Our goal at JOURNEY Magazine Ptbo is to explore and report on local and global gender and social issues from our home base in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. As we celebrate the many beautiful voices of women and others of our neighbourhoods and around the world, we hope to provide insight towards, at times, serious issues; we hope to make you aware of available community resources; and we hope to further the discussion towards possible solutions where needed. We also share the stories of those who are contributing to our communities and inspiring others to “make a difference”.
We have chosen to support the Red Pashmina Campaign, (RPC), a local grass-roots initiative, which speaks for women in our community and globally. Many of the women you will meet on these pages are part of its local Women of Impact project. By selling its red pashminas, RPC supports the Peterborough New Canadians Centre. In 2016, RPC gave over $4,000 to the Centre’s Syrian Refugee Fund. Globally, sales of pashminas have raised thousands of dollars to support the education of women and children in Afghanistan, through a collaboration with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. With this in mind, a portion of profits from JOURNEY Magazine are donated to Red Pashmina Inc. to continue its good work. We also feature stories from and about Afghanistan. Visit www.redpashmina.com.
JOURNEY Magazine also supports Lynn Gehl, Ph.D., an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, Canada, who has been working on a challenge of Canada’s Indian Act for 30 years regarding its continued sex discrimination on the matter of unknown and unstated paternity. Section 15 denies Indian status to people of Indigenous Nations based on this sex discrimination — people who are in need of status registration and protection of their treaty benefits – in particular their health care and education benefits, and should not bear the brunt of the government of Canada’s desire to eliminate status Indians. Gehl is an advocate, artist, and writer and an outspoken critic of colonial law and policies that harm Indigenous women, men, children and the land. Her book The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process, published by Fernwood, is available at her website www.lynngehl.com See also: https://journeymagazineptbo.com/2016/05/20/1104/#more-1104
JOURNEY Magazine is a community-based online magazine that values the stories, work, efforts, and struggles from the perspective of a diversity of women. The writing style emerges from a story-telling framework. While the focus is on women’s stories, the writing style does not emerge from a hard-core critical theoretical feminist framework. That said, some of the contributors do write from critical theoretical perspective using a story-telling approach to explain complex issues. It may be good to keep in mind that grounded critical thinking values that not all writing emerges from a critical theoretical paradigm, and also value that critical thinking is more than criticizing.