The Burning Times Revisited

Rise Up! A Digital Archive of Feminist Activism provides links to many feminist films and filmmakers that emerged from the National Film Board of Canada, and particularly from Studio D. One of these documentary films—Donna Read’s The Burning Times —is an example that is particularly relevant as Halloween approaches.

Notes From the Archive: On the Current Crisis…

In writing this update, there is a compulsion to write about the times we’re living through together. This would not be unusual for us, this newsletter often works to connect present moments to the past through materials posted in the Rise Up Archive. At the same time, there is something that feels too strange, too […]

New to the Rise Up! Archive

We’ve just posted a new article on the website that addresses the critical history of Studio D, Canada’s groundbreaking feminist film-production unit. Read: “The Impact of Studio D – how it changed the place of women in film in Canada.” In addition to the new feature article, we have added a number of new films to the website […]

Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

As blockades and other actions continue in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s opposition of the Costal Gaslink Pipeline, we are reminded of the long history of pipeline politics in Canada, and ongoing failures to address the opposition of Indigenous leaders to pipelines being built on their ancestral territory.

New to the Rise Up! Archive

We’ve uploaded a wide range of new buttons and posters that chronicle events and campaigns from the women’s movement. They include (among many others):  A button reading “Justice for Albert Johnson” from protests following Johnson’s murder by police (1979) A button promoting the Company of Sirens, a social action, feminist theatre company in Toronto (1986) A […]

The (Re)Dress Code

Illustration of a dress from Branching Out magazine

The passage of Bill 21 in the Assemblée nationale du Québec in June 2019 has meant a range of provisions that, in name, are aimed at making Quebec a more secular province, although in reality the new law targets religious minorities.

The Montreal Massacre

This button commemorates the murder of 14 women, just because they were women, at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989. Although many other buttons have been designed by various groups, this button is one of the most well-recognized and worn.

“The reason Marc Lepine walked into that classroom in Quebec and separated the men from the women, proceeding to call them⁣ “a bunch of feminists” and systematically slaughter the women can be found not in his individual “psychological state” but in our gender divided society that legitmates violence against women. The reasons are also found […]