Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Patricia Hajdu, Jody Willson-Raybould, Niki Ashton
Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
My cousin Loretta Saunders was murdered at age 26. She was a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax and was writing her honours thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Our family is Inuit, and Loretta has now become one of the over 1186 missing or murdered Aboriginal women she was fighting for. It is time for our government to address this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. Our family is gathering strength and we will not let her death be in vain. We will fight to complete Loretta's unfinished work. Please sign this petition and call on Federal Minister for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch to immediately call a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The Native Women's Association of Canada and other groups have worked on this for years and I started this petition to support them and to demand justice for Loretta. We need to know why it is that Aboriginal girls and women like Loretta are five to seven times more likely to die as a result of violence than non-Aboriginal women. This is what a public inquiry must address immediately so that action can be taken to stop these tragedies and protect aboriginal girls and women in Canada. The Government has so far ignored calls for a public inquiry. If they don't act the tragedies will continue. The epidemic of racist and sexist violence against Aboriginal women in Canada is claiming lives and devastating families each month. It boils down to a simple question. Does the Canadian Government think it's a problem that Aboriginal women are 5-7 times more likely to die from a violent attack? Right now, we don't know. I'm praying that Loretta's death and tens of thousands calling for the inquiry will finally move them to do the right thing. I travelled from Labrador to St.Johns with Loretta when she left home. We talked about our Inuit roots, our family and our pasts and how we looked at our future as an opportunity to create change and different more healthy cycles and family patterns. We spoke about the topic of aboriginal women going missing and being killed. We joked about how she would change the world, but it wasn’t really a joke at all. Loretta HAS changed the world and. I'm determined that Loretta will continue to change the world. Please sign this petition and demand justice for Loretta and all Aboriginal women. As mentioned the Native Women's Association of Canada has worked on this issue for years and has already collected 23,000 signatures calling for a public inquiry. Here is a link to their site as well as their document explaining in more detail why a public inquiry is needed.
Petition to The United States, Citizens' Debate Commission
Have third parties represented in the 2016 Presidential election debates.
Millions of voters get their information about the presidential candidates by watching the debates. As it stands right now the Commission on Presidential Debates was established by Democratic and Republican parties - they have kept third parties out while the people of this country want them in. Please sign the petition and have your voice heard. Both Democrats and Republicans intentionally ignore the deep problems and corruption facing our government out of deference to the financial elites that keep them in power. Citizens United being passed with both parties at the helm was a huge red flag that our democracy is being eroded by both parties. Because our electoral system is created to favor a two party system, both parties can remain silent as the concerns of average Americans continue to be ignored and worsen with time. In the last elections you heard nothing about the deepening poverty issue in America...yet U.S is 2nd only to Romania in child poverty. And over 100 Million Americans are on a food assitance program. Historically, third-party candidates have forced those who can win to address issues of critical importance to the electorate when they would rather avoid them. It's time for the Presidential candidates to start addressing the concerns of the American people directly or make space for those with the courage to do so. Please tell the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Citizens Debate Commission either allow third party candidates in all presidential debates or no longer exist as a platform in elections. The people of this country will create a new and more legitimate model for debates...choice is the only answer. And we leave it up to the way it is today -we will never get better choices with better solutions for this country. Please sign the petition and help create a new model for debates that serve the people.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Gilles Duceppe, Carolyn Bennett
Pass A Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada
Three and a half years ago my life changed forever when a friend told me about the Highway Of Tears. I learned that on this stretch of highway in northern British Columbia, at least 40 women and girls had gone missing, the majority of them from aboriginal communities -- and the Canadian government hadn't done anything about it. As I began to investigate the stories of these women and girls, my outrage grew. I wanted all of Canada to hear these stories for themselves and to know the anguish felt by families. I wanted to help advocate for a solution. So I started making a documentary called "Highway Of Tears." Once the documentary was finished, I thought my journey was over -- but it was really just beginning. At screenings across Canada, I heard thousands of stories of violence against aboriginal women and girls - not just along the Highway of Tears. What's more - I learned that very few families have had any closure or justice for their lost loved ones. That’s why I’m asking you to sign this petition telling Canada’s government to implement A FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thanks to the tireless efforts of aboriginal leaders, most Canadians know about the need for a national inquiry into this issue. We’ve seen the government ignore their voices, even as the world has begun to take notice, and the United Nations has condemned Canada for inaction I've started this petition with the support of communities and families of missing women, including Mary Teegee, Carrier Sekani Family Services and The Highway of Tears Initiative. By signing this petition, you're telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make a Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women a priority, in addition to a national inquiry. I’ve been fortunate to travel country over the last year to meet with community leaders, activists, MPs and Senators. I can tell you firmly from the bottom of my heart that this FEDERAL ACT is 100% necessary to protecting women and girls by improving the criminal justice response to violence. And it’s something many of our political leaders already support. While I’m not asking all of you to join us in searching for lost family members or solving crimes, I am asking for you to join us in spirit. I am committed to pushing the Government of Canada to not only conduct a national inquiry, but to also implement a FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thank you for joining us.
Petition to The Ontario Ringette Association
Player Representation on the Board of the Ontario Ringette Association
The Ontario Ringette Board of Directors is an elected board with paid staff. Very few members of the ORA board have actually been, or currently are players. Though all of the time and hard work put into running the association is appreciated, many players find that a women’s sport being dominantly governed by men whom have never even stepped foot onto the ice as a player in a ringette game quite questionable. In hindsight, looking back on all of our years as players, volunteers and coaches, the ORA have rarely kept the players’ best interests at heart. We are sure that many other girls can say the same. Of all of the board’s members, five out of twenty of the positions are filled by women. Players, those whom the board’s decisions affect entirely, are too often set aside. When those who have not experienced the game firsthand are in power, there is a loss of empathy and regard for those who have. The game is too often taken off the ice, and into the board room. While we understand that there is some representation from players, it has not proven to be sufficient. We feel that there should be a board of current athletes that represent the ringette players’ community and be involved in board decisions that affect us. We intend to offer the insight of current players and voice the opinions of those who are most affected by board rulings. We have created a petition to initiate action in the development of a player’s board which will work alongside the Ontario Ringette Association to instil a relationship between athletes and administration. It would be appreciated that this petition be passed on to other players, and we ask that they feel free to share opinions and stories that they feel need to be heard in the comment section below. Signed, Tia Chowen and Hannah Deans email@example.com
Petition to Manitoba Human Rights Commission, The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Premier of Manitoba, Honourable Brian Pallister, Attorney General, Honourable Heather Stefanson, Supreme Court of Canada
Urge the Manitoba Government to END Size & Weight Discrimination NOW #SizeismSUCKS
My name is Lindsey Mazur, Registered Dietitian (RD), ally and advocate to end weight discrimination. As a dietitian, I have heard numerous painful stories of shaming, stigma and discrimination from clients that has impacted their mental and physical health and wellbeing. My work in health care has been dramatically impacted by witnessing the pain and lack of compassion shown to those who live in larger bodies. This fall, Liberal MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard introduced a Private Member’s Bill, in the Manitoba Legislature to have "physical size and weight" included in the Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on body size. This bill was not accepted. On November 23, 2016, MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard reintroduced Bill 200. In order to be passed, Bill 200 needs the support of Manitoba Government. I started Manitobans Against Weight Stigma to rally the community to urge the Government of Manitoba to pass this long overdue human rights legislation to END weight discrimination NOW! How can you help? Add your name to this petition and share it Email your area MLA to let them know your support of Bill 200 to include ‘physical size and weight’ in the Manitoba Human Rights Code Connect with Manitobans Against Weight Stigma on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MBWeightStigma, using #SizeismSUCKS Share your story with me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org I have received permission to share a couple of stories from local women who have experienced size, weight and appearance-based discrimination: Jacquie is a fitness instructor in Winnipeg who was told that no one would want to train with her because of the size of her body and a project was assigned to a thinner and younger trainer despite Jacquie’s level of fitness ability and superior professional qualifications to do the job. Another Winnipeg woman applied for a promotion within her organization, and was denied; she was told that the woman who was offered the job was not more qualified than her but rather, more attractive. Did you know… Studies have shown that over half (54%) of People of Size report having been discriminated against in the workplace.* More than 2/3 (69%) People of Size report having been discriminated by doctors.* In a study of adolescents in schools, 92% reported that they witnessed larger bodied students being teased about their weight.* *(Source: Yale Rudd Center, 2012) Want to learn more? Check out these news stories: Manitoba Liberals want to have weight discrimination in human rights code 'This is a human rights issue': Local dietitian creates campaign against weight stigma
Petition to Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark, Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, Honourable Suzanne, BC Human Rights Tribunal, Supreme Court of Canada
Let's end size & physical appearance discrimination in BC today!
My name is Cheryl-Ann Webster and I am an artist and educator residing in Victoria, BC. Today I need your help. I am advocating to have size and physical appearance added to the British Columbia Human Rights Act as protected categories against discrimination. In other words, we need to end body-shaming today and we need the BC government to help us make this happen. As an artist and community activist I witness everyday the way in which negative body image impacts people of all walks of life. As a high-school drop out with no place to call home, I learned pretty early on what low self esteem felt and looked like as a kid. It wasn’t until people saw me for who I was and who I wanted to be without judgement that I began on a journey towards positive self esteem. Fast forward to today and I am the award-winning founder and creator of the family-friendly Beautiful Women Project – 120 life-size clay sculptures of women ages 19-91 each decorated to reflect an aspect of the woman’s life journey. Beautiful Women Project is an art installation accompanied by presentations promoting body confidence while raising awareness of the impact of body-shaming. My Beautiful Women Project has been showcased in 12 communities with over 70 thousand visitors since 2006 and it’s primary goal has been to help promote health living, the acceptance of natural beauty and to highlight the crucial link between body image and self-esteem which impacts people at all ages and stages of life. The reality is many women, men and children do not feel “good enough” because they are often being measured by unrealistic body standards. These standards often create situations where people are treated differently at work or school because of their physical difference. Regardless of our size, weight, height or any other type of physical difference we may have, we should all have the right to live in the skin we are in without fear of discrimination or exclusion. Please help me send a message to the BC Government today: We need to end size and physical appearance discrimination and we need to include these two categories as protected grounds in our human rights code. By SIGNING and SHARING this petition TODAY you are taking a stand against body-based discrimination. THANK YOU! For more information on these issues: Is Height Discrimination the Latest HR Concern? http://www.hrmonline.ca/hr-news/is-height-discrimination-the-latest-hr-concern-177035.aspx Ontario Human Rights Code Policy on Height & Weight Requirements http://www.ohrc.on.ca/sites/default/files/attachments/Policy_on_height_and_weight_requirements.pdf Making Sizeism Illegal in Canada. https://this.org/2016/10/18/why-canada-must-make-sizeism-illegal/ Rally to End Weight Discrimination http://winnipeg.carpediem.cd/events/1766988-rally-to-end-weight-discrimination-at-manitoba-legislative-building/?mode=modal According to a study conducted by a team of researchers from the US, Canada, Australia and Iceland, published in Pediatric Obesity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26149218, weight-based bullying in children and youth is the most prevalent form of youth bullying in these countries, exceeding by a substantial margin other forms of bullying including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. Resource: http://www.drsharma.ca/weight-based-bullying-is-the-most-common-form-of-bullying-in-youth
Petition to The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, CBC/Radio-Canada
Open Letter to the Media about the Death of Dr. Elana Fric and Violence Against Women
In the past week the Canadian medical community has been mourning the cruel murder of a respected colleague, Dr. Elana Fric, taken from her three young children and the rest of her family allegedly by her husband. She was a family physician in Scarborough and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, a colleague, mentor, tutor, health care advocate and friend to those of us fortunate enough to have known and worked with her. In reading the news coverage of her untimely and tragic death we are shocked and offended at how it is being written about, although unfortunately this is nothing new in terms of how violence against women is often portrayed. In one article her work and achievements are absent while her husband is presented as a "Yale-educated medical star" and his TV work and place of employment are all noted. In many others we are confronted with headlines like “Toronto neurosurgeon charged with the death of his wife,” reducing this accomplished woman to simply a victim in a story where her husband is the protagonist. Why not instead: “Respected family doctor and health care advocate found dead, husband charged with her murder”? Humanizing the (usually) male predators and murderers of women while the achievements and life stories of their victims are ignored only contributes to the epidemic of violence against women. It is in fact another act of misogynistic violence to reduce women in this way. We should not be reading interviews with this accused murderer's co-workers and patients that paint an image of a dedicated, hard-working, talented surgeon. Lamenting the loss of his surgical skills and the gap he leaves behind glamorizes him and feeds into the idea that the only men who abuse are unsuccessful degenerates. His work should be a footnote in these stories, if it is even mentioned at all. Where are the stories about Dr. Fric's patients? About the gap left behind by losing HER? On a broader scale, the simple fact is that prominent men can be abusers too. A culture wherein we display surprise and disbelief when we learn that someone successful and accomplished has also been violent and degrading towards women simply perpetuates the problem of gender-based violence. It makes it difficult for women to speak out about abuse at the hands of a prominent man if the default cultural view is that these types of men never abuse. And when we prioritize men's stories over women's in how we report on these events, reducing women to bodies, to mere objects, we further jeopardize the women who remain in dangerous situations with an intimate male partner. We demand the media acknowledge that there is a journalistic responsibility to society at large in how these cases are reported on. Media outlets need to own up to their role in perpetuating a culture of violence against women and stop humanizing and glamourizing male abusers simply to sensationalize a tragic story. Switch the focus to all the achievements and successes in the life of Dr. Fric, who will be greatly missed by all, and think carefully in the future about how other such stories will be presented to the public. Click here to share on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hPb0h4 Click to Tweet: http://ctt.ec/aSq64