PUBLICATIONS

YSWC has spearheaded a number of projects - some that have resulted in publication. This page contains YSWC's most popular publications that emerged out of issues that affect Yukon women.

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In response to a public outcry about sexualized violence that occurred in a Whitehorse taxi in early 2021, YWC launched a survey to hear directly from community members about what was happening and what needs to change.

 

The survey was available to the public in both French and English for nine days in February 2021. During this period, 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. In nearly every category of incident, Indigenous respondents reported proportionally higher rates of violence, harassment, or encounters that made them feel unsafe or targeted. Of the 174 respondents, 107 (62%) reported incidents related to harassment, sexualized harassment/assault, threats and/or coercion. Respondents indicated not knowing where or how to report incidents of gender-based violence. Those who were aware of reporting options often did not think what they experienced was severe enough to necessitate a report, or that enforcement responses would be effective. Respondents indicated that they didn't know if cameras in taxis were present or "on", and taxi driver IDs were reported as being not visible, absent, or reflective of the driver in the taxi.

 

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.

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.

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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 from the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society's Never Until Now 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. 

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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. 

This executive summary includes the Yukon-specific voices of homeless women from the "You Just Blink and It Could Happen" research project. 

The study navigated the food needs of the community by analyzing Yukon food security statistics, attending local food security conferences, conducting interviews with service providers, and interviewing local farmers. Preliminary research suggested that there was a need for a program that addressed the barriers to food security for low-income single parents in Whitehorse.

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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 wen 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."

This executive summary includes the Yukon-specific voices of homeless women from the "You Just Blink and It Could Happen" research project. 

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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. 56 women from across the Yukon whose lives were directly impacted by the mining sector were invited to come discuss mining, women and the environment.