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This site represents the collaborative efforts of several different social service organizations in Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As members of the BRAVE Committee, these agencies are dedicated to coordinating the community’s response to  gendered violence, domestic violence and sexual violence. This is achieved through advocacy for improvements in existing systems, prevention and intervention initiatives, increased accountability in service delivery, the promotion of education and training amongst agencies, and to ensure that established protocols are followed.

News

Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Neighbours, Friends and Families (IRCNFF) Campaign

The Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is working in partnership with IRCNFF to expand its reach by recruiting and training Peer Champions across Ontario. The Campaign’s goal is to raise awareness about the warning signs of violence against immigrant and refugee women, promote bystander intervention within immigrant and refugee communities across Ontario,  raise awareness about the unique barriers immigrant and refugees face when seeking support, and advocacy. A Peer Champion has been hired for the Brantford community and will hold […]

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BRAVE Stands United in Solidarity with Indigenous Communities: Official Statement of Support

  BRAVE stands united in solidarity with Indigenous communities and their decision to request a restructuring of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & Two-Spirit (MMIWGT2S). As a multi-sector, community-based coordinating committee that advocates for improvements in existing systems, we wholeheartedly support Indigenous communities across Turtle Island that are currently advocating to have their culture, traditions, and intersectional lenses represented throughout the MMIWGT2S Inquiry process. BRAVE will be joining Six Nations in honouring the spirits […]

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National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls : Six Nations Elected Council Press Release

Six Nations Elected Council has announced their support for the families of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), calling for the resignation of the current Commissioners and the re-establishment of the Inquiry Process. “The current inquiry is based on colonial values and processes. It must be built on the strengths and resiliencies of Indigenous culture, values, ceremonies, and medicines.” – Chief Ava Hill The Six Nations families of the MMIWG have asked that July 31st be an International Day of Ceremony […]

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BRAVE Participates in Local Pride Events

On June 17th BRAVE, along side The No More Project, participated in local pride events to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. As part of BRAVE’s ongoing commitment to become more inclusive to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community with respect to sexual violence and domestic violence prevention and response work, information cards created in partnership with The Bridge Committee on intimate partner violence specific to LGBTQ+ relationships were distributed.  

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Weaving Truth and Reconciliation into the Workplace

On March 3rd, BRAVE hosted a workshop lead by the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic for managers, board members, and agency decision makers from various community agencies in Brantford and Brant County. The workshop explored ways to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action into agency practice and procedures.  

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Events

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Take Back the Night

September 21

Check back for more information on our local Take Back the Night event.

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Information & Awareness Session on Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee Communities

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brantford Public Library, 173 Colborne Street
Brantford, ON N3T2G8
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Orange Shirt Day

September 30

A day to raise awareness about Canada's shameful history of the Residential School System, and to acknowledge and honour those who were lost to, and those affected by Residential Schools. Orange shirt day is a day for communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.  For more information on Orange Shirt Day please visit http://www.orangeshirtday.org.   Please consider purchasing your Orange T-Shirt from Woodland Cultural Centre. All proceeds support the Save the Evidence Campaign.

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Sisters In Spirit Vigils

October 4

October 4th Vigils are held in communities across Canada and internationally. It is a day to raise awareness, and for community members to support families and honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and two spirited (MMIWG2S).

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Action Against Poverty Forum

October 17 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
YES Church, 305 West Street
Brantford, Ontario N3R 3V6
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This FREE local forum will highlight the work of Brantford Welcome In and explore programmes that attempt to create inclusion, address issues of access, and provide opportunity to address the social determinants of health. Please register with Carrie Sinkowski by emailing [email protected]  

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ontario Women's Directorate