2011 issue of thirdspace






All self-identified women are welcome to attend, including new members.

Light snacks will be provided, wheelchair accessible space, children are welcome, bus tickets available. Contact us with any accessibility requests or concerns at wcentre@uvss.ca.




All self-identified women are welcome, including new members. You do not need to be a current collective member to attend. Light snacks provided, wheelchair accessible space, and children are welcome.

Come and learn how you can get involved with the Women's Centre!





We are hiring for 116hrs left in our volunteer coordinator work-study position. If you are eligible for work-study and interested in the position please check out the posting and send your resume and cover letter to wcentre@uvss.ca.

If you applied in the fall semester, we will be considering your application in this round of hiring and you will not need to submit your information again unless you want to update it. 

Deadline to apply is Friday January 17th 

http://www.uvic.ca/registrar/ assets/docs/safa/work-study/ UVSS_WCTR_1.pdf





The next UVSS Women's Centre Collective Meeting is:

Thursday, December 5th at 6:30pm in SUB B107

All self-identified women are welcome to attend, including new members!

Come learn more about how you can get involved wit the Women's Centre!

Light snacks provided! Wheelchair accessible! Children welcome!



The next UVSS Women's Centre Collective Meeting is:

Monday, November 25th @ 6pm in SUB B107

All self-identified women are welcome to attend, including new members!

Come learn more about how you can get involved with the Women's Centre!

Light snacks provided! Children welcome!




The Women's Centre AGM is Coming Up on Friday, November 15th, 2013!

See poster for details!





The next UVSS Women's Centre Collective Meeting is

Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 6pm in SUB B107.

All self-identified women welcome, including new members!



Next Collective Meeting:

Thursday, October 10 @ 3PM



Upcoming Events

Open House!!

Come by and see what the UVic Women's Centre is all about! This is an opportunity to find out about projects we are working on this year and how to get involved with the women's centre collective. There will be many many snacks and tea. This event is gender-inclusive and open to all community members.

This event is happening as part of "Dis/Orientation Days", have a looksie https://www.facebook.com/ events/1375488982681682/

See you there!



Job Opportunities at the Women's Centre!!

We are hiring for both coordinator positions, the Outreach & Communications coordinator and the Finance & Administration Coordinator.



For students eligible for the Work Study program, we are hiring for a Volunteer Coordinator and Thirdspace Production Editor(s). See link for more info:

Workstudy http://registrar.uvic.ca/safa/ workstudy/ UVicStudentSociety.html

For more info, email wcentre@uvss.ca



May 11, 2013 11am-6pm

Vancouver Island School of Art, 2549 Quadra St Victoria

LIVE MURAL PAINTING BY: Mythos, Phresha, Bubzee, Megan Allard, Mogli, Sorrow, Fynch, Remia, Caitlin Gallup, Sylvia Munson, Zada, Morgana Wallace, Katie Sage, + more TBA!

MUSIC BY: Open Relationship, Hundy Thou, AutoKrat, SWEET DJ SETS by Regular Fantasy and Seedeeaaa

Thirdspace, the UVSS Women’s Centre’s annual, non-commercial, anti-oppressive, feminist zine will be releasing their 2013 issue on Saturday, May 11th. This year, the zine will explore the question: “Does feminism matter?” through various selected works of writing and graphic art.

Come hang out and celebrate! The event will take place from 11-6, and will include mural painting by woman and trans*-identified artists, live music, refreshments, and of course copies of the new issue of Thirdspace. The event is all ages, family friendly, and wheelchair accessible. Come check out our zine!!!

Mural painting will begin at 11.

BBQ (by donation) and DJs will begin at 1.

Music will begin at 2.

Bring your stoke. This will be a fun day!!!!

Contributor info to come.



Since the 1970's over 3000 women have gone missing or been found murdered in Canada. More than half are under the age of 31. Eighty eight percent have left behind children and grandchildren. The majority have been Indigenous women. No one has been charged in over 150 of the confirmed homicides. 300 of the official cases are still unsolved" - quote from the film 'Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside'

This is a memorial march to honor the missing and murdered Indigenous women. Their spirits still live with us. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

The memorial march will be on Sunday, February 17th, 2013. We will gather at 11am in front of Our Place, 919 Pandora avenue and begin walking at 12:00 noon. We will walk down Pandora, turn left on Government st. and make our way to Thunderbird Park where there will be food and speeches. Feel free to wear red or regalia, bring drums and remember loved ones.

All signage should be that of a memorial nature (remembering and honoring loved ones). Please no organizational signage. This is not a protest. Educational events will take place in the week prior to the march. For more information please phone 250.721.8353 or email feb.14.memorialmarch@gmail.com

Posters are ready so contact us if you need a copy for your office :)


"Panty Drive” for the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and P.E.E.R.S. These organizations provide vital practical services for women who are socially and economically vulnerable. They assist women with immediate needs, but also focus on developing stability and promoting positive change through mentorship, education, advocacy, and job training.

As both organizations address women's immediate needs, feminine sanitary products and panties are in high demand. Which is why we are reaching out to you, the community, in hopes that you can provide much needed donations of feminine sanitary products and new panties. We are also seeking donations of chocolates as a celebration of Valentine's Day!

Deadline for donations drop-off is February 10th.

All donations can be brought to the UVic Women's Centre located in the Student Union Building Room B107, or, call 250-884-8551 for a pick-up. Please know that 100% of all contributions you make will positively impact the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and P.E.E.R.S by helping to reduce the effect of economic disadvantage

This Valentine’s lets work together to show women in need that we care.


Thirdspace is the UVSS Women’s Center’s annual feminist, anti-racist
publication. This year, Thirdspace will explore the question, “does
feminism matter?” While many embrace feminism as an important part of
resisting gender-based oppression, others hesitate to identify with the
term for a variety of reasons. We want to explore how people of all ages,
races, abilities, sexual orientations, locations, and classes have related
to feminism. How do the movements, theories, and conversations surrounding
feminism impact real lives? Contributions can address the question
directly, indirectly, or not at all. Personal narratives, interviews,
visual art, short stories, essays, poems, and audio/video contributions
are encouraged. While we recognize that the question we have chosen as our
topic can not be definitively answered, we want to create an accessible
discussion that incorporates many lived experiences, identities and
relationships to feminism.

Who can submit?
Anyone and everyone. People of all genders, races, ages, sexual
orientations, abilities, and backgrounds are welcome to submit. You do not
have to be a University of Victoria student. Let us hear your unique
perspective. We really want your submission!

Does my submission need to answer the question, “does feminism matter?”

Not at all! Please use the theme as a springboard to go in any direction
you would like. Ambiguity is fine and so is not answering the question.

Can submissions be anonymous?
Yes, submissions can be anonymous.

I need help!

We can help with story ideas, recording interviews, scanning art, editing,
and anything else. Please get in touch and let us know what you need.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 3rd.


Email: thirdspace.zine@gmail.com

Snail mail: SUB B107, University of Victoria

P.O. Box 3035 STN CSC

Victoria, B.C. V8W 3P3

Or in person at the University of Victoria Women’s Centre. Call us at



December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The day calls attention to violence committed against sex workers all over the world and highlights the need to remove prohibitionist laws that perpetuate stigma and discrimination which makes violence against sex-workers acceptable.

The event is co-organised between PEERS Victoria Resource Society and UVSS Women's Centre, and will start at the Legislature Buildings. From there we will march up Government st. in candlelight. In organizing this event we seek to call into question the continued apathy of government and citizens, and to create a site of solidarity and community. Together we will stand for autonomy, dignity and the freedom to work in safety with equal access to justice.

At this vibrant event, we will honour the lives lost and celebrate our vital movement. The red umbrella is an international symbol of sex workers rights, please wear red, bring your red umbrella and lantern to the rally and be part of the movement!

More details TBA



painting by Nora Patrich

Friday, November 23, 2012 from 4-7pm
(Snacks will be served at 7pm after the workshop ends)
The Upper Lounge - Student Union Building Room B110 University of Victoria


Join us for an intimate afternoon workshop. We will use theatre games and exercises based in Augusto Boal’s techniques to explore your life experiences and issues surrounding oppression.


No acting experience is necessary,
Just a desire to be open about your experiences, get into your bodies and out of your heads.


Wearing comfortable clothes is encouraged: we will be doing a warm up and exercises and games that involve moderate movement


For more information please visit our website www.uvss.uvic.ca/wcentre/

About Theatre of the Oppressed…
Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a theatrical method created by Augusto Boal that promotes social and political change. TO was born in Brazil and is now used all over the world as a powerful tool to explore the issues within a community. For more information please check this website: www.theatreoftheoppressed.org/en/index.php?nodeID=3


About the facilitator…
Sindy Angel recently moved to Victoria and is working as the volunteer coordinator at the UVSS women’s centre. She is a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner with eight years’ theatre experience in North and South America. She began her theatre training in her home country Colombia. She co-founded an independent theatre company, where they performed shows and Theatre of the Oppressed workshops for socially and economically disadvantaged communities in South America. Angel began the first theatre program at the women’s prison of Cali, Colombia.  Since moving to Canada, she has facilitated Theatre of the Oppressed workshops for youth, immigrant and refugee women, and people who have developmental, mental, and physical barriers at Power of Hope, Theatre Terrific, and several community centers. Moreover, she has facilitated support groups for women at Immigrant Services Society (ISS) and Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS).

You can find the facebook event here:



Open House!


Friday September 21st, 12-4pm Student Union Building Room B107

Gender-Inclusive Event

We are tabling at the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, happening on September 8th and 9th at the Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave, Songhees Territory. Saturday 11am - 6pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm. Lots of zines to behold and workshops to attend! Come say hi! For more info, visit http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/



The Women's Centre is looking for Volunteer Coordinators and Thirdspace Production Editors for the 2012/2013 school year! Application deadline is September 15th, 2012.
These positions are open to all self-identified women who are eligible for the UVic Workstudy program.
See link for more info about workstudy






Feel free to to contact us or come in and chat about the jobs for more information.




The Women's Centre is hiring for a new Outreach and Communications Coordinator. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2012. Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns.

University of Victoria Students’ Society Women's Centre
Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Application Deadline: August 1, 2012
Title & Location: Outreach and Communications Coordinator
University of Victoria Students’ Society Women's Centre


A co-coordinator for the University of Victoria Student’s Society Women's Centre.

Organizational Relationship: The Women’s Centre Outreach and Communications Coordinator will be responsible to the Women's Centre collective and the University of Victoria Student’s Society. In a joint effort with the Women's Centre collective and the Finance & Administration Coordinator, the Outreach and Communications Coordinator will supervise the Work Study staff.

Duties: Organizational Development and Collective Process:

1. Liaise with the University of Victoria Students Society on matters regarding the Women's Centre

2. Organize and participate in Collective meetings
3. Act as a resource on matters of Women’s Centre policies and procedures
4. In conjunction with the Person’ Elle Committee and the Finance & Administration Coordinator, develop job descriptions, work plans, hire, train, supervise and evaluate Work Study staff
5. Uphold, update and provide Women's Centre Constitution and policies and procedures to Collective members and staff. Ensure each is familiar with both documents
6. In collaboration with the Finance & Administration Coordinator, maintain the Women’s Centre list serve and respond to telephone and email inquiries
7. Provide advocacy for women on campus and in the community; maintain a current list of community resources for reference and provide emergency crisis referrals
8. Maintain office hours and ensure the centre is accessible as possible to all women
9. Collaborate with the staff and collective to work towards the mission and vision of the women's centre
10. Uphold an active and inclusive presence in the Women's Centre space

Outreach and Communications:
1. Represent the Women's Centre for outreach and communication projects
2. In conjunction with the Collective and Work Study staff coordinate projects and events
3. In collaboration with the various committees develop Women's Centre outreach print material and maintain the Women's Centre website
4. Prepare Women's Centre activity reports for Collective meetings and reports for UVSS Advocacy Council meetings each semester
5. Establish and maintain active coalitions with UVSS Advocacy Groups and relevant social justice organizations
6. Recruit and train volunteers and Collective members
7. Act as a resource to the Women's Centre committees
8. Maintain the Women’s Centre library in the absence of an active library committee
9. In conjunction with the Finance & Administration Coordinator, coordinate annual general meetings

1. Demonstrated commitment to feminist frameworks with a strong emphasis on anti-imperialist practice and respect for various abilities, genders, sexualities and socio-economic realities
2. Demonstrated commitment to anti-oppressive organizing and activism
3. Familiarity with the consensus decision making model
4. Ability to work independently and within a collective framework
5. Ability to organize, prioritize and follow-through
6. Experience coordinating volunteers and supervising staff
7. Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
8. Experience working with non-profit organizations an asset
9. Commitment to unlearning internalized oppressive values
10. Ability to organize in participatory, inclusive, and non-hierarchical frameworks
11. Demonstrated recognition, sensitivity, and understanding of the diverse issues surrounding oppression(s)

This is a one-year unionized, part-time position at 17 hours a week, Class 9, $21.50 an hour. This contract may be extended for an additional year upon mutual agreement of both parties. This position is restricted to women who self identify as women, for example, people who are transitioning, identify as gender queer, transsexual, transgendered, intersexed and/or those who are pronounced female at birth (refer to Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Article 12, subsection 2). The University of Victoria Student’s Society is an equal opportunity employer. All women are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to, Indigenous women, women of color, queer women and women with disabilitie(s).

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter in person to:

Caitlin Gallupe, Finance & Administration Coordinator
Mandee McDonald, Outreach & Communications Coordinator UVSS Women's Centre, Student Union Building B107, University of Victoria, OR



This year's issue of Thirdspace is just about complete!!! There are two production parties scheduled for next week, where we will screen print the coves and assemble the zine. The work isn't difficult, but there is lots to do, so come on out, lend a hand, have some snacks, and meet the Thirdspace Production Editors and Women's Centre Collective.

Production party #1 is on Tuesday July 3 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm in the Women's Centre (SUB B107). We will screen print the covers that day. If it's a nice day we'll do it outside.

Production party #2 is on Wednesday July 4 at 11:00am in the Women's Centre, where we will assemble the zines. Please remember the Women's Centre space is open to all self-identified women.

The Thirdspace Launch Party is 7:30pm on Thursday July 12 at the 50/50 Art Gallery (2516 Douglas Street). This is a free, all-ages event. Refreshments will be provided, as well as bus tickets upon request, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.



The Women's Centre Garden Plot is in full swing! Contact us if you wish to be involved to learn some basics of growing food and flowers!

The next Women's Centre Collective Garden Work Party is on Saturday June 30th at 1pm.

Please meet us in the Women's Centre (SUB B107) at 1pm and we will walk over to the garden together. We'll put up a map on the bulletin board for late-comers.

For more info on our garden plot, visit the facebook page:




bed of peas



Annual General Meeting - April 12, 2012 -11:00am


We're having an Open House!


Soliciting submissions for the 2012 issue of Thirdspace!

Deadline is March 16th, 2012. Theme is "BODIES"! Everyone welcome to submit.



4th Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women:

February 12th, 2012

11am - Gather for tea and coffee in front of Our Place (919 Pandora)
12pm - March to Thunderbird Park
1pm - Speeches and Refreshments

Lekwungen and WSANEC unceded Territories, VICTORIA, BC. –

The 4th Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women will be held on Sunday, February 12th, 2012. We will gather at 11:00 outside Our Place at 919 Pandora for coffee and tea. At noon we will march down Pandora towards Government and head over to Thunderbird park, stopping along the way to remember women whose spirits are still with us.

People are invited to gather at Thunderbird Park at 1pm for an open memorial event with speeches, songs, food and prayers. This is a family event and people of all ages are welcome. There will be two vans for Elders or for those requiring assistance along the way. Food and refreshments will be available at the Thunderbird Park as well as bus tickets.

The memorial march originated in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to call attention to the disproportionately high numbers of reported missing and murdered Indigenous women in the area and has since come to represent a day for people to gather to remember, honor, and grieve for Indigenous women from local communities and across Canada who have been murdered or are still missing.

In keeping with the past few years, this march is being organized as a memorial, not a protest. Out of respect for women being remembered and their families, people are asked to come together to grieve and remember in an honorable way. Please do not bring banners, flags, or leaflets other than those focused on missing and murdered Indigenous women. People are invited to wear red or regalia and bring drums to the march; we request that you please not wear facemasks to this memorial.

email feb.14.memorialmarch@gmail .com for more information


Film Screening of FINDING DAWN:



Panty Drive:



Coat Drive



Last year in Victoria a charitable program called, ”Coats for Kids”, collected and distributed 3500 coats to children and families in our community. This year, due to unforeseen circumstances, this program is unable to do so this year.

This has left a gap in access to a warm coat for many families, particularly children, who would normally get up to 120 coats donated through their school, or a Community Centre.

Beyond the many generous giving at this time of year, a coat is one of the basic needs for people and without this program it will increase the need on the existing community services, like the Food Bank.

So a group of concerned community members, unaffiliated with any charity or non-profit organization, are taking it upon themselves to fill this gap. Please help us by making a donation of coats, gloves, hats, shoes, socks or any winter or waterproof gear. Our target for this campaign to is to exceed the 3500 coats donated last year and bring awareness of this much needed program to continue no matter what happens!

Coats can be dropped off at the following places:

- Hip Baby in Market Square at Johnson Street entrance side
- Blanshard Courts Community Centre at Kings and Dallaire
- 222 Langford Street for people living in Vic West
- AVP in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria
- VIPIRG in the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria

In urgent need of blankets, coats, hats, socks, and mitts. Accepting both adults and kids winter apparel.
Please contact for inquiries.

Email : 3500COATS@groups.facebook.com



Join sex workers and their allies in a march to say violence against sex workers must stop now! December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, also known as the Red Umbrella Day. On this day, we are calling for an end to laws and unjust policing that prevent sex workers from reporting violence. These laws intersect with sexism, racism, and classism to perpetuate social stigma and create a cultural environment in which the violence perpetrated upon sex workers is seen as different from the violence perpetuated against others.

Together, we will stand for autonomy, dignity, and the freedom to work in safety with equal access to justice. The event will be co-organized PEERS Victoria Resource Society and the UVSS Women's Centre, and will start at the corner of Government St. @ Discovery St. At 12:00 pm on December 17. From there we will march to the Legislature where there will be speeches and refreshments.

Wear red and bring a red umbrella if you have one!

Visit the facebook event HERE and spread the word!

Garden Collective

This year, the Women's Centre was once again allotted space over in the UVic Campus Community Garden. Now that we've got everything planted, we'll be getting together regularly throughout the summer to weed, tend the plot, and eventually harvest the fruits of our labour. With tons of seedlings sprouting up and all the sunshine we've been having, it's sure to be a good year!

We're hoping to use this garden as a way of connecting with people in a site of fun and engaged action. If you're interested in being a part of the WC's Garden Collective, send us an email at wcentre@uvss.ca to sign up for updates and work party notices, stop by the Women's Centre to chat, or show up to a work party and share some of your gardening skills with us! If you'd like to get involved but can't make it to collective work parties, you're more than welcome to head over to the garden anytime on your own. Hope to see you soon!

Thirdspace Digitization

The UVSS Women's Centre is in the final stages of digitizing the Thirdspace collection. What is now called Thirdspace (formerly The Emily and Ain't I A Woman) is the publication that the Women's Centre produces each year and is the longest running, university funded, feminist publication in Canada, turning 30 this year! Digitizing the Thirdspace collection opens up the possibilities for broader access, interest, reading and referencing. The digitization of Thirdspace (and perhaps later Ain't I A Woman and The Emily) not only preserves the ideas and work that lie within their pages, it makes the publication more readily accessible and promotes greater use. Although the publication certainly cannot represent all voices, the project aims to make accessible and known the Thirdspace collection as valid and historical texts. All digitized editions will be accessible through an online database hosted through the Thirdspace website. The Thirdspace collection that will be digitized runs from the years 1999 to 2010. If you have contributed a piece to Thirdspace in the past and would like your contribution made un-available through the database or your name erased, please let us know. If you have any ideas, concerns, or would like to be a part of the process, please send us an email at thirdspace.zine@gmail.com.