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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
December 10, 2020

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

1) Montreal Massacre Memorial Service for Victims of Violence - Video Commemoration

A video commemoration of the Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, memorial service for victims of gender-based violence. Prepared for broadcast on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, December 6, 2020. With thanks to all contributors. 

Video link:

Program and credits:

Mi’kmaw Opening Ceremony
Prayer, drumming, and song by Elder Julie Pellissier-Lush,
Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island

“When you looked at me did you see me?”
Poem by an anonymous survivor of violence, selected and read by Debbie Langston, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Welcoming Remarks
By Debbie Langston, Chairperson
Participants at home are invited to light a candle or bring another light into their space as they watch the video

Musical Accompaniment
Piano music by Todd MacLean

“Where Violence Persists, What Women Do”
Commentary by Debbie Langston, Chairperson

Musical performance by NS/PEI singer-songwriter Jenn Grant, in remembrance of the victims of the April mass shooting in Portapique and neighbouring communities

“Supporting Survivors Saves Lives”
Guest speaker Roxanne Carter-Thompson, Executive Director of the Adventure Group

“Famine Song”
Musical performance by Sirens Choral Ensemble, accompanying highlights from candle-lighting for victims of violence

Produced by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, December 2020.


2) "Where Violence Persists, What Women Do" by Debbie Langston, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women


December 6, 2020

Last year we gathered to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where fourteen women, students at l’École Polytechnique, were murdered because they were women. With our service of remembrance we paid homage to them and the countless women that have been murdered since that day in 1989. Today, the world looks very different than it did just eight months ago. And yet, the issue of violence against women and gender-based violence has not receded.

This year’s theme for the Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence Against Women is “Support Survivors.” When we think of survivors, we think of women who have been harmed by direct violence. Women who have been raped. Women who have been assaulted. Women who have been abused and harassed. Women who have been trafficked as slaves. Women who have been brutally victimized. Women, who have survived.

Indirect violence also harms women. All around the world women are harmed by the very systems that constitute the foundation of our societies. Women have had to fight for their place within these systems for centuries. We continue to fight, striving for meaningful change that will secure an equal place for our daughters and the generations of women who follow them.

In the past five years, a man who by his own admission assaulted women, was elected to become the president of the most powerful democracy in the world. We watched as he denigrated women and eroded women’s abortion rights: the right of a woman to have dominion over her own body. And we marched.

In many parts of the world, mass migration has taken place, against the backdrop of xenophobia, ethnic cleansing, and poverty displacement. Migrants have sought refuge in countries where they are caged, and where children are torn from their mothers. Women and their families have been forced to leave their homes in Syria, Myanmar, and South America. Women have been faced with an unfathomable choice to protect their children, while the world turned away. And they fled.

As the world heats up and international efforts cool, the effects of climate change are taking hold. Floods, fires, and freak weather patterns ravage our planet. Homes are destroyed and lives turned upside down. A generation of youth fear an uncertain future. In the midst of it all, schoolgirls emerged as leaders. And we listened.

For decades our Indigenous sisters suffered in silence, their voices muted by systemic racism and oppression. Loved ones went missing, and were murdered; their communities and families were decimated by the violence perpetrated against their women. Promises were made, and promises were broken. Stories went untold by the media, crimes went uninvestigated, and lives went unvalued. And they cried out.

This year, 2020, is a year that will go down in the history books. A pandemic has lifted the veil on inequalities that have remained “hidden in plain sight” for a long time. COVID-19 has exposed a flawed patriarchal system where discrimination and oppression flourish. The most vulnerable members of our society, those most in need, have endured chauvinism, misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, ad infinitum. For women whose identities meet at these intersections, the challenges are greater. The risks of poverty, marginalization, harm and the likelihood of violence increase with every checkmark on a list that signifies difference.

In a year marred by tragedy, the Portapique shooting in Nova Scotia stood out, where twenty-two lives were taken by a man with a known history of violence and aggressive behaviour, his long-suffering girlfriend the first of many targets. In a year when the Black Lives Matter movement, mobilized by police brutality and murder caught on camera, became a global protest for change, once again, women’s lives became caught up in the repercussions and ensuing devastation. These are the effects of a world “off kilter” finding its way into our communities, our homes, and our relationships: women become collateral damage. And women find ways to fight back.

Research has shown that when women thrive, the standard of living and economic growth in their country improves. In redressing systemic inequalities that harm women, we shift the power imbalance, reduce violence, and allow women to fully participate in society. Women thrive who are safe from fear and violence. Now, more than ever, we as a society must scrutinize and remove the systemic barriers that impede the progress of women and foster violence within cultures.

And yet there is light. Women like Jacinda Ardern, Angela Merkel, and, most recently, Kamala Harris are fighting their way into positions where they can make change. They bring balance and representation to the hallowed halls of power where women have long been shut out, each woman leaving a legacy of hope in her wake.

Across mother earth women march, we flee, we listen, we cry out, we protest. We use our voices and our bodies to fight for change. Women survive.

Debbie Langston is the Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.


3) TODAY - 12:00-1:30pm - CONVICTION - Online Panel & Discussion

Event taking place on Thursday, December 10 re the award winning film 'Conviction' which explores the experience of incarcerated  women in the Atlantic region. 

Register for a free ticket:
About this event
Join a conversation inspired by the award-winning Conviction, a film that compels us to examine why we imprison the most vulnerable among us, and at what cost.

Our panel takes us inside two Nova Scotia prisons, where women on the inside used cameras, art and poetry to envision a more ideal world on the outside. Together they make the impassioned argument that we’d do better to create communities that heal and support our most vulnerable, rather than punish them further.

Watch the film
Sign up for free and you'll get a link to the Conviction documentary (ad-free) for viewing before our session.

Find out more about the documentary.

Watch the trailer:

Join the conversation
December 10, 12-1:30pm

Nationally renowned advocate Senator Kim Pate will set the stage, drawing on nearly 40 years of working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized. Moderator El Jones will then engage film co-director Ariella Pahlke, ex-inmates Laura Toney and Bianca Mercer and ex-guard Tanya Bignell, who will share their experience making the film and where it’s taken them since.

We’ll also engage with each other, reflecting on what we’ve heard and what can happen when outdated narratives are questioned and rewritten. 

To read more information about the panel and hosts, click this link:

(Source: email notice/eventbrite)


4) PEI COVID-19 Circuit Breaker – December 2020

As of 7 December 2020, PEI is transitioning to a COVID-19 circuit breaker phase for 2 weeks. This circuit breaker phase is a time-limited intervention in order to get control of the situation at hand and break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. It will be reassessed throughout.

The circuit breaker phase restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance.

To view the Restrictions and Public Health Measures, go to this webpage:

(Source PEI Government webpage, updated Dec 8, 2020)


5) Job Opportunity with Community Legal Information

RISE Program Manager
Community Legal Information
2-year contract position with the opportunity for renewal

Community Legal Information (CLI) is a charity that provides legal information, education, and referrals to Islanders. Our goal is to provide Islanders with useful information about our laws and the justice system.

CLI offers a legal support service, the RISE Program, for people who have experienced sexual violence, including workplace sexual harassment. The RISE Program Manager is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the program.


• Work directly with people who have experienced sexual violence to provide case management, including but not limited to answering inquiries about the program and available resources; providing legal information and lawyer referrals; and referrals to other community supports.
• Responsible for program planning, administration, financial management, outreach, delivery, evaluation, and reporting.
• Coordinate the delivery of the trauma-informed training.
• Recruit legal counsel to participate in the RISE program.
• Supervise one staff member, the Legal Navigator, and provide mentorship and support as needed.
• Liaise with funders and community stakeholders effectively.
• Develop community partnerships relevant to the RISE Program.
• Develop plain language legal information materials.
• Deliver effective public legal education programming.
• Travel throughout the province and region, as necessary.

• University or college degree in a related field or an acceptable combination of skills and work experience.
• 3+ years of Project Management experience.
• Demonstrated experience working with vulnerable populations and sensitivity to survivors of violence.
• 2+ years’ experience working with the public.
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
• Experience assisting people who may be upset or in crisis.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Basic understanding of conflict resolution.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and enjoy teamwork.
• Digitally literate and skilled user of Microsoft Office, Dropbox, and Slack.
• Access to reliable transportation.

• Experience working in a non-profit setting.
• Training in crisis intervention and/or Mental Health First Aid.
• Plain language training.
• An understanding of law and legal processes.
• Experience maintaining focus and confidentiality in an open office setting.
• Fluent in French, Arabic or Mandarin.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Full health care benefits package, RRSP matching and competitive vacation offered. Some overtime may be required occasionally.

Please submit your cover letter, résumé, plain language writing sample, and three references to Ellen Mullally, Executive Director,

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 14th, 2020 at 12 noon.

(Source email notice)


6) Short-term Position - Tenant Network Coordinator

Position Description
Title: Tenant Network Coordinator
Affiliation: Cooper Institute and PEI Fight for Affordable Housing
Contract: Full-Time, 37.5 hours a week for 14 weeks
December 2021—March 2021
Salary: $20 / hour

Deadline: December 14, 2020

Position Summary
The Tenant Network Coordinator will implement a project that seeks to:
1. Improve the well-being, safety, stability and empowerment of tenants
facing housing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Build tenant Networks in Island communities

This position will focus on:
● Practical and social support for tenants facing challenges
● Organizing tenant support networks on Prince Edward Island
● Enhancing tenant safety and well-being through education and access to resources

Duties & Responsibilities
The Tenant Network Coordinator will provide support to Island tenants facing issues related to housing. This includes challenges to obtaining housing and to maintaining housing. This position involves working directly with tenants (by phone, email, in person) to support tenants in understanding their rights and available support.

This includes providing guidance and resources on:
● Health and safety obligations of landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic
● Tenants’ legal rights
● Options to deal with tenant and housing issues
● Available community and government support 

Through a community-based approach, this position will seek to build tenant Networks on the Island. This could be through:
● Information sharing and collaboration between tenants
● Creating opportunities for forming tenant connections
● Community advocacy and increased visibility of housing issues

Interpersonal Contacts
This position requires communicating with all members of our community, often those facing systemic oppression. Respect for and/or understanding of marginalized community members, and the barriers they face, is essential in this work.

Understanding confidentiality and a strong use of discretion is required.

What We’re Looking For
● Commitment to tenants’ rights, housing rights, and access to justice
● Knowledge of anti-poverty, anti-racism, anti-oppression
● Interest in community building and advocacy
● Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills
● Understanding of confidentiality and privacy
● Ability to work independently
● Ability to analyze and resolve problems
● Interpersonal skills

Application Instructions
We are interested in hearing from you, and welcome applications from all. We encourage applications from people without formal education or work experience.

We would like to learn about your skills, motivations, and personal experience. Applications can include a cover letter, or any other content that provides insight into your interest in this position. We encourage you to make creative links to your life, activism, and interests through your application. If you experience barriers to applying, please be in touch—we will work with you to help you in this process.

Deadline: December 14, 2020

(Source email notice/website page)


7) Federal Housing Advocate – Open for Applications! Les candidatures pour le poste de défenseur fédéral du logement sont acceptées!


Good Day,
I am reaching out to let you know that the Notice of Opportunity for the Federal Housing Advocate position is now open to prospective candidates until December 30, 2020.  Interested individuals who meet the skills and experience sought in the Notice of Opportunity are encouraged to apply.
The Federal Housing Advocate, established under the National Housing Strategy Act, will monitor and report on progress and outcomes of the National Housing Strategy and the Government of Canada’s commitment to progressively realize the right to adequate housing. The Federal Housing Advocate has a duty to analyse, conduct research and report on systemic housing issues. In doing so the Advocate will consult with, and receive submissions from, persons who are members of vulnerable groups and persons who have lived experience of housing need and homelessness. The Advocate also advises the Minister responsible for the Act and has the power to request the establishment of review panels to hold hearings on systemic housing issues falling within the jurisdiction of Parliament. 
The Office of the Federal Housing Advocate, situated within the Canadian Human Rights Commission, provides administrative support, services and facilities to the Federal Housing Advocate.
Application Details
The Federal Housing Advocate is a full-time, Governor in Council appointee for up to three years, with a possible renewal of one additional term. Individuals interested in applying for the position can find the Notice of Appointment Opportunity here.  It provides information about the Advocate position, including salary, required skills and experience and other eligibility criteria, as well as instructions on how to apply. The Notice of Opportunity is open for applications until December 30, 2020.
Help spread the word
Your support is essential to help reach a broad cross-section of individuals, representative of Canada’s diversity, and attract the most qualified candidates to apply to this position.  We encourage you to share the link with your networks to help spread the word that the Federal Housing Advocate position is now open for applications. You can also help get the word out by liking and sharing posts about the Federal Housing Advocate Notice of Opportunity on CMHC’s TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn pages. A calendar of planned social media posts is attached for your reference.
We appreciate your assistance in promoting awareness about this important NHS initiative.

(Source email notice)


8) PEIBWA Activities/News


9) Applications for Family Violence Prevention Week Mini Grants now open, deadline 11 January 2021

The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC) invites municipalities and community organizations to apply for a single grant of $100 in support of an event during Family Violence Prevention Week, 14-20 February 2021.  

Possible events include promotion of an electronic resource or video, display or mail out of family violence resources, or a lunch and learn or evening presentation by Zoom or other platform.

The theme this year is connecting differently. Grants will not be limited to events supporting this theme. This year we encourage groups to connect in different ways, finding alternatives to meeting in person. If your group is planning any in-person activity, your group is responsible for following the guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office.

Successful applications will be funded on a rolling basis (first come/first served) until 15 grants have been awarded.  Up to 5 additional grants of $100 each will be awarded to events that highlight this year’s theme. 

Email Jordan Gallant ( to receive an application form.

Applications close at 5:00pm on 11 January, 2021. Early submissions are encouraged.

(Source email notice)


10) Call for Proposals: Preventing and Addressing Family Violence - the Health Perspective / Appel de propositions : Prévenir et contrer la violence familiale - la perspective du milieu de la santé

La version française suit

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for projects that build the evidence-base about preventing and addressing family violence and its health impacts, by delivering, testing and supporting diverse health promotion programs and interventions that are tailored to the needs of those who have experienced, are experiencing, or are at-risk of experiencing family violence.

Applications must be submitted using PHAC's Preventing and Addressing Family Violence LOI Template. To obtain a copy of the LOI Template, please contact: with the subject line "LOI Preventing and Addressing Family Violence". LOIs must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on January 27, 2021.

For more information about this Call for Proposals, please visit

Please feel free to share with your networks.
Thank you,
The Family and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Team
Centre for Health Promotion, Public Health Agency of Canada


Appel de propositions : Prévenir et contrer la violence familiale - la perspective du milieu de la santé

L'Agence de la santé publique du Canada (ASPC) est heureuse d'inviter les organismes admissibles à soumettre une lettre d'intention pour les projets qui constituent la base de données probantes sur la prévention et la lutte contre la violence familiale et ses répercussions sur la santé en offrant, en testant et en appuyant divers programmes et interventions de promotion de la santé adaptés aux besoins de ceux qui ont vécu, vivent ou sont à risque de vivre de la violence familiale.

Les demandes doivent être soumises au moyen du modèle de lettre d'intention Prévenir et contrer la violence familiale de l'ASPC. Pour en obtenir une copie, veuillez écrire à l'adresse en indiquant dans l'objet du courriel « Lettre d'intention Prévenir et contrer la violence familiale ». Les lettres d'intention doivent être soumises au plus tard 23 h 59 HNE le 27 janvier 2021.

Pour plus d'informations sur cet appel de propositions, veuillez visiter

N'hésitez pas à partager avec vos réseaux.
L'équipe de prévention de la violence familiale et de la violence fondée sur le sexe
Centre pour la promotion de la santé, Agence de la santé publique du Canada

(Source email notice)


11) PEIFVPS’ Christmas Wish! Program

Christmas Wish! PEIFVPS’ Christmas Wish Program helps moms who have stayed at Anderson House or were part of our Outreach program in 2020, shop for her kids. If you are interested in helping a mom shop for her tot this holiday season, please call the shelter at 902-368-8658 and PEIFVPS will pair you with a wish. Thank you!

(Source PAC E-Bulletin for December 2020)


12) CDHPI Brief 10: Domestic Violence Safety Planning, Risk Assessment and Management:
Perspectives from Services Providers in Nova Scotia

The CDHPIVP aims to provide an in-depth look at risk factors specific to indigenous populations, immigrants and refugees, rural, remote and northern populations, and children exposed to domestic violence. This brief report analyzed a subset of interviews from the CDHPIVP’s larger ongoing project. This study examined interviews with key informants working in Nova Scotia in various sectors related to domestic violence. The goal of the current brief was a comprehensive examination of the training, protocols, and strategies available to and used by service workers in
Nova Scotia.

The report is available in both English and French below.
For the English version of the report please click here.
For the French version of the report please click here

(Source PAC E-Bulletin for December 2020)


13) The Employment Journey on PEI - Latest Online Issue

Lots of information in the latest issue of "The Employment Journey on PEI" - December 2020 / January 2021 Volume 22, Number 5

Featured stories include:
  • Atlantic Canada’s economic recovery from COVID-19: PEI outlook
  • Small Business Week: How entrepreneurs are adapting to COVID-19
    • Jeremy MacFadyen, PEI Seafood Box
    • Julia Campbell, JEMS Boutique
    • Chef Michael Smith, Inn at Bay Fortune
  • PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada showcase the many career and resource options on PEI
    • Career opportunities with the Public Schools Branch
    • Career opportunities with the PEI Public Service 
    • Careers in Bioscience
    • Sekisui Diagnostics: hiring practices
    • Bayshore HealthCare employment options
    • Murphy Healthcare employment options
    • PEI Seniors Homes work available
    • On board and on shore jobs at Northumberland Ferries Limited
    • Employment opportunities with RBC: what background and experience works best
    • An inside look at a career with Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs), Charlottetown
    • Cox & Palmer: Steps to successfully find employment at this law firm
    • Career opportunities with the City of Charlottetown
    • Career choices in the trucking sector on PEI
    • Career choices in Manufacturing: Livingston Steel
    • Construction Association of PEI says many jobs available on PEI
    • Island Recruiting: helping employers find the right staff
    • How Career Bridges can help Island residents and newcomers gain employment on PEI
    • Financial support available for internationally trained newcomers
Check out this webpage to see the above articles and others with individual links.

(Source: The Employment Journey on PEI website)


14) 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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