Day 1 - Monday May 9th

Opening Ceremonies: “The Words Said Before All Others”
By:
Darlene Ritchie
Performance by: Women Spirit Song


Opening Keynote: Our Sisters’ Voices: Realities of Homelessness
Panelists:
Expert Women with Lived Experience of Homelessness from across Canada
Moderator:
Susan Scott, Author – All Our Sisters


How Can We Help? Informing Gender-Responsive Knowledge & Practice for Front Line Social Service Providers Who Work with Women Facing Homelessness and Housing Challenges in Small and Remote Communities
By: Georgette Whitehead, Campbell River, British Columbia
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"There's No Place Like Home": A Group of Young Women Searching for Safe and Secure Housing, and Challenging Popular Notions of the Experience of Homelessness
By: Heather Fredin, Ashley Sammon, Elizabeth Anderson, Katherine Brock and Danielle Pera, London, Ontario
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Abused Women and Homelessness: I Built My House of Hope
By: Leslie Tutty, Calgary, Alberta and Helene Berman, London, Ontario
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Committed to the Sane Asylum: A Well-Being Approach to Mental Health Changed Our Lives
By: Susan Schellenberg and Rosemary Barnes, Toronto, Ontario
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PhotoVoice: A New Hope
By: Heather Elliott, Jenna Slater and Luisa Tula, London, Ontario
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HIV and Women's Experiences of Power and Control, Substance Use and Homelessness
By: Jim Watkin London, Ontario
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The Role of Community Based Participatory Research in changing Policies and Practices
By: Led by women with lived experience who participated in the Pre-Forum Workshop “Sharing Experiences of Community Based Participatory Research”


Welcome to the Swamp: Solution-Seeking Research is Always Messy
By: Judie Bopp Saskatchewan, Charlotte Hrenchuk Whitehorse, Yukon, Arlene Hache, Lyda Fuller Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Shylah Elliott Nunavut
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Grrlz Gone Wild - Using Activism to Interrupt the Landscape of Power
By: Sarah Scanlon, London, Ontario
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Youth Matters in London: Fair Treatment for Homeless Youth
By: Cheryl Forchuk , Jan Richardson, Karen Laverty, Rick Csiernik, Betty Edwards, Sandra Fisman, Mike Godin, Beth Mitchell, Ross Norman, Susan Ouseley, Abraham Rudnick, Martha Connoy and Piotr Wilk, London, Ontario
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Dreaming is Free - Exploring the Concept of Home Through a Lens of Creativity and Hope
By: Shelley Yeo and Joanna Bedggood, London, Ontario


Violence, Poverty, Housing and Women's Health: Findings and Policy Recommendations from Two Recent Canadian Research Projects
By: Pamela Ponic, Vancouver, British Columbia


Women, HIV and Housing as “Prevention, Care and Support”
By: Shannon Dougherty, Bonnie Baynham and Margaret Peltz, London, Ontario
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A Framework for Providing Public Health Nursing Services to Shelters and Homeless Women
By: Mary Huffman, London, Ontario
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Talking Over the (Invisible) Fence: Older Women's Experiences of Homelessness in Ottawa
By: Laura Shantz, Ottawa, Ontario
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Walking the Path: Aboriginal Women's Stories of Using and Providing Sheltering Services
By: Denise Newton-Mathur, Sarah Benbow, Laura Hall, Phyllis Montgomery and Cheryl Forchuk, London, Ontario


Offering Primary Health Care Services for High Risk Women in Community Settings
By: Christine Sansom, Liisa Driessen and Diane Desrochers, London, Ontario
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Partnerships in Health Care Services within Shelters
By: Patricia Cavanaugh, Lynda Meneely and Susan Harris, Toronto, Ontario
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Words of Wisdom, Struggle and Strength: Preliminary Findings from the Women's Inspirational Sex Work (WISP) Project
By: Treena Orchard, Sara Farr and Women of Experience, London, Ontario
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Plenary Address:
Raising Our Voices To End Women’s Homelessness

By:
a Cree Woman originally from a reservation in Saskatchewan, is a world class superstar, a peace activist, educator, artist and powerful songwriter. Come and hear her compelling message.


Opening Reception
Celebrating Our Stories
Showcasing the SHOE BOX STORIES and the QUILT PROJECTS