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Canadian Award Won by Ugandan-born Trans Woman

Christopher Nkambwe is the winner of the Community One Foundation’s Steinert & Ferreiro Award for 2020.

Christopher Nkambwe was honoured with the Steinert & Ferreiro Award recently during the 5th Annual Black and White Gala at Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce in Toronto.

Nkambwe, a journalism graduate and long time human rights defender, is the 15th recipient of the award, and $10,000 cash prize that celebrates unsung heroes for their contributions to the Canadian LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Joto La Jiwe – 76 Crimes

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Manitoba Métis Federation Offers Non-Binary Citizenship Option

A unanimous resolution passed by Canada’s Manitoba Métis Federation introduces a non-binary option to its citizenship cards.

Announcing the news on 18 December, Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) president David Chartrand said: “We want our citizens to be themselves and not have to hide or be denied their identity.”

The federation, which represents Métis citizens in the province of Manitoba in Canada, passed a unanimous resolution to introduce non-binary options and said that citizens who want to get updated cards with the new non-binary gender option will be able to do so for free.

Vic ParsonsPink News

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Landmark Canadian Report on Violence Against Women and 2SLGBTQQIA Inuit Peoples Underway.

Inuit Action Plan addresses the inequities experienced by women and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples within the Inuit community.

“Inuit representatives are working to ensure that Inuit women and girls receive the same standard of safety, health, education, and justice enjoyed by all Canadians, and the physical, emotional, economic, social and cultural security that many Canadians take for granted,” the two organizations said in a joint news release on December 15. 

“The Inuit Action Plan will address these inequities with concrete, timely and measurable systemic changes so that Inuit women and girls — as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual persons — achieve substantive equality.”

Ellis QuinnEye on the Arctic

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Voices Unheard Vol 9 – Nicolette Rodriguez: Transgender Person of Colour


Tuesday, September 15 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Nicolette Rodriguez, a trans person of colour, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.LIVE, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre ~ Kelowna and Online

Nicolette Rodriguez (she/her) is our next guest on Voices Unheard. She is a 26-year-old trans woman of colour who began transitioning one year ago. Nicolette was born in Edmonton, Alberta but grew up in and currently resides in Penticton, British Columbia; her family emigrated to Canada from El Salvador prior to her birth. She is Vice-President at the South Okanagan-Similkameen Pride Society, and currently works at the Penticton YMCA and is studying business.

Host Jessica Samuels will chat with Nicolette about her life and experiences as a trans person and how being a woman of colour with immigrant family members continues to shape her world.

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Voices Unheard Vol 5 – James Sieben: Transgender Athlete and Advocate


Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020, Voices Unheard, a project sponsored by Kelowna Pride and hosted by Jessica Samuels, welcomes James Sieben

James Sieben (he/him/his) is a trans gay man. On this episode of Voices Unheard, James will talk with Jessica about how he has experienced misogyny first-hand before coming out, and how he actually now benefits from misogyny because he “passes for male”.

He’ll also discuss how he feels the recent rhetoric about trans people expressed by J.K. Rowling is harmful; the issue of anti-transness in sports; and why all cis LGBT2Q+ people should care about and fight for trans rights.

To watch this episode, go to https://watch.unicorns.live/programs/live-james-sieben

Voices Unheard is a weekly series designed to elevate voices and bring greater awareness to underrepresented members of society, including people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, and ability.

Voices Unheard is grateful for the support of Castanet.

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