On September 23, Feminists Deliver hosted a symposium on gender-based violence and policing. This “think tank” aimed to find actions and the work that we need to do as a collective and community across the province.
Through our collaboration, we hope to find solutions that include accountability in state responses to gender-based violence, and to ensure there is support for effective community-based responses to gender-based violence.
We heard loud and clear how the police uphold colonial and racist systems of oppression. Attendees talked about how the definitions of crime and public safety differ depending on your identity and positionality.
We’ll share recommendations and actions from this symposium soon!
Keep your eyes peeled for more such symposia in the coming months!
Member organizations’ highlights
Feminist groups denounce the VPD’s violence against mother at BC Women’s
Feminist organizations strongly denounce the Vancouver Police Department’s arrest and use of a beanbag shotgun on a woman at B.C. Women’s Hospital. Battered Women’s Support Services, Feminists Deliver, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Options for Sexual Health, Women Transforming Cities, Prince George Sexual Assault Centre, Hogan’s Alley Society, and Union of BC Indian Chiefs condemn the many, overlapping failed systems that resulted in violence against this vulnerable mother.
Child care gets more affordable in BC
A big win for our members, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, and $10aDay, who have been pushing for cheaper child care options!
The $10aDay Child Care Plan will provide affordable, accessible, and quality child care for families with young children.
Starting in December, parents in BC will save as much as an additional $550 per month for each child they have in participating licensed child care centres.
The Province is directly funding licensed child care centres so families will not need to apply for these savings. This funding will lower fees for children, kindergarten-aged and younger.
Matriarchs Uprising showcases the choreographic voices of Indigenous women, offering stories of transformation through dance.
Date: Fri/Sat, 14 and 15 October 2022
Time: 8:00– 9:15pm PDT
Location: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 149 West Hastings Street Vancouver
Community-Engaged Research and the Climate Crisis
Climate crisis is already unfolding across BC with devastating impacts on communities. These impacts often exacerbate existing harms to Indigenous Peoples, communities of colour, and the underhoused or socially vulnerable.
This one-day event will foster discussion and connection among initiatives centred on three themes:
- Collaborative research and climate responses that advance Indigenous sovereignty;
- Storytelling for community resilience and policy change; and
- Youth-driven research and engagement for climate justice.
Date: Thu, 20 October 2022
Time: 9:00am– 5:00pm PDT
Location: 312 Main Street Vancouver
Read and Learn
MMIWG2S Progress Report
This report identifies the actions undertaken over the last year since the release of the National Action Plan about Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirits Peoples.
Truth before Reconciliation
As part of its reconciliation efforts, City of New Westminster’s new Indigenous Relations Manager recently tabled a research report into actions taken by the City involving Indigenous Peoples from 1860-1999.
Infant/toddler educator – YWCA Metro Vancouver
Multiple positions – Victoria Women’s Transition House
Finance Director – Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
ECE assistant– Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Multiple positions – Pacific Association of First Nations Women
Sales manager, Christmas tree sales – Aunt Leah’s Place
Guides communautaires et organismes – Re´seau-Femmes BC
Women’s employment counsellor – Battered Women’s Support Services
Director, facilities management – Atira Women’s Resource Society