Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women's Network

About antidote

2009 downloadable brochure (pdf)

Established in 2002, antidote is an award-winning grassroots network and community-based organization of over 180 multiracial girls and women in Victoria, British Columbia. Our members represent diverse voices, ages, ethno-cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds and affiliations in the community. We work with youth, families, schools, community groups, service providers, policy makers and researchers to promote the visibility and needs of racialized minority and Indigenous girls and women.

What does “racialized” mean? Racialization refers to a process by which certain groups are categorized as inferior and marginalized because of perceived physical and socio-cultural differences, including skin colour, cultural beliefs, religious markers, accent, and citizenship status. Racialization creates social inequality based on racial categories and is the root of systemic racism and other forms of discrimination.

Antidote is for girls and women of racialized minority and Indigenous backgrounds, and everyone in between. This includes girls and women of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and other First Peoples), immigrant, refugee, Canadian-born, and mixed race backgrounds. We also welcome individuals who identify as queer, transgendered, and/or two-spirited.

We are unique volunteer-based organization that focuses on creative and participatory methods to bridge  community, activism and research. Antidote targets barriers facing racialized girls and women by supporting their psychosocial well-being, engagement and leadership skills. Our projects are based on participatory, change-focused methods. We foster intercultural education and community building through creative multimedia tools such as documentaries, theatre, photography, poetry, art and digital media.

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Antidote’s projects are as unique as you are.

There are literally endless opportunities to become involved. Whatever your interest or passion, you will find a home for it here. We take an organic and dynamic approach to our projects, ensuring that they reflect the needs and interests of our members. We offer a range of activities – social, artistic, political, relational and everything in between. Check out how you can meet our network of amazing women who are passionate about making a difference in our community.

The tea party gang


West Coast kick off for The Sorority, Pledge Tour, in Victoria on May 2

We’re excited that The Sorority, a hip hop supergroup, is coming to the West Coast on May 2nd. We know these folks via friends and allies in Toronto. And I’m really looking forward to seeing them! If you aren’t familiar with them, check out their Instagram, it’s fire, @TheSororityYYZ! Wednesday, May …

Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser

‘After Shock’ Drum Workshop: Community Call and Response When: 2 – 4pm on Sunday, May 17th Where: Bert Richman Building at the Gordon Head Rec Centre – 4100 Lambrick Way (off Feltham) Learn to play ‘Hiryu Sandan Gaeshi’ Sending a message of peace, health and hope to the people of Nepal. Suggested Workshop fee: …

AGM November 4th

2014 Annual General Meeting Date: 5:00 – 8:30pm on Tuesday, November 4th Place: Surrounded by Cedars Child and Family Services Board Room 211, 1497 Admirals Road, Victoria V9A 2P8 Agenda 5pm Welcome AGM Business: Activity and Annual Reports Nomination and Elections for antidote Board of Directors President, Treasurer, Recorder, Indigenous …

Jumble Sale October 18th

Jumble Sale and Fall Blow Out!! Come on everybody!! Where? 548 Cornwall Street (near Fairfeld and Moss) When? Saturday, October 18th 10am – 2pm Great Deals on: Art, craft and screen printing supplies Workshop materials Books Wool, felt and fabric iMac computer and Laptop  

Why Your Love of Asian Babes May Be Racist

Alicia Menendez Tonight is a TV show that recently featured an interview with comedian Kristina Wong as well as the head of an online dating service that collected data about users’ racial preferences. Kristina Wong reacted in what may have been the only way possible, given the attempted all-too-serious (or …

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