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Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nation communities and in cities and towns across the country.

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This U of T Engineering student is holding companies accountable for biased AI facial technology

A study by Engineering Science student Deb Raji (Year 4 + PEY) and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is underscoring the racial and gender biases found in facial-recognition services. Raji spent the summer of 2018 as an intern at MIT’s Media Lab, where she audited commercial facial technologies made by leading companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Amazon. The researchers discovered that all of them had a tendency to mistake darker-skinned women for men.

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LGBTQ in STEM: Advice from LGBTQ scientists | Science News for Students

Science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — benefits from the participation of people who reflect a broad diversity of viewpoints, experiences and cultures. Some researchers have faced discrimination and other types of biases based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some people who have surmounted these hurdles have suggestions for the next generation.

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DAWN Canada: Youth The Future

Youth the Future (YTF) is a client-centered program serving young people with disabilities, ages 15 – 30. This program seeks to enhance the self-awareness, independence and employment-related skills of its participants, so that they can secure meaningful employment or return to school.

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University of Waterloo: Women in Science Society

Aims to encourage females in the faculty of science by providing a supportive and inclusive community, showcasing the importance and value of women in science, inspiring young women to pursue science, and working to identify and eliminate barriers to female participation in science.

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500 Queer Scientists

500 Queer Scientists is a visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs — a group that collectively represents a powerful force of scientific progress and discovery.

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Aviation at University of Waterloo

Aviation at the University of Waterloo is the largest university-level aviation program in Canada. The university’s strength in science, environment, geomatics, and technology, along with training from one of the top flight schools in the country, prepares their students for outstanding careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.

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Association for Women in Science

For individuals seeking equity for women in science, engineering, technology and math, AWIS provides career development, networking, mentorship, and leadership opportunities. In addition, their thought leadership, research, and advocacy benefit all women in science.

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The Medical Women’s International Association

MWIA has an important voice and influence on issues of interest to medical women e.g. work-life balance, maternity leave, career progression, fighting discrimination and mentoring of young medical doctors and students. (foster dialogue and action on various health issues, projects, training modules)

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Women In STEM: How Universities Can Fill The Gender Gap

While there are more and more women studying STEM subjects at university, very few of them end up working in STEM-related careers. Indeed, even though the number of women filling in university-level posts has risen to 65 percent since 1991, the proportion of women in scientific jobs requiring a college degree is still at 23 percent, according to official 2016 data. Only 12 percent of Canada’s engineers are women.

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Women in Astronomy Forum

The Women in Astronomy Forum is a self-organized networking, mentoring and peer support group for women with access to research time as part of their contract at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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SuperNova

SuperNOVA is a not-for-profit initiative of Dalhousie University that promotes STEM to youth in Atlantic Canada. All SuperNOVA programs are designed to complement provincial learning outcomes and incorporate practices and policies recommended by provincial and national organizations with expertise in STEM outreach, youth development, and day camp management.

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Aries Program

Aries is an alternative education program for Indigenous youth ages 13 to 16 whose needs are not being met in traditional school programs.

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Honouring National Indigenous History Month

Each June, Canadians celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples as part of both National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21). Inspired by the efforts of The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) the month and day coincide with the Summer Solstice, which is a traditional time of celebration for many Indigenous communities. National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day are a time to walk together as we reflect, engage, celebrate, and learn.

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Fly Canada: Women in Aviation

Today, women occupy important and pivotal roles in all areas and all levels of Canadian aerospace. This website has links that are here to help women who want to make their future in this exciting industry – because the sky is truly the limit!

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Gender and the Economy: Covid-19 and Inequality

The COVID-19 pandemic has gendered effects. Women, especially women of colour, Indigenous women, and low-income women, are particularly susceptible to contracting the disease, as well as to economic instability and curtailed access to services and resources. Trans and gender diverse peoples also face heightened risks due to widespread discrimination and stigma. However, there is some evidence that men are more likely than women to be seriously ill and die from COVID-19 in part due to gendered norms such as higher rates of smoking amongst men. Below is a list of gendered impacts. More information can be found in the linked primer.

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