Ritual of Re-Membering
On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Ritual of Re-Membering seeks to honour and commemorate all women who have lost their lives to or suffered from gender-based violence. This ritual was created in as a response to the Montreal Massacre, when on December 6th, 1989 a young man, enraged by hatred and a misguided idea of a women’s place in the world, entered L’Ecole Polytechnique and massacred fourteen women students. It was an event that awoke many Canadians to the ongoing reality of violence against women in our society. This commemoration is also an opportunity to acknowledge and support front-line workers (counsellors, shelter workers, social workers, emergency services, women’s advocates, etc.) whose efforts to protect, comfort or find justice for victims are critical in this ongoing struggle. And lastly, we honour those policy makers who serve our communities, our province and our country by applying their effort to transforming the systemic structures that prevent women from living lives of safety and equality. The ritual moves us into grief and sadness and then lifts us out into hope and power for transformation and change.
Forging Cultural Climate Change
Thursday 21 May 2020
Vendors & community gathering – 6:00 pm; event start – 7:00 pm
$25.00 + HST
Mercato, Brescia University College
Featuring Special Guest Panelists Emma Donoghue, Bipasha Baruah & Andrea O’Reilly; Moderated by Mary Condren
Join us for an evening conversation and exploration on “Forging Cultural Climate Change” featuring our distinguished guest panelists and participant conversation cafe. We all know that the climate crisis is upon us as the science has been clear for some time, but what is the cultural change that needs to happen, for humanity to not only live in greater harmony with the earth but with each other? What role can storytelling and the arts play in helping to forge a new cultural climate? How can feminism help to restore balance to unjust structures? What are the artistic, economic, thea/theological and other strategies that can change mindsets and empower those who are working toward change? Our panelists will share their perspectives, insights and opinions on this theme from a broad-based perspective.
Brighid Festival: Forging Courage, Midwifing Wisdom
22 – 24 May 2020
Brescia University College – London, Ontario, Canada
$450.00 + HST
Space is limited!
Featuring Special Guest Facilitators Mary Condren, Max Dashu & Michelle LeBaron
The importance of empowered women to our planet is more critical than ever before. Today we face many complex and pressing issues, from climate change to social and political injustice to the concentration of wealth and power into fewer hands. For a new world to emerge, we need a set of values that will challenge the systems from which these struggles arose. We need our courage and passion to be twinned with wisdom and compassion so we may engage in sustained and hope-filled action that can regenerate our wounded world.