Our Knowledge, Our Voices Postcard Series

Our Knowledge, Our Voices

The Community Vitality Index Project in Partnership with Violence Prevention Labrador

 Front of a postcard with a Inukhsuk in the top right corner

Postcard 1

Most women in Happy Valley-Goose Bay know they can refuse unwanted sexual attention, but many still experience sexual harassment, sexual assault and abuse.

93% know they can say “no” to unwanted sexual attention.

57% have experienced unwanted sexual touching.

61% reported being abused at some point in their lives. 

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Postcard 2

Not all women in Happy Valley-Goose Bay know how to access services they need, especially trauma counselling and sexual or reproductive health services. 

64% knew how to access mental health services.

39% knew how to access trauma counselling.

39% knew how to access sexual or reproductive health services. 

1 in 10 reported that in the last year they could not access sexual or reproductive health services when they needed them.

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Postcard 3

Women in Happy Valley-Goose Bay are strong and connected to their communities, though some worry about reaching their full potential in their community. 

96% reported having good-self-esteem and valuing themselves!

98% said they are loved! 

62% somewhat or strongly agreed that they can reach their full potential in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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About the Community Wellbeing Survey

The data on the front of this postcard comes from the results of a survey that was developed through a collaboration between diverse women-identifying people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and partners at the University of Guelph and the Labrador Institute. The survey was implemented in 2018 and was intended to capture a holistic snapshot of women’s wellbeing. The survey targeted women-identifying participants living in and around Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The survey, while not representative of all women’s experiences, included 127 women living in the Upper Lake Melville region. Respondents, who could indicate multiple identities, included women who identified as Inuit (33%), Southern Inuit/Métis (13%), Labradorian (27%), Newfoundlander (14%), and/or Canadian (38%).

The research team recognizes Labrador as the homelands of the Innu and Inuit. Inuit and settler women have been involved in all stages of this research. The inuksuk project image was created by community researchers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and digitized by graphic designer Monica Peach.

Learn more about Violence Prevention Labrador’s work and the Community Vitality Index Project on their websites.