Equality Matters newsletter: June 2023

There’s a spring in our step as we gear up for summer! Today marks the start of Pride Season – a time to celebrate the diversity, contributions, and heritage of 2SLGBTQI+ people across Canada.

In this issue of Equality Matters from Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), we’ll shine the spotlight on resources to help you celebrate Pride Season – from digital downloads to tips on how to write inclusively. You’ll also find details about nominations for the 2023 Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case, research to support your work, and how Rowan House Society uses an innovative approach to ending gender-based violence (GBV). Keep scrolling!

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Happy Pride Season!

Each summer, 2SLGBTQI+ communities and allies come together during Pride Season (June to September) to highlight the resilience, celebrate the diversity, and recognize the contributions of 2SLGBTQI+ communities. It’s also a time to remember the trailblazing activists that risked everything to fight for equality. We have made remarkable progress, but there is still more work to do, and we each have a part to play.

This Pride Season, show your support and get involved! Check out the digital toolkit for virtual meeting backgrounds, social media graphics, and ideas on how to mark Pride Season.

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Improving access to justice

With funding from WAGE’s 2SLGBTQI+ Community Capacity Fund, JusticeTrans’ new Access to Justice research project has identified programs, solutions, and steps for Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming communities to transform the justice system into one that is equal for all.

Read more in the latest Equality in Action story of how community-based organizations are turning action into results.

Read more of the JusticeTrans’ story

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A one-of-a-kind response to GBV

With over 20 years of experience providing domestic violence and abuse support services in southern Alberta, Rowan House Society noticed that responses to gender-based violence tended to be one-sided – concentrating on individuals experiencing abuse. They flipped the focus by helping men stop the cycle of domestic abuse.

Learn more about Rowan House’s innovative approach to gender-based violence and abuse support services: Safe at Home.

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Nominations open for the Persons Case Awards

Know someone who is making an outstanding contribution to advancing gender equality in Canada? Nominations are now open for the 2023 Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Recipients of these awards continue the tradition of courage, integrity, and hard work that the Famous Five of the Persons Case inspired.

Don’t delay – nominations are due by June 30!

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Find research to support your work

Looking for research to support your projects, applications, or funding proposals? Be sure to check WAGE’s searchable database of research products on gender-based violence.

Recently added releases include new research on attitudes regarding gender equality and gender-based violence in Canada. This page is updated often with new research, so don't forget to bookmark it for the future.

Did you know

2S stands for Two-Spirit in the 2SLGBTQI+ acronym.

Two-Spirit is a translation of the Anishinaabemowin term “niizh manidoowag,” which refers to a person who embodies both a masculine and feminine spirit. 2S is at the front of the 2SLGBTQI+ acronym to recognize Two-Spirit people as the first 2SLGBTQI+ communities – a timely reminder during National Indigenous History Month (June) and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21). Read more in the Federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan.

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