Renewed Commitment from the Philanthropic Sector – and Ottawa – is Necessary to Address the “Unfinished Business” of Reconciliation: Sector Leaders

At the beginning of a new term of Parliament and almost a dozen years after former Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a historic apology for Canada’s residential schools policy, Marie Wilson has a simple but critical question: what’s happened to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action? As one of the TRC commissioners,…

A Day to Remember at the Annual Girls Conference/Une journée à se rappeler — le Congrès annuel des filles

Sophia Hanna is one of four winners of a 2019 writing contest for young women hosted by The Philanthropist and the Girls Conference. This article also appears in French below.  At the Annual Girls’ Conference, hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University and the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice, I interactively learned through both…

GIRL emPOWERment

Lily Brigham-Gale is one of four winners of a 2019 writing contest for young women hosted by The Philanthropist and the Girls Conference.   I saw her sitting alone at a table, while all around her girls were talking and laughing in big groups of friends. I am a 16-year-old high school student from Bedford,…

Future Leaders and Aspiring Writers: Nova Scotia Girls Conference Celebrates Talented Young Women

The Alexa McDonough Institute launched the Girls Conference in 2012 to bring together girls and young women from across Nova Scotia to celebrate International Women’s Day (held annually on March 8). From its inception, the mission of the conference has been to help girls develop, appreciate, and celebrate their own abilities and talents – as…