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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
January 7, 2021

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) Deadline is Tomorrow: LEAF Call for Proposals - Basic Income Researcher

LEAF is funding one researcher to support the work of our Basic Income Project.


LEAF is writing a report evaluating the ability of a basic income program to address gender inequalities, using an intersectional feminist framework. 

The researcher will examine one aspect of this evaluation: the ability of a basic income program to contribute to women and gender-diverse people with disabilities’ full and effective participation and inclusion in society. 

This study will assess the differential impact of a basic income for women and gender-diverse people with disabilities living at the intersections of multiple categories of marginalization (e.g. seniors, Indigenous women, migrant women). 

In researching this topic, the researcher will examine questions including: 

  • How does income insecurity and economic inequality affect the full and effective participation and inclusion in society for women and gender-diverse people with disabilities?
  • What current disability income supports exist in Canada? What is the relationship between basic income and these existing supports? 
  • How could a basic income program impact poverty rates and economic inequality for women and gender-diverse people with disabilities? 
  • What impact could a basic income have on labour market conditions and inclusion for women and gender-diverse people with disabilities? 
  • Are there additional supports or programs that, combined with a basic income, could improve the ability of basic income to support and promote the fundamental inclusion of people with disabilities?  
The successful applicant will be awarded $10,000 to complete their research. 

Read the full call for proposals here, and submit applications to Cee Strauss at by 12:00pm EST on January 8, 2021.
Read the Full Call for Proposals

(LEAF email e-news)


2) Monthly Interfaith Virtual Devotional Gathering Jan 08, 2021- "The Light Within”

Below is the date & the details for the Upcoming Monthly Virtual Interfaith Devotional for Jan 08, 2021, on the theme: "The Light Within"

Date: Friday, Jan 08, 2021
Time: 7 pm (PEI & Halifax time- Atlantic Canada)
Time: 6 p.m. Toronto, Ontario/ Canada
Time: 3 p.m. BC, Canada
Time: 3 p.m. Las Vegas, Los Angeles,& California/ USA
Time: 5 p.m. Dallas, TX/ USA

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 9081 1038
Passcode: 1844

For local time zones in other regions:

We are hoping for this space to be an opportunity to unite, enjoy tranquility and reflect on inspiring themes and common threads that tie us all together. Our monthly interfaith devotional features a certain topic every month, accompanied by virtual live music, audio-visual pieces, and selections of writings from various faiths, philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures, from all over the world.

Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy, happy, and a prosperous New Year.

Peace & Blessings

Farahnaz Rezaei
Member of the Baha'i Community of Prince Edward Island

(Source email notice)


3) Environmental Scan of “Equality-Seeking” Organizations in Atlantic Canada - DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 8

Women and Gender Equality Canada (ESESO ATL)
Department of the Government of Canada

The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research has been commissioned by the Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Department of the Government of Canada (formerly Status of Women) to gather information for the Atlantic portion of a national study. The study is collecting information about organizations, groups and networks working to advance equality with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. The groups invited to complete this survey have been selected for their efforts to improve the realities of diverse groups of women and members of the LGBTQ2 communities, whether it is their primary focus or not.
The goals of this research are to map, as well as conduct an environmental scan and generate a comprehensive list, of the groups in the Atlantic region doing this timely and important work. WAGE will use these resources to inform its funding programs, resources and supports. WAGE reserves the right of unrestricted use of the data, including the right to modify, edit, update, or make any information, materials, and products it develops available for use by the department and/or the public.
The primary investigator is Dr. Mary C. Milliken, and the research assistant is Abbey MacLean. We estimate this survey could take between 30-60 minutes of your time to complete. Some of the questions address your organization's identity while others are about the context it operates within and the work it does. 
This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of New Brunswick Research Ethics Board (REB 2020-125).

Would you like to contribute to the research? Do you know an organization that should be included?

If yes, please share or use the link below to fill in the online survey in either English or French until January 8th, 2021 5:00 PM Atlantic.

The survey can be completed in multiple sittings at your own pace.
Take the Survey

If you have any questions about the research you can contact:
Mary C. Milliken
Phone: (506) 440-1286

Catherine Holtmann
Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research
& Associate Professor, UNB Sociology Department
Phone: (506) 458-7442 

David Coleman
Chair of the UNBF Research Ethics Board
Phone: (506) 453-5189

(Source e-news)


4) Updated COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Holiday Measures – as of January 6

Effective January 6, 2021, the following temporary post circuit breaker holiday measures are in place; these measures are expected to be in place until January 25, 2021.

All businesses, services and organizations, as well as organizers of organized gatherings, are required to have measures in place to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and to develop and follow an operational plan detailing those measures.

PEI’s participation in the Atlantic Bubble will remain suspended until at least January 25, 2021.

For more information, click here

(Source webpage)


5) LEAF Personhood Speaker Series: "Toward Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Self-Determination"

Join LEAF on Monday, January 25th from 7-8:30pm (8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Atlantic standard time)
for session three of our Personhood Speaker Series: "Toward Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Self-Determination"

LEAF is hosting a five-part Speaker Series in lieu of an in-person Gala this year. Join us on Monday, January 25, 2021 for our third panel.


About this Event

The Personhood Speaker Series will create a space to discuss what makes a ‘person’ and whose voices need centering in conversations about gender equality in 2020 and beyond.

Our third panel will focus on reproductive justice and its role in affirming personhood. A term coined by the Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, reproductive justice represents a broad vision of safety, health, and dignity. It demands that every individual be able to make their own choices about their reproductive life and that safe, affordable reproductive health services are accessible to all. It also requires that all people live in social, economic, and political conditions that allow them to raise families with dignity in safe and healthy environments.

The panel will feature Alisa Lombard, lawyer and lead counsel on a proposed class action pertaining to the forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Saskatchewan; Akinisie Qumaluk, a midwife from Puvirnituq in Nunavik, Quebec; and Hadiya Roderique, speaker, writer, consultant, and EDI researcher. Joanna Erdman, an Associate Professor and the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, will moderate the discussion.

This panel discussion will explore the origins, meaning, and importance of reproductive justice. Our speakers will discuss how reproductive justice is and is not present in their lives and their work, as well as in current movements for gender equality. They will discuss how we can work to ensure reproductive care is gender-affirming as well as culturally affirming. They will unpack how we can take steps to decolonize the reproductive justice movement, and work towards reproductive self-determination.

The funds raised through LEAF's Personhood Speaker Series will continue to support our work to advance substantive equality rights in Canada through litigation, law reform and education.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible: CUPE National, UFCW Canada, Delaney Capital Management, BMO, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Koskie Minsky LLP, Ontario Nurses' Association, Goldblatt Partners LLP, The Law Society of Ontario, Stockwoods LLP, Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP, Kastner Law, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Lerners LLP, AMAPCEO, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) and Madame Premier.

(Source e-news/eventbrite)


6) 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

Recently, you participated in a virtual town hall session on COVID-19 and systemic racism with the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat. During the town hall, many of you expressed concern about family violence and its impact on mental health.
With that in mind, the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat wanted to inform you that our colleagues from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), are inviting 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
We hope this information is useful.
Warm regards,
Peter Flegel
Executive Director
Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat
Canadian Heritage
Récemment, vous avez assisté à une assemblée virtuelle sur la COVID-19 et le racisme systémique avec le Secrétariat fédéral de lutte contre le racisme. Lors de la réunion, plusieurs d’entre vous avez soulevé de questions prioritaires qui vous touche, notamment en lien avec la violence familiale et l'impact sur la santé mentale.

En guise de suivi, nous voulons vous informer que nos collègues de l'Agence de la santé publique du Canada (ASPC) invitent 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
Bien cordialement,

(Source email notice)

7) PEIBWA Activities/News


8) Bridge the gapp - online resource

Have you heard of, a mental health and addictions resource available to connect Islanders with many local and national services? I encourage you to check it out and please share.

(Source shared Tweet/website)


9) Spread the Love with PEERS Alliance

PEERS Alliance, an incredible organization that does vital work in our community, is celebrating 30 years of service here on PEI! Help them celebrate their 30th anniversary by committing to a fundraising campaign to help them continue the important work they do. Donate here or by clicking the button below!

Sign up to be a monthly donor at PEERS Alliance or provide a one-time donation to help them achieve our ultimate goal of raising $10,000! To thank their donors, each month there will be a monthly prize draw! For every $10 donation increment you make, your name will be entered into the monthly draw. At the end of each month, they will draw one lucky winner on Facebook Live. Learn more here!

(Source VRC Monthly E-newsletter - January 2021)


10) Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grant Applications: Deadline January 29

The Interministerial Women's Secretariat (IWS) provides assistance to the provincial government to promote the legal, health, social and economic equality of women. The IWS works in partnership with community organizations to develop projects, programs and services that benefit women from Prince Edward Island. The Request for Proposals for the 2020 IWS Grants are out. This year’s focus is on the following three themes:

• Engaging Men and Boys in gender-based violence prevention
• Women and/or girls in leadership
• Women and/or girls in Science, Technology, Engineering + Math (STEM) and the skilled trades

For more information, please go to:

(Source email notice)


11) KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles -- Winter 2021 Series

Led by Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers with extensive KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) experience, these (90-minute) interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue. 

Each KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle addresses historical and contemporary topics in an honest and personal way by blending data and facts with personal stories.  Topics offered in the Winter 2021 public sessions ($25 registration fee per session) include:  the Impact of Residential Schools, We Are All Treaty People, the Doctrine of Discovery, Métis Teachings, Shannen’s Dream & Jordan’s Principle, Social Injustice in the Court System, the 60s Scoop, Child Welfare & Practice Standards, Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, and the power of Growing Healing Gardens.  Each topic can also be booked as a private group session by contacting

Join a KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle and experience a deep and meaningful way to learn about truth and reconciliation. Visit for the full schedule and to register.

(Source email e-news)


12) Order Print Materials for Family Violence Prevention Week 2021 by January 29

You can now order print materials for Family Violence Prevention Week 2021 using a hardcopy order form or the online form at Hardcopy forms should be submitted to

Deadline for orders: January 29, 2021. All items available while supplies last. Orders will be available for contactless pick-up at the Sherwood Business Centre or interoffice delivery on and after February 1, 2021.

Contact if you require a hardcopy order form.

(Source PAC E-Bulletin January 2021)


13) Family Violence Prevention Week 2021 – Virtual Training Sessions

PAC is pleased to present two virtual training sessions by Peter Jaffe PhD and Maureen Reid MSW during FVP Week 2021. The training will take place over two half-days with topics as follows:

Day 1: February 16, 2021 (10am to 1pm AST)
The Impact of domestic violence on children and parents: Understanding the dynamics and consequences for children and parenting

Day 2: February 18, 2021 (10 am – 1pm AST)
Victims and children living with domestic violence: Implications for risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for courts and community agencies

This is a free training sponsored by the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention.  For presenter bio information and/or to register send your name, email address and phone number to, and please indicate the sessions you wish to attend. The sessions will be hosted on Zoom.

(Source PAC E-Bulletin January 2021)


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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