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The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6th is the The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, a day of commemoration to honour the lives of the 14 women lost in the École Polytechnique shooting in 1989. On December 6th we recognize the strength and resilience of those who experience gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. 

On December 6, we remember:

Geneviève Bergeron

Hélène Colgan

Nathalie Croteau

Barbara Daigneault

Anne-Marie Edward

Maud Haviernick

Maryse Laganière

Maryse Leclair

Anne-Marie Lemay

Sonia Pelletier

Michèle Richard

Annie St-Arneault

Annie Turcotte

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

In Canada, COVID-19 has exacerbated the rates of reported gender-based violence, which is only a small representation of the actual number of incidences. We encourage everyone to be reflective and to take action toward eliminating gender-based violence.

To learn more, please visit: 

Here are some books on gender:

A children’s book supporting gender freedom for children:

A beginning list of gender equity children’s books: 

National Child Day 2022


On November 20, Canada celebrates National Child Day to commemorate our country’s dedication to protecting children’s rights, as well as two historical events: the signing of the UN Declaration in 1959 and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. This year’s theme is to support children and their right to a safe, healthy, engaging and active childhood.

National Child Day 2022 focused on empowering children and youth to #SeenAndHeard. Children have so much to say – the world should listen. Similarly, this year’s theme for World Children’s Day is inclusion and protection against discrimination, which are the fundamental rights of every child.

Check out the following resources:

  • I Have the Right to Be a Child Hardcover – Picture Book, June 1 2012by Alain Serres (Author), Aurélia Fronty (Illustrator), Helen Mixter (Translator)
  • Dreams of ” Freedom Hardcover – Illustrated, March 15, 2015, by Amnesty International (Author)

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022


















To honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our CTRC team reaffirms its ongoing treaty responsibilities to listen, learn, connect, act, and grow. Our focus this year is to open spaces of learning for children, youth, and those entrusted with their care. Among the many excellent resources available, we humbly offer the following curated list:
TRC Calls to Action:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives:

Films Based on Spirit Bear’s Books

Remembering the Children Educators’ Guide

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Resources

CBC Kids – What is Orange Shirt Day?

David A. Robertson’s How to Talk to Kids about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day Resources for an Older Crowd:

Take Up Space, You Matter!: Fostering (Re)Connection After the Pandemic through Trauma-Informed Community Arts Programming

Project Summary:

This project seeks to research the impacts of trauma-informed arts-based engagements in dance, music and skateboarding on youth’s mental health and wellbeing. This project responds directly to the impacts of isolation and anxiety youth have been experiencing during COVID-19 through trauma-sensitive engagements which will be shaped to increase self-regulation and build healthy relationships. The research team will create a series of workshops to assess the mental health benefits for participating youth and facilitators.
We will satisfy the following 5 main objectives:

  • To create a multi-disciplinary community-university collaborative team. We have a commitment from 3 community organizations, 2 university researchers, and youth with lived experience, and are seeking three additional youth.
  • To better understand existing knowledge through Integrated Knowledge Translation. Drawing from: the Sole Expressions dance program; Dr Marsh’s evidence-, arts- and body-based research in hip hop/popular music; programming/delivery experience from 3 community organizations; lived experiences; and, Dr Reid’s trauma-sensitive pedagogies research.
  • To translate our collective knowledge into a trauma-sensitive, arts-based workshop series supportive of youth mental health, to decrease isolation, increase self-regulation, and build a community for youth whose contexts have been made increasingly vulnerable throughout COVID-19.
  • To offer the workshop series. The workshop series will present three programs occurring weekly spanning 8 weeks in May and June 2022.
  • To conduct both process and product evaluations to shape knowledge dissemination initiatives. The evaluations will be conducted through pre/post surveys and focus group discussions and will lay the foundation for presentations, writing, and social media dissemination.

Project Timeline: Jan 2022-Dec 2022

Project Funded By: Mental Health Research Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Project Partners: Community arts-based organizations: GRR!, VibesYQR, FAB

Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF)

Project Summary:

Communities Building Youth Futures is a pan-Canadian project to develop collective impact and system-wide solutions for youth as they build and act upon plans for their future. A primary goal for engaging youth, aged 15 to 30, facing barriers to education and employment, is to develop strategies that enable young people to be engaged in their communities and successfully navigate transitions from youth to adulthood. These transitions might include the completion of a secondary school curriculum leading to post-secondary education or apprenticeship experience or employment.

Project Timeline: Feb 2022 – March 2024
Project Funded By: The Tamarack Institute
Project Partners: Government, education, and community agencies; the Tamarack Institute, YMCA

Supporting Youth Resilience and Well-Being in Southern Saskatchewan

Project Summary: 

In 2021, the CTRC sought to expand its network and reach by building relationships with communities in Southern Saskatchewan, including, but not limited to, Cypress Hills, Maple Creek, and Swift Current. Trauma-sensitive programming and opportunities for children and youth were explored, and partnerships secured. Our CTRC team will be working with schools, community organizations, etc to develop well-being-enhancing experiences for children and youth – specifically a Drama collaboration with Swift Current Comprehensive, and an Innovation/ Youth Entrepreneurship Day in Estevan.

Project Timeline: 2021-ongoing

Partners: UR Faculty of Education, SK Science Centre, YouthBiz, EYES Camps, Friends of Cypress Hills, etc.

Public Safety Personnel Families: An Ecosystem of Prevention Resources and Supports

Project Summary:

Our goal is to develop and offer evidence-based and trauma-informed mental health primary and secondary prevention resources and adapt existing tertiary prevention supports to serve micro population of PSP families through PSPNET – Families. Developing the PSPNET – Families ecosystem will require an ecological approach that recognizes that PSP and their family members affect one another’s mental health and wellbeing, so support for family members can result in both support for the PSP as well as support for the family members, in their own right.

Project Budget & Timeline: $2.075,000 (Feb 2022 – Mar 2023)

Project Funded By: Public Health Agency of Canada 

Project Partners: Child Trauma Research Centre (CTRC), CIPSRT, Families Matter Research Group

Mental Health Attendance Policy Initiative

Project Summary: 

This project will be primarily focused on establishing ‘mental health’ as an excusable absence and offering possible interventions for what the data shows. Mental illness is one of the most non-discriminative aspects of our existence. It connects us while tearing us away from one another due to the harsh stigma around this issue. According to a statistic from SAYCW’s research in 2019, 38.6% of youth reported symptoms of depression, and that statistic rose to 48.3% among students who were being bullied. It is also important to highlight that in 2017 the Public Health Agency of Canada reported that suicide was the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults aged 15-34. Not only as educators but as human beings, we can no longer ignore this crisis. As the pandemic has negatively impacted the economy, it is clear that it has also affected the mental well-being of youth in Saskatchewan. SAYCW highlights the implications of the pandemic. In their report entitled “COVID-19 Connections,” they note that increased stress due to the pandemic resulted in higher rates of anxiety and feelings of loneliness and depression. COVID-19 is creating more opportunities for mental health to plummet as isolation, alternative scheduling, lack of active lifestyles, reduction of extra-curricular opportunities, and in some cases, being in unsafe environments highlights the urgency as to why we need to greatly support our youth. We must take immediate and decisive action. 

Project Timeline: 2022-ongoing
Project Partners: Youth with lived experience – Kiah Holness

Canadian Consortium On Child And Youth Trauma


Project Summary:

We began participating in the ‘Journal Watch’ explorations looking at emergent child trauma research. We also presented at the first-ever 2021 ‘Child and Youth Trauma Symposium’ with a presentation entitled: Supporting the mental health and well-being of Canadian children, families, and service providers during COVID-19 and beyond: Mobilizing critical knowledge through the creation of our website. 1 in 3 Canadians has experienced adverse childhood experiences, including sexual and physical abuse, and/or exposure to family violence. Some children and youth also face neglect and/or adverse community experiences such as discrimination, poverty, and/or other forms of violence and oppression. Purposeful attention to the right of all children without discrimination to live lives free from all forms of violence, and consideration of issues related to systemic violence, structural inequalities, and cultural safety among Indigenous people, Black communities, and other marginalized groups is paramount to the work pursued by the Consortium.

Project Timeline: Feb 2021 – April 2027
Project Funded by: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Project Partners: McGill University

Alliance Against Violence and Adversity (AVA): Health and Social Services Research Training Platform for System and Population Transformations in Girls and Women’s Health

Project Summary:

The AVA Health Research Training Platform is located at the University of Calgary, on the traditional territory of the Treaty 7 peoples who include the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani and Kainai First Nations), Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Stoney Nakoda (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The land is also the traditional home to Metis Nation Region 3. We are grateful to be able work, live and recreate in these beautiful lands. The purpose the AVA Training Platform is to create capacity to transform health and social services delivery in the community to dramatically improve the health of girls and women exposed to ACEs. To do this, highly qualified personnel (HQP) require training in community-based research in close association with women and girls (“patients” according to CIHR-SPOR definition). Educating the next generation to undertake community-based research with a focus on gender-and-sex based analysis will enable NFPs to offer programming that is evidence-based and promotes the intergenerational health of girls and women, contributing to population health—the health of all Canadians.

Project Timeline: 2022-2028

Project Funded By: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Training Grant: Health Research, Girls and Women’s Health and Wellness Pool

Project Partners: 150+ Academic and Community Partners; University of Calgary

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For information with regards to possible partnership, research collaboration, and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact us:
Nathalie Reid, PhD
Phone: 306-585-4543
CTRC, University of Regina
Phone: 306-585-4723; Email: