SNIWWOC Job Opportunity: Program & Events Coordinator

About SNIWWOC:

SNIWWOC is committed to the empowerment of women. We operate from a holistic and integrated service model that addresses the social, cultural and political realities of immigrant and Indigenous communities, using a reproductive justice framework that prioritizes food, art, and education. We are one of a handful of reproductive justice organizations in the country, focusing on the wellbeing of Indigenous women and women of colour. 

We believe that women and girls live a life free from violence, they can fully realize and exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights. When young people have access to accurate information and services on sexual and reproductive health, they can make informed decisions about their bodies and lives. 

About the Position:

The Program & Events Coordinator will be responsible for developing and maintaining the events and programs operated by SNIWWOC. A particular focus will be on expanding programming for underserved communities and developing programs that can be replicated outside the Victoria area.


Location: Victoria, BC 

Position Type: Part-time with remote work possible (15hrs/week) 

Timeline: September 2019 – September 2020 (with potential to become permanent)

Compensation: $21/hr + benefits 

Deadline: Wednesday, September 25 2019 at midnight 

How to apply: Send applications in PDF to info@sniwwoc.ca, subject line ‘Program & Events Coordinator’

Duties: 

  • Organizes and implements all SNIWWOC events

  • Chairs the events team and trains staff and volunteers for large-scale or high-profile events

  • Serves as the point of contact for attendees and guests, including VIPs

  • De-briefs events with senior staff and board of directors.

  • Support the development of new programs to reach underserved communities

  • Promoting new and existing programs and events on social media

  • Represents SNIWWOC at community events

Qualifications:

  • One or more years of experience in non-profit program and events management

  • One or more years of experience working with racialized women

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Strong organizational, communication, leadership, and time-management skills

  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Evidence of superior oral and written communication skills

  • Knowledge of contract negotiation; communications, marketing, or hospitality

  • Some weekend/evening hours

SNIWWOC is expanding to Vancouver this fall

We’ve got some exciting news!

SNIWWOC is expanding our services to Vancouver this fall. We have heard from community members that there is a need for spaces for racialized women to gather together. Our Vancouver expansion will further our commitment to the empowerment of women. We will continue to operate from a holistic and integrated service model that addresses the social, cultural and political realities of immigrant and Indigenous communities, using a reproductive justice framework that prioritizes food, art, and education.

Our first event will take place on October 25. More details to come. As we expands our networks and build relationships with amazing individuals and organizations in Vancouver, please let us know if there are any organizations we should be aware of.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for updates on our future plans in Vancouver! 


We are proud recipients of the Commemoration Fund

We are excited to announce that we are proud recipients of the Commemoration Fund from Department of Women & Gender Equality Canada.

Our project provides education and raises awareness on gender based violence by acknowledging the
broad and systemic causes of the issue. We plan to host a community dinner and night of poetry and
storytelling, we plan to host a yoga and stretch session, and we hope to host a healing circle. The first event will be on November 7 2019.

The objectives of the Commemoration Fund are to:

  • Honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals; and,

  • Increase awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

The expected results of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund call for proposals are:

  • Short term: Commemoration initiatives are developed to support communities in honouring the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

  • Medium term: Indigenous organizations and those affected by the issue, including families, survivors and communities, work together on initiatives to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

  • Long term: Increased awareness within communities across Canada about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

2018 Cocktail Fundraiser Silent Auction

Silk Road Tea

Fun, delicious, and informative tea tasting for 15-30 people ($300-$700 value)

Aqua City Cleaners

$150 cleaning gift certificate

Parkside Hotel & Spa

60 minute Eminence facial ($120 value)

Victoria Distillers

10 tour and tasting tickets ($70 value)

John’s Place

2 x $10 gift certificates

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

2 complimentary passes ($32 value)

How to bid

You can bid in person during the event, or a submit a bid online.

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We're hiring a summer project assistant!!

About
The ideal candidate for the position is committed to working on sexual and reproductive health
and rights and is willing to provide event and administrative support to the team.

Food centered events are an important part of our mandate. The ideal applicant will understand the value of building community with food.

Details
Job application here.

Application deadline: Thursday, June 14 at noon.

Interviews will be conducted on Friday, June 15.

8 week term. $12.65/hr, 30hrs/week.

New Book: Fired Up about Reproductive Rights

Our founder recently endorsed the book "Fired Up about Reproductive Rights'' by Jane Kirby. More details

here

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The Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC) is a non-profit organization based in Victoria, BC, Canada. We explore reproductive rights and reproductive justice through food, art, and education

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We're mentioned in the Toronto Star

Check out the article!

Residents weigh in on whether Victoria is best place to be a woman | Toronto Star

The Star talked to five women from Victoria and asked them about the study that suggests the B.C. capital is the best place to be a woman. Boma Brown, 26, Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour founder Brown, who's of Nigerian descent and previously lived in Botswana and in the U.S., has been in Victoria for six years.



Women of Colour, Help Plan The 11th Annual Integrate Arts Festival

A festival staff reached out to SNIWWOC, as they would love more indigenous women and women of colour to participate. Read the message below:


Planning for The 11th Annual Integrate Arts Festival has officially begun, and we are searching for a few key members to join our team this year! The planning committee is responsible for organizing all details of the festival. It can be a great experience for those looking to hone their skills or to further their engagement with the arts community of Victoria. If you are interested in planning with us, please forward a copy of your resume and some information about yourself to info[at]integratearts[dot]ca.

The festival will be held in August, and supports local Victoria artists. We organize local galleries and arts organizations to create an art crawl, bus tour, and bike tour, while also creating our own programming with family-friendly workshops, a pop-up gallery, and theatre and music performances.

Here is our festival website: http://integratearts.ca/


Notes from Food With A Side of Community 3

Questions

1. What does reproductive justice mean to you?

2. How has food helped you develop a better relationship with your body?

3. What does food mean to you in relation to reproductive justice?


Discussion


1. People talked about access to reproductive health services, sterilization of indigenous women, which is ongoing although the media constructs a narrative that makes it seem it is a thing of the past. Indigenous women have been coerced by doctors assuring them that sterilization is reversible. The importance of reproductive technology and making alternative ways of conceiving more affordable. 

2. Food is revitalizing, nourishing and helps build community. Caring about what you put in your body is one of the first steps towards caring for your body. When you eat good food, your body feels good. 

Folks shared that experiences with the push to return to traditional indigenous foods although that is not accessible to everyone. The loss of traditional lands for harvesting foods is also a problem. 

3. Women have a large role in harvesting in many indigenous matrilineal societies. Food can empower people and is a wonderful way of building community. There were conversations about traditional protocols along hunting and respect. We talked about how the caribou was hunted and the protocols that followed such as offering prayer and tobacco. 

Plants and animals are important to consider in conversations about justice, as they are part of the cycle. As such, our relationship with them should be one of reciprocation. Additionally, traditional hunting rights are always challenged.

New book: Sherene Razack, Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody

Repost from RAGA Undergrad Listserve

By Sherene H. Razack
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015



No matter where in Canada they occur, inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story. Repeating details of fatty livers, mental illness, alcoholic belligerence, and a mysterious incapacity to cope with modern life, the legal proceedings declare that there are no villains here, only inevitable casualties of Indigenous life.
But what about a sixty-seven-year-old man who dies in a hospital in police custody with a large, visible, purple boot print on his chest? Or a barely conscious, alcoholic older man, dropped off by police in a dark alley on a cold Vancouver night? Or Saskatoon’s infamous and lethal starlight tours, whose victims were left on the outskirts of town in sub-zero temperatures? How do we account for the repeated failure to care evident in so many cases of Indigenous deaths in custody?
In Dying from Improvement, Sherene H. Razack argues that, amidst systematic state violence against Indigenous people, inquiries and inquests serve to obscure the violence of ongoing settler colonialism under the guise of benevolent concern. They tell settler society that it is caring, compassionate, and engaged in improving the lives of Indigenous people – even as the incarceration rate of Indigenous men and women increases and the number of those who die in custody rises.
Razack’s powerful critique of the Canadian settler state and its legal system speaks to many of today’s most pressing issues of social justice: the treatment of Indigenous people, the unparalleled authority of the police and the justice system, and their systematic inhumanity towards those whose lives they perceive as insignificant.

Reviews
Dying from Improvement makes a compelling argument that colonialism is not a thing of the past, but is real and ever present. Razack’s analysis illustrates the normalization of the dehumanization of Indigenous people, while offering a meticulous, thoughtful, and sensitive defense of the humanity of those affected.”
Verna St Denis, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan

“This is sociology at its finest, theorized and argued in a robust, relentlessly accessible, and yet sophisticated way. Dying from Improvement is a major contribution to the issues of Indigenous disposability, suffering, and struggles for justice within a settler state that is dedicated to their disappearance.”
Audra Simpson, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

Dying for Improvement makes an important argument with implications for every Canadian’s grasp of colonialism, capitalism, oppression, and privilege.”
Joyce Green, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Regina

Dying From Improvement is vivid and disturbing. Professor Razack draws readers with an electric narrative and police reporter’s eye for detail.”
Holy Doan, Blacklock's Reporter , June 27, 2015

July 31 deadline to apply for PACIFIC VOICES X-CHANGE: An Indigenous youth creative intensive and showcase.

Message from Pacific Peoples' Partnership:

PPP is accepting applications for our newest program: PACIFIC VOICES X-CHANGE: An Indigenous youth creative intensive and showcase.

The Pacific Voices X-Change will unite up to 15 Indigenous youth for a two-week intensive creative training day-program from August 10th – 21st, 2015. The program will be held in and around the Greater Victoria Area with workshops and training held at locations such as the University of Victoria and PKOLS Mountain (a.k.a. Mount Douglas). 

Indigenous youth ages 15-30 in and around the Greater Victoria area are encouraged to apply. 

Youth will benefit from the guidance and insight of main mentor, Mohawk spoken word poet, radio host, and media artist Janet Marie Rogers. An inspiring lineup of diverse guest artists, and Coast Salish territorial guides Cheryl Bryce and Eric Pelkey.

Participants will gain insight and knowledge of the Coast Salish lands on which we live, which can become the basis of inspiration from which all creative processes will begin during the two-week intensive program. Creative explorations include but are not limited to: storytelling, creative writing, podcasting, music making, audio recording, performance, spoken word, and collaborations.

We have extended the deadline to July 31st, in order to ensure this opportunity is open to as many youth as possible. Apply by completing the downloadable form at http://www.pacificpeoplespartnership.org/pacific-voices-x-change

The results of youth-produced creative works will be presented at the Pacific Networking Conference September 25thduring a community feast at the Songhees Wellness Centre, and at our One Wave Festival on September 26th. Creative works will be recorded for digital distribution and writings will be published in PPP’s Tok Blong Pasifik journal.

Don't hesitate to contact Alexandra Dawley (Program Development Coordinator) at the PPP office with any questions or concerns at: (250) 381-4131 or email her at programs@pacificpeoplespartnership.org

We hope you will consider sharing this program within your circles and helping us reach out to as many eligible youth as possible! A 'facebook sharable' version is available at our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pacificpeoples

Special thanks to our program supporters: First Peoples’ Cultural Council, UVic Indigenous Governance, Telus Community Board, the Province of British Columbia, Capital Regional District, CFUV Radio, MediaNet, Metropol and Mark Gauti Art.

I Am Poem from Mahlikah Aweri workshop

During the June 13 workshop, participants worked in pairs and triads and collaborated on the I Am Poem. Here's a poem from one of the groups.


I am Mangubat, Leyte, Aguilocko
I respect Truth, Fear
I honestly deserve to be heard
I am proud of the journey, and being uncertain of what the journey is
I am not afraid of asking for what I deserve
I am my ancestors. My ancestors live in me
I honor my body, the histories, and continuity of my body
I know that uncertainty is okay
I love my scars and battles even if they hurt
I question everything, myself too often
I am part of the story of my ancestors
I live with intention
I speak with conviction
I envision being whole, or being okay with not being whole
I believe I can survive
I am on a journey to find my truth
I am powerful when I have choice when my back is against a wall
I am most grateful for relationships, acestors, family
I am deeply thankful for the struggles that got me here
I am ready




Schedule for tomorrow's workshop

Meeting in the Multipurpose Room (Fernwood Community Center - 1240 Gladstone Ave)
Bring pens, paper

Snacks at 1230

Start at 1245

Part One: Who Am I and the Power of "I" Mahlikah will share her piece "sovereign territory" to open up a discussion on the workshop theme in a sharing circle. In pairs or tri-ads participants will develop an I AM Poem utilizing affirming prompts to explore their thoughts, feelings and perspectives on what it means to be a womyn. Mahlikah shares medicine wheel teachings around self and the power of "I". 

Part Two: Four Directions of Wellbeing Mahlikah shares the connection between the four directions of well being (body; heart; mind and spirit) and the impact of the extractive industries on womyn. Participants will engage in a Gallery Walk Exercise responding to visual images by indigenous artists; proverbs from our indigenous ancestors; testimonies from indigenous women and the declaration for the health, life and the defense of our lands, rights and future generations. 

Part Three: Collective Slam Piece Creations inspired by our Gallery Walk Lyrical Narrative Webbing and closing Sharing Circle.

Questions we have been exploring at the Reproductive Justice + Photography workshops

Tribesty Nguyen and Boma Brown have been facilitating workshops on Reproductive Justice and photography. The last workshop takes place this Saturday (March 15).

Here are some questions we've explored so far:

Workshop 1
Why is reproductive justice important?
What is choice, and what factors impact a real choice to reproduce or not, reproductive justice, for women of color?

Workshop 2
We watched the video below and brainstormed the following question:

The ability of women to control what happens to our bodies is constantly challenged by poverty, racism, environmental degradation, sexism, and homophobia
What is the statement saying?
What do these terms means?
Do you agree that these factors impact the ability of women to control what happens to their bodies
How? Can you think of examples?

Photography prompt questions:
Workshop 1: Take a photo that provides your personal interpretation of the following question:
-My body is...?

Workshop 2: Take a photo which illustrates what control over your body looks like to you
-take a photo to illustrate something positive and something negative about what was just discussed

Report on Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women In British Columbia, Canada

This report published by the Organization of American States addresses the situation of missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia, Canada. It analyzes the context in which indigenous women have gone missing and been murdered over the past several years and the response to this human rights issue by the Canadian State.
The report examines the characteristics of the murders and disappearances and the nature of discrimination and inequality against indigenous women, the link between discrimination and violence, the nature and manifestations of violence against indigenous women as well as prevention, awareness, education and victim services.
The full report can be found here