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Our last post on #Kickaction is written by the eloquent Marcelle Partouche Gutierrez. Read below to brighten up your Sunday !

"Self-love is simultaneously overused, and underrated…it is so hard to actually have to face yourself. Accept your shortcomings, the insecurities that prevent you from leaping into the representation you would want to evolve into. Loneliness is real, and can be translated into a never satisfied hunger inside of your soul. So please, my dear, when you are in a place of wellbeing STAY THERE."

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Marcelle is a queer woman of colour, community worker and engaged artist trying to bridge gaps linked to accessibility, and voice unheard stories of courage and resilience. Based in Montreal with r…
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"As my façade started to wear off, my insecurities were multiplied by a thousand and my confidence was at its lowest. At that point in my life, the idea of loving myself was not even an option because I did not know who I was nor did I fully grasp the concept of what self-love meant. Learning to love myself was not something I welcomed wholeheartedly. It meant that I had to look within myself and unpack feelings and thoughts that I harbored for so long."

Read Kadine Cunningham's article on how she maintains her self-care!

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Kadine Cunningham is currently completing her final year as a Women’s Studies Major at Concordia University. After moving from Jamaica to Canada at the age of 10, Kadine struggled with her confiden…
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"And putting self-love at the heart of your healing works. It becomes the filter through which you look at the world. When you do, making decisions becomes so much easier because you start asking yourself what I like to call the Magic Self-Love Question - is this reinforcing my self-love or compromising it? In other words, how will it make me feel physically, emotionally and spiritually?

The goal is to really reconnect with yourself and how you feel. With time, you’ll start t...o gravitate towards decisions that reinforce your self-love, but until you get there, you are at least becoming aware of the decisions that are compromising it."

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ydia is a Self-Love Coach who created the Love U Movement to help sexual trauma survivors (re)learn how to love themselves. She is the co-organizer of Black Women Rise, a wellness Summit for Black …
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"Chelsy Monie and Savannah's friendship has strengthened not only by comfortability, but also by being able to discuss each other’s worries, fears, heartbreaks, successes, and reminding each other of the light at the end of the journey. Of not forgetting to love each other. To love the self. They have learned, and continue to teach other, that at the end of the day loving and taking care of yourself is all you have in order to pursue any of the dreams you wish to accomplish. ...They have learned that one of the most impactful keys to success, is self-love."
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Watch their 10 point manifesto on how to take care of yourself and build your self-love either below or on #Kickaction. Comment, like, share - let us know what you think !

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"...We are stronger than we know – we underestimate the resilience of the human mind and spirit – and two, only we are able to fully understand the intricacies of our beings. I am here to tell you that, you hold the power of picking yourself back up, during moments of hardship. I would like to stress that when times are tough, there is no magical recipe to conjure up, in order to feel better, or some specific plan to follow. You need to follow your own story, your own belief system and listen – very carefully – to your own thoughts and body. Only then, will you find peace. "

Read the rest of Nadia Benelfellah's uplifting piece on #Kickaction !

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My name is Nadia, a Moroccan/Italian hybrid living in the beautiful, eclectic and bustling city of Montreal. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend and a lover. I aspire to be a kick-ass lawyer and I …
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Rebecca Paris , on how self-care and love are of the utmost importance during difficult times....

"February 26th, 2012.

I was 17 years old when Trayvon Martin, also 17, was murdered. He was getting ready to graduate high school, just like me, and his death hit me like a brick. I remember seeing his killer’s face on the news and listening to people debate whether or not he [George Zimmerman] was within his rights in killing Trayvon. I learned that day that our culture does n...ot account for black angels. That black kids can be killed, and still be seen as demons."

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Rebecca Paris is a recent graduate from Concordia University in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She was born and raised in Paris, France, but has been floating through cities all over …
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"I search 4 it blinded"

The last week on #Kickaction is dedicated to Self-love and Self-care during tough times ! Watch Caira Lee's awesome and award-winning TED Talk on the notion of Radical self-love... Stay tuned for our first article on the topic tonight !!

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La dernière semaine sur #Kickaction est entièrement dédiée au thème de self-care et self-love pendant les moments difficiles. En attendant notre premier article sur le blog, jetez un coup d'œil au travail impressionnant de Caira Lee (anglais).

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National award-winning slam poet Caira Lee speaks to a rapt audience on the power of absolute self-love. Through a beautiful illustration of her own journey ...
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Emilee Guevara is a young woman who identifies as an Indigenous journalist and has worked for AbTeC: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, is a no-wave feminist and everyday existentialist. She is a Saulteaux Cree and Métis, Filipina, Irish and Scottish and considers her multi-layered roots a strength and source of inspiration. She often feels that she think and feels too much and sometimes is pulled between feeling young and foolish, while also aged and entrenched in an eagle-eye view of the world and all her chaos.

Read her beautiful poem below !

Emilee is a young woman who identifies as an Indigenous journalist, no-wave feminist and everyday existentialist. She is a Saulteaux Cree and Métis, Filipina, Irish and Scottish and considers her m…
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" I am a young woman from Waswanipi, Eeyou Istchee. I am the daughter of a residential school survivor and my dad’s traumas unfortunately shaped my life and the person I am today. My trauma and the racism I experienced forced me to be a frontline activist. People tend to think it’s a choice but it’s not. It’s survival."

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I am a young woman from Waswanipi, Eeyou Istchee. I am the daughter of a residential school survivor and my dad’s traumas unfortunately shaped my life and the person I am today. My trauma and the r…
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âpihtawikosisân, or Chelsea Vowel, is a Métis writer and lawyer who has worked with Inuit youth in Montreal, and runs a popular blog and twitter account centered around Indigenous issues. The piece featured below is an extract of "Ruby's Story" that she has allowed us to share, which focuses on the impact of residential schools on First Nations languages, through Ruby's perspective.

"I think Ruby’s story tells us that we should avoid standing in the way of children when they want to learn about something, and when they want to take on the role of teacher. There are many young people in our communities who have wisdom to share and the passion to lead. They should not be impeded by adults who feel threatened by these children and by the knowledge they wish to share."

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âpihtawikosisân, or Chelsea Vowel, is a Métis writer and lawyer who has worked with Inuit youth in Montreal, and runs a popular blog and twitter account centered around Indigenous issues. The piece…
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"What I do know is that I love being a Dane Zaa and Nehiyaw woman from these territories. I love the vastness of the north and the cold winters that make me feel like I have thicker skin than most #northernpride.

I love the endless maze of spruce trees, birch, and poplar with scattered rabbit trails through willows that remind me of my Asu’s rabbit soup. I love the town I live in as well because underneath all of the statistics, there is a solid and loving community here.

I... just want it to be a safe place for our women, and a good place for women in general. This is why these stories need to be told, so that the shift can take place."

- Helen Knott, Indigenous activist, writer, poet and social worker

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Helen Knott, a social worker, author, activist and poet worked with CBC Short Docs in order to produce Peace River Rising, a brief documentary that studies the link between violence against Indigen…
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Cette semaine sur Kickaction est dédiée au thème "Être une jeune femme Autochtone au Canada" ! Afin d'essayer de comprendre les réalités des femmes Autochtones au Canada, essayons d'abord de connaître leur histoire souvent oubliée et effacée des mémoires collectives...

"Un rapport de 2014 par la GRC a conclu que 1017 femmes autochtones avaient été assassinées entre 1980 et 2012 et que 164 autres étaient considérées comme disparues.

L'ancien premier ministre conservateur Stephen Harper a refusé à répétition de lancer une enquête sur le sort de ces femmes, argumentant qu'elles avaient besoin de voir des gestes concrets, pas d'autres études."

Après des années de mobilisation et d'enquête, la lumière commence tout doucement à se faire sur la disparition et l'assassinat de milliers...
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This week on Kickaction is dedicated to: Being a young Indigenous woman in Canada.

"Canada's aboriginal women make up a small fraction of its population, yet for decades they have suffered disproportionally from abuse, exploitation and murder.

Since the 1980s, over 1,000 indigenous women have been murdered in this developed North American nation, yet, according to campaigners and human rights groups, too few of these cases have resulted in arrests or prosecution."

An investigation into the abuse and exploitation of aboriginal women in Canada and the authorities' failure to stop it.
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Today we featured Kaylan, a Montreal graphic designer on #Kickaction !! An important part of intersectionality and encouraging a feminist movement that is not tone deaf, is to allow for all types of women to express themselves in whatever form they choose. Visibility helps foster inclusion.

"I think most of my work is a unique form of female empowerment, as it shows the many sides and facets of our femininity, from pain to scars, to beauty and love. It values women." - Kaylan

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Tell me a bit about yourself, where you’re from, what you do, your favorite brand of cereal or  fave show on Netflix. I am Kaylan, a visual artist & graphic designer originally from Nigeria &am…
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"It's naawt a race thing"

This comic by Kate Beaton, about Ida B. Wells, an African-American journalist, activist and co-founder of the NAACP, sharply underlines how women of color have been traditionally been left out of the feminist conversation...

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"We don’t normally don’t look at ourselves and think we’re ra-ra feminists. As Latinas we think the term feels white-washed and we’re almost afraid to admit we stand up for women’s rights and empower each other. Looking back, Latinas are feminists. We stand up for each other. We empower one another."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHH_NqQF5eI Credit: TheeKatsMeoww / YouTube Latina Feminist Friendships We don't normally don't  look at ourselves and think we're ra-ra feminists. As Latinas we think the term feels white-washed and we're almost afraid to admit we stand up for women's rights and empo...
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Les femmes racisées vivent des réalités complètement différentes des femmes blanches. À quand un feminisme véritablement inclusif et intersectionnel ?

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Même si t'es noire...

Série de témoignages réalisée pour introduire le sujet de l'épisode 02 de M2.0.

Vous devinez de quoi je vais vous parler ?

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*Un merci spéciale à toutes les femmes extraordinaires qui ont accepté de faire partie de ce teaser.

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Even though you are Black...

Series of testimonials realized to introduce the subject of episode 2 of M2.0.

Do you guess what I am going to talk about ?

* Special thanks to all the extraordinary women who agreed to be part of this teaser.

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