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February 2016
A note on La Loche, Saskatchewan
FemNorthNet members were deeply saddened to hear of the recent tragedy in La Loche, Saskatchewan, which claimed four lives. We worked closely with a number of women in La Loche during our Blueprints Project, which focused on local women's leadership development in four northern communities across Canada. 

The women of La Loche have long called for additional community resources. La Loche has been in desperate need of new physical infrastructure to attract new development and jobs as well as community services to respond to health and trauma issues, unmet housing demand, and caregiving support needs.  Through the BluePrints Project (described in detail in our report "Developing Women Leaders in Northern Communities"), women of La Loche sought to focus on supporting local women's wellbeing and instilling a sense of community leadership within the next generation of women. 

Rooted in Dene values, the leadership and wellbeing programs created in La Loche reconnected young women to their elders and local women to one another, through the traditional practice of story-telling. The programs built upon the skillsets of participants, with an emphasis on self-care (especially given local trauma from colonization), while creating safe gathering spaces where women could share their thoughts and find reprieve from the demands of caring for their community. 

As the people of La Loche work to strengthen their community and build hope for a better tomorrow, we know local women will be at the frontlines: caring for others, sharing their gifts, and vocalizing the needs of their community. Many of FemNorthNet's recommendations resulting from the BluePrints Project remain relevant: increased funding for northern organizations that support community engagement and wellbeing while using methods that are inclusive and culturally appropriate; enabling connections between northern leaders to relieve isolation and allow collaboration towards solving shared challenges; and inviting diverse women to decision-making tables, even if they do not identify as "leaders". 

FemNorthNet stands in solidarity with La Loche during this difficult time and we remain committed to amplifying the voices of northern women across Canada. 

Stay strong, La Loche.
New Publications & Videos
Dishing "The Dirt on Clean Energy"

Power produced by damming fast moving rivers is arguably much cleaner and "greener" than power produced by burning off oil or coal. However, very few of us stop to con sider the costs associated with "green" energy production.
"The Dirt on Clean Energy" is a short, 10-minute video that digs into the case of the damming of Muskrat Falls in Labrador for hydroelectric power production. Using creative storytelling and engaging visuals, this video reveals the costs being borne by the people and wildlife who live alongside the now silent falls.
Still frame from video shows a map of Labrador with a drawing of a waterfall_ the FemNorthNet logo_ and women_s hands joined to form a circle. A speech bubble reads _Clean energy should be fair energy_.
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Moving to and through the North

Thumbnail image of front page of fact sheet about violence against women in the North.

We've learned the North can present many challenges to women - so why do they stay? Why do women move to the North and between northern communities? FemNorthNet's interviews with northern women and a review of existing studies on these very questions revealed some complex answers, which are explored in the following themed fact sheets:  
  • Fly-in and Fly-out Communities in Northern Canada
  • Housing Market Fluctuations in Resource Based Towns
  • Domestic Violence & Violence Against Women in the North
  • Support Systems in Resource-based Towns for an Ageing Population
  • Resource-based Town Resilience: Strengthening Communities through Long-Term Investment
The research team behind these fact sheets, the Migration, Immigration & Mobility theme group, also hosted a webinar to discuss their findings. The fact sheets will be released February 22 through to February 26 and the webinar posted on February 29. All these resources will be available at http://fnn.criaw-icref.ca/en/page/migration-immigration-mobility .
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Cover of _A Place of Our Own_ report
A Place of Our Own: Re-examining the colonial paradigm of the museum structure by empowering northern indigenous artists

The organization Aboriginal Art Centre for Northern Manitoba (AACNM) was created in Thompson to support northern Indigenous artists, both by providing training and showcasing opportunities as well as working towards the creation of a physical space where they could work and have their art displayed. To support efforts to design a space that is culturally appropriate and meets the needs of artists, FemNorthNet funded a study to gather input from artists, Elders, and other northern residents. 

This fascinating report is now available online and documents the suggestions gathered, which range from potential locations, to physical design, to how art should be appropriately shared with the public.
Land-based Education within UCN Kenanow Faculty of Education and Mystery Lake School Division: The Results of an Action Research Study

A student sits inside the traditional quinsy snow shelter they helped to build.
A student sits inside the traditional quinsy snow
shelter they helped to build.
Student success and high school graduation rates in the North tend to lag behind the rest of Canada, leading educators to look for innovative ways to engage students in learning. 

As a part of the VOICE research project, five pre-service teachers from University College of the North (UCN) carried out action research in a Grade 7 classroom in Thompson, MB to test out a traditional approach to learning: through land-based activities. These activities included trapping, snowshoeing, and Elders' teachings and were designed to meet specific Manitoba curriculum objectives in subjects like English, Social Studies, Science, and Math. 

In 2014, with financial support from FemNorthNet, the researchers travelled to Ottawa to present their experiences and findings at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Congress. You can now view their PowerPoint presentation online at http://www.voiceresearchproject.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/CSSE-Presentation-with-logo-slides.pdf.
Other News
Indigenous Peoples' Right to Health - Call for submissions to UN Human Rights Council
Deadline: February 26, 2016

The United Nation's Human Rights Council (Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People) is seeking submissions from indigenous peoples, advocates, and non-governmental organizations on the right to health for indigenous peoples, especially indigenous children and youth, around the world. Submissions may include research, case studies, or ideas about the following themes:
  • The international legal framework regarding indigenous peoples and the right to health
  • Traditional medicine
  • Culturally relevant approaches to healthcare
  • Discrimination in access to healthcare
  • Indigenous children and youth: Addictions; Suicide; Specific Health Concerns
  • Sexual and Reproductive health and rights
  • Environmental health
  • Treaty rights to health
  • Mental health
  • Indigenous persons with disabilities and the right to health
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Violence against indigenous women
Submissions will contribute to a study on this issue that will be presented to the Human Rights Council during their 33rd session in September 2016. For more information visit http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/HealthStudy.aspx and reference the "Concept note" linked to at the bottom of the page.
Submissions should be emailed to  expertmechanism@ohchr.org  no later than February 29, 2016. Please indicate in the email if you would prefer for the information provided not to be made available on the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights' (OHCHR) website.
Attend the 2016 Ottawa-Carleton Northern Research Symposium

The Ottawa-Carleton Student Northern Research Symposium (OCSNRS) is an annual one-day event showcasing northern research currently conducted at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University by students in social and natural sciences, and the humanities. The OCSNRS provides an excellent opportunity for students to present their research, gain feedback, and network.

This year, the University of Ottawa will be hosting the event on Thursday, February 25th, 2016. For more information visit:  http://carleton.ca/northernresearch/ocsnrs/
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