Yukon Sexualized Assault and Male-Violence-Against-Women: Gaps in Services Published
YWCA Canada provided funding for Yukon Status of Women Council under the Northern Extension Project (NEP) to conduct a study on gaps in services provided to victims of sexualized assault and male-violence-against-women. Research methods included a study of Yukon Government Court Documents, interviews with service providers, and a literature review.
Sharing Common Ground: A Review of the Yukon’s Police force
Sharing Common Ground was a final report of the Review of Yukon’s Police Force which contains 33 recommendations with respect to concerns raised by the public during the Review, and sets out a framework of establishing a new relationship with the Yukon citizens and the RCMP. The Department of Justice, The Yukon RCMP “M” Division, and the Council of Yukon First Nations work in partnership in order to implement the recommendations. The Northern Institute of Social Justice, Kwanlin Dun First Nation, and a Coalition of Women’s Organizations actively work together towards implementing the recommendations as well.
Yukon Women’s Coalition Formed
As a result of Sharing Common Ground: A review of The Yukon’s Police Force, women’s advocacy groups met together and formed a coalition to work together on implementing the Sharing Common Ground recommendations. Collyn Lovelace was hired as the coordinator to arrange communication with other women’s groups and First Nations representatives to provide a broader scope of women’s priorities and issues.
Together for Justice Workshops
The Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS) initiates a two year series of workshops held in both Watson Lake and Whitehorse. RCMP employees, Kaska women, Yukon women’s Coalition delegates (including YSWC), government representatives, and community organization representatives came together to discuss and learn about the justice system, culture, policing, historical colonialism, and residential schools. This allowed participants to gain an understanding on how society responds to women who’ve experienced violence.
Women’s Reproductive Health Symposium Held in Whitehorse
YSWC organized the Reproductive Health Options-Training and Education Symposium in Whitehorse. Sharon Thompson from Alberta spoke to 44 vulnerable Yukon citizens about reproductive choice, birth control, and abortion. The two day symposium focused on short-term counselling to empower women in their decision-making process, to help women assess the available support systems, and to look at their access to available resources.
Counselling for Contraception Workshop
The workshop educated participants about different types of birth control available, the risks associated with the different types of contraceptive, the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, education on non-insured health benefits, and Traditional views and values towards birth control. The workshop gave professionals and volunteers an opportunity to increase their skills in contraceptive counselling, and was organized by YSWC.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Counselling Workshop
The workshop focused on providing sexual and reproductive counselling to people with cognitive challenges, including those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This workshop was a follow-up to the two-day Reproductive Health Symposium held in Whitehorse in May 2012 and was organized by The YSWC.
Together for Justice safety protocol signed
First Nations and community women, RCMP, women’s groups and front-line responders came together to communicate, to further develop agreements regarding women’s safety, and to learn effective ways to respond to violent crimes against women living in aboriginal, northern communities. This project’s goal was to bridge a gap between RCMP and women.
Financial Literacy Workshops for Seniors
YSWC partnered with the Yukon Council on Aging to administer these workshops. The project aimed to decrease the rate of poverty and financial abuse amongst Yukon Elders and senior citizens by equipping seniors with knowledge, tools and resource. Workshops were focused on increasing senior’s confidence and awareness around personal finances, fraud and seniors financial rights.
Court Watch Yukon is Revived
The Yukon Status of Women Council revives Court Watch, a program which provides oversight to the Yukon Courts to address gender inequality in court, along with improving services and supports for victims. Court Watch Yukon collects qualitative and quantitative data about criminal courts system’s responses to woman abuse.
REPAIRING THE HOLES IN THE NET: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Northern Homeless Women is a project published by The Yukon Status of Women Council and Council of Yukon First Nations on women, mental health and homelessness and contains a follow-up to the research on women and homelessness in the Yukon. It is an initiative for advancement in policies and practices relating to supporting homeless or mentally ill northern women and children.
Together for safety protocol signed
After a year of a series of consultations, a coalition of women’s advocacy groups signed the safety protocol with the RCMP. The goal of this protocol is to change the interactions between women and the Whitehorse RCMP. It was inspired by the collaboration of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society’s (LAWS) and the Watson Lake RCMP when they developed and signed the Together for Justice community safety protocol .
In her Best interest Published
Court Watch Yukon’s year one report examined the qualitative and quantitative data that was received through direct court observation by staff and trained volunteers.
Not Your Fantasy Published
YSWC published a Not your Fantasy: Sex Trade & Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Yukon, a study focused specifically on women engaged in the sex trade. A baseline needs assessment was conducted with the intention of mapping the characteristics and the extent of sex work in the Yukon. The needs assessment phase included interviews with women with lived experience and service providers.
Court Watch Yukon Training Videos Released
Yukon Advocate Case Review project receives funding from Status of Women Canada
Charlotte Hrenchuk receives a Governor General’s Award in commemoration of the Persons Case - honouring Canadian’s who advance gender equality
Charlotte Hrenchuk retires