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Celebrating Nowruz

Illustration of two goldfish in a flower-shaped bowl, with the text "happy Nowruz,"

This weekend marks one of the world’s largest celebrations, Nowruz. As we at CHASI wish for a wonderful weekend for all of those celebrating it, we have collaborated once again with Shaheen Shivji, Program Coordinator at UFV’s Peace and Reconciliation Centre (PARC) for a special post on the significance and celebration of Nowruz. Nowruz—“now” meaning … Read more

Choose to Challenge Fatphobia

Illustration of a woman sitting proudly in underwear, showing leg hair, a large body, and stretch marks on her stomach. Text reads #ChooseToChallenge.

March 8 is International Women’s Day. This year the theme #ChoosetoChallenge calls on people worldwide “to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.” In this spirit, we want to challenge you to consider the way we talk about women’s bodies and body image. While many individuals and organizations will … Read more

Pink Shirt Day & Targeted Violence

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Today is Pink Shirt Day, which encourages “everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that [they] do not tolerate bullying.” Reflecting on this admirable annual event, we at CHASI feel that it is increasingly important that our commitment to “being kind” be augmented with our acknowledgement of — and consequently outrage at — … Read more

B.C. Heritage Week

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February 15–21 marks B.C. Heritage Week, and the theme for 2021 is “where do you find heritage?” CHASI’s graphic design intern, Celina Koops, reflects on that question and the places that represent B.C. best to her. This B.C. Heritage Week, beginning with a lovely Family Day this past Monday, took the stress of school away … Read more

Moose Hide Campaign Day

Illustration of an Indigenous woman standing standing in front of the silhoutte of a moose. Text reads "silence is not enough. #MooseHideCampaignDay"

Today marks the 10th annual Moose Hide Campaign Day, which moves to end violence against women and children. The campaign specifically targets men and boys, noting that women have typically been left to take the initiative in speaking out against gender-based violence. The movement takes its name from the moose hide pin supporters are asked … Read more

The significance of a “gift”

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This article by CHASI Research Assistant Chelsea Novakowski is inspired in part by the ongoing observance of International Development Week. In recognition of this week, UFV is also hosting a number of virtual events which are free and open to the everyone. This blog post came about because last week, during my class on aid … Read more

CHASI observes Black History Month

Illustration of Emma Stark, with the text #BHM

February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the vital role of Black Canadians past, present, and future. One such family is the Starks. In 1858, 18 year-old Sylvia Stark — already a mother of two and a survivor of enslavement and scarlet fever — was one of hundreds of Black immigrants to … Read more

Getting to know Islam

Illustration of a hand lighting a candle. A hashtag reads "I remember January 29" and the following names are listed: Ibrahima Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane, Azzedine Soufiane, and Mamadou Tanou Barry.

January 29 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. We at CHASI, and our colleagues at PARC, urge you to educate yourself about Islamophobia, to think critically on how your own views and actions have been influenced by it, and to consider how you can combat its presence in your own community. … Read more