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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
February 25, 2021

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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) IWD Video Banner!

In addition to the 5 podcasts, and in keeping with the commitment to participation, the public is invited to participate by submitting a short video clip recognizing the IWD theme “Choose to Challenge.” Send us a recording of yourself and/or a few of your peeps (maximum 30 seconds), and we'll stitch your message into a collective video banner for PEI. Cell phone quality, casual videos are welcome. Video greetings should be submitted to by Wednesday, March 3rd.

“Choosing to Challenge” is especially relevant when we reflect back on this year of challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the inequalities that the pandemic and our responses to it have exposed. Many of the most glaring challenges worldwide have the greatest impact on women, girls and gender diverse people. We continue to challenge for the rights to safety, choice, participation in decision-making, and access to substantive equality for everyone, everywhere.

All of the podcast recordings will be made available on March 8th, International Women's Day - the day we join women and gender diverse people worldwide in calling for global gender equity! They can be accessed through the PEI Status of Women Facebook page: or wherever you get your podcasts.


2) Register Now!  Lead the Shift – Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Program

Lead the Shift is a free eight-week development program delivered by the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and PEI Connectors. Running from March 10 to April 28, 2021, the program includes seven workshops with guest speakers, and one-on-one consulting sessions focusing on diversity and inclusion policies within your organization.  During this program, you will hear true stories/experiences of newcomers to PEI, understanding cultural diversity, evidence & research based hiring practices, corporate stories from Island businesses who have implemented D&I policies, understanding the impact of microaggression and unconscious bias and more!

The goal of the program is to ensure newcomers to PEI find employment corresponding to their education, skills and work experience, to help address labour market shortages in the province.   

This program is for leaders and professionals (HR, CEO, etc.) who are responsible for overseeing strategies within their organizations and who want to be more inclusive: to lead, engage and work with diverse teams. The focus will be to develop a greater capacity within organizations to be ready to welcome newcomer talent to support the success of their businesses.

For more information:

Register Now - Deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021
Registration link -

(Source email notice)


3) Webinar on Supporting Migrant Workers and the Community During COVID-19 - KAIROS Canada


Information and Resource Sharing Webinars to Strengthen Capacity and Build Solidarity During Difficult Times.

Join us to chat about:

  • Services for Temporary Foreign Workers, in particular migrant farm workers
  • Increasing awareness amongst Temporary Foreign Workers of health and safety precautions related to COVID-19
  • Services and benefits available during the pandemic
  • Gaps in existing supports and services within the current COVID-19 context
  • Strengthening capacity of the network to accompany Temporary Foreign Workers in accessing services and benefits, and to exercise their rights
If you would like to receive information about subsequent webinars in this series, please subscribe here and be sure to check "I'm interested in: Migrant Justice."

The first webinar will be on:

Friday February 26, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST )

A Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email after registration. 

Register here

This webinar is an introduction to the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 project, including conversations and a Q&A session with:

  • Lori Ransom, Interim Executive Director of KAIROS
  • Francine Burke of the Durham Region Migrant Workers Ministry
  • Fr. Peter Ciallella of the Center for Migrant Workers Solidarity in Simcoe
For more information, visit our websites: and

(Source email e-news)


4) REMINDER: You're Invited to Session Four of LEAF's Personhood Speaker Series

REMINDER: Join LEAF on Thursday, February 25th from 8:00-9:30pm (AST) for session four of our Personhood Speaker Series: "Gender Equality for Migrant Women and Gender-Diverse People in Canada – Reflections from the Middle of the Pandemic"

LEAF's Personhood Speaker Series will create a space to discuss what makes a ‘person’ and whose voices need centering in conversations about gender equality in 2021 and beyond.

LEAF is hosting a five-part Speaker Series in lieu of an in-person Gala this year. Join us on Thursday Feb. 25, 2021 for our fourth 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 2021 and beyond.

Our fourth panel "Gender Equality for Migrant Women and Gender-Diverse People in Canada – Reflections from the Middle of the Pandemic" asks what gender equality means for migrant women and gender-diverse people in Canada in 2021. Specifically, how do Canadian laws and policies on migrant labour impact personhood? How has mainstream feminism historically participated in denying the personhood of migrant women and gender-diverse people in Canada? What is the impact of devaluing groups of people and treating them as expendable sources of labour, despite the fact that their work serves an essential purpose in our daily lives? What steps need to be taken to recognize and affirm the personhood of migrant women and gender-diverse people?

Panelists will discuss how discriminatory labour policies have been reinforced throughout Canadian history, leading to a denial of personhood for migrant workers. Panelists will also unpack how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the existing systemic inequalities for migrant women and gender-diverse people, and discuss ways in which migrant women and gender-diverse people have organized to expose the injustices they face in order to reassert their personhood.

Please join LEAF in discussing what it means to affirm the personhood of migrant women and gender-diverse people in 2021.

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, Cavalluzzo LLP, Koskie Minsky LLP, Ontario Nurses' Association, Goldblatt Partners LLP, The Law Society of Ontario, Stockwoods LLP, Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP, Kastner Lam LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Lerners LLP, AMAPCEO, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) and Madame Premier.

Click here for a ticket

(Source Eventbrite/e-news)


5) Side Hustle In The Flesh!

The Guild presents: Side Hustle in the time of Covid-19!

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7 PM
The Guild (111 Queen Street, Ch'town)

Tickets: $25.00

They're back. They're brilliant. And they're ready to get the heck out of the house on numerous occasions just to thumb their noses at pandemics, lockdowns and the fact only 50 people can come to each show.

That's why there are two! And maybe more! If you buy tickets, that is... no pressure or anything.
Join the collective comedic team as they bulldoze their musical, manic and maniacal way through your suggestions, their hopes and dreams for a better future and all things happy and hopeful while you laugh, judge and probably wish you were as cool as them in two spectacular (not an endorsement) nights of frivolity fed by feral females needing attention and adoration.

Find them at The Guild March 11th. Tickets only $25 - get them by calling the box office at (902) 620-3333 or emailing

And may Side Hustle have mercy on your suggestions.

(Source Facebook event)


6) PEIBWA Activities/News

7) Government of Canada to host Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit to mark International Women’s Day

February 24, 2021

Today, Minister Monsef announced that the Government of Canada will host ‘Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit’, Mar 8-9, 2021.

#FeministRecovery is also Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021.
An inclusive COVID-19 recovery is one where all Canadians can benefit and prosper, including those who are marginalized and those most-impacted.

Follow us and stay tuned for updates and registration links!

(Source Women and Gender Equality Canada Facebook post / website)


8) Ice City Festival

A celebration of winter in Charlottetown
February 12th – March 14th

While Jack Frost remains in hibernation for this year (thanks a lot, COVID), its distant cousin, Ice City Festival, is set to take over Charlottetown from February 12th until March 14th. Decking the streets in ice sculptures and other wintery decor, Ice City will also have Signature Events each weekend, like Sugar Shacks, Comedy Shows, Live Music, and an Outdoor Market, as well as a slew of cool micro events and themed programming.

For more information about events/activities, check out these links:
(Source the bulleted links)


9) 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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