Clearing a New Path™ and Clearing a New Path Podcast™ are products of Radar Media, located in Dorchester, Ontario on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral peoples who once used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.
As a settler here I’m committed to deepening understanding of Indigenous communities and reframing responsibilities to land and community.
I am grateful to Mother Earth for the opportunity for love and connection and to the spirits of the Elders and the Medicine People who still walk the Earth.
JANUARY 27, 2023
I come to this work as a white woman of privilege; a vulnerable allyship student.
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HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK?
Hello Amazing Humans!
I first came across the Rural Development Network or RDN when I started the podcast in 2021 and I signed up for its newsletter, following its expansion from a mainly western Canadian focus to now serving all corners of rural and remote Canada.
It was in one of those newsletters late last year that I heard about RDN’s Work Integrated Learning program for rural organizations and businesses. The program matches you with students looking for work experience, and this is at no cost to you or the organization.
But RDN has a host of programs tackling numerous issues facing rural Canadian communities. The organization looks to help rural communities fill gaps in supporting their most vulnerable residents.
I spoke with the CEO Dee Ann Benard and the Project Manager for the Work Integrated Learning program Daniela Seiferling.
The Rural Development Network and the Rural Ontario Institute are co-hosting the
They are currently looking for calls for proposals .
RURAL WOMEN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
AN INQUIRY AND IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS
This week, I got a newsletter in my inbox from the Western University Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children with a new Learning resource.
Here’s some history of how the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children came to pass.
On September 22, 2015, Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam were murdered in a triple femicide in rural eastern Ontario. In June 2022, a coroner's inquest examined the circumstances of their deaths to consider how future femicides could be prevented. The jury produced 86 recommendations for system changes for possible implementation by the provincial government and other public bodies.
The Learning Network of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children held a Special Event with several of the folks involved with the inquest recommendations. (I watched the recording the it was quite eye-opening and informative.)
A list of resources was provided, one of which is an advocacy kit for rural Canadian communities. Please take a look and share with your community networks.
An upcoming episode, we’ll be speaking with Pamela Cross, a feminist lawyer; a well-known and respected expert on violence against women and the law for her work as a researcher, writer, educator and trainer. She is the Legal Director of Luke’s Place, where she leads the organization’s provincial projects, including research, training and advocacy
RESPONSES AND FUTURE TOPICS
I got a note this week from a nursing professor with a focus in the areas of rural/remote nursing and healthcare, along with working in and with Indigenous communities. She is in the process of completing her doctoral degree where she is looking at ways to celebrate the work of rural and remote nurses, which will include time working with colleagues in New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland where they are exploring a collaborative to address rural healthcare access.
She is also working on addressing rural healthcare sustainability which entails looking at funding mechanisms and health Human Resources.
This will be an upcoming episode.
I’ve also touched base with a rural female physician, a woman of colour working in a small community, that has agreed to speak openly, under an alias.
UPDATE ON CHAMBER REPORT CARD
If you haven’t had a chance to read the report on the inclusivity efforts of Canada’s Chambers of Commerce, and/or viewed the list to find out how your local chamber stacked up, you can do that here. I had the privilege of working with a team of post-secondary students from equity deserving groups through Venture for Canada’s Intrapreneurship program to build the assessment framework and come up with recommendations. The students did all the work, I was just a guide.
This week we kicked off another project, with another amazing group of post-secondary students from VFC to create the educational framework to implement the recommendations the previous group created for the chambers to spark change.
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