Training & Events

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2022 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT | Introduction to Radical Reproductive Justice

An online workshop with Rania El Mugammar

This workshop introduces participants to the core principles of the reproductive justice movement through exploration of real life case studies, narrative based teaching and group discussion. Participants will understand pregnancy outcomes, birthing, and child rearing as situated within a system of injustice. Understanding the Black radical roots of reproductive justice is central to the session, inviting participants to explore its anti-colonial, anti-imperial, anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist, and liberatory ethics. Learners will move beyond the limiting framework of “reproductive rights” or the binary of “pro-choice vs. pro-life” to organize in ways that affirm the right of all people to determine their reproductive destinies.

This workshop has no prerequisites, is open to all learners and is most frequently attended by birth workers, parents and birthing people, healthcare professionals, community workers, abolitionists, harm reduction advocates and artists engaged in the community.

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Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Artist, Liberation Educator, Abolitionist, Anti-oppression Consultant, multidisciplinary performer, speaker and published writer. Her work explores reproductive justice, transformative justice & abolition, art as liberation and digital justice.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 | 9:00AM – 4:30PM EST | MIIGAADIAG - EDUCATION AND AWARENESS CONFERENCE

Hosted by Naadmaagewin Indigenous Domestic Violence Committee to share knowledge and information related to the impact of family and domestic violence for Indigenous families. This day conference focuses on providing resources and information on the many services available in Thunder Bay. There will be guest speakers from a variety of agencies, as well as keynote speaker, Dr. Jodie Murphy from Lakehead University. 

Dr. Jodie Murphy, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Social Work at Lakehead University. Her research focuses on women and children, including sexual assault, addictions, mental health and Intimate Partner Violence. Her current research explores the experiences of women and special populations when police disbelieve their sexual assault, as well as police decision-making in sexual assault cases.

Virtual tickets are available through Eventbrite. There is a small number of in-person spots available for those who cannot attend online. Please call Lorena (807) 684-6751 at or Cindy at (807) 631-5274 to sign up for an in person spot. 

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TUESDAY, September 21, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EASTERN TIME (ET) | The Neuroscience of Resilience: How Brain Development Affects Learning, Health, and Social Outcomes Across the Lifespan

Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect life course trajectories, for good or for ill. In this webinar, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get “under our skins” to affect learning, health, and social outcomes. This knowledge has profound implications for all of the policies, programs, and professionals that support children, adults, and families.

Through attending this session, participants will learn:

  • How brain circuits are formed and mature, and how social interactions are critical to this process
  • How toxic stress derails healthy brain development and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on later learning, social, and health outcomes
  • How this science can be used to build the foundations of resilience in children, adults, and families

 This webinar is hosted by the Learning Network with Western University & the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women 

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021 | 6:00 – 8:30PM EDT | SHUT IT, UNCLE BOB: SPEAKING TO RACIST FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND LOVED ONES

This webinar explores strategies and tactics for addressing racism from loved ones in meaningful and impactful ways. 

Participants will: 

  • use a variety of scenarios to confront implicit and overt bias
  • dismantle common tactics that dismiss conversations about race
  • dismantle common tactics that dismiss conversations about race, and challenge the minimization of the impact of racist behaviours
  • explore the roots of prejudice as they learn to balance their relationships and create substantive change.

This webinar is faciliated by Rania El Mugammar, Anti-Oppression Consultant and Liberation Educator. hosted by the Learning Network with Western University & the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women 

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November 30th, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EASTERN TIME | Understanding and addressing issues of gender identity and sexuality when working with trauma survivors through trauma-informed care approaches

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and its health consequences occur among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals at rates equal to or higher than cisgender, heterosexual individuals. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is one service approach with emerging empirical support for use with IPV survivors, with emerging support among LGBTQ survivors. This presentation will discuss LGBTQ IPV survivors’ perceptions of trauma-informed care in their services related to IPV as well as help-seeking barriers in this population. These findings are also reviewed alongside implications for clinical practice, with a focus on enhancing applications of existing evidence-based practices, namely cognitive-behavioral therapies, to best respond to the unique needs of this population.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Determine patterns of help-seeking and associated barriers among trauma-exposed LGBTQ populations.
  • Identify ways to improve the mental and behavioral health of LGBTQ trauma survivors, particularly among those exposed to intimate partner violence.
  • Understand LGBTQ trauma survivors’ perceptions of trauma-informed care in their trauma-related services.

    This webinar is hosted by the Learning Network with Western University & the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women 

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