Category Education

Canada 150: An Erasure of History.

Everyone loves Canada: I have been around the globe and without fail, when I tell someone I am from Canada they say, “Canada! I love Canada!” or “Canadians are the best!” or “Oh wow, you are so lucky to live in Canada!” I am a proud Canadian: I love my country. I love the big […]

Being an Ally for Black History Month.

Black History Month, originally known as “Negro History Week,” was created by the historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. One of the first African Americans to receive a degree from Harvard University, Dr. Woodson noted that most history books largely failed to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans to society. Woodson dedicated much of his […]

The Ramifications of Gender Roles.

“A gender role is a set of societal norms dictating what types of behaviours are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for a person based on their actual or perceived sex.” Even if we don’t realize it, we constantly see gender roles at play every day. The man who is expected to pay for a meal, the […]

Mandatory Indigenous Courses: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

“Right now, all you’ll hear is that we killed the nice Pilgrims,” – Lakehead vice-provost, Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux. Two years ago at the University of Winnipeg, the Students’ Association (UWSA) and the Aboriginal Students’ Council jointly submitted a motion to the University’s Senate requesting that students be required to take an Indigenous Studies (IS) course in order […]

How Drunk Is Too Drunk: FAQ’s on Consent.

Section 273.1 of the Canadian Criminal Code defines consent as, “the voluntary agreement of the complainant to engage in the sexual activity in question. Conduct short of a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity does not constitute consent as a matter of law.” It shares a list providing specific situations in which no legal […]

Rape Culture Is:

If you’ve recently delved into the depths of the internet you will have seen references to the term ‘rape culture’, which has recently come into our daily vernacular. Some of these may include: “Oh god, yet another crazy term feminists are dreaming up to push their own agenda.” “Rape culture is a myth created to […]

5 Tips For Talking (Arguing) With A Misogynist (Ignoramus).

Stay Calm If you can only remember to do one thing when you’re in a heated discussion, stay calm. First, you need to take the time to assess and understand that situation. How sheepish would you feel if you came out, guns a-blazing, only to find out that you wholly misunderstood the other person. (You […]