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Staying the Course & Advocate Burnout – Part Two: Creating Community & Self Care

Staying the Course & Advocate Burnout – Part Two: Creating Community & Self Care

In Part One, we looked at the ways that you can stay engaged and focused throughout your advocacy work to…
Staying the Course & Advocate Burnout – Part One: Focusing Your Advocacy Work

Staying the Course & Advocate Burnout – Part One: Focusing Your Advocacy Work

While certain topics move in and out of the public eye with current events, being an advocate is a lifelong…
Finding the People Already Doing the Work

Finding the People Already Doing the Work

In these modules, we have said again and again (and will continue to say) that the best sources of information…
Advocacy in Action: Researching Exercise

Advocacy in Action: Researching Exercise

Research and learning is one of the best things that you can do as an advocate. Not only do you…
Your Advocacy Tools

Your Advocacy Tools

As we highlighted in our Allyship 101 Workshop, finding your role as an advocate is as much about your own…
What Does It Mean to Act as an Advocate?

What Does It Mean to Act as an Advocate?

“We need people to stand up and take on the problems borne of oppression as their own, without remove or…
Ways to Start Confronting Your Bias

Ways to Start Confronting Your Bias

We all hold biases and if we are not careful will make decisions based on them. While we might fundamentally…
Why Confront Your Bias

Why Confront Your Bias

To test whether you have any implicit biases, consider the following scenarios. How would you feel if: You observe a…
The Nature of Bias

The Nature of Bias

The concept of equality – of everyone being afforded the same rights and freedoms and treating everyone with the same…
How I Confronted My Bias

How I Confronted My Bias

When I started my company, my first goal was that I wanted to build something that was designed to give…
To all parents, from your child suffering from depression

To all parents, from your child suffering from depression

By Noor Islam, an Honours Kinesiology Student, minoring in Medical Physiology at the University of Waterloo To all parents,  No…
Quiz: What Is the Root of Your Prejudice?

Quiz: What Is the Root of Your Prejudice?

We are not born with prejudice, but we are taught. Prejudice can be conquered through education and experience. What is…
Quiz: How Do You Handle Prejudice at Work?

Quiz: How Do You Handle Prejudice at Work?

Our workplaces can be both one of the most important and the most precarious places to be a strong and…
Quiz: How Do You Deal With Your Prejudices?

Quiz: How Do You Deal With Your Prejudices?

Unconscious bias and existing prejudices are things we always need to be working to eliminate in ourselves. How do you…
Quiz: Is Your Workplace Equal for All?

Quiz: Is Your Workplace Equal for All?

Becoming an effective ally means trying to boost the equality and fight against discrimination, bias and unequal systems throughout your…
3 Small Changes with Big Impact

3 Small Changes with Big Impact

Being an ally for universal equality and representation and a conscious citizen is something that takes work and attention every…
5 Good Ways of Building Effective Allyship (and 2 Bad Ones...)

5 Good Ways of Building Effective Allyship (and 2 Bad Ones...)

Becoming and maintaining yourself as an effective and engaged ally for any group, person or organization is something that takes…
LGBTQIA2S+ Quiz & Glossary

LGBTQIA2S+ Quiz & Glossary

As well as our first pride month blog, we have created a glossary of terms for your reference.   Once…
My Coming Out Story

My Coming Out Story

*The author of this piece wishes to remain anonymous. I felt different than many of my friends growing up. I…
Happy Pride Month! Let's Talk About Language

Happy Pride Month! Let's Talk About Language

“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” -Jason Collins (Former professional NBA player) Happy…
Turning My Life Around After a Rough Start!

Turning My Life Around After a Rough Start!

I am a child of the 60’s, grew up in Los Angeles in a lower income area. My mother left…
Missing And Murdered Native Women: The Delaine Copenace Story

Missing And Murdered Native Women: The Delaine Copenace Story

The following blog post was written by Drew Penner, a reporter who took a close look at the disappearance of…
Kindness Stories: Jamey's Journey

Kindness Stories: Jamey's Journey

The Stand Up Speak Up Kindness Stories series was created to bring awareness to the actions and good work of…
This is How Great and F*cked it Gets: The One Year Lockdown Anniversary

This is How Great and F*cked it Gets: The One Year Lockdown Anniversary

By Carol Devine, Humanitarian Practitioner, Writer and Researcher *The main image is plastic garbage Carol collected on a Cleanup Svalbard…
The Midlife Call to “Speak Up” in a Way Uniquely Our Own

The Midlife Call to “Speak Up” in a Way Uniquely Our Own

By Susan Heinrich Perhaps you’ve found your way to Stand Up Speak Up because you wanted to learn about their…
Quiz: Can You Recognize Sexual Harassment?

Quiz: Can You Recognize Sexual Harassment?

In the age of the MeToo Movement, improving the dialogue surrounding sexual harassment is necessary to move forward into a…
Killed In RECORD Numbers: Why Indigenous Women Are Victims Of ASTONISHING Violence

Killed In RECORD Numbers: Why Indigenous Women Are Victims Of ASTONISHING Violence

The Canadian Department of Justice reports that Aboriginal females are more than three times as likely to become victims of…

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