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A.J. Lowik gives keynote address at NAF Canada Regional Meeting

November 27, 2018

PhD Candidate A.J. Lowik gave the keynote speech at the National Abortion Federation of Canada Regional Meeting in Toronto, Sept. 30, 2018.  The audience included about 100 people working in abortion services provision and addressed the need for trans-inclusive policies and practices in abortion care.  A.J. was invited to speak because of the manual they […]


Me, Myself, They: A Non-Binary Life

November 22, 2018

Joshua Ferguson’s book Me, Myself, They: A Non-Binary Life, published by House of Anansi Press, is scheduled for release on May 7, 2019.  Joshua graduated with a PhD in GRSJ in November, 2016.  On May 7, 2018, they made history by becoming the first person to receive a non-binary birth certificate with an “X” designation […]


Op-Ed: Dr. Leonora Angeles on the Vancouver housing crisis

November 6, 2018

“One thing is clear from the debate and electoral results: the need for collaboration and collaborative ideas from all stakeholders to address Vancouver’s housing crisis. The new mayor and council will need to combine the best ideas from all candidates and parties to build affordable housing and slow down house prices and rent increases in […]


Dr. Leonora Angeles among recipients of the 2018 Civic Merit Award

November 6, 2018

Dr. Leonora (Nora) Angeles has been named one of the recipients of the 2018 Civic Merit Awards for the City of Vancouver.  Mayor Gregor Robertson, on behalf of City Council, presented the awards to 18 recipients at a ceremony on Oct. 30th.  Dr. Leonora Angeles is recognized for her individual and collaborative efforts around the world […]


Wajiha Mehdi wins 2018 Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Scholarship in Indian Studies

November 6, 2018

Doctoral student Wajiha Mehdi has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Scholarship in Indian Studies. The award is given to the graduate student judged to have the most promising research program related to South Asia. Wajiha will be accepting this award and presenting her research at an award ceremony scheduled […]


Kegedonce Press welcomes new author, Jules Koostachin

July 21, 2018

Jules Arita Koostachin is a  filmmaker, scholar, storyteller, and most recently, a poet. Her collection of poetry, Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths, will be released this summer by Kegedonce Press. Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths delves into the life and the healing of an lnnininew woman from the ancestral lands of the Moshkekowok, now called Northern Ontario. It is through the process of writing broken poetry—visual poetry […]


Dr. Minelle Mahtani Appointed as Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty

July 18, 2018

We’re so pleased to welcome Dr. Minelle Mahtani to our Institute this Fall. Dr. Mahtani has been appointed to the role of Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty, a new position that will support the university’s institutional commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environment for faculty members at […]


CampOUT! Thanks You!

July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 At the beginning of this week, 65 queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth got on a boat and travelled together back to their home communities after an epic CampOUT! Campers have gained new friends, resources, self-acceptance, confidence, strategies for self-care, and tools for making friendships and being part of positive social change! Camper […]


“They Are Joshua” Official Trailer

July 12, 2018

Joshua M. Ferguson reclaims their true identity, makes history despite societal erasure and marginalization, and reconnects with Joshua from childhood who got lost along the way in the myth that gender is only man or woman.


Joshua M. Ferguson’s feature documentary “They Are Joshua”

July 12, 2018

‘They Are Joshua’ follows the first person in Ontario to receive a non-binary birth certificate. Joshua M. Ferguson has spent the last years fighting for legal recognition of their gender. In May, after a human rights complaint, they became the first person in Ontario to receive a non-binary birth certificate, denoted with an “X” instead […]