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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
January 28, 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) Tonight: PEI Fight for Affordable Housing to Host Tenant Organizing Webinars

CHARLOTTETOWN - On Thursday, January 28, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, the PEI Fight for
Affordable Housing will host the first in a series of webinars about tenant organizing.

Tenants interested in learning how to organize can register at bit.ly/tenantspei or by emailing housingpei@gmail.com.

 “We shouldn’t have to wait for some perfect moment to come and solve the housing crisis,” said Connor Kelly, the PEIFAH’s Tenant Network Coordinator. “By learning how to organize -- how to come together and act collectively -- we can create that moment ourselves.”

The webinar on the 28th features success stories from three tenant unions: Nova Scotia ACORN, which won rent control for Nova Scotian tenants in December 2020; Parkdale Organize, which has won campaigns against Pinedale Properties and Starlight Investments; and the Vancouver Tenant Union, which has defended tenants against evictions. The webinar is the first in a series of similar workshops that will be held online with call-in telephone options available.

The workshops are part of PEIFAH efforts to develop solidarity and mutual support among tenants. Aimee Power and Michelle Mahoney, speaking for the group in a recent editorial, noted that “Little has changed. P.E.I. is losing affordable housing units to renovictions and spurious evictions as fast as new units are being created. People living on small and moderate incomes are being eased out of our communities.” PEI Fight for Affordable Housing is a tenant advocacy group. For the last several years PEIFAH has been working to make sure tenants’ voices are heard in the conversation about housing reform.

For more information, please contact Connor Kelly, PEIFAH, Tenant Network Coordinator, at (902) 894 4573.

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2) Family Violence Prevention Week

February 14 to 20, 2021
The theme for Family Violence Prevention Week 2021 is Connecting Differently. 

Free virtual events on Zoom. Please pre-register by emailing plshq@gov.pe.ca. Registration closes at 4pm the day before the event.

Panel Discussion: The Importance of Engaging Men & Boys in Family Violence Prevention
Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Finding connection during COVID-19: Re-building the foundations of healthy
relationships for individual & community wellness

With a special welcome message from Premier Dennis King Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00 p.m.

Interrupting Harm: Everyday actions we can take when we witness harm
Wednesday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m.

Anderson House and PEI Family Violence Prevention Services
Who we are, what we do, & how to support the organization.
Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m.

Peace, Kindness, & Love Storytime
A special storytime for ages 3-5 years & their caregivers.
Thursday, February 18th at 10:30 a.m.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: The Role of Family, Friends, &
Front-Line Professionals in Helping Children

Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m.

For more information: https://www.stopfamilyviolence.pe.ca/2021

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3) Seeking Volunteer Board Members

The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) is searching for community members from all across PEI to join our volunteer Board of Directors. If you are interested please forward your resume and cover letter to admin@peirsac.org.

Our mission is to support survivors of sexual assault and abuse in their healing and to ensure that all people living in PEI are safe from sexual violence. In achieving this mission we work collaboratively with, and in ways that empower, individuals and organizations. In particular we are seeking out expertise in accounting and non-profit finances, human resources, health care and the legal system as it pertains to sexualized violence.

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4) Share your story on COVID’s impact on Education for Reconciliation

KAIROS needs your help. We would love to hear your answers to the following questions to guide our plans to fully realize Education for Reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Call to Action 62.

If you are able to please respond to the following (as a teacher, parent or student). We would love to hear from you! Please forward this to your network!

Here are our questions:

How has COVID and the shift to online education impacted the teaching/learning of Indigenous studies?
 

Are there more hurdles or new opportunities?
 

Please share a story.

We are interested in elementary, secondary, and post secondary experiences.

Since the release of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action in 2015, KAIROS has graded progress on Call 62.i*, producing report cards on each province and territory in 2015 and 2018.

KAIROS agrees with the TRC that education is the key to reconciliation. Without a shared understanding of how our collective past has brought us to where we are today, we will not be able to walk together into a better future.

Education means not only learning a history that many are never taught but, for non-Indigenous people, unlearning attitudes and behaviours that contribute to intolerance and racism.

We look forward to hearing from you! Please respond to Cheryl McNamara at cmcnamara@kairoscanada.org by March 15.

Sincerely,

The KAIROS Canada team

*We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples, and educators, to: i. Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.

For more information, visit our websites: www.kairoscanada.org and www.kairosblanketexercise.org.
 
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5) Bellydance 2Give Partnership: Beach Dune Ecosystems Fundraiser

Island Nature Trust is proud to announce a partnership with Bellydance2give - a collaborative group of women giving to various fundraisers across PEI all through the act of learning to belly dance!

Regenerated beach dunes support a rich community of wildlife but what you see on the surface is just the beginning of the story. Vibrant green marram grass - quintessential to our view of PEI's coastline - employs root systems that expand in growth below the dune to provide an interconnective shield. This hidden knotted maze silently but integrally protects the fragile coastline from the advancing impact of erosion and climate change.

Purchasing a 10 week beginner choreography belly dance course for $150 will enable INT to restore 200 square feet of beach dune ecosystem.

The beginner class will start on Saturday Feb 20th 9:45-10:45 am @ Downstreet Dance Studio located inside the Confederation Court Mall. The fee includes a 1hr weekly lesson and access to weekly practise videos.

All class proceeds will go directly to Island Nature Trust. Your fee allows for important conservation and restoration work to take place on parts of our most vulnerable coastline. In addition, the funds will allow us to continue educating school aged youth across PEI in understanding the vitality of Beach Dune Ecosystems and learn how to use the coastline responsibly.

Visit Bellydance 2Give's website to learn more about the classes and belly dancing culture. Click here to learn more about INT Beach Dune Ecosystem outreach and restoration projects and a recent news story covered by CBC.


Together let's save our Island coastline - dance by dance!

Donation and Contact Details available at this link: https://www.islandnaturetrust.ca/bellydance2give/

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6) Men Matter Program 

Men Matter is a male centered group program being offered for male survivors of sexual abuse in PEI by the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC). There is no charge to participants. All groups are led by two facilitators.

PEIRSAC is now accepting registrations for the Phase I Men Matter Group that will run this winter (dates TBD) in Charlottetown.

Phase 1 Groups
Phase I is a 10-session/10-week group program. Its purpose is to prepare men for their journey of trauma recovery by learning more about the impacts of abuse and expanding coping skills. Group members are not required to divulge personal information to the group. Group size is 6 – 8 participants led by two facilitators. Sessions are all free of charge. It is expected that participants attend all sessions.

If you would like more information about the Men Matter program, or if you wish to register (self-referrals only), text or call:

PEIRSAC Counselling Request Line
(902) 368-8055


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7) PEIBWA Activities/News


 

8) Employment Opportunities at PEIRSAC


TRAUMA THERAPIST CHARLOTTETOWN OFFICE
.8 FTE - TEMPORARY (until Oct 2021)

INDIGENOUS THERAPIST
.8 FTE – 3 YR CONTRACT

Salary range (for both positions) $33.00 – $37.50/hr

FOR MORE INFO: peirsac.org

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9) Call for Proposals

The Federal Anti-Racism Secreatariat would like to inform you that our colleagues at the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada launched a Call for Proposals for the Sectoral Initiatives Program. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for projects that will help key sectors of the economy address labour market challenges and drive economic recovery.

The Sectoral Initiatives Program is a grants and contributions program that helps address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market intelligence, national occupational standards, skills certification and accreditation systems, and innovative workforce development approaches while also promoting the participation of under-represented groups.

This initiative is meant to support economic recovery through stakeholder-based initiatives that will help key sectors address their immediate and emerging workforce challenges. Taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Call for Proposals is considering a wider variety of projects compared to past years, including those that implement solutions and tools that will help Canadian workers and employers.

Projects must seek to achieve at least one of the following two objectives:

1) Develop and implement sector-based solutions to address the workforce challenges of Canadian workers and employers

2) Address a specific need in support of economic recovery in a specific sector or across sectors

How to apply for Sectoral Initiatives Program funding?

Please refer to the following webpages for more details about the Sectoral Initiatives Program and information about how to apply for funding: 
Before submitting a proposal, carefully review the applicant guidelines and eligibility criteria.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 4, 2021.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact ESDC at:
NC-DGOP-POB-PAIS-SIP-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Warm regards,
Peter Flegel, Executive Director
Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat
Canadian Heritage

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10) Confederation Centre of the Arts Job Opportunity

We're now hiring for the position of Director of Philanthropy!

This role is responsible for leading in the planning and implementation of donor fundraising activities, including membership, endowment, planned giving, capital campaigns, naming, grant applications, and other initiatives.

To learn more and apply, visit: https://confederationcentre.com/careers/

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11) PEERS Alliance Survey

Hi folks! As you may know PEERS Alliance is an organization dedicated to supporting Island residents on issues related to sexual health, identity and harm reduction in the context of drug use. COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressor to all, in addition, it has created challenges for persons who consume illicit substances.

This check-in survey is for EVERYONE who uses drugs! It doesn't matter to us if it's only on the weekend, everyday, or only once in a while - we want to hear from you. This survey is completely anonymous and will help ensure that the harm reduction projects hosted by our organization are rooted in community needs and priorities.

We also need your help in getting the word out. On Facebook, please share and repost this survey to widen our reach. With every share or repost, tag PEERS Alliance for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Wild Impulse.

* Here’s the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/zNjacJyJXxU61DYr7

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12) 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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