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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
October 15, 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) Help Distribute for the Purple Ribbon Campaign / Aidez à la distribution pour la Campagne du ruban violet

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women has adapted the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence Against Women. Purple ribbons and cards will be replaced this year by badges, available by request for contactless pick-up.

And of course, if you have one, we encourage you to wear your purple ribbon from years past with pride and conviction!

Wear your purple ribbon during the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 to December 10, 2020) and keep it for PEI’s Family Violence Prevention Week (February 14 to 20, 2021).

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women asks allies and supporters to help distribute the badges within their communities in support of survivors of gender-based violence. Distribution begins after Remembrance Day. Please contact the Advisory Council to request your badges.

Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É. a adapté la campagne annuelle du ruban violet contre la violence faite aux femmes. Les cartes et les rubans violets seront remplacés par des badges que l’on peut se procurer sur demande et qui peuvent être obtenus sans contact.

Et, bien sûr, si vous en avez un, nous vous encourageons à porter votre ruban violet des années précédentes avec fierté et conviction!

Portez votre ruban violet durant les 16 jours d’activisme contre la violence fondée sur le sexe des Nations Unies (du 25 novembre au 10 décembre 2020) et conservez-le pour la Semaine de la prévention de la violence familiale de l’Î.-P.-É. (du 14 au 20 février 2021).

Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É. demande à ses alliés et sympathisants d’aider à la distribution des badges dans leurs communautés pour appuyer les survivants de la violence sexiste. La distribution commence après le jour du Souvenir. Veuillez communiquer avec le Conseil consultatif pour demander vos badges.

2) Insights for Policy | Perspectives pour les politiques

The following insights and policy directions for a gender-sensitive recovery in PEI come from participants in interviews and a roundtable for the forthcoming report Gender & COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island: In the Words of Women-Identifying Islanders, March to July, 2020, from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women would be pleased to provide more substantive analysis and recommendations on any of these insights.


Les perspectives et orientations pour des politiques visant une reprise sensible à la dimension de genre à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard proviennent d’entrevues et d’une table ronde pour le rapport du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard à paraître : Gender & COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island: In the Words of Women-Identifying Islanders, March to July, 2020.

Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard serait heureux de fournir une analyse et des recommandations plus approfondies pour chaque perspective.

Link to downloadable PDFs:  

(Source PEI Status of Women website)


3) It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’re excited to launch our first e-update.

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’re excited to launch our first e-update.

Dense Breasts Canada is committed to raising awareness of the risks of dense breasts and advocating that all Canadian women be directly informed of their breast density. We have updates on what's happening in our provinces.
Dense Breasts Canada is also committed to raising awareness about the dangers of Canada's breast cancer screening guidelines. Along with some of Canada's leading breast cancer experts, we're advocating that the current guidelines be revised because they put Canadian women's lives at risk. Please check out the new informative video: Breast Screening:Getting it Right! Experts weigh in.
Thank you for your support and help raising awareness!
Jennie Dale and Michelle Di Tomaso
Co-founders, Dense Breasts Canada

View at this link.

Table of Contents
    Great news for the women of Alberta!
    Way to Go Maritimes!
    #TellMe Ontario campaign
    MPP Natalia Kusendova's statement
    Women in British Columbia need more access to screening ultrasound
    #DisMoi/#TellMe Quebec campaign
    Breast density notification in Canada
    Breast Screening:Getting it Right! Experts weigh in
    78 000 Signatures: Petition- Breast screening guidelines put lives at risk
    Can you see the polar bear?
    Mammograms during COVID-19

(Source email e-news)


4) Applications Open for Grants to Help Stop Violence Against Women

(News, October 15, 2020)
Community organizations can apply through the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat for funding to enhance awareness, education and action to prevent violence against women in Prince Edward Island.

The annual fund of $50,000 supports projects that focus on the prevention of violence against women across the province.  Applications can be submitted at Violence Against Women Prevention Grant by November 2, 2020 at 4 p.m. 

“Violence against women and girls affects all members and sectors of our society, either directly or indirectly. Our government is committed to preventing violence against women and girls, and collaborating with community organizations to support their work is one of the most effective ways to help put an end to violence in our communities.” 

- Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Natalie Jameson

For more information on the grant application process, visit Violence Against Women Prevention Grant.

(Source PEI Government News Release)


5) PEI Women’s Institute Fundraising for Food Security

On Saturday, October 17, the PEI Women’s Institute Board (PEIWI) is bringing awareness and fundraising efforts to world-wide food security through an international virtual walk.   
PEIWI will be highlighting their membership with the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), and three UN recognized occasions; International Day of Rural Women, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; and World Food Day through its annual ACWW Women Walk the World event. The overall aim this year is to bring attention to global food systems by using a promotional theme of Will Walk For Food.
Participants from across PEI are invited to walk, submit pictures and promote the event using #WillWalkForFood online or by sending to PEIWI at for further circulation. 
As this walk is world-wide, the walks will be real, and the globe will be connected virtually to bring attention to global food security.  WI members may be spotted throughout the day at three locations on PEI including Confederation trail in Montague, Victoria Park in Charlottetown, and the boardwalk in Summerside.  To adhere to provincial and Canadian health office guidelines in avoiding crowd gathering, participants are asked to use any location of their choice and adhere to distancing directives.  (Source The Buzz)  


  • CBC Radio Mainstreet PEI with Matt Rainnie
    PEI Women's Institute's Will Walk for Food

    Play Segment
    Will Walk for Food is the theme of an upcoming international walk. The PEI Women's Institute is participating to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue of food security around the globe.  Aired: Oct. 14, 2020

    (Source Mainstreet PEI)

6) Virtual Event - Writing the Island with JoDee Samuelson

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 
7:00pm-8:00pm ADT (UTC-3)

Looking forward to having PEI artist, filmmaker, and author JoDee Samuelson join us for our first Island Lecture Series event of the season next week! 

This virtual event is free to attend, and all are welcome. 
More info and registration:

(Source Twitter post)  


7) Exploring the Future of Youth In PEI
A Vital Conversation hosted by The Community Foundation of PEI

Exploring the Future of Youth In PEI
A Vital Conversation hosted by The Community Foundation of PEI
As a follow up to the RBC Future Launch Challenge, the Community Foundation of PEI wants to bring Island youth together for a dialogue about the future of PEI! If you are between 18 -35 years old, are passionate about PEI and worried about the future, join us for a 1- hour virtual conversation as we share ideas and feedback!

Session #1 - October 23, 2020 - 12:00-1:00pm
Session #2 - November 20, 2020 - 12:00-1:00pm

Space is limited to a maximum of 25 attendees per session
REGISTER NOW and reserve your virtual seat!

Please forward this note to anyone you feel may be interested!
For more information, visit our website.
Have a question – send us an email at

(Source Community Foundation e-news/website)  


8) PEIBWA Activities/News


9) Ten Days for Transit PEI: Community Bus Tours with T3 Transit and a Short Survey to Help Improve the Bus System on PEI

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:30 AM UTC-03 – 1:30 PM UTC-03
Charlottetown Mall

Public · Hosted by Ten Days for Transit PEI: Transit is for us all

*Please pre-register with the links below.*
Ten Days for Transit PEI: Public transit is for us all.

For the month of October, we will be leading a community conversation around social justice in public transit. From October 19th-28th, we will be encouraging Islanders to take the bus and to tell us about their experience using the public transit system in PEI.

On October 24th, we will partner with T3 Transit to provide free bus tours. Bring your family and friends to learn about the bus system! The bus tours will cover many of the bus routes in Charlottetown.

Meet at the Charlottetown Mall bus stop (670 University Ave.) at your selected tour time.

We believe that public transit must be accessible and inclusive. This means that people using wheelchairs or pushing strollers can get on and off, that people with visual or auditory impairments can easily use the system, that the schedule is comprehensive and easy to understand, that the whole system is well-promoted, and that it feels safe to use. Safety and reliability of public transit services is a social justice issue. We value considering the needs of individuals for whom using public transit is made more challenging due to past histories and current experiences of trauma, mental health struggles, and disability. We also recognize the interconnectedness of all barriers to accessing public transit. An accessible and inclusive public transit system must serve all people living in Epekwitk (so-called PEI), including those in rural areas.

A truly public transit system must have a guiding body that includes the lived experience of a diversity of public transit riders. The system must include a mechanism for riders (and potential riders) to easily register their transit needs and feedback. It must feel publicly owned and administered.

Our goals:
1. To hear from and engage diverse Island communities about their public transit needs and the barriers they experience;
2. To reframe the conversation about public transit to centre it around social-ecological change; and
3. To determine and take the next step(s) for a new wave of rural-urban public transit advocacy based on the principle “nothing about us without us”.

A project of: Cooper Institute, PEI Council of People with Disabilities, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.

*Please wear a mask to your tour!*

Find us on Instagram: @tendaysfortransitPEI 

(Source: Ten Days for Transit PEI: Transit is for us allFacebook event)


PEI Public Transit 2020 Survey

Help us improve the bus system on PEI! Take this short survey to enter a prize draw!

(Source Facebook post)


10) PEIWI: Welcoming Newcomers Public Information Session

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Public · Hosted by PEI Women's Institute
Online Event

The PEI Women's Institute, in partnership with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC), will be hosting a public information session on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion. This session will focus on welcoming and including newcomers in your community!

This session will feature speakers Craig Mackie and Lisa Dollar from PEIANC.

This is online session will be held on Thursday, October 29th via Zoom. Open to all organizations.

𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁. Please contact provincial board member Sheila MacLean at or 902-651-2865 to register! 

(Source Facebook event)


11) Save the Dates - Climate Justice Forum begins Nov 2

For the Love of Creation - Fall Online Forum (Nov 2-30)
November 2, 2020
7:30 PM Time shows in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Public · Hosted by For the Love of Creation
Online Event

For the Love of Creation is hosting a fall forum every Monday evening this November on Zoom. Join us to learn more about our collective work for climate justice, engage with guest speakers, and take action for climate justice together online. Simultaneous translation will be available.

Join us for one or more of the following sessions:
Nov 2nd: Communicating Climate Change
Nov 9th: Advocating for Climate Justice
Nov 16th: Grieving, Healing, and Connecting with Creation (English Only)
Nov 23rd: Creation Care: A Letter of the Faithful
Nov 30th: Climate Action Now!

To Register:

Questions? Email

(Source Facebook event/registration)


12) 5th Annual Bridging Communities Conference: November 3-24

The 5th Annual Bridging Communities Conference is a collaborative, multilayered, multi‐day virtual learning series with a focus on family violence prevention. On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of November, you'll have access to some of the most innovative, creative, and thought provoking ideas, concepts and discoveries that govern our sector today.

This conference is designed to bring people together to build connections, increase knowledge, and advance our mission of addressing domestic violence. It's our commitment to provide educational opportunities, increase public awareness, and engage our community in a common end‐goal... and that's eradicating family violence.

For a full list of speakers, presentation times, and registration which is only $35 for the entire conference, visit

(Source PAC E-Bulletin October 2020/PAC website)  


13) Save the Date: Virtual Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, November 22-28

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues at the Department of Justice Canada is pleased to announce that Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2020 (Victims Week) has been rescheduled to November 22-28, 2020. In light of COVID-19, Justice Canada will be hosting a virtual event to launch Victims Week 2020, in lieu of an in-person federal symposium.

Additional information regarding the event will be made available in the coming weeks.

(Source PAC E-Bulletin October 2020/PAC website)  


14) Project Looking to Connect with Immigrant and Refugee Women

The Violence Against Women Migrants and Refugees: Analysing Causes and Effective Policy Response project ( is looking to connect with immigrant and refugee women who may be interested in sharing their experiences -either first hand experiences, or speaking more indirectly about the experiences of people they know. By sharing stories with us, we hope to better understand experiences of violence against women, the strategies women employ to prevent violence and deal with its impacts, and how services that support migrant and refugee women can be improved. Interviews will be done remotely (either over phone or video conference). We are able to provide interpretation services as needed and are also offering a $30 gift card as compensation to interview participants.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, please contact Chantelle Falconer (cell) 902-877-8217 (email)

(Source PAC E-Bulletin October 2020/PAC website)  


15) Anderson House Needs List – October 2020

Thank you for checking our needs list! This list is updated each month to reflect the items we
need the most. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity of Islanders as we continue to
receive valuable donations to help with shelter operations and the women and children we
serve. While we truly appreciate all donations, we have very limited storage and must be
thoughtful about our current needs. For instructions on our new CONTACTLESS DROP-OFF please call 902-368-8658. Thank you in advance for your support!

At this time we are in need of the following items:
Food Supplies
× Canned Tomatoes
× Canned Mushrooms
× Canned Salmon
× Chicken Noodle Soup
× Tomato Soup
× Pasta Sauces
× Salsa
× Mayonnaise (please no Miracle Whip)
× Healthy Cereal
× Children’s School Lunch Items
× Juice Boxes

Household Supplies
× Dish Soap
× Hand Soap
× Kleenex
× Paper Towel
× Toilet Paper
× Disinfecting Wipes
× Dishwasher Pods
× Laundry Pods
× Medium and Large Freezer Bags

Special Items
× No 4 Coffee Filters
× Body Wash (full size)
× Shampoo and Conditioner (full size)

(Source PEIFVPS website)


16) An Update from Anderson House

Anderson House/PEI Family Violence Prevention Services have staff on hand at all times to help those impacted by family violence. While we have reduced our activities and put limits on much of our operation, we are still open and able to help. We know in times of crisis abuse can often worsen. If you or someone you know needs help, phone our crisis line at 902-892-0960/1-800-240-9894. This number is toll-free, anonymous and confidential. We are here for you.

Anderson House is still accepting new residents, however they will be screened and new guidelines for keeping the shelter residents and staff safe are in place. Outreach is also still available and if you call our crisis line we can connect you with services in your area.

(Source PAC E-Bulletin October 2020/PAC website)  


17) COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island Information Webpage

Stay up-to-date about the latest COVID-19 news on Prince Edward Island and how we can all work together to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our community safe.

PEI will continue to take careful steps to ease restrictions until a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available, unless more restrictions are needed before that time.

Following public health guidelines will help keep people safe and healthy during COVID-19 and our cases per capita among the lowest in Canada. 
(Source PEI Governement webpage)


18) 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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