The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that brings together global partnership in pursuit of eliminating the disproportionate violence faced by women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. It runs each year from Nov. 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to Dec. 10 (World Human Rights Day). The campaign also includes Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on Dec. 6. Visit the global and Canadian 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence websites.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)

Stand in solidarity with missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada and help to commemorate the lives lost.

MMIWG Red Dress Exhibit

The “Never Forgotten” art display can be seen through the window of Room E1401 at Odetyo, home of First Peoples@Seneca, at Newnham Campus.

“This exhibit honours the spirit of Indigenous Women and Girls Murdered and Missing throughout our homelands on Turtle Island (North America). The journey commences with an Indigenous doll in a convocation buckskin cap and gown. Representing our Indigenous women and girls, and also, Indigenous presence within the Seneca community. On one side of the doll, is a turtle smudge bowl, which is for use with medicines to cleanse our thoughts and carry our messages of MMIWG prayers to the Creator. On the opposite side are the pride flags signifying equity and diversity within MMIWG. The red dress in the centre of the exhibit is a symbol for MMIWG. A red dress and the colour red can be found in Indigenous spaces and elsewhere reflecting this intent. The single earrings on the hanger are a remembrance for the ones still missing. Our Indigenous teachings include a special place for birch trees, they are our plant relatives. Anishinaabe people understand this tree reflects the commitment for gifting healing following loss. The seven birch trees hold in embrace the red dress with seven red falling feathers. This count reflects our seven sacred gifts, which encircle our spiritual beliefs. Our sacred medicines are tied in red cloth as MMIWG prayer offerings to the Creator. The medicines are placed in birch bark canoes depicting the travelling from all four directions. The black cloth at the base of the exhibit is sprinkled with rocks from the waterways which represent the oldest of our ancestors. This reflects the guiding of our of sisters to the spirit world, never alone and never forgotten. This exhibit embodies a positive intention to strive for balance, healing and honouring the spirit of MMIWG. We acknowledge that once a symbol is placed, there are so many more layers of teachings within its image that translates further. Shared with kindness, in effort to raise awareness and solidarity.” — Peggy Pitawanakwat, Co-ordinator, First Peoples@Seneca.

Materials: red cloth dress on hanger with single earrings, river/lake rocks, tobacco, sage, cedar, sweetgrass, buckskin graduation doll, black cloth, pride flags, soap stone smudge bowl, birch bark canoes, red feathers, red lettered paper and foam board.

Visit the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls website to review Reclaiming Power and Place: the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and to learn more about how you can support MMIWG.

The “Stepping Up” project is a peer-facilitated program aimed to prevent and reduce the incidence of dating, sexual and domestic violence within Seneca.  Click here if you are interested in learning more about healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships as well as engaging in meaningful conversations about these topics with peers.

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again (film trailer)shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure the women’s rights movement in Canada.

Using never-before-seen archival footage and audio recordings, Courtney Montour, Mohawk filmmaker, engages in a deeply personal conversation with the late Mohawk woman who challenged sexist and genocidal government policies that stripped First Nations women and children of their Indian status when they married non-Indian men.

Ms. Montour speaks with Nellie Carlson, Cree activist, co-founder of Indian Rights for Indian Women, and Ms. Earley's lifelong friend and meets with three generations in Ms. Earley's kitchen in Kahnawà:ke. This documentary honours the legacy of a woman who galvanized a national network of allies to help restore Indian status to thousands of First Nations women and children.

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"OUR ACTIONS MATTER" Exhibit 2020/2021

This virtual art exhibit showcases artwork submitted by Seneca students between 2020 and 2021. The themes here are related to gender-based violence and touch on the multiple intersections that impact the survivors of violence. Issues of race, gender identity, the experiences of immigrants and Indigenous rights and history can be experienced in these images. The content of these images may be sensitive for some. We encourage all those engaging, especially those with lived experiences of violence to access supports available listed through Seneca or in the community.

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"OUR ACTIONS MATTER" Films 2020/2021

The content of these films may be sensitive for some. We encourage all visitors, especially those with lived experiences of violence to access supports available through Seneca or in the community