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antidote

Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women's Network
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“It’s About US” DVD/Zine

About antidote

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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.

Read about our history…

 

Quick update from a new board member!
Hey guys, I'm Emery Whitney! I just wanted to introduce myself and fill you guys in on some of the things I'll be talking about...
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Annual General Meeting 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 – 7:00pm Place, Victoria Downtown Public Library – Central Study Room #2 ...
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Hollie Cook, The Sorority and so many other great artists
I went to the Phillips Brewery Block Party a few weeks ago and what a line up! This was one my summer highlights. We watched...
Read More "Hollie Cook, The Sorority and so many other great artists"
A canvas of change
Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful soulshine! With springtime in the air, we are all very excited of planting new seeds during this...
Read More "A canvas of change"
Honouring community
I've been with Antidote since 2004. I was a member and I volunteered with youth. During that time I met Dr. Jo-anne Lee who was...
Read More "Honouring community"
I took the pledge at The Sorority Pledge Tour
This show was opened by Paint the Town Red. They're from Tsartlip First Nation. It was awesome and I met the group and told them...
Read More "I took the pledge at The Sorority Pledge Tour"

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

 

Quick update from a new board member!
Hey guys, I'm Emery Whitney! I just wanted to introduce myself and fill you guys in on some of the things I'll be talking about...
Read More "Quick update from a new board member!"
Annual General Meeting 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 – 7:00pm Place, Victoria Downtown Public Library – Central Study Room #2 ...
Read More "Annual General Meeting 2018"
Hollie Cook, The Sorority and so many other great artists
I went to the Phillips Brewery Block Party a few weeks ago and what a line up! This was one my summer highlights. We watched...
Read More "Hollie Cook, The Sorority and so many other great artists"
A canvas of change
Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful soulshine! With springtime in the air, we are all very excited of planting new seeds during this...
Read More "A canvas of change"
Honouring community
I've been with Antidote since 2004. I was a member and I volunteered with youth. During that time I met Dr. Jo-anne Lee who was...
Read More "Honouring community"
I took the pledge at The Sorority Pledge Tour
This show was opened by Paint the Town Red. They're from Tsartlip First Nation. It was awesome and I met the group and told them...
Read More "I took the pledge at The Sorority Pledge Tour"
Monthly meeting on May 8th, Victoria downtown library
If anyone wants to join us, Antidote is meeting on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:00pm at the Downtown Central Library in Study Room #3 (by...
Read More "Monthly meeting on May 8th, Victoria downtown library"
West Coast kick off for The Sorority, Pledge Tour, in Victoria
We're excited that The Sorority, a hip hop supergroup, is coming to the West Coast on May 3rd. We know these folks via friends and...
Read More "West Coast kick off for The Sorority, Pledge Tour, in Victoria"

“It’s About US” DVD/Zine

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This DVD and zine project showcases a series of short documentaries and writings produced by girls who were members of antidote’s We’re Just Sayin’ (formerly Gurlz Club). Funded by the Canadian Council on Learning, this Antidote project involved a group of racialized minority and Indigenous girls (9-18 years old) producing documentary shorts regarding health, identity, and social ex/inclusion through an intensive multi-media project. The goal was to raise public awareness of the impact of racism, sexism and social exclusion on girls’ physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health.

Working in partnership with a local Victoria independent film organization called MediaNet, the girls worked closely with film-maker Grace Salez, who taught them skills in storyboarding, film production, and editing. The girls produced a DVD containing nine short films discussing a wide range of topics such as HIV/AIDS, racism, immigration, xenophobia, girlhood, body image, and solidarity. The films and accompanying zine provide insights into how racialized minority and Indigenous girls and young women understand and represent the role of age, gender, race, class, nationality, religion, citizenship, and sexuality, among other factors, in shaping their identities and their understandings of health. The package offers a tool for education, advocacy, and community development for racialized girls and young women, as well as for educators, service providers, and policy makers.

Quick update from a new board member!
Hey guys, I'm Emery Whitney! I just wanted to introduce myself and fill you guys in on some of the things I'll be talking about...
Read More "Quick update from a new board member!"
Annual General Meeting 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 – 7:00pm Place, Victoria Downtown Public Library – Central Study Room #2 ...
Read More "Annual General Meeting 2018"
Hollie Cook, The Sorority and so many other great artists
I went to the Phillips Brewery Block Party a few weeks ago and what a line up! This was one my summer highlights. We watched...
Read More "Hollie Cook, The Sorority and so many other great artists"

Become a volunteer

Whether you’re interested in meeting new girls and women in the community, sharing a skill, or have an idea for a great project, we would love to talk you.

Volunteers are our foundation.

As a volunteer, you can:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Give back to the community
  • Learn new skills
  • Support others
  • Have a unique opportunity to work with others coming from diverse backgrounds
  • Receive valuable training
  • Become positive role models for young girls and women

As a student-friendly organization, we offer volunteer internship/practicum placements for college/university students or CAPP hours for high school students. There are also occasional contract employment opportunities for passionate individuals just like you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us!

Quick update from a new board member!

Hey guys, I’m Emery Whitney! I just wanted to introduce myself and fill you guys in on some of the things I’ll be talking about with antidote…

Annual General Meeting 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 – 7:00pm Place, Victoria Downtown Public Library – Central Study Room #2 …

Hollie Cook, The Sorority and so many other great artists

I went to the Phillips Brewery Block Party a few weeks ago and what a line up! This was one my summer highlights. We watched so many amazing performers and I had the honour to be part of some of the behind the scenes activity. Hollie Cook came all the …

A canvas of change

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful soulshine! With springtime in the air, we are all very excited of planting new seeds during this time of renewal, rejuvenation and revitalization to have Antidote grow into a community of solidarity, empowerment and lifting each other up. Angela Davis in her …

Honouring community

I’ve been with Antidote since 2004. I was a member and I volunteered with youth. During that time I met Dr. Jo-anne Lee who was doing a project that became Antidote. I’m old school.  Community organizing can be hell. It’s hard. All of us are wearing many hats and have …

I took the pledge at The Sorority Pledge Tour

This show was opened by Paint the Town Red. They’re from Tsartlip First Nation. It was awesome and I met the group and told them that I’ve been seeing them on APTN and it was so great to finally meet them and see them. We have local hip hop and …

Monthly meeting on May 8th, Victoria downtown library

If anyone wants to join us, Antidote is meeting on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:00pm at the Downtown Central Library in Study Room #3 (by the Community Room). I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and in the meantime enjoy the soulshine.

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

We’re excited that The Sorority, a hip hop supergroup, is coming to the West Coast on May 3rd. 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! May 3rd, …

Testing, 1, 2… 1, 2… Judy on the mic

Hi everyone. How is your spring going? I would like to introduce myself. Many of you might know me from the early days in Antidote! I’m on the board of directors as the Communication Representative. I’m Judy Woo…

Antidote Annual General Meeting

Antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women’s Network Annual General meeting – When: July 26th from 5:00-8:00pm – Where: Vancouver Island Immigrant and Refugee Society (VIRCS.) 202-531 Yates St, Victoria BC V8W 1K7…

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