The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre is hosting our 4th annual Think Tank series as part of the Analysis to Action on Gender-Based Violence (AAGBV) Project. These events will invite you to meet and network with community members, grassroots organizers, and advocates to share knowledge, build analysis, and unite for action around issues relating to gender-based violence in Thunder Bay and the region. The series is taking place November 21st to 23rd. This year, our gathering is focused on learning about mutual aid and transformative justice approaches to preventing and responding to gender-based violence. 

Session details and registration links are below.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 | 10AM – 12:30PM EST | Criminal Court Responses to GBV in Thunder Bay: Initial Findings

Join us for a presentation about the preliminary findings from the criminal Court Watch Project and a discussion about the current criminal court response to gender-based violence in Thunder Bay.


  • Jennifer Hastings, GBV Navigation Advocate at NOWC
  • Emma Hampson, Gender Based Violence Court Advocate at NOWC

This discussion session is intended for those working with and supporting women who are experiencing violence, both in the legal and social service sector. This includes: Crowns, lawyers, Victim & Witness Services, and other court and legal workers; and those working in the anti-violence sector, such as service providers, women’s advocates, and front-line staff.

To register, click here

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 | 1 PM – 3 PM EST | Keynote Presentation

Join us in hearing from Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) (2020), who will deliver our keynote presentation with a discussion to follow. 

To register, click here

Dean Spade is an organizer, writer and teacher. Dean has been working to build queer and trans liberation based in racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He is a lawyer, writer, trans activist, and professor at the Seattle University School of Law.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 | 1–3PM EST | Mutual Aid & Building Solidarity: Discussions in Community

Join us for a conversation about local activism, mutual aid, and building solidarity through organizing.

Panel presenters: Lucille Atlookan, Jayal Chung, Sarah DiBiagio

Moderator: Gwen O’Reilly

To register, click here

Any questions about the Think Tank Fall 2022 can be directed to Steph at [email protected].

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