Talia, Natalya and Kiara Child of the Kwakiutl First Nation speak at the International Women’s Day rally in Duncan on March 9. The young women had recently returned from the United Nations, where they shared the importance of speaking their Kwak’wala language.

Listening to women in the Cowichan Valley

What the Discourse team heard at the International Women's Day festival, in photos.
Jacqueline Ronson March 14, 2019

Last week, the Discourse team joined reporter Jacqueline Ronson in the Cowichan Valley for the regional International Women’s Day festival. Their goal was to learn more about how journalists can serve women in the community. At the rally in Duncan on March 9, the team heard calls for more happy stories, intergenerational experiences and in-depth coverage of the child welfare system. Here’s more in the words of the a few women themselves:

Dora Wilson and Maureen Tommy say that journalists should “Document our Cowichan Tribes’ sleni history.” Sleni is the Hul’qumi’num word for women.
Journalists should portray women with disabilities in a positive light, says Michelle Creedy, alongside her friend Rosalina Heard Carelse.
Journalists can better serve women with happy stories, say Debra Toporowski and Anne Balding.
Dora Wilson and Maureen Tommy stand in front of the REDress Project, a travelling art installation created in 2010 by Métis artist Jaime Black to memorialize Indigenous women and girls lost to violence.