Misbehavin' mamas in movement

Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 01:00 to 04:00

Vancouver Status of Women
is proud to present...


This event is FREE.
On-site childcare, bus tickets and snacks are provided.
All genders welcome!
Special invite extended to MOMS, KIDS and OUR ALLIES!


Chiinuuks (Ruth Ogilvie) is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples of
Vancouver Island. She is a mother of two, Muhwa who is fourteen and Kimiwan
who is two. She is a graduate of the Indigenous Governance Program  at UVIC
and is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Literatures of the West Coast
at UVIC as well.

I have been involved in community politics and organizing for a number of
years. In 2006 I was one of the organizers of the Stop the Violence in
Nuu-chah-nulth territories march. I am a former member of the now disbanded
Westcoast Warrior Society. Currently I am working in a community way, with
members of Tla-o-qui-aht, my mother's nation, to fight against the current
BC Treaty Negotiations, which has implications that affect the relationship
between Indigenous peoples and their lands here in BC.

Andrea Canales Figueroa
Andrea Canales Figueroa is founder and director of the GoGirls, an arts
based leadership program for Racialized and Indigenous young women in
Vancouver, BC. Andrea also coordinates the Girlz Group, a self-empowerment,
community based program for Aboriginal girls and young women in East
Vancouver. She also works as a consultant developing mentorship programs as
well as tools and resources for the racialized community. Andrea is the
proud mother of a 12 year old who keeps her on her toes and reminds her
daily about the important things in life -  reading, laughing, eating, and
never, ever giving up.

Mabel Nipshank
Mabel Nipshank is a matriarch of Cree descent, originally from Fishing Lake,
Alberta. She has been a front-line worker in the anti-violence field since
1988, including working at the Battered Women's Support Services and in a
women's safe house for many years. She has also worked with
street-entrenched youth. Mabel raised three sons as a single mother, and
also has three stepdaughters. She is a writer, singer, activist, sweat lodge
keeper and proud grandmother of five.

Kat Norris
Kat Norris is Coast Salish/Nez Perce/Hawaiian Filipina. She says, "My sons
and I continue to grow together and I'm so very proud of the honorable young
men they have become." Kat survived the Kuper Island Residential School
experience and then racism as a young student in Vancouver.  These and other
experiences of blatant racism motivated her to activism for her people.  She
joined the American Indian Movement at 20 and hasn't looked back.  Her first
action was against Bruce Allen and CFOX after a very racist tirade against
her people in 2001. That year, she became First Nation Representative to the
Langara Student Union organizing awareness forums and events.  Kat is
founder of the Indigenous Action Movement, organizing and supporting
actions, such as, against police abuse and in support of the missing and
murdered women.  Her biggest success to date is the Frank Paul Inquiry.

Cynthia Oka
Cynthia is proud mama to five-year-old Paul, poet, community organizer, and
the current LEAP Coordinator at VSW. She is currently working with allies to
develop a storytelling project, called Radical Roots 4 Kidz, to facilitate
children's access to stories that challenge the dominant colonial culture
and affirm the lives, struggles and dreams of marginalized peoples. Her
feminist struggles have been deeply shaped by experiences of displacement,
particularly as an immigrant from the Indonesian Chinese diaspora who is now
residing on unceded Coast Salish Territory.  Her participation in the
movement for liberation is compelled by a desire to transform experiences of
isolation, victimization and powerlessness into skills and strengths for
building life-affirming, joyful and just communities where love is more

*What are the contributions and strengths that mothers and children bring to
the movement for social justice?
*What are the challenges we face, particularly as single mothers?
 *What do we need from our allies?
 *How do we build decolonized feminist community?

We'll be doing a dreaming session together, so bring your ideas, experiences
and visions.

But most of all, bring your hearts.

TO RSVP, contact:

Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway Coast Salish Territory
Vancouver , BC
49° 15' 46.2096" N, 123° 5' 54.672" W
British Columbia CA

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