Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate, highlight and reflect upon the rich histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. June 21 was chosen because it coincides with the summer solstice, a sacred and joyous time for many First Nations peoples because it marks the longest day of the year. There are lots of COVID-friendly National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening around the capital
Programs and Services
Taking Back Girl Talk
Unique from their male counterparts, girls face high rates of sexual violence and a significant decline in mental health as they enter adolescence and young adulthood. GirlSpaceZ is a virtual after-school program using the Zoom app. It is a safe space that welcomes and supports the many different experiences of being a girl.
GirlSpaceZ Summer Programming
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
July 20 – August 17, 2021
Open to 11-18 year olds; Newcomers welcome
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
July 21 – August 18, 2021
Open to 11-18 year olds; focused on newcomers to Canada
GirlSpace is designed to:
including leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
of social issues and share strategies and resources for coping and overcoming them.
through autonomy, social connectedness, self-awareness, and self-esteem.
to develop a gender-specific space in which everyone is respected and feels welcome.
“I always thought I was the only girl who felt she wasn’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. Now, I know that I am enough, and I can be anything I want to be. But the best part of GirlSpace? I met my best friend. We go through the hard times together now.”
— GirlSpace® Participant
How it works
GirlSpaceZ is open to anyone between the ages of 11-18 years old who identifies as a girl. Each week, participants come together virtually in an online group to learn about a topic focused on the specific needs and experiences of girls and young women in Canada. Young women act as both group facilitators and role models, involving the participants in the design of each session.
Topics covered include:
- Healthy Relationships
- Bullying & Harassment
- Influence of the Media
- Body Image
- Digital & Online Safety
- Mental Health
- Physical Health & Nutrition
- Ethnic & Multicultural Awareness
- Healthy Decision-Making
- Violence Against Women –Sexual Assault & Consent
- Substance Use & Addictions
- Sexual Health
- Sexuality & Gender Identity
For older participants only:
- Career Development & Professional Skills
- Financial Matters
- Leadership Skills & Community Engagement
- Civic Engagement & Advocacy
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