Changing Systems: Resistance and Resilience

Day two of our grassroots conference and trade show began with a keynote panel, “Resistance and Resilience: The Child Welfare System” facilitated by Sarah Stewart Executive Director, Aunt Leah’s Place. The panel featured Nikki Scott from Rain City Housing, Robin Banks, Corrina Sparrow from Musqueam, and Sarah Thomas from Aboriginal Mothers Centre.

Precarious Realities: A Colonial Immigration System
  • Alejandra Lopez- Sanctuary Health
  • Ingrid Mendez de Cruz – Executive Director of Watari
  • Lobat Sadrehashemi –Immigration Lawyer & Member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
  • Chris Morrissey, Rainbow Refugee

Work is Work is Work
  • Sheryl Burns, President CUPE 1936
  • Susanna Quail, Board Member, Migrant Workers Centre BC
  • Stephanie Skourtes, Single Mother Alliance
  • Michele Powell, Peers Victoria
  • Michelle Travis, Unite Here Local 40


Spectrum of Harm Reduction: Reducing Harm, Reducing Pain
  • Anne M’Mithiaru, Director Non Residential Programs Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • Heather Scarff, Counsellor Watari
  • Brandy Kane, Counsellor, PhD
  • Emily Henry, Chrysalis Society


Criminal Justice: Freedom from the revolving door, challenging stigma, and overcoming oppression
  • Dalya Israel, Executive Director, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
  • Frances Mahon, Criminal defence, refugee and civil rights lawyer in Vancouver
  • Mo Korchinski, Project Manager, Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education at UBC
  • Chas Coutlee, BSW, Resolution Health Support Worker for MMIWG with IRSS
  • Marnie Scow, FHNA Indigenous Peer Outreach, Spencer Creo, Community Engagement



Unveiling Resistance: Exposing Oppressive Social and Political Discourses
  • Brooklyn Fowler, Service Coordinator Transitions Program at Battered Women’s Support Services
  • Theresa Thomas, Counsellor, Battered Women’s Support Services
  • Betty Yeung, Sexual Assault Counsellor, WAVAW



Reproductive Justice: Still a Fight
  • A.J. Lowik, PhD Candidate with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia
  • Joyce Arthur, Executive Director, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
  • Erin Mullan, Sexual Health Educator and Abortion Counsellor 
  • MeiLing Weidmeyer


Disability/Crip/Mad Justice Panel
  • Facilitated by Dalya Israel, WAVAW
  • Nadia Grutter, Community Member
  • Mia Amir, Creative Director and Facilitator The Story We Be



Pan Canadian Voice for Women’s Housing Symposium Live Stream with Janice Abbot, CEO Atira Women’s Resource Society


Watch Day Two

The conference was live streamed each day, you can watch a recording of the full day below. Each keynote and keynote panel will also be available to watch, subscribe to Feminists Deliver YouTube channel to be notified when the videos are live!