women and the World Health Organization - Patient Safety step in and prevent further generations of women from unknowingly risking their health and lives. Everyone is invited to learn more about the issue of Breast Implants and Women's Health by visiting this website.

If you want to support this issue, please consider signing the petition.

CWHN has been working on the silicone breast implant issue for several years. See our Network magazine article by Shari Graydon, Silicone breast implants back on the market: Serious health risks have not been addressed.

Read more about the rally and reasons for it below.

Screening: Digital Stories of Intergenerational Effects on First Nations Women Whose Mothers Are Residential School Survivors (Winnipeg)

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When: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time: 2 pm

Where: Garrick Theatre, 330 Garry Street, Winnipeg

Free! But please register on WAFF’s website so they can anticipate attendance numbers

Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence and the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (WAFF) invite you to a screening of short films: kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk: Digital Stories of Intergenerational Effects on First Nations Women Whose Mothers Are Residential School Survivors

Six short films tell of the inter-generational legacy left by the residential school system on six First-Nations women whose mothers are residential school survivors. These first-time filmmakers wrote and produced their own films, and will be in attendance at the event. A discussion will follow. This event is part of Building Bridges: Intergenerational Impacts of Residential School, a special project undertaken by the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Commemoration Initiative. For more information about the films, see the attached poster.

For more information about the films, see the attached poster.

The Body: New Paradigms, Perspectives, and Practices (Nov. 3)

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DATE: Thursday, 3 November, 2011
TIME: 9 AM to 5 PM, registration at 8:30 AM
PLACE: Thomson House, McGill University

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) in Montreal is holding an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on “The Body: New Paradigms, Perspectives, and Practices”. The conference will bring together the many graduate students at McGill University working in this realm, from corporeality and the visual arts, body and performance art, architecture, music, and dance, to research on aging, scientific and medical approaches, plastic surgery, HIV-AIDS, food and nutrition, philosophies of beauty and fitness, literary and textual treatments of the body, queer space, disability studies, histories of the senses, geographies of sexuality and new media studies.

“The Body” conference shares a keynote speaker, Prof. Roderick A. Ferguson and events with the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (CACS) conference
which McGill is hosting November 4-6.


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