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Darlington Hex

Video with no sound filmed by Judith Quinlan on a Super 8 Camera of a small hexing circle organized by Judith for a group of feminist climate activist (possibly the Women Against Nuclear Power group in Toronto) at a large anti-nuclear protest against the Darlington Nuclear Power Plant (today called Darlington Nuclear Generating Station) in Clarington, Ontario. Judith Quinlan writes "We made a hexing circle at the protest to close the Darlington Nuclear Power Plant." Video depicts protesters in a large field during summer and a smaller group playing instruments, waving cylinder tubes, and forming a hexing circle. Judith Quinlan writes “One of the speakers in the week leading up to it was Ursula Franklin. The hex was a small portion of that protest. It was organized by me and a group of feminists who were also climate activists.” Other people seen in the video are Gay Bell, Anne Quigley, Ellen Quigley, Jacqueline Frewin, Pat Smith, and Maureen Sanderson. Gay Bell writes in an article titled “Witches ANT: Anti-nuclear guerilla theatre” on page 7 of the October/November 1979 issue of UPSTREAM that the guerilla theater section of Women Against Nuclear Power called Witches ANT is putting on a play called “Sizzle City: Women’s Nuclear Reactions”. Gay Bell writes “The Witches' ANT came together to do anti-nuclear theater after the June occupation of the Darlington Nuclear Plant site near Toronto.”

Gay Days

Video with no sound of a celebration titled Gay Days in Queen's Park, Toronto filmed by Judith Quinlan on a Super 8 Camera. The video shows a sunny day in Queen's Park with booths for different organizations like the Lesbian Organization of Toronto (LOOT) and Toronto Area Gays (a peer counseling and information service). Also shown is Lorna Boschman giving a speech on a stage at the beginning and people sitting and walking in the park.

International Womens Day Toronto 1979

Video with no sound filmed by Judith Quinlan on a Super 8 Camera depicts a group of protestors holding signs on International Women's Day standing in front of Toronto Old City Hall.

Remembrance Day

Video with sound filmed by Judith Quinlan on a Super 8 Camera . Video depicts large gatherings and events for Remembrance Day in Toronto in front of [Old City Hall?]. Colour footage of people placing flowers by a sign with the female gender symbol with the words written "For Every Woman Raped in Every War". Black and white footage depicts soldiers in uniform performing a ceremony with the Canadian flag and drums.

Dr. Carrie Best speaking at the Women's Constitutional Conference, February 14th, 1981, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

This video documents Dr. Carrie Best speaking at the Women's Constitutional Conference on February 14, 1981 held on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dr. Best was the president of the Visible Minority Women's Society of Nova Scotia and co-founded the Clarion in 1946, one of the first newspapers owned and published by Black Canadians in Nova Scotia. The description titled "Equality and Racialized Women in Canada" on Constitute.ca reads: "The marginalization of racialized women still continues in Canada. See what Dr. Carrie Best said in 1981 and Joanne St. Lewis in 2006. We still have a long way to go in Canada to address the racism in our society." Constitute.ca was a project of the International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP), University of Victoria. Dr. Best states in the video: " I really don't need to tell you that I represent a minority group, because I happen to be the only one here representing the Black women of Canada. But that's not exactly ... Correction... and an apology… Over thirty years ago, I came here when Anne Francis had her conference, and I was definitely then, the lone representative of the Black women of Canada, and I presented a brief on their behalf, and I've come a long distance today, and I find that there is only one more of us here, and I think that should tell us something as women of Canada. Now 78, I'm still only number two. I would like to commend the Native Women's Association for their resolution, and I would like to quote this for you ..." At this point in the video the chairman states: "Dr. Best, excuse me but at this point in the agenda please, questions of clarification." Then Dr. Best goes on to state in the video: "Well this is a question of clarification if you'll permit me to read it. [...] [Dr. Best reads a quote from the charter on Indigenous rights and freedoms] Then Dr. Best states in the video: "[...] and I am suggesting madam chairman, that not only do we deny the existence of certain rights, but it appears that you have denied the very existence of the Black women of Canada."

Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Dr. Sima Samar

This video documents an interview with Dr. Sima Simar, chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. The interview was conducted by Sally Armstrong at the Canadian Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform on February 14th, 2006, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. The description for the video on the Constitute.ca website reads: "Dr. Sima Samar is the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. A medical doctor, she set up illegal clinics for women and girls under the Taliban, and has dedicated her life to the liberation of women from the repressive Taliban and Afghan regimes. She was briefly appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan and the Minister of Women’s Affairs after the first democratic elections in 2004." The video is supplementary interview material for the documentary film Constitute!. Constitute.ca is a project of the International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP), University of Victoria.

Lerato Legoabe speaking at the Canadian Forum on Women's Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform, 2006, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

This video documents Lerato Legoabe, Coordinator of GirlsNet, South Africa, speaking at the Canadian Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform on February 14th, 2006, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. The event was an intergenerational forum on democratic renewal to produce forward looking strategies in a global context for intergenerational women’s equality rights. Lerato states in the video: "[...] I want to end with three challenges and, like I did yesterday, I want to cluster them together. The issue of access to information. The issue of violence against women because I feel violence against women, as a South African and I think, as a young woman of the world, is a very big challenge that many governments, civil society and people in general are struggling to deal with and I feel that, as the young women's movement, we need to be a voice that has a position on this issue. We also need to come up with strategies that will influence some of the activism that needs to happen on the ground on this issue: HIV AIDS and its link to violence against women, child trafficking (it's now called modern day slavery). We need to have a position on that. [...]" The 2006 forum was held in the same room on Parliament Hill as the 1981 Women’s Constitutional Conference twenty-five years prior. The 2006 forum was attended by original members of Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women and the Constitution (who organized the 1981 conference) along with parliamentarians, students and other activists over the course of two days.

Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Malalai Joya

This video documents an interview with Malalai Joya, a member of parliament in Afghanistan. The interview was conducted by Sally Armstrong at the Canadian Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform on February 14th, 2006, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. The description for the video on the Constitute.ca website reads: "Malalai Joya has been called the ‘woman who will not be silenced’ while she exposes the dangerous and difficult situation for the Afghan people." In 2003, Malalai spoke out publicly against warlords in Afghanistan while serving as an elected delegate to the Loya Jirga, the assembly convened to ratify Afghanistan's constitution. In 2005, Malalai became one of 68 women elected to the 249-seat National Assembly known as the Wolesi Jirga. The video is supplementary interview material for the documentary film Constitute!. Constitute.ca is a project of the International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP), University of Victoria.

Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Dr. Gertrude Fester

This video documents an interview with Dr. Gertrude Fester, human rights activist and member of the South African parliament in 1994. The interview was conducted by Sally Armstrong at the Canadian Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform on February 14th, 2006, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. The description for the interview on Constitute.ca reads: "Dr. Gertrude Fester, a feminist activist, educator, poet and writer from South Africa, who is a former Member of Parliament, and a Commissioner of the Gender Commissioner. She discusses a brief herstory of South African women’s rights and the parallels to the Canadian women’s movement." The video is supplementary interview material for the documentary film Constitute!. Constitute.ca is a project of the International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP), University of Victoria.

Global conversations with Sally Armstrong: Interview with Joanne St. Lewis

This video clip documents a portion of an interview with Joanne St. Lewis, a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada (now Law Society of Ontario), a governing body for lawyers in Ontario. The interview was conducted by Sally Armstrong at the Canadian Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional and Democratic Reform on February 14th, 2006, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Joanne states in the interview "[...] I am the first Black woman elected in 208 years. Now they talk about gender issues there, and from my perspective, I don't think any of those women, other than my colleague who is the only aboriginal woman, has any sense of what a constant negotiation it is for me to be in there. I don't automatically coalesce with the women. I think I have different ideas of what feminism is about. I think I see a liberation struggle for Black people at a global level, which means Black men, women, and children together to be liberated from colonial regime. [...] " The description for the interview on the Constitute.ca reads: "The marginalization of racialized women still continues in Canada. See what Dr. Carrie Best said in 1981 and Joanne St. Lewis in 2006. We still have a long way to go in Canada to address the racism in our society." The video is supplementary interview material for the documentary film Constitute!. Constitute.ca is a project of the International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP), University of Victoria.
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