We said no to involuntary treatment!
Feminists Deliver recently endorsed Pivot Legal Society’s position paper, Involuntary Treatment: Criminalization by another name, amid government movement toward the expansion of involuntary treatment in BC. Involuntary treatment includes interventions such as forced medication, institutionalization & other coerced behaviour.
We joined Pivot Legal in standing up to this dangerous policy direction and said NO to involuntary treatment.
Member organizations’ highlights
New Look, New Name: Wavaw is now Salal
On April 1, our member organization, Women Against Violence Against Women renamed themselves to Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre.
Salal offers the beauty of different interpretations. On these lands, it refers to the plant. In other languages, it describes waterfalls and the action of lifting up. We hope these different meanings allow survivors and the community to see themselves in our new name, planting the seeds for people to feel seen and held.
Questions? Reach out Salal at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out http://salalsvsc.ca/salal-faqs
Justice Centre at BWSS
The Justice Centre at BWSS is a community-based legal clinic, providing trauma and violence informed, multilingual, and culturally responsive legal services to diverse women who have experienced violence in BC.
The Justice Centre is a unique and sole legal centre of its kind in Western Canada, providing comprehensive legal services to women survivors of violence.
Some of the legal services the Justice Centre at BWSS provides:
- Legal Advice and Representation
- Family Law Clinic
- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Legal Advocacy Workshops
- Court and Immigration Forms
- *Upcoming* MCFD Advocacy Clinics
To make an appointment with the Justice Centre, please call their Crisis and Intake line 1-855-687-1868 or in Metro Vancouver 604-687-1867.
Truth and Reconciliation Webinars
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is teaming up with our member organization, Women Transforming Cities (WTC), to host a learning series for local government leaders about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. Through two webinars, we will highlight key takeaways for local leaders from WTC’s recent report: The TRC Calls to Action in BC Municipalities: Progress, Barriers, and Opportunities to Accelerate Implementation.
Date: Wed, Apr 26
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm PDT
Please register to receive the recording of the webinars.
Alternatives to Police-involved Crisis Responses
Defund 604 Network’s Abolitionist Care and Belonging (ACAB) is hosting community events on the last Thursday of every month to dream and plan for alternative responses to mental health crisis in our communities. Honoraria provided for the drop-in.
Date: Thu, Apr 27
Time: 7.00pm PDT
Location: Jonathan Rogers Park, 10 W 7th Ave, Vancouver
Next dates: May 25 (BIPOC only) and June 29
Sher Vancouver’s Dosti Projects
Join Sher Vancouver for their monthly meet up and learn how to make candles!
The workshop will provide a relaxed atmosphere where participants can connect with like-minded individuals in a queer-friendly space. You do not have to participate in the workshop to attend. Food and Drinks provided.
Date: Saturday 15th April 2023
Time: 5.00-9.00pm PDT
Location: Solid State, 10326 Whalley Blvd, Surrey
340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims and 12 Hindus chartered the Komagata Maru to sail from Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada. Read about this racially violent history of Canada as part of your learning for Sikh Heritage Month (April).
The Return of the G’psgolox Pole
This documentary traces the journey of the Haisla people to reclaim the G’psgolox totem pole that went missing from their British Columbia village in 1929.
Thrift Store & Donations Coordinator – Aunt Leah’s Place
Multiple positions – Atira Women’s Resource Society
Communications officer – BC Association of Friendship Centres
Community Care Worker – Hogan’s Alley Society
Multiple positions – Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Clinic coordinator – Options for Sexual Health
Early Childhood Educator – Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Multiple leadership and admin jobs – RainCity Housing
Finance Manager – UBCIC
Cosmo program coordinator – Vancouver Women’s Health Collective
Finance Coordinator – Victoria Women’s Transition House
Crisis line specialist – Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre
Assistant project coordinator – North Shore Women’s Centre