How to give Indigenous children hope and happiness

For many, having a chance for a successful life means leaving their homes and moving elsewhere – for better education and more job prospects

How to give Indigenous children hope and happinessIn communities across Canada – and elsewhere in the world – young people are determined to escape, even if it means committing suicide. It’s a crisis that can be avoided. This summer, CBC Radio reported “yet another spate of suicides” in Attawapiskat, in northern Ontario. The First Nation was briefly famous in 2012 when then-chief…

Hearing the stories of survivors of abuse with compassion

If we can be ‘enlightened witnesses’ and listen without judgment, we can help the healing process

Hearing the stories of survivors of abuse with compassionMuch of the study of genocide has focused on how it happens and what it looks like. This is important but perhaps we need to go further. What do people go through after these crimes have been committed? What happens to children? There are many amazing books written by survivors of genocide: Viktor Frankl’s Man’s…

Bill C-75 reforms too little, too late to respond to domestic violence 

Canada needs a national agency to review all domestic homicides and create an integrated domestic violence safety system

Bill C-75 reforms too little, too late to respond to domestic violence By Elizabeth Sheehy and Isabel Grant EvidenceNetwork.ca Domestic violence is a national crisis. A woman is killed by her current or former partner every six days in Canada. Indigenous women are killed by their intimate partners at a rate eight times higher. In Peel (part of the Greater Toronto Area) alone, five women were killed…

Domestic violence perpetrators know no gender

Domestic violence, no matter the gender of the victim, is wrong

Domestic violence perpetrators know no genderDownload this column on domestic violence for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Jul 12, 2010/ Troy Media/ - I remember being 12 years old when my stepfather scarred my face for the first time. He had graduated to his fists from his belt some time before, and while…

Canada’s justice system still fails mothers and children

For too long violence against women and the confinement of mothers have gone uncontested and it is children who suffer

Canada’s justice system still fails mothers and childrenVANCOUVER, BC, Mar 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Ivonne Hernandez has a family court appearance scheduled for March 8th, International Women’s day, a stark reminder of the ways in which incarceration and immigration systems in Canada can silence women, and by default, their children. The Mexican mother who lived in Montreal fled a violent husband,…