December 6th in Hamilton

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December 6th is the International Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We celebrate on December 6th because it is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre – a shooting at ‘École Polytechnique de Montréal, where women engineering students were separated from the men and killed.

They died because they were women.

We remember the dead, those who have died this year because of misogynist violence. We fight to prevent all forms of violence and oppression.

There are two events happening in Hamilton this year: Continue reading

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Sisters In Spirit Hamilton

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sisevents2016picGovernment statistics in Canada show that Aboriginal women are 5 times more likely to die as a result of violence than other women. In 2004 The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) launched the Sisters in Spirit Campaign to bring this shocking fact to the attention of Canadians.

The Sisters in Spirit Action Committee, Hamilton was formed in April 2005 to support these initiatives. Current membership includes several dedicated people from the community as well as representatives from: Amnesty International Canada, De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, Native Women’s Centre, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Hamilton Police Service, Correctional Service Canada, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, and SACHA – Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area).

Our purpose is to draw public attention and education to the pervasive problem of violence against Aboriginal women across Canada, while we honour and remember our Sisters in Spirit. We as an action committee also support any official inquiry, round table or commission that will assist the resolution of this crisis.

The Sisters in Spirit Action Committee Hamilton invite you to participate in our upcoming community events to honour our 1200 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women, girls, and trans people across Canada.

Flag Raising at City Hall
Thursday, September 30, 2016 at 12:00pm
71 Main Street West – Hamilton ON

Candlelight Vigil at Honouring the Circle
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7:00pm
21 Rosendene Avenue – Hamilton ON

All are welcome to both events.

Come and gather to show we are a united front. Each vigil is a beacon of hope and strength! Help us honour restore the memory of our loved ones; our sisters, our daughters, our mothers, our aunties, our grandmothers, and their families.

WAWG Asks if Hamilton Candidates are #UpForDebate

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Hamilton’s Woman Abuse Working Group – a coalition of over twenty agencies working to end violence against women – asked eighteen Hamilton candidates in the federal election questions about issues facing women and only four responded.

Up for Debate is a non-partisan movement to keep issues identified by women on the political agenda during the federal election campaign.

Candidates who did respond

David Christopherson (NDP- Hamilton Centre) and Wayne Marston (NDP-Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) responded before the deadline. Instead of answering individual questions, Mr. Marston and Ms. Schmid-Jones sent a statement (below). The Liberal Party contacted WAWG to ask for an extension, following that Anne Tennier (Hamilton Centre) responded on September 20th, as did the Green Party’s Ute Schmid-Jones (Hamilton Centre).

Candidates who did not respond

Yonatan Rozenszajn (PC), Hamilton Centre
Diane Bubanko (PC), Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
Bob Bratina (Liberal), Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
Raheem Aman (Green), Hamilton Mountain
Allan Miles (PC), Hamilton Mountain
Shaun Burt (Liberal), Hamilton Mountain
Scott Duvall (NDP), Hamilton Mountain
Vincent Samuel (PC), Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
Peter Ormond (Green), Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
Filomena Tassi (Liberal), Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
Alex Johnstone (NDP), Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
David Sweet (PC), Flamborough-Glanbrook
Jennifer Stebbing (Liberal), Flamborough-Glanbrook
Mike DiLivio (NDP), Flamborough-Glanbrook Continue reading

Sisters In Spirit – Hamilton

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And every time another one of us is shunned,
every time another one of us is gunned down,
the Earth cries out in pain
having to erase another name.
And every time our self-esteem’s depleted
every time another one of us is beaten,
We have to say a prayer….
And hope another man not dare.

— From the song “Standing Strong” by Tamara Podemski

sis flyer oct 1 and 4 2015Government statistics in Canada show that Aboriginal women are 5 times more likely to die as a result of violence than other women. In 2004 The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) launched the Sisters in Spirit Campaign to bring this shocking fact to the attention of Canadians. Continue reading

BIPOC Zine Making Grant!

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Guest post by e.war, coordinator of the Arrow Archive and Look Mum! Distro

The Arrow Archive has the goal to educate the communities around us about zine making and about zines general.

We started the Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) zine marking grant because we want to send the message that zinester BIPOC voices are important and invaluable to the zine making community. Also we want more folks to make zines, or try out making a zine for the first time. grant web color We started with the question: why don’t people make zines?

Our answers are these: they don’t know what they are, they don’t know how to make them, or they don’t have the time. We  also asked the question: whose voices are rarely heard in zine making communities?

We know there are BIPOC zine makers out there! What a better way to connect with and encourage marginalized voices then for them to self publish their thoughts and ideas then making that sphere more accessible with funding. Now, it’s a teeny tiny amount of money ($100) but it could be enough to pay for an hour or two of work and a few photocopies.

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Zine Making Grant!

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Guest post by e.war, Coordinator of the Arrow Archive and Look Mum Distro.

The Arrow Archive has the goal to educate the communities around us about zine making and about zines general. We started the Black Indigenous Person of Colour (BIPOC) zine marking grant because we want to send the message that zinester BIPOC voices are important and invaluable to the zine making community. Also we want more folks to make zines, or try out making a zine for the first time.

We started with the question: Why don’t people make zines?

Our answers are these: They don’t know what they are, they don’t know how to make them, or they don’t have the time. We  also asked the question: Whose voices are rarely heard in zine making communities? Continue reading