Have you done your part to move towards Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

A Request From CFUW North and West Vancouver Issues and Advocacy Interest Group

Read to see how you can make a difference!

Here is a powerful book by a Canadian Indigenous author and advocate.

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples  

As we took part in the National Webinar from CFUW on April 15, 2021 we were reminded about CFUW ‘s North and West Vancouver’s Interest and Advocacy Group’s Session on Bob Joseph’s book, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Each of the three speakers underlined the need for us to truly continue our learning and become truly knowledgable about the true history of Canada from an Indigenous point of view.

ACTION PLAN

This study needs to continue and we need to find ways to make a difference.

Here is one more way an individual can take that first step.

Copy this pledge, sign it and post on your desk, a bulletin board or other place where friends and family can see it. Change starts with each step each person takes.

Copy this pledge and print!

Your Personal Pledge of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

I,  ________________________, in the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada, solemnly pledge:

  1. To learn more about Indigenous Peoples and issues.
  2. To continue to look forward to positive change for the situation of Indigenous Peoples.
  3. To find ways to address the Indigenous-related myths and misconceptions with my fellow Canadians.
  4. To not perpetuate stereotypes in my conversations or observations.
  5. To encourage others around me to keep reconciliation an ongoing effort.
  6. To actively encourage ongoing support of National Indigenous Peoples Day every June 21st for myself, my family, my community, and my colleagues

Signature: _______________________________

Date: ________________________

Additionally, if you have not read this book or listened to an interview, schedule it for sometime this Spring or Summer.

A link to an interesting interview:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/02/06/bob-joseph-why-the…

Credit: Bob Joseph’s book: “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act”

 A National Bestseller
Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.

Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph’s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo. Joseph explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance – and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation, and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act’s cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation.

WHEN YOU SIGN THIS PLEDGE, SEND AN EMAIL that says “I will seek to understand” TO cfuwbcadvocacy@gmail.com

We will add your name or your Club’s name to the Action Seeker’s list!

16 Days of Action November 25 – December 10

16 Days of Action November 25 – December 10

CFUW 16 Days of Activism Against Gender based Violence Toolkit

CFUW has prepared a 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Toolkit with tips on how to get involved in the campaign. From November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, let’s help put an end to violence against women and girls. The toolkit includes an article on the 30th Anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre. It discusses key themes on the topic of gender-based violence. 01 | Take Action To End Gender-based Violence Introduction From November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, let’s help put an end to violence against women and girls. CFUW clubs and members can be trailblazers in their communities and across the country, contributing positively to end genderbased violence (GBV). Unequal power relations, biased social norms and practices, and discriminatory legal dispositions have a profound impact on the prevalence of violence against women and girls in our society. Preventing and addressing violence against women requires a broad spectrum of actions that starts with our inner circle of friends and family and goes all the way to our national and international governing institutions. CFUW has created a toolkit to help members get involved in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This toolkit aims to increase awareness and advise club members of practical actions to help end GBV. 02| Take Action To End Gender-based Violence.

Our tribute to HRH the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Canadian Federation of University Women, North Vancouver ( CFUW NV), April 10, 2021

It is with true sadness that CFUW N.V. recognizes the death of HRH 

the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Our sincerest condolences go out to HM our Queen and the entire Royal Family.

Prince Philip was a man of courage and dedication. He was interested in people 

of all walks of life, his dry sense of humour was well documented and his support 

of his beloved wife will be the hardest felt by his immediate family.

The Duke of Edinburgh was a true gentleman and his passing is mourned throughout the world.

May he rest in peace.

North Shore Search and Rescue present to CFUW North Vancouver Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:00 pm

Contact cfuw.nv2@gmail to secure Zoom Access

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 -8:00 -pm

The North Shore Rescue Team was founded in 1965 as a civil defence unit during the cold war and has evolved into the Rescue Team, well known to residents of the North Shore, as the busiest Search and Rescue team in the province, one of 79 such teams.  With up to 150 calls each year, the team responds to requests for their services within 5 minutes 24/7 with volunteers with a variety of skills and prepared to go out in any weather conditions.  The team has a tremendous amount of resources and experience to locate lost people in urban or mountain locations and to medically treat injured people with advanced skills. 

Maria Masiar and Peter Haigh will elaborate on all aspects of the team and be available for any questions pertaining to the team. Maria Masiar works full time for IBM as a graphic and user experience professional with over 25 years in I.T. She’s a mother to a bright energetic 10 years daughter, Bella. During her spare time (ha ha), she’s an active member of North Shore Rescue, sits on the executive as Social & Public Education commissioner, and has been with the team for 4 years. Maria has spent her entire life outdoors being a ski instructor, dive master, rock climbing accidianado, hiking, scrambling, and mountaineering. She’s a member of both the Alpine Club of Canada and BCMC and has led many mixed as well as all female trips. She’s proud to have incredible mentors like Bridget Milsom, who was a previous team leader and the first female life-time member of NSR. 

Born in England, but brought up, in Australia, Peter was involved in the Boy Scout movement throughout his early life and so gained an appreciation for the outdoors. With a push from his wife, he was happy to join the rescue team and its outdoor activities to balance his work life in the engineering field which was mostly office work. He is now retired and seems to spend more time on team activities.

North Shore Rescue Team presents program to CFUW North Vancouver

CFUW North Vancouver February Program

Peter Haigh: North Shore Rescue

Join CFUW North Vancouver on Thursday, February 11 as Peter Haigh along with a colleague will  bring us up to date on current events and work plans  for the  North Shore Rescue.

Peter Haigh, from North Shore Search and Rescue, (NSSR) will be our speaker on February 11, 2021. Peter and his colleague Maria will present a program  that will run from 7:00 -8:00 pm. Registration is available at cfuw.nv2@gmail.com.

Send an email to cfuwnv2@gmail.com with your name and ask for Access to North Shore Search and Rescue program, February 11, 7:00-8:00 pm.

In preparation for his talk, Peter has suggested that we watch the Knowledge Network documentary series showcasing NSSR, which was shown on November 10 – Dec 8, 2020. Because these documentaries are the property of Knowledge Network, Peter will not be able to show them, however, in his February Zoom presentation, he will address any potential questions that arise from the viewings. He will also provide us with stories from behind the scenes.

If you would like to join us, please email cfuw.nv2@gmail.com and you will be forwarded a Zoom Link for this program

https://peglegfilms.com/work/search-rescue-north-shoreI

CFUW North Vancouver February Program

Peter Haigh: North Shore Rescue

Join CFUW North Vancouver on Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 pm as Peter Haigh brings us up date current events in the work of North Shore Rescue.

Peter Haigh, from North Shore Search and Rescue, (NSSR) will be the North Vancouver speaker on February 11, 2021. This program will run from 7:00 -8:00 pm. Registration is available at cfuw.nv2@gmai.com. Send email with your name and ask for Access to North Shore Search and Rescue program, February 11, 7:00-8:00 pm.

In preparation for his program, Peter has suggested that we watch the Knowledge Network documentary series showcasing NSSR which was shown on November 10 – Dec 8, 2020. Because these documentaries are the property of Knowledge Network, Peter will not be able to show them, however, in his February Zoom presentation, he will address any potential questions that arise from the viewings. He will also provide us with stories from behind the scenes.

If you would like to join us, please email cfuw.nv2@gmail.com and you will be forwarded a Zoom Link for this program

Should you wish to preview some of the work, see the link below.

peglegfilms.com/work/search-rescue-north-shore

https://ca.video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-sz-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=sz&p=youtube+videos+North+Shore+Rescue+2020#id=1&vid=b55217e0a28813634910203c30237a77&action=click

WV COVID Koffee Klatch

Come join your CFUW WV friends
for coffee and conversation

Mondays at 10:00 am (except Thanksgiving Day)

  • Sept. 28th Boat Shed at Ambleside Park (by the Concession Stand building, 1200 Argyle)
  • Oct. 5th John Lawson Park Picnic Shelter (17th Street)
  • Oct. 13th (Tuesday) West Vancouver Library Readers’ Rooftop
  • Oct. 19th Seniors’ Activity Centre (patio area on south side of the building)
  • Oct. 26th John Richardson Park (west of the Westerleigh at Fulton and Marine)

Bring your coffee, your mask and your lawn chair to ensure physical distancing
If it’s raining, forget it!!
See you there.

Print copy of details: here

Child and Family Poverty Persists in British Columbia!

How can we Advocate for Change?

2020 Child Poverty Report Card

British Columbia

January 2020

With thanks and immense appreciation to the work of First Call: BC

Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

Child and Family Poverty Persists in British Columbia!

30 years ago in November of 1989, the all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000 was passed unanimously.

In 2017, one in five children in B.C> were still growing up in poverty. 19.1% of children in BC lived in poverty representing 163,730.

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition released the 23rd annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that not much has changed for poor children and their families.

The following is a summary of the report presented in January 2020:

In 2017, the year this report covers, there were 163,730 children and youth living in poor households with many living in deep poverty.

“Once again our report finds one in five children in BC were living in poverty in 2017,” commented Adrienne Montani, First Call’s Provincial Coordinator. “And for the first time we saw children in lone-parent families make up over half BC’s poor children.”

2017 Findings:

  • 163,730 children and youth were living in poor households in 2017.
  • 51,760 poor children were under the age of six.
  • Overall, BC had the 8th highest child poverty rate out of all the provinces and territories.
  • BC child poverty rate at 19.1% was slightly higher than the national child poverty rate of 18.6%.
  • The poverty rate for children living in lone-parent families is 51.4%.

For the first time since 2009, the number of poor children in lone-parent families increased, from 81,960 in 2016 to 86,690 in 2017.

Indigenous children, new immigrant children, children in visible or racialized minority groups and those with disabilities all have much higher poverty rates than the BC average.

The gender inequality gap persisted with the median income for female lone parent households at $44,960, just 72% of the $62,550 median income for male lone parent households.

While there are poor children growing up in all areas of BC, poverty rates are varied from 15.3% in the East Kootenay Regional District to 42.5% in the Central Coast Regional District. Many of the regional districts with the highest child poverty rates were located in coastal areas, particularly along the north and central coastal areas.

First Call’s recommendations to government include better income supports and universal programs like affordable housing and child care investments; targeting efforts to help those who have a higher risk of living in poverty; moving more quickly to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour; and significantly raising income and disability assistance rates to bring them in line with actual living expenses and index them to inflation.

What needs to happen next? What actions need to be taken and how do we begin to advocate with all levels of government?

Read the recommendations;

CAPILANO UNIVERSITY SPONSORS AN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT AT the CAP U LOWER LONSDALE CAMPUS



We Believe
In Recognition of International Women’s Day
Women in Politics Panel & Reception 

AN INVITATION

Women in Politics Panel

In Recognition of International Women’s Day

Women in Politics Panel & Reception 

Libby Davies, Member of Parliament, 1997-2015; Panel moderator
Bowinn Ma, MLA, North Vancouver-Lonsdale; Panelist
Jane Thornthwaite, MLA, North Vancouver-Seymour; Panelist
3rd panelist to be announced

Friday, March 6, 2020
Reception starts at 5 p.m. followed by the panel at 6 p.m.
Location:  CapU Lonsdale at the Shipyards
125 Victory Ship Way #250, North Vancouver

Please RSVP to Zoran Stjepanovic at zoranstjepanovic@capilanou.ca

A message for Capilano University Foundation

It’s been a few months since our early morning breakfast event, and I’d like to thank you once again, for your support of women’s education at CapU.

In connection with International Women’s Day, please join us, March 6th, at CapU Lonsdale for a special panel forum.  In partnership with the Capilano University Students Union, we are hosting a panel of female political leaders to discuss the challenges, intricacies and opportunities of being a woman in BC politics.  

It’s also a great opportunity to see our new CapU Lonsdale satellite campus in the Shipyards!  

Refreshments will be served before the panel kicks off.  This engaging panel is our way of acknowledging your support of women’s education at CapU.
If you would like to attend, please respond directly to 

Please RSVP to Zoran Stjepanovic at zoranstjepanovic@capilanou.ca

Zoran Stjepanovic (he/him)

Development Officer, Annual Giving

604.983.7507 |c: 604.928.1322 | e:  zoranstjepanovic@capilanou.ca

North Vancouver Campus  |  2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

British Columbia, Canada  V7J 3H5  |  capilanou.ca

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations