Established in November 2021, The Women's History Project launch its History Unfinished series in April 2022.The following are our past events.
Women and the Law: Celebrating the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms at 40!
A Woman's Place in Law - Thursday, April 14, 2022
Framing the launch of History Unfinished, this event made references to women’s suffrage, the Persons Case, and explored Section15 and Section 28 in the Charter of Rights and the Constitution Act of 1982. Topics included landmark cases that were made possible by the Court Challenges Program and led by the Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Sponsored by the National Association of Women and the Lawn (NAWL) and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.
The Hon. Judy Erola, former Minister responsible for the Status of Women, 1980-1984 –
Judy Erola is a former Canadian politician who represented the riding of Nickel Belt in the House of Commons of Canada from 1980 to 1984. In September 1981, Erola was given the position of Minister responsible for the Status of Women alongside her existing duties as Minister of Mines. She was the first woman to be named to that position, which had previously been held by Lloyd Axworthy.
In this role, she fought to protect Section Twenty-eight of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a section of the then-proposed Constitution Act, 1982 which guaranteed the gender equality rights of men and women, against attempts by some provinces to quash the provision. She also supported efforts to improve maternity leave pay for women, attempts to toughen federal laws against domestic violence, reforms to the Indian Act which would improve the rights of indigenous women marrying non-indigenous men, reforms to the organizational structure of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and stricter policies against the use of gender stereotypes in government communications.
Mary Eberts, Constitutional Lawyer
Mary Eberts is a trailblazing lawyer and human rights advocate. She has strengthened equality rights of women and girls under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms through her work with the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and as the co-founder of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. She was a key figure in the development and regulation of midwifery in Ontario and has served as litigation counsel—often pro bono—to the Native Women’s Association of Canada for more than 25 years.
Kerri A. Froc, Lawyer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick and Chair, National Association of Women and the Law.
Kerri Froc is writing a book tentatively titled, “The Gendered Constitution.” It concerns gender equality in Canadian constitutional law. Before completing her Ph.D., Dr. Froc spent 18 years as a lawyer, including 10 years working as a staff lawyer for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). While at the CBA, she worked on issues concerning diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and successfully lobbied for governmental benefits to be paid for the self-employed during parental leave. She is a Board member of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, as well as a member of the Saskatchewan (1997) and New Brunswick (2020) bars.
Reclaiming Our Place
Honouring Indigenous Women Leaders
Reclaiming Our Place - Monday, June 20, 2022
The Women’s History Project together with the Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) is staging its second online event in its History Unfinished series, Reclaiming Our Place, a virtual Indigenous Women’s Circle to honour Indigenous women activists, Indigenous women chiefs and storytellers. Speakers will highlight their personal journeys as part of this National Aboriginal Day special.
Moderated by Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director, First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University
Courtney Montour, Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) filmmaker, ‘Mary Two Axe Earley: I am Indian Again’
The Hon. Lillian Dyck, O.C., retired Senator, member of the Cree Gordon First Nation
Jeanette Corbiere Lavell, Wikwemiknog First Nation, educator, advocate and founding member of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
Pam Palmater, Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, activist
Sharon McIvor, Member of the Lower Nicola Band, Aboriginal women’s rights activist, Co-Chair of the Feminist Alliance for International Action