Events and Conferences

The REDress Project

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Please join the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies (in Winnipeg) for an introduction to the REDress project on campus on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Duckworth Centre, second floor lounge, at the University of Winnipeg. 

The REDress Project is a public art installation, which will be installed at UW from March 7-12, 2011, that aims to raise awareness surrounding the murder and disappearance of over 500 Aboriginal women across Canada.  The aim of the project is to collect, by community donation, 500 RED dresses to later install and display in public spaces in an effort to draw attention to this often overlooked national issue. Educational initiatives connected to the project will help to broaden knowledge of the circumstances and underlying social structures that marginalize and misrepresent Aboriginal women in Canada as well as the conditions that lead to racialized and gendered violence. 

The organizers intend this launch to be an opportunity for folks to learn about the project, and pick up some educational materials about the issue that can be shared in the classroom, workplace, or home.  Join them for coffee and cake, and learn how you can support the REDress Project. Please also consider donating a gently used RED dress of any size or style to the project at the launch.

Please share this information widely, and for more information contact Kim Hunter at 

Screening Mammography: Understanding the Issues and Controversies in the Media

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BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre and the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health are pleased to invite you to our lunch hour presentation.

Screening Mammography: Understanding the Issues And Controversies in the Media
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Noon-1:00 pm

Dr Paula Gordon
Medical Director, Breast Program, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
Chair, Academic Committee, Screening Mammography Program of BC

Download the flyer.

Dealing with Near Misses and Poor Outcomes in Maternal-Newborn Care

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A new professional development session offered by the Association of Ontario Midwives. Spots are limited so register today!

Dealing with Near Misses and Poor Outcomes in Maternal-Newborn Care: Issues Facing Perinatal Care Providers

Friday, February 25, 2011

Crowne Plaza Hotel Hamilton, ON

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This full day event will take a multidisciplinary approach to the exploration of relevant medical-legal and psychosocial issues facing care providers following a critical incident in maternal-newborn care. The day will provide participants with an opportunity to gather and share information by way of presentations, interactive forums and hands-on exercises.

Topics For The Day Include:

  • The Apology Act and Disclosure
  • The Power of Saying Sorry: Disclosure from the Patient’s Perspective
  • An Interdisciplinary Case Review
  • Nurses Grieve Too: Video Presentation and Question & Answer Session with the Director/Producer
  • Panel Discussion - Supporting Each Other After A Critical Incident
  • An In-depth Case Study Discussing:

- The Patient's Perspective
- The Care Provider's Perspective
- The Perspective of the Health Care Team

*Sessions and presenters subject to change

AOM Student Member: Free (limited spots)
AOM Member: Full Day Registration $25
Non Members: Full Day Registration $100

For more information please contact Sally Liu, CPD administrator at or 416 425 9974 ext 2239.

pê-âcimohk[i]: kiskino mâto tapanâsk[ii] - Digital Stories of the Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors

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Presented by The Urban and Inner City Studies 2011 Speaker Series (University of Winnipeg)

Where: 519 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg - Urban Circle Training Centre
When: February 16, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (light lunch will be provided)

Indigenous storytellers are now carrying their narratives into digital media domains. Through digital stories, we will explore the intergenerational effects on professional First Nations women in Winnipeg whose mothers attended residential school. A 'digital story' is a short video approximately 3-5 minutes in length. The presenters will be showing and discussing their own digital stories, produced as part of a research project by the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence.

For more information, contact Claudette Michell by email: or by phone: (204) 988.7196

Free Public Forum on the Growing Trend Towards Biomonitoring Studies

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The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health presents a free public forum on the growing trend towards biomonitoring* studies, their promise and pitfalls, their social significance, their gender implications and the ethical questions that they raise.

WHEN: Wednesday January 26 2011, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Novella Room, Bluma Appel Salon, 2nd Floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (one block north of Bloor) **Wheelchair accessible venue**
Subway: Yonge & Bloor
Parking: HBC Parking Garage off Asquith Avenue

Sharyle Patton, Director, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal (environmental research institute), Bolinas, California
Andrew Black, Policy Analyst, Assembly of First Nations, (First Nations Biomonitoring Initiative)

*Biomonitoring is a scientific technique for assessing human exposures to natural and synthetic chemicals, based on sampling and analysis of an individual’s tissues and fluids (Environmental Health Research Foundation).


Café Scientifique – Gender and Women's Health Matters in Saskatchewan

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Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) is hosting a Canadian Institute of Health Research Café Scientifique on health through a gender lens in Saskatchewan.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at 7:00 pm
McNally Robinson Bookstore, 3130 8th St. E, Saskatoon

Three speakers have been invited to discuss different issues related to women’s health. Diane Martz will be speaking on a senior population in rural women’s health. Alex Wilson will be speaking about Aboriginal women’s health, identity and wellness in Saskatchewan and Margaret Haworth-Brockman will talk about PWHCE’s community research activities in Saskatchewan.

PWHCE is one of the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health supported by the Women’s Health Contribution Program, through the Bureau of Women’s Health and Gender Analysis of Health Canada. For over fifteen years, PWHCE has been working with Saskatchewan women to improve and address health issues.

For more information contact

Women’s Health & Gender Matters in Saskatchewan: Mapping Research Initiatives, Gaps and Opportunities

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University of Saskatchewan, Marquis Hall
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
8:30 am to 3:45 pm

RSVP to the PWHCE’s Saskatoon office at

Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence is hosting a one day workshop on women’s health in Saskatchewan. The workshop will bring together researchers, community organizers and students from a range of disciplines with an interest in women’s health and gender. The event aims to promote wider linkages and participants will have opportunities to discuss ways to strengthen women’s and gender health research and knowledge exchange in the province.

Researchers Colleen Dell, Jennifer Poudrier and Jennifer Nicol will be speaking on their innovative research methods and interests. Additionally, PWHCE’s Executive Director, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, will share her perspective on the Federal Women’s Health Strategy.

The 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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The Power of Knowledge: Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World


March 2-5, 2011
Vancouver, BC

Conference Description
Our understanding of FASD is entering a period of rapid expansion and change, dramatically increasing our comprehension of the breadth and depth of the global impact of this lifelong disability. This 4th International conference will provide an advanced forum for emerging and cutting edge research, policy and practice that will assist governments, service systems, service providers, parents and caregivers, as we strive to address the complex issues of FASD. This new knowledge will be an impetus for critical action in supporting women, individuals, families, and communities around the world.

Please click here to register.
Please click here to view conference brochure.
For more information, visit their website.


New Perinatal Care Sessions: Association of Ontario Midwives

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The Association of Ontario Midwives is offering two new professional development sessions in January.  A special full day registration rate is offered to those attending both morning and afternoon workshops. Spots are limited so register today!

Providing Perinatal Care for Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) Women and their Families

Friday, January 21, 2011
8:00am - 1:00pm

Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
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This half day session with take a multidisciplinary approach in working towards culturally competent and clinically appropriate perinatal care for LBQ women and their families. The social environment in which LBQ women create and raise families will frame discussion around increasing perinatal care providers' awareness of LBQ women's needs and concerns, as well as specific sexual and reproductive health issues they face.

Providing Perinatal Care for Trans Clients and their Families

Friday, January 21, 2011
12:15pm - 5:15pm

Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
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Thinking Women, Reforming Health Care: CIHR Café Scientifique

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research Café Scientifique
Thinking Women, Reforming Health Care
Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
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Health care reform continues to challenge our decision makers and ourselves as citizens, family members, and care providers. Over the past decade, Women and Health Care Reform has monitored and analyzed reforms within the Canadian health care system. In order to influence change we first need to know what is happening in health care reforms and what these reforms mean for women as a group and for particular groups of women.

Why is health care reform a women's issue?
What are the issues for women?
Which women are affected in what ways?

Please join us for this free event presented by Women and Health Care Reform.
Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Barbara Clow, Executive Director, Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Dr. Beth Jackson, Manager, Research and Knowledge Development, Public Health Agency of Canada
Ann Pederson, Director, British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health

Dr. Pat Armstrong, CHSRF/CIHR Chair Health Services and Nursing Research, Dept. of Sociology, York University

CIHR Café Scientifique

Women and Health Care Reform

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