Study Group on Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report

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Read and discuss the summary of the final report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC): Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Join with others to reflect on the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada and on the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action.

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI will host a series of 8 sessions to be held at the Confederation Centre Public Library, from 12:00 – 1:00pm, beginning on Thursday, February 4th, 2015. Each session will focus on a section of the summary report, and will have a facilitator to moderate conversation and a counsellor for those who require assistance. Open to everyone. Attend one, several, or all sessions. Contact info@peistatusofwomen.ca or 902-368-4510.

 

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Session Dates

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:00 noon
    – Opening ceremony and discussion of “Introduction” and “Commission, Activities” (pages 1 to 40)
  • Thursday, February 18, 12:00 noon
    – Discussion of “The History,” part 1 (pages 41 to 182)
  • Thursday, March 3, 12:00 noon
    – Discussion of “The History,” part 2 (pages 41 to 182)
  • Thursday, March 17, 12:00 noon
    – Discussion of “The Legacy” (pages 183 to 238)
  • Thursday, March 31, 12:00 noon
    – Discussion of “The Challenge of Reconciliation” (pages 239 to 392)
  • Thursday, April 14, 12:00 noon
    – Discussion of “Calls to Action,” part 1 (pages 393 to 411)
  • Thursday, April 28, 12:00 noon
    – Discussion of “Calls to Action,” part 2 (pages 393 to 411), next steps, and closing ceremony
  • Thursday, May 5, 12:00 noon
    – Storm date*
    *If Confederation Centre Public Library is closed due to stormy weather on a scheduled date, the discussion topic will move to the next date.

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Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, February 11, 2016

New listings this week:

1) TRC Study Group, 2nd Session – February 18
2) Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention Release Strategy
3) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
4) Family Violence Prevention Week Activities
5) Your Parts and Beyond: Sexual Health, You and Your Community
6) CFUW Charlottetown Meeting
7) Symposium on Retirement Readiness
8) Jack Frost Festival
9) Winter River Snow Shoe Event
10) Request for Stakeholder Feedback

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Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, February 4, 2016

New listings this week:

1) The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): What do they mean for PEI?
2) Child Protection Act Review, Public Consultations starting February 3
3) 4th Annual Sweetheart Dinner for Anderson House
4) Anxiety, Coping and Triple P Parenting, Ages 0-12
5) Save the Date and Ready Your Pens!
6) Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 1-7, 2016)
7) Canadian Nurses Association Ethics in Practice: Violence and What You Can Do
8) PEIBWA Events
9) Book Art Workshop
10) Transcending Racism & Discrimination
11) Baraka Family Arts & Crafts
12) Rants and Raves: Black Culture on the Island
13) The Old Stock, Songs of PEI Black History
14) Seed Swap and Sale
15) PEI Sierra Club to Celebrate ‘International Leap Day’ Feb 29

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Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, January 28, 2016

New listings this week:

1) First Session is next Thursday, February 4 at Noon – Study Group on Canada’s TRC Report
2) International Tea House 2016
3) Understanding Financial Statements
4) Visiting Author: Two Events
5) Laughter Yoga
6) Your Parts and Beyond: Sexual Health, You and Your Community
7) PEIBWA Events
8) International Development Week 2016
9) Next Stage of Consultations – Special Committee on Democratic Renewal
10) Stratford Family Festival
11) City of Charlottetown Islander Family Fun Day
12) Seniors Active Living Centre Activities

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Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, January 21, 2016

New listings this week:

1) Reflections on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women by Sharon O’Brien
2) Study Group on Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report
3) CFUW Charlottetown Meeting Today
4) IMAC Film Club – Suffragette
5) Winter Wildlife: Tracks, Adaptations, Signs
6) Registration is Now Open for the Next Get Up & Go Luncheon for Women Leaders
7) 2016 Winter Woodlot Tour
8) Human Library at Confederation Centre Public Library
9) General Meeting on Proportional Representation
10) Inspired City – Meet and Speak
11) PAC Youth Storyboard Showcase 2016
12) Charlottetown Launches Youth Retention Survey
13) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
14) PEI ANC’s Welcome Project Donation Centre to Reopen

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Reflections on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women by Sharon O’Brien, December 2015

Sharon O’Brien, director of the PEI Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre, was the guest speaker at the Charlottetown 2015 Montreal Massacre Memorial Service. Sharon spoke about the crisis in missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada and what that crisis means not only for Aboriginal women but for all Prince Edward Islanders and all Canadians.

Transcript below or watch the video: Reflections on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Reflections on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women from PEI Status of Women on Vimeo.

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Sharon O’Brien, PEI Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre Director

Today we remember, honor and mourn the lives of women whose futures have been stolen, from us, from their families and their loved ones.

Over 1200 of our Aboriginal sisters are missing or have been murdered. And while we continue to grieve their loss we are left wondering how we as a society can continue to let this happen. This is not just an Aboriginal issue, it is a Canadian issue.

None of us will ever forget the media reports recounting the horrors of the Pickton farm where of the 33 DNA sample found, 11 were Aboriginal, and many of us have been shocked that 30 Aboriginal women had their lives end on the Highway of Tears in British Columbia. More recently we heard of Rinelle Harper, a 16 year old girl who survived a savage assault and near drowning in the Red River in Winnipeg and Tina Fontaine, 15, who didn’t.

The violence inflicted on Aboriginal women is often rooted in the deep socio economic inequalities and discrimination their communities face and which can be traced back to colonization and residential schools.

They speak of a generational history of sexual abuse and assault, family violence and addictions.

Then they speak of being afraid of police, of not being believed and of police behavior and bias. Government and police must look seriously at what they can do right now to set a new path in terms of relationships with Aboriginal women and girls.

Former Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo said “We cannot accept violence against or among our peoples. We owe it to the families who’ve lost loved ones and to our children and the future generations to achieve safe and secure communities for our children to learn, grow and thrive.”

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has said that Canada has violated the rights of indigenous women by failing to thoroughly investigate why they are targeted for violence. They joined with many others including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in calling for a national enquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. The report stated that the police and the justice system have failed to effectively protect Aboriginal women and that they face grave and systematic violations of their rights. Thankfully, in making the need for a public enquiry, an election issue, we have been able to obtain a commitment and hope that the voices of our women and community members will be heard.

We as Aboriginal people have a responsibility as well. We know the environments that exist for our women and children and we must fight to make systemic changes so that wrongs can be righted. We as Aboriginal women are 4 times more likely to be murdered than non Aboriginal women and more recently the Globe and Mail reported that figure to be a high as 7 times more likely to be murdered. Most people don’t know that there is a First Nations Act that provides for Emergency Protection Orders to be available for those living on Reserve. However the EPO’s can only be issued if the Province designates a judge to issue them. While most, if not all other provinces have done this, PEI hasn’t, so those women needing protection on reserve are not able to access the EPO provisions. The bands, the province and our justice system have known for years this lack of protection for our women exists but have failed to act on it. Our women deserve the same right to protection as every other woman in Canada.

We are not disposable, we are not collateral damage and we are not to be ignored. We are strong women who have a strength of spirit that has sustained us for many generations.

So remember the women I speak of today, murdered or missing. They were someone’s daughter, mother, friend, or relative. They were our sisters, beautiful spirits, young and old, tarnished and shining bright. They were once someone’s child, cradled, loved and protected for a short time by their mother. Mother Earth cradles and protects them now and they live on in the memories and stories of our people.

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, January 14, 2016

New listings this week:

1) Tonight: Currents: Regional Perspectives on Water, and Environmental Studies
2) 4th Annual Alzheimer Awareness Conference
3) Demystifying your Tablet
4) Refugees and Trauma – Tips for Supporting (Free Webinar)
5) Abortion Access Now Hot Chocolate Social
6) Bonshaw ​​Ceilidh – Benefit for the Bonshaw Hall
7) Knowledge to Practice Workshop
8) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
9) ‘A Global Perspective: Work across Sectors with Positive Results’ Online Workshops
10) CLIA New Horizons for Seniors Project: Putting Your Affairs in Order – One Senior at a Time

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