One hundred participants from all over Canada heard and discussed papers on the theme of the history of women’s social and political activism in the Canadian West. Papers and presentations covered topics ranging from First Nations and Metis women’s activism to reproductive rights, peace activism, farm women’s activism and women organizing to address labour issues. One highlight was the reading of the play Fighting Days focusing on the Beynon sisters and the Manitoba suffrage campaign by professional actors organized by the University of Alberta Drama department. A panel focused on some of the ongoing research work being done on missing and murdered indigenous women, by the Eugenics Archives Canada, in the Edmonton Chinese community and by the Black Settlers of Alberta and Saskatchewan Historical Society. A collection of articles based on papers from the conference will be published in 2017.
Updated March 03 2017 by Student & Academic Services