Another Word for Gender: an intro to feminist organizing & action

Starts: Monday, September 28th 2015 at 12:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, October 4th 2015 at 6:00 pm

Another Word for Gender: an intro to feminist organizing & action!

2015 edition

Monday, September 28, 12pm-3pm
Both of our offices: 2110 Mackay & 1500 De Maisonneuve West #404
Open House

Curious what we’ve been up to? Want to find out more, or get involved? Come on out to either or both of our locations, grab a snack or drink, and chat with some of our friendly staff. We look forward to meeting you!

Monday, September 28, 6:30pm-9pm
McGill University, Moot Court, 3660 Peel
Panel Discussion: Native Women in Canadian Prisons
With guest speakers: Sheri Pranteau, Alana Boileau, and Danielle Linnen

Co-sponsored by RadLaw McGill

Although Native women make up just 4-5% of the Canadian population, they now make up more than 35% of the population of women in Canadian prisons, and the number is on the rise. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) says that poverty-related crimes are becoming life sentences for Native women. Come discuss systemic racism in our legal system and the ways in which it feeds the problem.

Danielle Linnen first started practicing international environmental and Aboriginal law at the United Nations Environment Programme. She later joined Dionne Schulze law firm to focus her practice on Canadian Aboriginal law, mainly involving administrative, environmental and constitutional law. Danielle has also been involved in specific claims files before the Specific Claims Tribunal and represents former residential school students from several communities in Quebec.

Alana Boileau is the justice and public security coordinator for the Quebec Native Women’s association. As a Québécoise, Alana is interested in helping non Aboriginal people in the province to unlearn some of the harmful stereotypes they believe to be true about their own history. Today, Alana’s work focuses around the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. She is currently coordinating a study to help grasp the situation in Quebec, and is also collaborating with a group of Aboriginal people working in Montreal as well as the Montreal police to create a missing and murdered Indigenous women’s protocol which will hopefully assist in ensuring that no other Indigenous family in Quebec has to experience the turmoil that too many have already gone through.

Sheri Pranteau is a 37 year old native woman, mother and partner who was convicted of Manslaughter and Robbery-Use of a firearm in 1999. She served 17 years in prison. She has been out on parole for the past 5 years. Before prison she lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up in a family coping with alcoholism, abuse, and violence.

Tuesday, September 29, 6pm-8:30pm
Centre for Gender Advocacy, 1500 De Maisonneuve West #404
Fertility Awareness Method: Natural Cycles & Rhythms Workshop
With Sonia Osorio
*Note: Space is limited, so please register in advance by Sept. 22.

Curious about a completely natural form a birth control, free of drugs, devices and worry? Want to know how can you accurately determine when you’re ovulating? When can you safely have sex without fear of pregnancy? Or, when is the best time to conceive? Wondering about the effects are of different hormones, or what happens when you’re transitioning off the Pill? The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is a very precise form of birth control – and a way to naturally understand your cyclic changes – based on scientifically proven research. It’s absolutely not the “Rhythm Method”, and it’s designed for responsible individuals who can appreciate the natural cycles of their bodies. This workshop will outline the basic notions of FAM, clarify misconceptions about the practice, and explain when it is and isn’t an ideal method. It is open to both women and men interested in learning more about how FAM can offer new insights into their own and their partners’ bodies and their sexuality, and in how cyclical changes are related to other aspects of our lives. Printed documentation included.

Sonia Osorio has a Master’s level training in homeopathic medicine (DHom), and is a registered massage therapist (RMT) and a certified yoga instructor (CYT) with almost 20 years experience in somatic bodywork and meditation. She has worked as a writer and editor in medical publishing, and continues to contribute articles to various health care publications. She has also helped develop and facilitate teaching curriculums for various mind-body training programs. Sonia works with individuals in areas related to mental health, physical and emotional trauma, addiction, women’s health, and gender issues. Her commitment is to support balance and well-being in all areas of one’s life by meeting people where they are, as they are.

Wednesday, September 30th, 6pm-8pm
Centre for Gender Advocacy, 1500 De Maisonneuve West #404
Feminist Media Skills: Intro to podcast-making from a feminist approach
With Hannah Besseau

This workshops aims to offer participants the opportunity to learn skills in audio production, such as radio and podcast making, within a feminist framework. What does it mean to produce feminist media? What does feminist media look like? These are some of the questions this workshop will tackle while offering participants the opportunity to air their work from the workshop on Dragonroot Radio.

Hannah Besseau has been producing radio on CKUT for the past 5 years. A passion for all things audio, Hannah worked as the News Director at CJLO and currently is a producer for the Forget the Box podcast. During her McGill days, she worked as the Coordinating News and Features Editor at The McGill Daily. She loves community media and sees it as an outlet for inclusive social change. Other publications she has contributed to include Forget the Box, CJLO Magazine, and most recently Maisonneuve Magazine.

BIG thanks to the Concordia Student Union for helping fund this event! <3

Thursday, October 1st, 6pm-8pm
Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve West, H-110
Building Transformative Justice Approaches to Sexual Assault
With Layel Camargo (Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective)

Explore alternative responses to sexual violence that promote community accountability. Hear how one community is doing it in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Layel Camargo (PGP: They/Them) is a 26 year old educator and activist who is a gender non-conforming Trans-Identified person. Layel is a Mexican of Mayo and Yaqui indigenous descent, and identifies as Muxe, a third gender in Oaxaca, Mexico. Originally from San Diego, California they are a first generation American and college graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with two majors in Feminist Studies and Legal Studies. Layel Camargo has been a part of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC) for two years. BATJC focuses on transformative justice responses to incidents of child sexual assault. Layel has supported efforts of domestic violence and sexual assault non-profits throughout California, while always coming to the realization that the state does not prevent violence but only perpetuates it, which is why they are passionate about building transformative justice responses to violence. Currently, they have their own consultancy that focuses on building competency to support survivors of violence–especially queer, trans and intersex people of color (QTIPOC).

Friday, October 2nd, 6pm-8pm
McKibbins Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop
Feminist Stand-up Comedy!
Open mic followed by a performance by DeAnne Smith and hosted by Keesha Brownie

We think humour is integral to any social justice work or systemic analysis. If we can’t laugh at ourselves (and others), then what can we really accomplish? Join us for a comedy open mic at McKibbins pub right next to Concordia’s downtown campus, followed by a performance by the hilarious DeAnne Smith in town from Toronto! It promises to be a raucous and entertaining evening. Join us!

DeAnne Smith is great at comedy! She’s performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Montreal and Chicago, and JFL42 to name a few. She’s also been on TV in four countries, including on Last Comic Standing NBC, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, Canada’s The Comedy Network, Australia’s Channel 10, ABC, and The Comedy Channel and UK’s Sky TV. She’s opened for Tig Notaro and is a regular on Andy Kindler’s annual Alternative Show at Montreal’s prestigious Just for Laughs festival. The Montreal Gazette says DeAnne is “fresh, cutting…one of the finest wits in the country” and Time Out Sydney praised her “witty, out-of-nowhere sideswipe punches.” The UK’s Telegraph calls her “Smart. Very funny. Effortless charm lets her get away with murder.” She’s never actually murdered anyone.

What happens when you mix a street smart Montreal-born Canadian, with Jamaican roots and the complex diversity of Toronto’s cutthroat entertainment scene? You get former Second City & Humber College graduate, Keesha Brownie. A sinfully sweet and satisfying treat that keeps you coming back for more! This Jill of all trades brings a verbal arsenal of humour, harmony, and business hustle to the world. Brownie is a music recording artist, comedian, and a thespian with a wick that is all about touch downie!

Unfortunately, McKibbins is not wheelchair accessible. This is the ONLY event of the series that will not be accessible. We could not find a space for this event that was within our budget and accessible. We are very sorry for this, and will be making all possible efforts in the future to secure accessible venues in advance. —

Sunday, October 4th, 3pm-6pm
Cabot Square (Metro Atwater, corner Atwater & Ste. Catherine)
10th Annual Memorial March and Vigil for Missing & Murdered Native Women
With special guests and performers

Missing Justice, Quebec Native Women and the Centre for Gender Advocacy invite you to come out and show your support in Montreal this October 4th at the 10th Annual Memorial March and Vigil for Missing and Murdered Native Women. The purpose of this event is to honour the memories of missing and murdered women and girls, raise awareness about the systemic nature of the violence and the ways in which media, governments, the legal system, police forces, and the education system all facilitate and perpetuate this violence. We demand that the government support the actions of affected families and communities by fulfilling resounding demands for a public inquiry into these unchecked levels of violence. The RCMP reported last year that more than 1,000 aboriginal women were homicide victims between 1980 and 2012, and a further 164 were missing. Meanwhile, indigenous activists put the number of cases closer to 3000. The theme of the Montreal March this year is: JUSTICE.

Invited guests: Buffalo Hat Singers, Norman Achneepineskum, Ellen Gabriel, Melissa Mollen Dupuis (Idle No More), Nakuset (Native Women’s Shelter & Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Rachel Deutsch (Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network), Laureanne Fontaine (Quebec Native Women), and others!


**Wheelchair accessible spaces (except for Feminist Stand-up Comedy at McKibbins)**Childcare available with 48 hours notice**Events are free and open to all**