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June 14, 2016
Follow along as a group of diverse women from Nova Scotia travel to the site of a new hydroelectric installation at Muskrat Falls in Labrador. With Labradorian women as their guides, the travelers learn where the electricity that will power their homes and communities in the near future is coming from and come to understand the toll this dam is taking on the local environment, economy, and social fabric.

Produced by M’ikmaq filmmaker Catherine Martin, this moving documentary will leave you grappling with some important questions as the world begins to shift away from use of fossil fuels. What is the price we pay for “green” energy? How should local communities be prepared for and involved in “green” power developments? Are the costs of green power worth the overall benefits?
April 14, 2016
Noreen Careen, a member of FemNorthNet, has lived in Labrador West for 41 years. For the last decade, Noreen has worked as the Executive Director for the Labrador West Status of Women Centre. Through the provision programming for and advocacy on behalf of local women Noreen has come to understand not only how the dynamics of the local mining economy have affected her family, but also diverse women in the community. These audio excerpts, taken from an interview conducted by Victoria Lake (a Masters in Social Work student) in January 2016, capture Noreen’s impressions of how the boom and bust cycle of mining has affected Labrador West and could continue to shape the community into the future.
February 29, 2016
Webinar: Migration, Immigration & Mobility Issues in the North This webinar explores a variety of issues that affect women's decisions to stay in northern communities, move between northern communities, and move out of the North altogether. These issues include experiences of security and violence, housing prices and availability, ability to find and maintain local jobs, and access to the supports and services they may require as they raise families, experience disability, or age. Closed captioning is available on this video and content markers are available via our YouTube channel.

For more information on these topics see and check out FemNorthNet's other publications.
February 16, 2016
The Dirt on Clean Energy Have you heard of the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Dam? What about the Maritime Link? Both of these developments are part of a larger project that will significantly reshape the way energy is produced, delivered, and used in the Maritime provinces.

The project has been dubbed a "win" for green energy (since hydroelectric power will be replacing dirty fossil fuel power) and celebrated as a vehicle for bringing new economic development to a region with high unemployment and poverty. But communities close to the dam are questioning these claims as they watch the landscape around them be destroyed and little economic benefit trickle down to long-time residents. "The Dirt on Clean Energy" digs into these issues using creative storytelling and exciting visuals.
November 11, 2015
FemNorthNet researchers speak about pairing intersectional feminist analysis with community-based research designs.

Jane Stinson, Co-director of FemNorthNet, speaks about the project's host organization, The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), the organization's history, and it's current struggle to survive in the age of austerity.

Deborah Stienstra, Co-director of FemNorthNet and former Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount St. Vincent University, speaks about the connections between feminist perspective and disability studies and the importance of inclusive practices in research.

Leah Levac, FemNorthNet researcher and Professor at the University of Guelph, speaks about developing a Community Vitality Index with the women of Happy Valley - Goose Bay.
September 14, 2015
Claiming Our Place: Women & Resource Development in the North This short video reveals some of the process behind the Claiming Our Place project, which brought local women from Happy Valley - Goose Bay together to creatively explore the connection between local women and the local natural environment. The project specifically examined the potential implications to these diverse women's wellbeing given the hydroelectric dam development taking place at nearby Muskrat Falls. They also created tools to help women better participate in community discussions about the dam development, from which they were normally excluded.
August 3, 2015
Divided, Coming Together: University College of the North The University College of the North’s new campus in Thompson offers updated facilities for Aboriginal and northern students seeking post-secondary education closer to home. The campus is especially important to Aboriginal women from the region, to be able to pursue learning while working and/or caring for family. Yet, the proposal for the new campus caused a lot of controversy – dividing the community. In this video, workshop participants explain what prompted these divisions, and how the campus ended up bringing people together.
July 28, 2015
Why is Community-based Research Relevant to Feminism? FemNorthNet Panel FemNorthNet members Jane Stinson, Deborah Stienstra, and Leah Levac participated in a panel at the University of Ottawa that explored how the community-based research work they do is connected to and informed by feminist ideology. Jane speaks about the evolution of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and contemporary issues facing feminist organizations in Canada. Deborah speaks about how disAbility theory, inclusive practice, and feminism have informed her work with FemNorthNet. And Leah shares insights into the process of developing a community vitality index with the women of Happy Valley - Goose Bay as a means of amplifying their voices in the community.
July 27, 2015
I wonder... (The role of unions in Northern development) "I wonder..." was recorded by participants of FemNorthNet's 2014 "Women from Unions and Northern Communities Joining for a Sustainable Future" workshop, held in Wakefield, QC. In this video, participants reflect on what the role of unions might be in influencing northern development and in helping communities to prepare for new development, adjust to the impacts of development, and weather economic slowdowns and project closures.
April 16, 2015
Geese Indigenous artist Nathalie Coutou explains the artistic process behind the creation of the FemNorthNet logo and the series of paintings it inspired.
April 14, 2015
What the Water Remembers Water surrounds us and makes up most of our bodies. It connects us and moves us as it is recycled through different places and forms. So what does the water remember? Women who participated in FemNorthNet’s “Women from Unions and Northern Communities Joining for a Sustainable Future” workshop in summer 2014 explored this question in depth. Our new video, “What the Water Remembers”, captures their responses and reflections on the memory of water.
February 23, 2015
Webinar on Disability Accommodation & Accessibility This webinar was prepared for members of the Feminist Northern Network to assist them in preparing documents and planning events that were both accessible to and inclusive of diverse women. Information is provided on inclusive thinking, accessible formatting, and event planning. To access the resources mentioned in the video, click through to our YouTube channel - resources are listed and linked in the video description.
February 11, 2015
Honouring Petrina Petrina Beals, a women's rights activist and community organizer in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, is honoured for her work during the Claiming Our Place project in a blanket ceremony (a West Coast tradition).
June 30, 2014
Interview with Northern Leader, Liz Sousa Liz Sousa, Project Manager for the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, talks about the importance of engaging in debate, facing your fears, and figuring out where your passion lies to become a northern woman leader
June 27, 2014
Interview with Northern Leader, Charlotte Lessard An advocate for the rights and needs of Francophone women in Lab West, Charlotte Lessard talks about becoming Director of Femmes Francophones de l’Ouest du Labrador and the challenges and rewards of being a woman leader in the North.
June 25, 2014
Interview with Northern Leader, Noreen Careen “’s about being very inclusive, recognizing where women are and being willing to meet them” – Noreen Careen, Director of the Status of Women Centre in Labrador West reflects on being a woman leader in the North
June 23, 2014
Interview with Northern Leader, Mernie Kelly (audio only) “You can’t always sit behind a desk and watch everyone else do things” – Mernie Kelly, Executive Director of Hope Haven Women’s Shelter, talks about what it takes to build a successful women’s program in Labrador West
June 20, 2014
Interview with the Happy Valley - Goose Bay Creative Action Researchers (DENÉ) “ with the FemNorthNet, it seems like women are finally having a voice” – Community Action Researchers from Happy Valley – Goose Bay reflect on what they’ve learned about women’s leadership in their community.
June 20, 2014
Interview with the Happy Valley - Goose Bay Creative Action Researchers “ with the FemNorthNet, it seems like women are finally having a voice” – Community Action Researchers from Happy Valley – Goose Bay reflect on what they’ve learned about women’s leadership in their community.
June 18, 2014
Developing Women Leaders in Northern Communities Report - Audio Summary An audio summary of the full-length "Developing Women Leaders in Northern Communities" report, which explains FemNorthNet's partnership with women in the northern communities of La Loche (SK), Thompson (MB), Norway House (MB), Happy Valley-Goose Bay (NL), and Labrador West (NL) to develop and implement various models for women's leadership development in the North.
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