Women

When I was about 15 years old I ran away from my parent’s home in Burnaby. My parents were alcoholics and there was a lot of abusive behaviour and yelling in our home. This is common in a lot of Native homes, but I think this is because our parents are mimicking the behaviors of abuse that they...
Here's something I wrote in one of my first few pieces of poetry. I always said it to myself in overcoming hardships and still do whenever I'm in a foul mood. At 13 years old, I went away for a weekend with my mom. When we came back, we noticed all my things were thrown in her room. Someone else's...
There is a story about me and my own children when we used to live in Hill Top, a public housing ghetto in my home town This is a story about my children and me when we used to live in Hill Top, a public housing ghetto in my hometown. One night, in the nineties, I was evicted. I lost my children...
The shelter staff helped me find a maternity home for young unwed mothers, somewhere I needed to be. Before I begin my story, I feel I should tell you some pertinent information about myself and my family. My name is Jenn and I'm 29 yrs old. I am a single mother of 3 wonderful little boys. They...
"Teal's Story" visually illustrates one young trans woman's experience in Toronto's shelter system and how she navigated daily occurrences of extreme transphobia. This Digital Storytelling project is part of I. Alex Abramovich's Doctoral research study, which is exploring LGBTQ youth homelessness...
On the verge of being evicted, Theresa heads out to work panhandling on a familiar patch of concrete in downtown Toronto. Confiding in her caseworker, Bouchra, Theresa blames herself for her eviction and delivers a startling revelation. This short film is a chapter from Here At Home, a web...

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