News for June 2017

Posted on June 29, 2017

“Our spirits couldn’t be broken,” says Elfie, “They are scarred but definitely not broken.”

Nationwide celebratory events have just passed marking the founding of Canada as a state some 150 years ago. For Indigenous peoples like Elfie, who personally identifies as a strong Haida woman, this was a time for reflection and time to celebrate Indigenous contributions to Canada while still remaining critical of the actions of the past.

Posted on June 29, 2017

Throughout Canada, the voices of Indigenous people are profoundly absent from mainstream media. With millions of dollars spent on celebrating Canada’s 150h birthday, it’s no secret that the government wants to hide Canada’s dark history of cultural genocide of entire Indigenous communities. Maddi Grier, a SFU student and advocate for Indigenous rights, is determined to bring attention to their personal stories and lives...

Posted on June 19, 2017

Surrey Women’s Centre is hitting the ground running by knocking on doors this year! We’ll be letting you know how you can transform the lives of women and girls when you sign up for monthly giving. When a woman is admitted to the hospital after an assault, she has not only experienced emotional and physical trauma, but she now has many critical decisions to make in a short amount of time.

Posted on June 2, 2017

When Maria Catroppa’s life was taken at the hands of her second husband in 2009, her family was devastated by the tragedy. Throughout most of her life, “Nana” has fought many obstacles and challenges as an immigrant and single mother of four children living in Vancouver. Against all odds, she has always displayed love, strength, and resilience to all those that have known her.

Posted on June 1, 2017

As a survivor of a traumatic assault abroad, Kathleen’s experience can resonate with many travellers. While seeking support from Surrey Women’s Centre, other forms of trauma were unearthed that she'd suppressed throughout her life. But her inner resilient spirit gave her the strength she needed to face the hard truths of her past.