Webinar Series

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Sexual Harassment and Precarious Workplaces

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST
Presented by: Dr. Kaitlyn Matulewicz, Organizer, Retail Action Network

Presentation: How does an insecure and precarious work environment relate to unwanted or uncomfortable sexual experiences at work? Using restaurant work as an example, the webinar will explore the connections between precarious work environments, the law, and experiences of sexual harassment on the job.

Dr Kaitlyn Matulewicz headshotBio: Kaitlyn Matulewicz lives and works on the west coast in Lekwungen Territory (often called Victoria BC). She’s an organizer with the Retail Action Network, a direct action group fighting for workplace justice and better working conditions for retail, food-service, and hospitality workers. Kaitlyn received her PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria where she researched women’s experiences of sexual harassment in the BC restaurant industry.

Domestic Violence in Later Life Detecting and Preventing Homicide/Suicide: Understanding Possibilities for Intervention (Webinar Full - registration closed)

Myrna Dawson HeadshotDate & Time: Tuesday, January 30, 2017 | 12:00 to 1:30 PM EST
Presented by:  Dr. Myrna Dawson, PhD,  Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph
Director, Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence


Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a better understanding of how intimate partner homicides and homicide-suicides involving couples aged 65 and older, differ from those involving younger couples;
  • Identify the common risk factors in intimate partner homicides involving older couples;
  • Identify those unique risk factors that may end in suicides of the perpetrators;
  • Using Case Studies, examine the circumstances surrounding some of these deaths;
  • Become familiar with recommendations generated to date by the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, aimed at preventing future deaths;
  • Learn about those resources available to service providers to help support older couples at potential risk.

Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violence

Presented by: Hannah Lee, BC Society of Transition Houses, Louise Godard , BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and Sarah Yercich, the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women & Children.

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST

Presentation: Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violence is a collaborative, three-year, community-based project, co-led by the BC Non-profit Housing Association, the BC Society of Transition Houses, and the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children (School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University). This project is focused on understanding the barriers to accessing secure and affordable house for IRW leaving violent relationships and considering possible recommendations for practice and policy to address those barriers.

In this webinar, representatives from the partner organizations will share information on the three phases of Building Supports:

  1. Phase I:  Research
  2. Phase II: Promising Practices and a Provincial Awareness Campaign
  3. Phase III: Policy, Recommendations & Solutions

Louise Goddard HeadshotLouise Godard
 is the research and project coordinator for the the Building Supports project. She is a community-based researcher who has been working in the area of violence against women and girls for eighteen years in various capacities, including front-line crisis work, community-based research, policy development, and international work developing health policy for young girls trafficked and exploited in the sex trade. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. 


Sarah YercichSarah Yercich is a doctoral candidate and sessional instructor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and holds an M.Sc. in Applied Criminology and B.Sc. in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Sarah is a research associate with the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children at SFU, and works with Drs. Margaret Jackson and Katherine Rossiter on the Immigrant and Refugee Populations Research Team for the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative for Vulnerable Populations led by Drs. Peter Jaffe (Western) and Myrna Dawson (Guelph). Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at SFU, Sarah worked as Adjunct Faculty at NAU and as a Senior Information Specialist with the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative under the supervision of Dr. Neil Websdale (NAU). 

Hannah LeeHannah Lee is the Manager of Membership Services at BC Society of Transition Houses. She supports and liaise with Transition Houses across British Columbia and coordinates projects such as Building Supports and Reaching Out with Yoga projects. She is committed to her work ending gender-based violence and gets inspiration from members she supports, her colleagues and the women and children she serves. Outside of work, Hannah is a dedicated yoga practitioner and volunteers her time at a crisis line.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST

Presented by: Cheryl Bagnall and Tamara Bernard, Ontario Native Women’s Association

Presentation: In this webinar, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) will present on the topic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).  This presentation will speak to the issue of MMIW from an Indigenous Women’s perspective as both family and community members.  It will also inform on how ONWA does this work to support the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women with a focus on the importance of ceremony and how it is a vital component of healing for families who have lost someone.

Cheryl Bagnall
is an active community member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabe, which is located on the Eastern shores of Lake Nipigon in Northwestern Ontario, and is within the 1850 Robinson Superior Treaty area. For the past twenty years, she has worked with highly marginalized First Nation populations within the social service and health promotion sectors in a variety of capacities. Her current employment portfolio includes Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership, Aboriginal Diabetes Education, Mental Health, Responsible Gambling, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Programs. Cheryl is a Community Development Manager for the Ontario Native Women’s Association.  Cheryl’s educational journey includes an honours degree in both Sociology and Social Work from Lakehead University and is currently completing her Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and will graduate in the spring of 2018.

Tamara Bernard is from Kiasheke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation). She is an experienced educator with demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She has been an Indigenous advocate for over 10 years and carries a wealth of experience and involvement within Indigenous relations across various communities, as a skilled public speaker, facilitator, consultant, researcher, and capacity builder. Her passion is to share stories and teachings to other people and has presented at TEDxTalks (titled: We are More than Murdered and Missing, 2016), academic conferences, regional strategic chief and council gatherings, and over 40 Indigenous communities across Canada. Tamara dedicated her research to her late great grandmother, Jane Bernard, (titled: We are More than Murdered and Missing, 2017) who was taken in 1966 along with Doreen Hardy. She employs Indigenous research methods to consider the ways that the media narratives and knowledge on MMIWG often focus on their deaths, when this approach takes away from their lived realities of these women and girls, whose impact on their families and communities are much more significant beyond the one violent event that took their lives. Tamara finally learned about her great grandmother as more than her death, which deconstructs the hegemony of westernized knowledge to emphasize the Indigenous woman story, derived from relationships established with Land, Place, Humans, and Spirit World. 

Tamara Bernard, ECE, Hon BA, MA, PhD Candidate is currently the ONWA Researcher and Education Policy Analyst as well as a Contract Lecturer and Research Assistant for Lakehead University.

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