Antidote programs directly target girls and women of racialized minority and Indigenous backgrounds.
The populations we serve include girls and women of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and other First Peoples), immigrant, refugee, Canadian-born, and mixed race backgrounds. Canadian research on social exclusion shows that they face disproportionately higher rates of gender and race-based discrimination, poverty, sexual exploitation, health-related barriers, social isolation, and exposure to violence.
We address these barriers with innovative approaches on three levels:
Programs and social network
Our outreach services, weekly programs, workshops and social events address the needs of often marginalized girls and women. We offer a supportive environment that reduces social isolation and connects girls and women to other health, education and social services they may not otherwise access.
Training and research
Our training and research initiatives build girls and women’s leadership and participation skills in areas such as conflict resolution, public speaking, intercultural and intergenerational facilitation, health and wellness, and media use. Our research projects contribute important new knowledge that impact policy and programming.
Public education initiatives
We support awareness, intercultural partnerships and social inclusion within the broader community.