Kootenay Feminism

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Kootenay Feminism (kootenayfeminism.com) is a digital archive of feminism in the West Kootenay mountains of Southeastern British Columbia. Chronicling feminist activism in this region is of particular importance because it has historically been a “hotbed of feminist activism”—the Kootenays are home to Canada’s longest running rural women’s centre and the region was host to some of Canada’s earliest women’s festivals (1974 and 1975, and on through 1999, with a recent resurgence). The archive aims to chronicle, honour and celebrate “the historical contributions of local women young and old.” Kootenay Feminism is hosted by Marcia Braundy, volunteer Curator & Project Manager and the West Kootenay Women’s Association, an organization established in 1974 that runs the Nelson Women’s Centre (1972) and continues to support women in the Kootenays through a range of initiatives. The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) gave Braundy the 2011 Barbara Roberts Award for this project.

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