Friday September 30 is Truth and Reconciliation Day. It is a federal statutory holiday that was declared in 2021 in order to honour the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. It is also intended to be a day for Canadians to learn about and better understand the painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools, as well as participate in the reconciliation process.
Second Story Women's Centre will be closed to reflect on and observe the day, and we wanted to share some resources to help folks with their learning and reflection as well. #RememberHonourAct challenges us to remember our history, honour those who have been lost to and harmed by residential schools, and commit to action towards reconciliation.
Online Events, Panels, Discussions
Other Links to Support Truth and Reconciliation Beyond September 30
Did you know that Second Story is a teaching Centre? SSWC has hosted three student counsellors in the last two years to provide counselling support to our clients during the practicum portion of their training.
We would like to welcome Gretel, our newest student counsellor, to SSWC! Gretel is accepting new clients. Learn more about Gretel at secondstory.ca/team and reach out to work with Gretel at email@example.com or 902-640-3044!
Nova Scotians are invited to give feedback on proposed definitions for types of discrimination and racism that will be addressed in the Province’s equity and anti-racism strategy. Legislation passed in April commits the province to developing an equity and anti-racism strategy by July 2023.
Seven types of discrimination and racism were identified for definition and inclusion in the strategy:
- Anti-Asian racism
- Anti-Black racism
- Anti-Indigenous racism
- Gender and sexuality-based discrimination
Nova Scotians can give input by attending virtual engagement sessions being held between September 19—November 12.
Please RSVP for sessions by emailing or calling OEAEngagement@novascotia.ca or 1-844-424-4897. You will be asked to provide your first and last name. Upon registration, a Zoom link will be provided to you.
Session Dates and Times
Gender and Sexuality Based Discrimination
September 21st – 6:00pm-7:00pm
September 22nd -6:00pm-7:00pm
September 24th – 1:00pm-2:00pm
September 25th – 1:00pm-2:00pm
September 26th – 2:00pm-3:00pm
September 28th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 1st – 1:00pm-2:00pm
October 2nd – 3rd 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 6th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 7th - 2:00pm-3:00pm
October 8th – 1:00pm-2:00pm
October 12th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
Anti Black Racism
October 13th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 15th – 1:00pm-2:00pm
October 17th -6:00pm-7:00pm
October 18th 3:00pm-4:00pm
October 19th – 2:00pm-3:00pm
October 20th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 22nd – 1:00pm-2:00pm
October 24th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
November 7th – 2:00pm-3:00pm
November 9th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
November 10th -2:00pm-3:00pm
November 12th – 1:00pm-2:00pm
November 14th – 1:00pm-2:00pm
November 16th – 6:00pm-7:00pm
November 17th -6:00pm-7:00pm
November 19th – 1:00pm-2:00pm
Photography Wellness Group
Join us for the Photography Wellness Group that will focus on using photography as a mindfulness practice. We will look at how photography can help manage anxiety and depression, and help you process emotions and feelings through pictures. Just bring your camera or phone! For more info or to register, firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-640-3044. No cost.
When: Tuesdays, October 18 - November 1,10:30 am to noon
Where: Second Story Women's Centre, 18 Dufferin St, Lunenburg
Please be advised that Second Story Women's Centre will be closed on Monday, September 19, opening again on Tuesday, September 20.
If you need immediate assistance during this time, please call 911 or the 24/7 NS Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-429-8167. You can also access a list of other after-hours and emergency support phone numbers at secondstory.ca/resources.
We were so excited to learn from our friends at South Shore Sexual Health that sexual health services are available to folks in our area who are without a family doctor or nurse practitioner!
You can access essential services such as birth control prescriptions, Pap testing, STI testing, and more. Appointments are available in Liverpool and Bridgewater. Call 1-902-527-1800 ext. 6 to learn more and make an appointment!
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a defence of 'extreme intoxication' could be used by defendants in criminal cases that were previously not allowed, such as sexual assault and domestic violence.
Because there have been many questions and much concern about this change, particularly for women, we wanted to share a new resource from the Western University Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children that does a really good job of explaining these changes and what they mean going forward.
Click the link above to read the brief, or download the short PDF here.