On Being Mixed Race By

I would liken part of my childhood to that of a baby duck. I followed my mother’s actions as instructions. She had long, braided hair, and I had long, braided hair. She had jingling bangles from India, and I had little jingling bangles from India. She made curry and I ate curry. We had Indian […]

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Conflict as a Litmus Test By

I grew up in a family that had a hard time with feelings. We loved each other, and we told ourselves that it was unconditional, but we rarely dealt with the difficult stuff together. I walked a fine line trying to avoid conflict between my mother’s hyper-sensitivity and my father’s temper. Most arguments resulted in […]

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À grands pouvoirs, grandes responsabilités By

J’ai récemment eu le bonheur de rencontrer Sarah, une jeune entrepreneure torontoise qui évolue dans un milieu fortement masculin. En l’entendant parler de son expérience, j’ai compris à quel point il est important que les jeunes femmes soient davantage conscientisées sur les effets de la peur. Notre société a besoin de leaders féminins fortes, compétentes […]

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Être militante racisée et queer à Montréal By

J’ai eu la chance d’avoir un entretien électronique avec Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François, travailleuse communautaire et militante. Voici un aperçu des pensées de Karine sur comment passer à l’action! 1-    Quels sont les sujets/problèmes qui te fâchent en ce moment? Penses-tu que ces sujets/problèmes sont adressés adéquatement? Présentement, je vois beaucoup de personnes très privilégiées minimisant voire […]

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Tug of war By

For me, being a feminist is like being in a constant state of tug-of-war as I navigate between the push and pull of preconceived notions of gender and my own identity. How much of what I think and do comes from who I am as a person and how much has been shaped by society […]

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White Liberalism and the Color of Justice: What Must Change in the Social Justice Community of Montreal By

It became all clear to me within an instant. The moment I started talking and explaining and struggling to make myself heard, understood and acknowledged, he shut me up. Interrupting me and then going on to contradict everything I just said, all having to do with my reality and personal experiences as an immigrant woman […]

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Cyber Feminism #AmINext By

Cyber Feminism. A postmodernist term used to describe the philosophies of a contemporary feminist community whose interests are cyberspace, the internet and technology. This term was introduced in the early 1990s and over the years has brought much progress in the feminist movement. Hash tags have been created such as #TheFWord, #YesAllWomen, #AmINext, #HeforShe, and […]

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Voices of Solidarity By

Thursday I was at the Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women in Montreal, an annual event organized by Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

I asked some of the women there why they believed it was important to show support and take part in the march.

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A Chat with Author India Desjardins By

India Desjardins is one of Québec’s most beloved young writers and her book series entitled ‘’Le Journal d’Aurélie Laflamme’’ has sold more than 650,000 copies since first published in 2006.Often nicknamed ‘’Québec’s J.K Rowling’’ by the francophone press and her readers, India is one of the most in demand writers at book fairs across the province. ‘’Le Journal d’Aurélie Laflamme” has even been produced into a movie in 2010 and the eighth and last novel in the series was released last fall. India has kindly accepted to answer some of my questions.

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Election time in Quebec! By

“More than just being a duty, voting is about refusing to give up. It’s about taking ownership of your life, rejecting apathy and making your voice heard. I have noticed that the people around me who don’t vote are often the ones who point a finger at the world whenever something bad happens to them.

Above all, voting is about taking responsibility and telling the world that you are the one calling the shots in your life.” – Jacqueline, 21

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women By

The disappearance of Indigenous women is a systemic epidemic in Canada. In the past three years the Harper government has cut the funding to hundreds of Native and women’s organizations. This includes the Aboriginal Healing Fund in 2010 which funded over 135 Native run organizations across Canada. When this funding was cut, the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter had a third of its funding cut and as a result had to let go of their sexual assault counsellor. Another example is the funding to Sister’s In Spirit, which since 2004 has been doing ground breaking research into how many Indigenous women have actually disappeared.

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