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Claiming Our Place - New Resources!
What do masked women, shadow puppets, and hydroelectric dams have in common?  They were all part of the creative story shared by the diverse women who participated in Claiming Our Place.  Gathered in the community of Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador these women rebuilt relationships across cultural lines and around the shared impacts introduced by the Lower Churchill River hydroelectric development project.  A moving new video  documents some of the Claiming Our Place process, and a new overview explains the development that brought these women together and what FemNorthNet learned from their stories.
Link to Claiming Our Place video
In related news, one of the FemNorthNet visionaries behind Claiming Our Place, Gail Baikie, is being profiled as one of Dalhousie's shining academics - congratulations, Gail!   Gail is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work where she explores the intersections between decolonization, indigenous world views, and social policies .
Recent Publications
"Northern Crises: Women's relationships and resistances to resource extractions"

FemNorthNet's work has revealed that the North is changing, often in ways that are either non-beneficial or harmful to diverse northern women.  However, we've also learned that (as in all parts of the world) women are not sitting idly by as northern developments unfold - rather, they're finding creative ways to make their concerns known. 

Deborah Stienstra, Co-Leader of FemNorthNet, explores the dynamic between development impacts on women and the creative resistance movements that emerge in her recently published paper "Northern Crises: Women's relationships and resistances to resource extractions"(2015). 

The paper was published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and can be found online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2015.1060695
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In Other News...
Cover of the Homeless Point in Time Count report, depicting a snow-covered road lined with fir trees.
By the Numbers: Homelessness in Thompson, MB

FemNorthNet researcher Colin Bonnycastle has been working away with a team in our partner community, Thompson, Manitoba, to try to more accurately account for the city's homeless population.  The numbers it presents, paired with insights into what is causing homelessness, will be invaluable to shaping more inclusive social policy and programs in Thompson in the years ahead.  

The  2015 Thompson Manitoba Homeless Point in Time Count can be accessed via the Homeless Hub Website.
Right to Clean Water project logo features four women standing back-to-back, facing outwards, surrounded by a circle that contains a sun and a sea turtle treading water.
In Pictures: The denial of the right to clean water in Canada

It's been decades since the federal government promised First Nations across Canada that they would be given access to clean, potable water - just as non-indigenous communities had access to.   However, this promise has not been fulfilled.  Short-sighted legislation, lack of investment in new infrastructure, and the rapid pace of private developments on lakes and rivers has made it even more difficult for First Nations people to access water resources. 

Indigenous researchers realized that in order for other Canadians to understand this crisis, and to act upon it, they would have to be able to see it through the eyes of those who are most affected; so the Photovoice Project of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation was born.  The project engaged Cree people in sharing photographs and stories to illustrate their perspectives on the lack of access to clean water in their community. 

You can view some of their photos and learn more about the project in The Right to Clean Water in First Nations: The Photovoice Project Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation  (PPT presentation).
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Embracing Global Diversity

Have you heard of the Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Knowledge Community?  Founded in 2000, this global network has been established to bring together those with "a shared interest in human differences and diversity, and their varied manifestations in organizations, communities and nations".  Offering webinars, an annual conference, and publishing opportunities, this community creates much-needed space for exploring issues of diversity and inclusion.  

Check out their resources and learn more from their new website, http://ondiversity.com/ .

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On the Move launches bilingual resources

On the Move research partnership, which is investigating migrant worker trends in Canada and abroad, now features online content and resources in both French and English.  The network has noted that they " do not have the resources to translate the entire site" but that they will "add more translated text in the future, should resources allow ".  

In the meantime, check out their website at  www.onthemovepartnership.ca/ and their most recent bilingual publication "Carnet de terrain" ("Notes from the Field") by Frédéric Décosse
New economic development in northern Canada is changing communities socially, economically, and culturally. The Feminist Northern Network  (FemNorthNet) is researching how these changes affect diverse northern women. We know there is a downside to "up" that can not be ignored.

FemNorthNet is a project hosted by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.

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