Access to reproductive health services is a social justice issue. Such access helps guarantee the right of “security of the person” for women. During the 1980’s, in Manitoba and Canada, there was a protracted reproductive choice campaign that resulted, in 1988, in the elimination of the law restricting abortion services in Canada. The struggle for reproductive health services and reproductive choice has continued since then. To expand and entrench access to reproductive health, including access to abortion services, there is still much to be done. We will need to organize to prepare our community for the onslaught against reproductive health services that is bound to come to Canada from the United States.
Ellen Kruger is a long-time women’s health activist. She was founding board chair of the Women’s Health Clinic which opened in 1981 and the chairwoman of and spokesperson for the Coalition for Reproductive Choice from 1981 to 1989.
Kemlin Nembhard is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg.
Dr. Barry Lavallee is a member of the Metis community of St. Laurent, Manitoba and a descendent of Duck Bay and Lake Manitoba First Nations. He is a family physician specializing in Indigenous health and northern practice focused on the healing needs of First Nation and Métis communities. Barry’s research is centered on chronic diseases, transgenerational trauma, the impact of colonization on Indigenous communities and international Indigenous health. He was the Director of Student Support and Education for the Centre for Aboriginal Health Education and Indigenous Health UGME Curriculum Lead for the University of Manitoba. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin INC. (KIM), focusing on Health Transformation and Innovation to address inequities for Northern First Nations.
By Elizabeth Comack and Wayne Antony,
By Jim Silver
Manitoba is awash with problems. Many have been allowed to grow for decades. There is no quick fix. However, one part of a longer-term solution—and governments really must begin to think longer term—is an enhanced adult basic education system.
By Doug Smith
Before there was a CCPA-Manitoba, there was Frances Russell. Her journalistic career started in the 1960s and took her to Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria. But in the mid-1970s, she returned to Winnipeg and began to occupy a perch, first on the op-ed page of the Winnipeg Tribune and from the 1980s onwards at the Winnipeg Free Press. For more than three decades, she used her column to defend the Canadian welfare state against the depredations of neo-liberalism.