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February NEWSLETTER

SASS Updates
Member Agency Updates
Featured Member Agency: Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours
Sexual Assault Initiatives
​Funding Opportunities
In the News
Resources
Training and Workshops

SASS UPDATES

Thank you so much to all of the speakers, volunteers and attendees of our first Annual Leadership Forum last week! It was an incredible two days full of discussion and support around ending sexual violence. It is people and organizations like you that turn vision into reality through all of your hard work, dedication, and passion. Thank you for helping make the Forum a success, and we hope to see you all again next year!
                           
We are looking for Regina Community Board Members.
The SASS Board of Directors consist of 9 Members; 5 Member Agencies from across the province and 4 local Regina Community Members. We are looking for Regina Community members.
Board member attributes:
• Non-profit knowledge
• Human resource experience
• Legal/financial experience
• Marketing/communication experience
• Within the Violence/Sexual Assault Sector
If you are interested please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]

MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

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Trauma Informed Yoga Classes

Dates: Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 – February 4, 11, 25 and March 4.
Free of charge: please speak to a SSAIC counsellor to register.
Phone 306-244-2294

                           

#BalanceforBetter Yoga

March 8

NEOSS will host 2 yoga sessions to celebrate International Women's Day. This year's theme is #BalanceforBetter, aiming to challenge everyone to do that they can for a more gender-balanced world.

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Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program

Envision Counselling and Support Centre's Weyburn office is hosting a parenting program. The program will support parents by focusing on skills, tips, and ideas to rais healthy, happy children.  

Home Is Where the Heart Is

International Women's Day event focusing on family homelessness. Speaker is Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, CEO of YWCA Regina. Open to everyone. Admission is $5; a limited number of tickets are available. SIGN has many events throughout March so be sure to check out their website.

Register NOW for 2BBoys!

.BASAC and Battlefords Boys and Girls Club have partnered to host a 2BBoys program. 2BBoys is an empowerment and self-esteem program for boys ages 10 to 14 years old and will be held weekly on Wednesdays at the Club starting at 6:00pm.
The sessions are 1 hour in length and will include topics such as emotions, self-talk skills, frustrations, body shifts, diversity, boundaries and playing fair.
Registration is limited so register now by going to the website or by visiting the office.
                           

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours

It is SIGN's mission to provide leadership, programs and services that assist, support and empower children, adults and families to achieve lifelong success, leading to strong and caring citizens and communities. They also provide walk-in, sexual assualt, and family violence couseling. 
 
This year they celebrate 50 years of service to the people of Yorkton and east-central Saskatchewan. 

SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

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Edmonton police to launch online reporting tool to give sex assault victims another voice


As the officer in charge of the sexual assault unit at the Edmonton Police Service, Staff Sgt. Christa Pennie’s goal since her appointment two years ago has always been clear — to see an increase in the number of reported sexual assaults to police.

                    

Sexual violence survivors make gains in Newfoundland and Labrador

Victims are facing a wealth of obstacles, starting from within as they try to plot a course of healing, and also pursue legal avenues.

That is where a program instituted by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in June 2018 comes in.

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Restorative Justice SenseMaker® project

 
Please consider contributing to the National Pilot Project on Restorative Justice. Every story is important and will inform process and policies in the future for this vital work! 

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Promote Healthy Relationships for Vulnerable Youth

This project will support research activities aimed at preventing teen dating violence

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Ottawa announces steps to eliminate abuse in sport


Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan and the Coaching Association of Canada announced two initiatives on Thursday in Ottawa to address abuse and harassment in sport.

This year’s NO MORE Week theme is #ChangeHappensHere

During NO MORE Week 2019 (March 3-9), we support survivors and recognize activists who are working to end domestic and sexual violence. But the week is also meant as a call to action for everyone to make a commitment to help change the culture that supports violence. 

Funding Opportunities

Family Violence Prevention Program: Off reserve organizations call for proposals 2019-2020

The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) supports the day-to-day operations of shelters on reserve and provides funding for community-driven proposals for family violence prevention projects on and off reserve.

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About the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund call for proposals

 
The Department for Women and Gender Equality is establishing a commemoration fund to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, including LGBTQ2S people. 
 

IN THE NEWS

Saskatoon motel owner sentenced to 18 months probation for sexual assault

John Pontes, the owner of Northwoods Inn and Suites on Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon, was sentenced to 18 months probation for sexually assaulting one of his tenants.

R. Kelly under arrest, charged with sexual abuse involving 4 victims


R&B star R. Kelly was taken into custody after arriving Friday night at a Chicago police precinct, hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.

Sex offences against minors: Investigation reveals more than 200 Canadian coaches convicted in last 20 years

 Expert says CBC investigation 'tip of the iceberg,' calls for 'massive reform across the sport system'
                    

Former Saskatoon teacher charged in historical sexual assault case


Saskatoon police have charged a former teacher in a historical sexual assaultinvestigation.

Police said the 79-year-old man turned himself in on Feb. 13.

                    

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell suspended from job amid sexual assault accusation

A global communications marketing firm says it is suspending its contract with former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell in light of an allegation in a British newspaper that he groped a woman in the United Kingdom.
                    

Sexual assault counsellor develops new model to incorporate Indigenous healing practices

In an effort to better serve her Indigenous clients, a Saskatchewan sexual assault counsellor has developed a new model that incorporates First Nations healing practices into mainstream counselling practices.

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RESOURCES

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women

For over 30 years and counting, we’ve been documenting the economic and social situation of women in Canada through groundbreaking research.

We are the only women’s organization in Canada focused exclusively on nurturing feminist research and making it accessible for public advocacy and education.

All CRIAW activities flow from an overarching goal to provide tools to help organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. 

More information
                          

RESPONDING TO DISCLOSURESON CAMPUS

Responding to Disclosures on Campus.com has multiple resources available including pamphlets, videos, and free online training.
Read more
                          

Being Heard: The Experiences of Young Women in Prostitution - Edited by Kelly Gorkoff and Jane Runner

Being Heard examines, from their own perspectives and experiences, the lives of young women sexually exploited through prostitution. Putting their voices at the centre of its analysis, this book helps us more fully understand their experiences, the complex issues of sex-trade work and the best ways to respond to the issues.

To order Being Heard, email Fernwood Publishing at [email protected] quote reference number ISBN 1-55266-101-6 or phone 705-743-8990.

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Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal

The annual deadline for the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal nominations is March 31 of each year. Nominations will be accepted for members of your agency or organization with 25 years of exemplary service as of March 31, 2019.

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Check out the following newsletters for updates and more information on these organizations:

SSAIC Newsletter
                          
STOPS Newsletter
                          
RESOLVE Newsletter
                          
RESOLVE Newsletter

TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

Don't miss out on the following training opportunities:


         End Violence Against Women International’s (EVAWI) 
OnLine Training Institute

EVAWI has developed the OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) to bring state-of-the art training to anyone who is interested, on the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. The OLTI provides the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim.

The OLTI is FREE. There is no cost to register, enroll, or complete any of the modules.

Their newest module is Forensic Examinations of Sexual Assault Victims and Suspects Role of the Examination in Sex Crimes Investigations, and is designed to improve the use of forensic examinations to collect evidence from the bodies and clothing of both victims and suspects during a sexual assault investigation. 

Enroll
                          
 
         Thinking Outside the “Kit” Transportation Options for Improving Access to Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams Webinar
 
 Thursday, March 7th, 2019
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET
 
Hosts Kristina Rose, EVAWI and Kim Day, IAFN, will engage in a discussion with guests representing organizations around the country that are providing a range of transportation options for sexual assault survivors.
 
Register
                          
 
         Effectively Serving Survivors with Mental Health Disabilities Webinar
 
 March 12th, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
 
This webinar will explore strategies for service providers when working with people with mental health disabilities as well as potential solutions to overcome common concerns and ensure access to a wide range of services for all survivors.
 
Register
                          
 
Supporting Women in Recovery:
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Substance Use Treatment
 
Wednesday
March 13, 2019
3:00 - 4:30 pm EST
 
This trans-inclusive webinar defines what it means for services to be comprehensive, trauma-informed, and gender responsive for women; identifies issues to consider when working with women, including women who are pregnant or parenting; and discusses how to apply gender-responsive care in the delivery of behavioral health treatment and recovery services in order to improve outcomes for women and their families.
Register
                          

2019 Human Rights in the Workplace Best Practices Conference

Wednesday
March 13, 2019
3:00 - 4:30 pm EST

This trans-inclusive webinar defines what it means for services to be comprehensive, trauma-informed, and gender responsive for women; identifies issues to consider when working with women, including women who are pregnant or parenting; and discusses how to apply gender-responsive care in the delivery of behavioral health treatment and recovery services in order to improve outcomes for women and their families.
Register
                          
 
         Motivational Interviewing Workshop
 
March 21 - 22
 
9am - 5pm
 
Piwapan Women's Centre is providing a free workshop of motivational interviewing - level 2 (no level one experience needed)
 
Contact Ginny Chen at 306.420.6403 or email [email protected] for more information or to register.
              
                          

Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience


Regina: March 26
Saskatoon: March 28

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experiences and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a personalized plan to repair negative effects as well as accelerate their resilience.

Regina registration
Saskatoon registration

YWCA Tauma Informed Training

March 28 - 29, 2019

Saskatoon 

Hosted by YWCA Saskatoon, this workshop defines Trauma Informed Care and discusses how agencies can transition themselves into a Trauma Informed Care Agency.

Register
                          

First Responder to Sexual Assault Training Program

March 29 & 30, 2019

The Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre (SSAIC) is excited to offer a 2-day intensive course called First Responder to Sexual Assault Training™. The course content was developed and trademarked by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), and SSAIC has two accredited facilitators who can offer this training in our home community of Saskatoon.

Register

Live Stream: Play Therapy – Tools for Helping Children and Youth

Apr 11 - Apr 12, 2019
9 AM - 4 PM Central Time

This interactive workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences. Participants will become familiar with Play Therapy theory, clinical guiding principles, and various directive and non-directive creative interventions to use with a wide age range of children and youth. From an experiential lens, this training explores how to apply playful strategies to support children and youth on their path to healing.

Register

Community Safety & Well-Being in Canada Conference

 
April 30 – May 1, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina
Regina, SK

The Community Safety & Well-Being in Canada: Taking Stock and Looking Forward conference offers a unique opportunity to take stock of important developments in the field of community safety and well-being and to take part in interdisciplinary discussion and knowledge sharing that will help shape the path forward.

The conference will also will highlight key innovations in practice, alignment and evaluation, moving from working in isolation to operating in a more interactive, multi-sector collaborative and client-centered approach.
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