YSWC has spearheaded and contributed to a number of projects, many of which have resulted in publication.
This page contains YSWC's most popular publications that have emerged out of issues that affect Yukon women.
TAXI SAFETY REPORT
In response to a public outcry about sexualized violence that occurred in a Whitehorse taxi in early 2021, Yukon Women's Coalition launched a survey to hear directly from community members about what was happening and what needs to change. A total of 174 people responded, 160 of whom identified as women. Respondents described a wide variety of incidents and concerns. The severity of incidents ranged from sub-criminal to criminal in nature.
Liard Aboriginal Women's Society and Yukon Status of Women Council conducted interviews with Indigenous and Racialized women who work or worked in the extractive industry in the Yukon and Northern British Columbia. One of the respondents said she'd never been asked about her experiences working in the sector... "Never until now". The key findings of the study are that women’s jobs, across all age groups, education levels, racial background, experience in mining seasons, job type categories, and camp type, are concentrated in typically low-paying and gendered roles and that working conditions often compromise their personal safety.
NEVER UNTIL NOW
IN HER BEST INTEREST
Courtwatch Yukon involved the direct observation of the court environment and the treatment of victims by the judge, Crown prosecutor and defense lawyers as well as interviews with women who had been victims of violence and through the court system. The project drew on feminist theory for analysis and the connection between language usage, legal proceedings, sentencings and victim’s experiences.
The primary aim of the 2015 Repairing the Holes in the Net study was to promote and foster improvement in service policies and practices aimed at meeting the needs of homeless and at-risk women with mental health challenges in Canada’s North.
REPAIRING THE HOLES IN THE NET
YOU JUST BLINK AND IT COULD HAPPEN
Published in 2007, this pan-territorial research project YSWC did in collaboration with other northern women's organizations explores the complex determinants, impacts, and underlying policies related to homelessness for women North of 60, including recommendations.
Two Watson Lake RCMP officers were acquitted after being charged with sexual assault of a nurse in 2010. Women's advocates in the Yukon were outraged resulting in the 2010 review of Yukon RCMP along with this seminal publication from Lois Moorcroft.
IF MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT: YUKON & THE RCMP
A LITTLE KINDNESS WOULD GO A LONG WAY
This executive summary includes the Yukon-specific voices of homeless women from the "You Just Blink and It Could Happen" research project.
In 2001, YSWC co-produced “Gaining Ground: Women, Mining and the Environment” with the Yukon Conservation Society. This publication was unique in that it involved an expansive literature review along with case studies, community and individual interviews as well as the integration of the discussions that happened at the “Gaining Ground” gathering - hosted in September of 2000. A total of 56 women from across the Yukon whose lives were directly impacted by the mining sector were invited to come to discuss mining, women and the environment.
GAINING GROUND: WOMEN, MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT
In 1975, International Women's Year, we published "Yukon Women". The authors wrote, "We hope the book will give Yukon women useful information about their legal rights and responsibilities and the availability of health care in the Territory as well as giving a sense of the roles women have played in the history of the Yukon and a glimpse into the lives of some of the women living here today."
The work we do would not be possible without the courage of those with lived experience, who graciously share their stories. We hold you up and honour your voice. You keep the work grounded and motivate us to continue working tirelessly to push for social change and real action on the issues that matter.
We also want to thank our partners, collaborators and funders. This work takes a community and no one organization can do it alone.