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A change is gonna come

Sam Cooke's song, "A Change Is Gonna Come," offered hope during the Civil Rights Movement. Today, it reminds me that it's a long, slow, sometimes tiring walk to freedom and I need to remain focused on the goal -- an equitable world.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 12
Officials and schoolchildren outside Providence Mission Indian Residential School. LibraryArchives/flickr
Doreen Nicoll | The legacy of the residential school system predisposes Indigenous peoples to social inequalities.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 5
Image: Facebook/Wellington Wate Watchers
Doreen Nicoll | Inter-connectedness with water is something that we take for granted and in some cases have completely forgotten. Water ceremonies help us reconnect to our history and responsibilities.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 4
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Doreen Nicoll | Charles Officer's 2016 documentary, "Unarmed Verses," chronicles the life of Francine Valentine, her family and community at a time when urban revitalization threatens their already tenuous survival.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 28
Image: Flickr/United Steelworkers​
Doreen Nicoll | Bill 26, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Act unanimously passed second reading but has been in limbo since October 20, 2016.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 30
Doreen Nicoll | The Hamilton Fringe production's exploration of art and symbolism in the McCarthy era resonates with our present political moment.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 29
Doreen Nicoll | The one-woman show by Robin Zee navigates violence and childhood trauma with intelligent humour.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 28
 Image: Facebook/We Are Not The Others at the Hamilton Fringe
Doreen Nicoll | The play is based on a research project conducted by Mirna Carranza, who interviewed female immigrants living in Hamilton. Playwright Izad Etemadi crafted the findings into a powerful one hour play.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 26
Image: Facebook/In This Corner - Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas
Doreen Nicoll | Tommy Douglas is very much alive in Dan Ebbs play "In This Corner: Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas."
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Marianne Daly
Doreen Nicoll | Marianne Daly's one-woman show about a Catholic family's secrets is one of many wonderful shows at the annual festival.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 21
The Ontario Legislative Building on a nice sunny day. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Benson Kua
Doreen Nicoll | The Wynne government's Bill 148 only allows for two days of paid "personal emergency leave," which can be accessed for domestic and sexual violence. This is not good enough.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 30
Image: Anti-Canada 150 Poster Pack
Doreen Nicoll | As a white settler enjoying life on stolen land and broken promises, I'm unable to join in this celebration. We must work towards meaningful reconciliation with the true founding nations of this land.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 29
Doreen Nicoll | Spend July 1st watching Obomsawin's documentaries about Indigenous life and culture.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 29
Photo of Ghostkeeper band by Blair Russel via Muskegkids/Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle are partners in life, art and music. Their band Ghostkeeper has been invited to play at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto as part of Canada Day.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 7
Attiya and Steve at the coffee shop.
Doreen Nicoll | "A Better Man" opens with Attiya meeting Steve for coffee 22 years after she literally ran for her life and never looked back.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 26
Doreen Nicoll | Hamilton singer, Josh Weresch, hopes people find themselves and a connection to others in his songs.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 12
Tanya Tagaq
Doreen Nicoll | The arts can can help us understand the horrors of colonization and help us create truthful reconciliation.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 26
Doreen Nicoll | Emergency department visits for opioid poisoning is more than double the provincial average for those 15 to 24 years of age.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 25
Doreen Nicoll | Stand in solidarity with Haudenosaunee Todd Williams in his peaceful protest against Enbridge.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 29
Pure Life water bottled at facility in Dubai
Doreen Nicoll | The Nestlé Triangle located in Wellington County, Ontario has the potential to extract 6.4 million litres per day and that's cause for concern.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 22
Water bottles
Doreen Nicoll | Water is a human right. It should never be commodified. It must be held in trust for the public good.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 2
Doreen Nicoll | How can I in good conscience participate in a celebration in the face of the continued denial of Indigenous treaty claims and basic human rights?
Blog - A change is gonna come February 15
Justin Trudeau and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Doreen Nicoll | Justin Trudeau, self-proclaimed feminist, is looking more misogynous with each passing day.
Blog - A change is gonna come February 1
Doreen Nicoll | Help the Women's Centre of Halton keep its doors open to women in need of help.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 25
Image: one.org
Doreen Nicoll | ONE has created a petition to help millions of girls get access to an education. The petition will be delivered to world leaders on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 18
Flickr/Daniel Go
Doreen Nicoll | The majority of femicides are preventable. It's a sad truth, but a truth nonetheless. So, my gift to you this holiday season is the ability to save a woman's life in 2017.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 6
Image: Flickr/Howl Arts Collective
Doreen Nicoll | Aboriginal women and girls have been victims of large-scale femicide for the past 150 years.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 2
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Doreen Nicoll | "Theatre of Life" brings homeless people, sex workers, refugees, drug addicts and common people together to break bread in a unique dining experience in Milan.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 30
Doreen Nicoll | It's November 30, the last day of Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario and the sixth day of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 27
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Doreen Nicoll | This week the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) called on all levels of government to establish a comprehensive National Gender Equality Plan.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 25
Doreen Nicoll | Tonight will be the first of 16 glowing nights to mark the United Nations' 16 Days of Activism against Gendered Based Violence.

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