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Canadian statistics reveal that a woman is killed every five days by an intimate partner or a family member. This picture represents women killed from Jan. 1 to Nov 30, 2019. Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability

Remembering everyday violence against women and girls on Dec. 6

While we remember the women murdered 30 years ago, we shouldn't ignore those short, terse paragraphs in the news that describe the everyday, routine violence inflicted upon women.
The Beardy Blackhawks show solidarity after a game, thank each other and bring the game to a close, at Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation, Sask., Nov. 21, 2019. Robert Henry

Bring back Beardy’s Blackhawks: Indigenous hockey team eliminated from Sask. league

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) recently eliminated the Beardy's Blackhawks Midget AAA team — but needs to reconsider the team's crucial community role in an era of reconciliation.
Apologies without clear policy shift are typically rejected as ‘empty gestures.’ Here, more than 100 Indigenous people march on Parliament Hill in 1981 to protest the elimination of Aboriginal rights in the proposed Canadian Constitution. The Canadian Press/Carl Bigras

The road to reconciliation starts with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

It's the 12th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada has yet to implement this declaration even though the TRC says the road to reconciliation needs to start here.
A recent photo-voice project shows what can happen when educators help marginalized youth express their resistance to racism. Alexis Brown/ Unsplash

How high school educators can help girls resist Islamophobia

A recent study suggests that marginalized youth feel supported and more resilient when adults encourage their ideas and missions to combat stereotypes, racism and Islamophobia.
Recent reports of Black students in Ontario reveal an ongoing pattern of racism including a lack of adequate reading materials. Wadi Lissa /Unsplash

The crisis of anti-Black racism in schools persists across generations

Decades of inadequate teaching material and resources to support Black students in Ontario means they are severely underserved by their schools.
A sign of how historical #MeToo felt in 2017 is this appearance by #MeToo founder Tarana Burke with TV personality Allison Hagendorf on stage at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York. (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

#MeToo: Must sexual assault be denounced in public every time?

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, says power and privilege can have a lot to do with who feels comfortable declaring #MeToo. Let's be aware of this power division.
During Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Mark Stevens, a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, shoved Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry. Stevens’s actions can be read as a public act of racism and a declaration of ‘ownership’ of Black bodies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Living and breathing while Black: Racial profiling and other acts of violence

Last week a young Black scholar at a Canadian conference was detained. Defending oneself against racial profiling has a detrimental impact on the health of racialized people.
A flag is flown during the annual marijuana 420 gathering in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Cannabis legalization must include cannabis equity

Canada's federal government is running out of time before the summer session to pass a bill that would pardon those convicted of minor cannabis possession.
The recent maternal health crisis of tennis player Serena Williams was a flash point for many health professionals. A photo of Williams with her daughter from her Instagram account. Instagram/SerenaWilliams

9 ways racism impacts maternal health

As we celebrate moms this Mother’s Day, let's remember that maternal health is a right that many do not enjoy.
Ancestry ad depicts a white man in 19th-century clothing standing in front of a Black woman holding a ring telling her they can leave and be together in Canada. Ancestry

Ancestry ad gets it wrong: Canada was never slave-free

Canadian audiences did not object to Ancestry's ad which romanticized Canada as “Promised land,” but they should have.
An academic expert on Islamophobia attended a ‘free-speech’ conference in Toronto, where she was assaulted after challenging speakers for promoting hatred against Muslims. Shutterstock

I had a front-row seat to hate and was physically assaulted: The liberal-washing of white nationalism

Covert power brokers are using cultural, political and economic ideas to influence, shape and inform white nationalist views. They help circulate bigotry by dressing it up as patriotism.
Jazmine Headley, center, who had her toddler yanked from her arms by police at a social services centre said that she went into ‘defence mode.’ Here she joins attorney Brian Neary and her mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, outside a courthouse in Trenton, N.J., Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

Raising children under suspicion and criminalization

In protecting their children, low-income Black mothers risk being viewed as irrationally overprotective and simultaneously neglectful.
These women used the word intersectionality to indicate solidarity across race and class. Back row: Activist Tarana Burke, Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington; front row: Natalie Portman, activist Ai-jen Poo, and activist Saru Jayaraman. Golden Globes

What is intersectionality? All of who I am

Last year, the word 'intersectionality' hit the mainstream at the Golden Globes as actors attempted to raise awareness for #MeToo and #TimesUp. But what exactly does intersectionality mean?

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