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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 December 12
Photo: Tupak Huehuecoyotl​/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Arthur Manuel was the Nelson Mandela of the international Indigenous movement. It will take many to replace him and his limitless efforts.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 7
Photo: Canadian Pacific/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Petition E-1228 redesigns the citizenship study guide and exam to acknowledge Indigenous history.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 4
Attendee of candlelight vigil to honour victims of École Polytechnique massacre. Image: University of Fraser Valley/flickr
Doreen Nicoll | This National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, donate to your local women's centre to fight gender-based violence.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 29
Photo: Kevin Bryan
Doreen Nicoll | Actor Matt Nethersole says theatre and art need to humanize all people in these hyper-racialized times.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 27
Shabana Azmi. Image: Simon Fraser University/Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | In this year's Mahatma Gandhi Lecture on Nonviolence, speaker Shibanna Azmi asks us to imagine a world free of violence for women and girls.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 26
Doreen Nicoll | The Women’s Centre of Halton (TWCH) is once again partnering with Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) for an evening of film and discussion on sex trafficking and violence against women.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 18
Image: Angry Inuk
Doreen Nicoll | Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's compelling documentary Angry Inuk explores the history of the Inuit seal hunt and the colonial hypocrisy of anti-sealing activists.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 7
Students from Fort Albany Residential School reading in class overseen by a nun. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | The process of healing settler and Indigenous relationships requires reconciliation and action, or 'reconciliAction.'
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.

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