Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience

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“Telling Our Stories” is a multi-lingual one-of-a-kind graphic novel created by immigrant women, to support immigrant women.

Join us for an interactive workshop to explore the graphic novel’s creation and stories as well as our own stories and strengths.

We’ll have free copies of the graphic novel for participants in multiple languages! Come meet other awesome incredible women in Hamilton.

Where: Hamilton Public Library, Central Library Wentworth Room – 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton ON

When: Sunday, September 10th
2pm: Welcome
2:30pm: Workshop begins
3:30: Food and socializing

Childcare and bus tickets provided. Please email if you need interpretation or any accommodations – crickett@sacha.ca

Presented by SACHA, Centre de santé, and Hamilton Public Library as part of the Hamilton Reads series. #HPLreads

Very thankful for the support of Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and MOFIF – the Ontarian Movement of Francophone Immigrant Women and the graphic novel’s funder – The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

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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

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.

Questions I’ve Been Asked as a Midwife

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Spoken Word by Kayla Q

I came across Kayla Q’s poem on social media early one morning, clicking on the link without really thinking about it. It stayed with me the entire day. It stayed with me for days. I mentioned it to other women. Sent the link over, urging them to check it out too because it really is that entertaining. It really is that poignant. It really is that important.

I connected with her words initially because I have a personal interest in midwifery and used midwives for the births of both of my children. But the more that I watched the clip, the deeper I thought about how heavy her words are. In a short few minutes, Kayla managed to summarize so many of the burdens that women carry. We are caregivers and protectors. We are advocates and advisors. Sometimes we’re just bodies and other times we have to be survivors.

I hope that her words will stay with you and make you proud of what women do everyday.

— MF Miller

Self Defense for Muslim Women

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Challenging Islamophobia on Campus - Wen-Do PosterWen-Do teaches ways to deescalate situations, draw in bystanders in the face of hateful attacks, and help build a safer community. This series of self defense workshops is for Muslim-identified women who feel threatened by Islamophobia.

Muslim women have the right to feel safe in our communities. Public attacks of Muslim women in Canada have made many of us fearful. We know it’s never our fault when we are attacked. Some of us want to strengthen our options to stay safer; this is one way to do it. Join us for a workshop by Muslim women for Muslim women facilitated by Wen-Do instructor Arij Elmi that focus on self-defense, sisterhood, and resistance!

We are offering two different FREE workshops:

On Campus 3 Hour Introductory Course

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 6-9pm
Where: CIBC Hall Student Centre, Room 319 at McMaster University

Light refreshment will be served.

Off Campus 2 Day Course

When: Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 9:30am-5:30pm
Where: YWCA Senior’s Centre Auditorium, 75 MacNab Street South – Hamilton ON

Vegetarian lunch will be provided.

How to Register:

Space is limited for both events. Please register early at hres@mcmaster.ca.

For more information about accessibility, dietary restrictions, and child-minding, contact 905.525.9140 x27581 or hres@mcmaster.ca.
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IWD Concert and Sing-A-Long Artist Profile: Sarah Beatty

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by Tara Bursey

Sarah Beatty is one impressive lady—she’s a musician and an environmental scientist! Sarah is a Hamilton- based artist who grew up with two hometowns and many addresses on both sides of the border. In 2011, she recorded the first tracks of what would become her debut solo album, Black Gramophone, released in May of 2012.

In just a few short months, the live-off-the floor recording garnered support from local and international press and radio, national audiences, and generated an invite to audition for the Mariposa Folk Festival and a Roots Recording of the Year nomination from the Hamilton Music Awards in 2012. On top of her many musical accomplishments, she is expecting to get her Ph.D. later this year.

Learn more about Sarah’s influences below, and come out and hear her in person at our IWD Concert and Sing-A-Long on March 5th from 3-5pm at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre.

Young women are rarely encouraged to pick up a guitar. How did you first start playing one? Who were the earliest women singers/songwriters to inspire you?

Internal and external barriers are huge factors that affect when a woman will pick up an instrument and/or use their voice to express themselves and their views. I don’t know what all the drivers are, but I really like seeing more and more young women writing songs and making music – women hold court in really important cultural ways. Continue reading

Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle Graduation

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Garlands, eye masks, slippers, aprons, warm winter toques! SACHA’s sewing room was piled high last week with amazing projects entirely made by participants.

We give our biggest congratulations and highest of fives to all women in the sewing circle. There was so much bravery and kindest shown as women got to know each other and shared skills and life stories.