Past Events

Body Respect: Navigating Weight Concerns in Clinical Practice 

Amidst a national obsession with weight loss, weight has become a common concern in the medical exam room – and a source of anxiety for many.

As health care providers, how can we address the topic of weight with our clients in ways that are effective, compassionate, evidence-based, and most importantly, do no harm?

With abundant research and clinical wisdom, Dr. Linda Bacon offers an alternative path for health providers to address weight concerns more effectively and to empower our clients – of all sizes & ages – to live healthier lives.

Linda Bacon, PhD, is a researcher on the inside track of weight  regulation science – a scientist whose three graduate degrees, research, and clinical expertise uniquely prepare her to understand and translate the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings of weight control.

She is currently a Health Professor at City College of San Francisco and an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. An internationally recognized authority on weight and health, Dr. Bacon has published her work in top scientific journals as well as the highly acclaimed bestseller, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Her recently released book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, is a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health.

Open Letter to The Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Standing in solidarity with our sisters, we offer the following open letter to The Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada:

Dear Sir:

Re: Government Response to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

On August 17, 2014, local police removed the body of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year old youth from Sagkeeng First Nation, from the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ms. Fontaine’s violent and untimely death, currently being investigated as a homicide, led to repeated calls for a federal inquiry into the widespread problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women in our country.

Your response – that this death is just a crime and not indicative of a broader sociological phenomenon – underestimates the tragic impact of what is happening in communities. By reducing this to just a crime, it ignores the long lasting impact of colonization, residential schools and the rights of indigenous people.

It is clear that Aboriginal women are grossly overrepresented in cases of female homicides and missing women in Canada. In a recent report, the RCMP estimated over 1,180 cases of missing Aboriginal women since 1980. While Aboriginal women comprise just over 4% of the Canadian population, they account for 16% of female homicides, and 11% of missing women in Canada. Along with many other Canadian individuals and organizations, we are deeply troubled by these numbers.

As a women’s health organization, we are committed to ensuring that all people are able to live with respect and dignity and in safety. It is time for all levels of government in Canada across jurisdictional divisions and levels of responsibility to become more accountable for the health and safety of indigenous girls and women.

While the most appropriate path to resolution of the issues may not yet be clear, we encourage the Canadian government in the strongest terms to include and listen to the voices of indigenous women, their communities and those with the expertise and experience to help design effective strategies to end the abuse and violence.

Joan Dawkins
Executive Director, Women’s Health Clinic

Third Party Fundraiser – Yoga in the Park

Let go of weight on our minds and feel peace in our bodies.

On Saturdays through June, July and August, Melissa Van Soelen ( will be hosting free Yoga in the Park at various locations. Any donations received will directly benefit Women’s Health Clinic and the Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program.

11am-12pm // Beginner – Intermediate // 1 Hr. Class

June 7th Coronation Park, St. Boniface
June 14th Verendrye Park, St. Boniface
June 21st Parc Elzear Goulet, St. Boniface
July 5th Bonnycastle Park, Assiniboine Ave.
July 12th Vimy Ridge Park, Portage Ave.
July 19th Assiniboine Park, Conservatory
July 26th Munson Park, Wellington Cres.
Aug. 9th Crescent Drive Park
Aug. 16th Toilers Memorial Park, Riverside Dr.

Weight Preoccupation Community Education Program coming to a close

We have completed the review process we began last January, and after much thoughtful discussion, have decided to bring our Weight Preoccupation Community Education Program to a close.   This program has been an important part of WHC for over 20 years and we are extremely grateful for the commitment of the many, many volunteers who devoted time and energy to this work.

We are committed to continued work in the areas of weight preoccupation and eating disorder prevention in Winnipeg, and are currently developing a framework to do this health education work in a more focused, school-based format.

Please stay posted for more information on our new programming in the upcoming months!

Open Letter to The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

On December 20th 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down its existing laws regarding prostitution with the mandate to rewrite them within one year. In January 2014, WHC began to draft a position statement about sex trade work in Canada. While we were engaged in that task, the federal government announced a public consultation – to run February 17th to March 17th – in wake of the December court decision to decriminalize sex trade work.

It is our opinion that the public consultation process, with its low key launch and short timeline, effectively shut out meaningful input.

Last week, we sent the following response to The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada:

Dear Sir:

Re: Public Consultation of Prostitution-Related Offences in Canada

We are very interested in and concerned about the decisions facing the Government of Canada in relation to prostitution.  As a women’s health organization, we are committed to ensuring that individuals involved in the sex trade are able to live with respect, dignity and safety.

We are writing to challenge the design of your recent on-line public consultation (February 17 to March 17, 2014) on this important and complex topic.  We urge you to engage in a more inclusive and meaningful process.  The sex trade affects people who are deeply marginalized and is inexorably interlinked with poverty, violence, discrimination and colonization. Crafting a meaningful and solution-focused response to the issues requires thoughtful consideration.  More importantly, we are concerned that this rushed, on-line process has effectively silenced the very people who will be most affected by the weighty decisions your government is about to make.  If their voices matter – and they should – you have an obligation to provide a reasonable opportunity for participation.

We are calling on you, as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, to actively seek out the expertise and lived experience of those with understanding of life in the sex trade and the impact and efficacy of different legal and regulatory frameworks.

We look forward to participating in a fair and balanced process in the future.


Joan Dawkins

CELEBRATE CHOICE on January 28th

Please join us as we host Celebrate Choice, a community-organized event celebrating 26 years of reproductive choice in Canada.

The event will be held at 419 Graham Ave. from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Please see the event poster for more details.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to

In Full Bloom: Sowing Seeds for Lifelong Health

May 28, 2013

Please join us in celebrating our commitment to healthy, thriving youth tonight  from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

We’ve been providing health care and counselling services to Manitoba youth for over 3 decades. By investing in the education, health care, and empowerment of youth, WHC is paving the way for a healthy, vibrant society for all.

The event features entertainment provided by the rising talent of Vincent Massey Collegiate and hors d’oevres by Storm Bistro.

Tickets available at the door! $25 (adults) or $10 (high-school and post-secondary students)