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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
November 19, 2020

Table of Contents

PLEASE NOTE: Events listed below may get postponed or possibly cancelled. Please always check with the events directly for updated information. Thank you.

1) Support Survivors: December 6th Memorial Service for Victims of Violence (online video)

For decades we have gathered as a community to honour the lives of women that have been lost to violence. While we cannot be together physically at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, we can join with others for an online video commemoration.
This year, you are invited to register on Eventbrite: Please select “receive updates” to ensure we can keep you in the loop. Once registered and closer to December 6th, you will be given a link to join an online Zoom meeting.

We will broadcast the memorial video at 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 6th.  All are welcome to join. Tickets are free.

We remember the 14 women murdered at l’ecole polytechnique in Montreal because they were women. We remember the 10 women in PEI who have been murdered by men who knew them since 1989. We remember the 1000’s of Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered or are missing across Canada. We mourn for everyone who is a survivor, and for all those whose lives are harmed by violence.

We remember. We mourn. We commit to ACT so that violence against women ends.

Special guests:
  • Debbie Langston, Chairperson of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • Roxanne Carter-Thompson, guest speaker
  • Elder Julie Pellissier-Lush, Indigenous Opening
  • Jenn Grant, Sirens Choral Ensemble, and Todd MacLean – musical performances



(Source PEI Status of Women website)


2) Resources for Teachers - 2020-2021 Purple Ribbon Campaign

This year's Purple Ribbon Campaign guide for educators has been adapted due to COVID-19. Instead of a resource-pack of handouts, we are pleased to offer our most-requested resources as Google slideshows, ready for presentation from the following links:

(Please view this webpage to access the individual linked slideshows)

Hard copies of multilingual "Support Survivors" posters, Purple Ribbon Campaign badges, and purple ribbon temporary tattoos are available by request to for contactless pickup.

Curriculum Connections: The slideshow resources for the Purple Ribbon Campaign are designed to help meet curriculum outcomes for educators in the PEI public school system. Find out more about the PEI curriculum connections (PDF).

      • Grade 7 Social Studies
      • Grades 8 and 9 Social Studies
      • Grade 9 Health
      • Family Living 621 and Family Life 421A

(Source PEI Status of Women website)


3) Feminist Pride T-Shirts Available to Order from Iconic Arts PEI

Anne Putnam and Norm Finlayson formed Iconic Arts PEI to sell Iconic T-Shirts and other products featuring the work of Island artists, authors, and craftspeople.

This is a quality black t-shirt with a vibrant Feminist Pride logo designed by Megan Dorrell.   

The shirt was commissioned by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Iconic Arts PEI will make a donation to Women's Network PEI with every shirt sold. 


100% cotton.  Available in a women's or men's cut in various sizes.  Crew neck only.

Free shipping within Canada. Please contact us for international shipping rates.

Sizing Chart for Feminist Pride T-Shirts

To place an order and make payment click on this webpage or if you have any questions contact Anne or Norm at .

(Source webpage/email notice)


4) Conversation Corner - Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace

27 Nov 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Online and In-Person @ RWBC

  • In-Person Attendee
  • Online Attendee

Join us for Conversation Corner on Friday, November 27th with guest, Jane Ledwell Executive Director and former researcher/policy analyst for the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Jane will be leading an informal conversation about the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign, violence against women and how it affects PEI workplaces.

While not every individual woman experiences violence, violence against women affects everyone in a community. The effects of violence don't stay put in one part of our lives. Violence at home affects us at work; violence in our workplaces affects us at home.

Join us online or in-person with Jane at the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque where we will have a limited number of attendees as we continue to practice Public Health protocols, including social distancing.

Conversation Corner began as a small gathering around the kitchen table in the Rural Women's Business Centre in Central Bedeque in November 2019, and continues to be offered both in-person and virtually from the Centre.

Do you have a business or workplace topic on your mind that you would like to discuss? Do you have a story to share? If you would like to be a guest on a future edition of Conversation Corner, please connect with Shelley Jessop, Manager, Rural Women's Business Centre at

(Source PEIBWA E-News post)


5) COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund

The Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture is presently accepting proposals from interested organizations for the delivery of innovative projects that encourage workforce integration to support unemployed and underemployed individuals who have been directly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic transition into, or back into, the Prince Edward Island labour market.  

Through the Prince Edward Island COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund, successful applicants of this Call for Proposals (CFP) will create projects designed to assist unemployed or underemployed individuals acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to transition to sustainable employment, career advancement and/or entrepreneurship opportunities. 

Proposals under the fund should support one of the target groups particularly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic including but not exclusive to women, youth,  members of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) community, newcomers, persons with disabilities and/or social assistance recipients.

Who is Eligible?

Applicant Eligibility
To be eligible for consideration under this Call for Proposals, applicants should fall under one of the following categories: 

  • Community-based organizations; 
  • For-profit businesses; 
  • Not-for-profit businesses;
  • Sector Councils
  • Educational institutions, public or private

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate in their proposal their expertise and experience working with various client target groups. Further, the proposal must demonstrate the Applicant’s expertise and experience in supporting clients who require career, employment, or entrepreneurial supports, or else it must demonstrate the Applicants ability to partner with an experienced delivery organization.

Participant Eligibility
To be eligible to participate in projects approved under the COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund, individuals must be:

  • Unemployed or underemployed; 
  • Legally authorized to work in Canada; and
  • live and have a home in Prince Edward Island, but do not have to be a citizen or a permanent resident

How Does the Program Work?

The COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund was designed to have maximum flexibility in project design for Applicants, however eligible project activities could include;

  • Specialized activities designed to develop employability skills and essential skills;
  • Paid work experiences;
  • Entrepreneurial information, skills and exposure;
  • Mentoring and coaching;
  • Support for employers in hiring, mentoring and retaining targeted clients

Priority may be given to projects that demonstrate an ability to permanently connect participants to the labour force within the project’s timeline.

Each project approved will receive up to 100% funding for eligible project costs up to a maximum of $500,000, and approved projects may run until June 30th 2021.

How do I apply? 

The applicant must: 

What is the Deadline?

Applications for funding under the COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund can be submitted until 2pm December 4th 2020.


Emma Werner
Program Coordinator (link sends e-mail)

(Source PEI Government webpage/email notice)


6) REMINDER: Fund for Gender Equality

REMINDER: Fund for Gender Equality - $120,000 in funding available
Applications Now Open - Deadline November 30

The Community Foundation of PEI is now accepting applications for funding from organizations at the “heart” of the women’s movement, with a focus on organizations that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to empowering women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people through their mission, activities, or partnerships.

Grants (up to a maximum of $40,000) can be used for a variety of purposes, including to pilot new initiatives, to address long-standing community needs, or to support a just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.  The initiatives themselves may touch on a wide range of areas that are affected by gender equality, including food insecurity, income inequality, racial injustice, domestic violence, and many more. In particular, the Fund will prioritize initiatives and organizations that are ‘self-led’—those that are led by the same groups that they focus on serving.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM PST on November 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed in December and it is expected that funding will be issued in January 2021.

You can find additional information about the Fund and all the materials you need to prepare an application here . If you have additional questions, you can contact us at

Kent Hudson, Executive Director
Community Foundation of PEI

Application Guide
Application Process
Apply Now!
(Source excerpt from Community Foundation email notice)


7) Victorian Christmas Market

Nov 27 at 5 PM – Nov 29 at 5 PM
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Public · Hosted by Charlottetown Christmas Festival and The Confederation Court Mall

Come experience the magic of the holidays in Charlottetown! The 7th annual Victorian Christmas Market is back as part of the extended Charlottetown Christmas Festival (Nov 20 - Dec 13, 2020) and will be held November 27 - 29, 2020. Presented by the Confederation Court Mall, this signature event brings artisans, food vendors, and crafters from across Prince Edward Island (safely) together to celebrate the holiday season in an enchanting storybook setting reminiscent of the European Christmas markets. Market attendees can expect Whoville-inspired decor, carollers, horse & wagon rides, a petting zoo, live music, hot cocoa, fire pits, live ice sculpting, and plenty of chances to shop local this Christmas.

Schedule of events and hotel packages are now live on our website

Health & Safety Disclaimer: Discover Charlottetown is working with the PEI Department of Health directly to ensure the Victorian Christmas Market Nov. 27-29th and associated Christmas Festival programming will be safe for all involved. As any past attendees know, the market itself runs over three days and this year we have spread out our vendors between two venues - outdoors on Queen Street and inside at The Confederation Court Mall - with extra space between each booth/tent so there will be lots of room to shop comfortably. This year's event will also comply with all physical distancing measures, have extra cleaning protocols, directional signage and specific entry/exit points, and ensure attendees wear non-medical masks.

Festival-goers are asked to stay with the group they arrived with, respect entry/exit points + directional signage, practice regular hand sanitizing, maintain physical distance from others, stay home if they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms or have recently travelled outside of the Atlantic Canadian bubble, and be extra mindful to consider the health & safety of everyone. Any programming above and beyond the market will also have its own health guidelines to follow.

By following these added health & safety measures, we are confident the festival will be safe for all involved and help to boost spirits during this difficult time. We have been very fortunate on PEI and aim to continue on this positive trajectory while also supporting our local artisans & small business owners! We hope you can (safely) join us.

(Source Facebook event)


8) PEIBWA Activities/News


9) Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security South-South Gathering virtual public event

KAIROS is excited to invite you to join us at our upcoming Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security South-South Gathering virtual public event to be held on November 26, 2020, at 10.00am-12.00pm Eastern Time.

This event will feature KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners:

  • Organización Femenina Popular (Colombia)
  • Héritiers de la Justice (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • South Sudan Council of Churches – National Women’s Programme 
  • Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre (West Bank)

Partners and beneficiaries will share stories of courage and change from their experiences working for inclusive, equitable and just peace in very fragile contexts. These will be followed by reflections from KAIROS members, Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian government.


Register for this event

This public event commemorates the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and coincides with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence annual international campaign November 25 – December 10, Human Rights Day.

From November 24-27 KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners will gather virtually at the second South-South Gathering of the program. During this virtual gathering, partners will have the opportunity to share and reflect on their work with grassroots women peacebuilders, exchange experiences and strategies on how they are responding to the pandemic and strengthen collective advocacy and solidarity.

We look forward to sharing and learning with you during the public South-South virtual event on November 26.

In solidarity,

Rachel Warden

Partnerships Manager, KAIROS Canada

For more information, visit our websites: and

(Source email notice e-news)


10) PEI Status of Women Teleworking Re: COVID-19 Response

To contribute to PEI's collective effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and in light of our caregiving responsibilities, staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women will be tele-working as much as possible. This may affect when and how we are able to respond to requests. Thank you for your patience.

Afin de contribuer à l'effort collectif des insulaires de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard pour ralentir la propagation de COVID-19, et tenant compte de nos responsabilités pour aider les enfants et les aîné(e)s de nos familles, le personnel du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard fera du télétravail autant que possible. Cela peut affecter quand et comment nous sommes en mesure de répondre aux demandes. Merci de votre patience.
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