NRJ is a group of community members in the Niagara Region of Ontario advocating for increased visibility of and access to sexual health resources in Niagara. We are an action group of OPIRG Brock, a social, economic, and environmental justice organization based in St. Catharines, Ontario. To view our values statement, visit Our Values.
Reproductive justice is a concept created by a coalition of 12 Black women in the U.S. during the 1990s. It has three core tenants:
- The right to have an abortion
- The right to have children under the conditions you want to have them
- The right to raise your children in a safe and healthy environment
For more information about reproductive justice, please visit SisterSong’s website.
NRJ began in the summer of 2019 to address the growing anti-choice movement in Niagara. In 2019-2020, we held monthly team meetings as well as monthly craftivism meetups where we made pro-choice protests signs, zines, and other crafts. We ran three social media campaigns as part of our “Actually Accurate Information” series. The first campaign focused on debunking Crisis Pregnancy Centres (CPCs), the second was called “The Truth About Abortion in Canada” and addressed and debunked the main talking points of anti-choicers, and the third campaign offered a list of free & low-cost sexual health resources in Niagara. Each of these campaigns were turned into small zines available to download from the Materials page of the website.
In the summer of 2020, we focused on creating easily shareable education resources during the pandemic. By virtue of a grant from ARCC’s Small Grant program, we were able to print many zines to distribute across the region. This helped to accomplish our goal of influencing the abortion narrative in Niagara to be one that is non-judgmental, supportive, and justice-focused. Since we also want to make it easier to access local sexual health services, such as abortion, we created our Niagara Resources database that is always growing and being updated.
In 2020, we also created a network of volunteers that respond to anti-choice activity in the region as it happens, called our Rapid Response Network. If you want to know how you can get more involved in this network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to report anti-choice activity in the Niagara Region, please use this form.
In 2021, we started developing our Practical Abortion Support Services team, which will help make abortion more accessible in Niagara by providing financial help, transportation, referrals, coordination of care, connection to abortion doulas for emotional support and other services, and information to people seeking abortion support in Niagara. We will be needing donations to cover the cost of service provision — if you are able to donate, please go to the Contact & Donate page of our website for more information on how to do so.
We are always welcoming new members and volunteers! If you’re interested in joining us, or if you have a skill or idea you think could be put to use, let us know by emailing email@example.com or DM-ing our Instagram or Facebook Page!
NRJ in the News
Niagara This Week: “Niagara pro-choice advocates prepare for Americans seeking abortion access,” June 2022.
Niagara This Week: “Niagara residents unite to educate public about reproductive rights, resources,” September 2019