In Ontario, June serves as a month to celebrate and uphold communities that disproportionality face violence. June is Pride month, where we highlight the LGBTQ2S community. This month also marks the newly renamed National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, where we highlight the first inhabitants of this land we now call Canada. We invite you to read this stunning article by Gwen Benaway, a “trans girl poet of Anishinaabe and Métis descent”; we take in and reflect on these important words, to guide future actions.
On another note, if you have missed the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) webinars on the Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Pilot Program or the one on Immigration Status and Relationship Breakdown, they are now available on the FLEW website. You can find them here and here, respectively.
The METRAC Team
CORRECTION: An important acknowledgment was missed in last month’s eNewsletter’s showcase of the National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week event. Many thanks to Wendy DeSouza who coordinated the Youth Talent Showcase as lead Project Coordinator. Her tireless work contributed to the event’s many successes.
Read our statement on the passing of Ontario's Anti-Racism
On June 1, the government of Ontario passed the Anti-Racism Act, 2017. The passing of this Act marks several decades of work from community agencies and grassroots activists who have not only mobilized to end racism, but also have participated in countless consultations with multiple levels of government to create a legal framework that would allow a path forward for tackling systemic injustices that impact Ontarians in public life; at work, on the streets, in their families, in schools, in healthcare facilities, and in the courts, to name a few.
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