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Violence Against Trans People in Canada: A Primer


By Sadie McInnes

The word trans is used to describe, “Someone who presents, lives and/or identifies as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth” (O’Doherty 2016: n.p.). It is also an umbrella term for those who are not cis (a prefix or adjective that means “not trans,” derived from the Latin word meaning “on the same side”).

Trans includes people who are “transgender, trans(s)exual, non-binary, genderqueer, agender, bigender, genderfluid, intersex, and sometimes those who crossdress” (Ibid.). The experience of being trans is different for everyone; as O’Doherty (2016: n.p.) writes, “some people will want to undergo surgeries and changes to their appearance, others will not. It is important to respect and support the terms people use to describe themselves and the decisions they make for their own bodies.” Continue reading

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4 Things to Know about Women and Homelessness in Canada

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By Sadie McInnis

Anywhere between 30,000 and 200,000 people are homeless in Canada, with another 1.7 million unable to afford adequate, suitable shelter. Winnipeg in particular has a history of housing shortages and inner-city poverty. In 2015 it was estimated that on a given night in the city there were at least 1,400 people experiencing homelessness. Winnipeg is also home to the largest urban Indigenous population in Canada and poverty rates among the highest in the country.
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Mothering Project: Effective prevention with vulnerable families

By Carole O’Brien

 “The root causes of neglect—including poverty, poor housing, food insecurity, and substance abuse—lie beyond the scope of the child welfare system to resolve. But a collaborative approach, working with parents and harnessing the collective resources of child welfare and other provincial government departments, other levels of government, and the province’s many community-based organizations, can make a difference for vulnerable families.”  Honourable Ted Hughes, 2014)

These words from the findings of the Inquiry into the tragic death of Phoenix Sinclair stressed again the need to create comprehensive, preventive measures that support vulnerable families.

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Government responds to calls to increase EIA shelter allowance

By Molly McCracken

This past weekend, Theresa Oswald, Minister of Jobs and the Economy, said she agreed with a long-standing anti-poverty goal. “We agree that 75 percent as a target is the right goal”. The provincial government has finally heard the community cries to increase the Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) shelter allowance rate to 75 percent of the median market rent. The question is, now that the government agrees, how soon can we reach this goal? People struggling with poverty have been waiting too long and are caught in a system mired in bureaucracy. Continue reading

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Shannon’s Story: Hope and Healing

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by Shannon Buck and Jennifer Rattray

On Saturday, April 13, 2013 women and men will come together to Move for Hope, a one hour workout to raise money for women’s shelters here in Manitoba.  Shannon and Jennifer hope you will join them. 

It started slowly.  It usually does.  He chipped away at her self-esteem, isolated her from friends, then family.  She wasn’t allowed to work.  She wasn’t allowed to talk to others.  She wasn’t allowed to look at anyone.  So began fourteen years of hell with her abuser.

Shannon was young when they married.  Growing up in a small town in Manitoba she had witnessed addiction and abuse in her home.  She learned at an early age to hide— to be there but not really be present.

“That is what I carried into relationships with me,” Shannon says.

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