More than Words and Pathways2Equity are projects under the auspices of the Participatory Cultures Lab at McGill University. The PCL is organized around the study and use of visual and other participatory approaches to research and social action, and involves the work of collaborators and research students engaged in the study of participatory research. Central to the interests of the team, this work includes the study and use of such visual tools as digital storytelling, photovoice, participatory video, participatory archiving, cellphilms, objects and things, collage, games, and other arts-based approaches in the process of collecting, analyzing, and working with research data. It also links to memory work, self-study and to various autoethnographic approaches to research.


Here you can find relevant resources on the topic of addressing SGBV created by More than Words, its partners and others. These resources include books, articles, toolkits, and briefing Papers.

Project Publications

PCL and N4C Toolkits

  • Thomson, J., Mitchell, C., & Starr, L. (2019). Cellphilming: A tool for Addressing Gender-Equality- Faciliators’ Guide. Ottawa, ON: CODE

  • The Wake Up and Smell Coffee! Project Inspire youth participation

  • Vanner, C., Ezcura Lucotti, M., Khan, F., Lamb, P., Mitchell, C., Nyariro, M., Raissadat, H.& Sadati, H. (2019). Creating Circles: A Handbook on Art-making with Young People to Address Gender-based Violence. Montreal: Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University.

  • The Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre (KC) is the focal point of the Gender-Based Violence Strategy. The KC is responsible for coordination, data and research, reporting, and knowledge mobilization.

  • Indigenous Ally Toolkit (2019), Content and research by Dakota Swiftwolfe,Layout and design by Leilani Shaw

    With contributions from: B. Deer, V. Boldo, E. Fast, G. Sioui, C. Richardson, K. Raye, S. Puskas, M. Clark, L. Lainesse, & A. Reid.


Partner Toolkits

  • D'souza, N., Mitchell, C. (2021). Cellphones, Connections, & Community: Harnessing Technology to foster Community Communication and Connection. Montreal, McGill University.

  • Girls Lead: A Toolkit for Supporting Girls' Leadership and Activism

  • Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, School District no. 73, First Nations Education Council, & Thompson Rivers University (n.d.). Xpqenwellen: Groups for Aboriginal girls and young women in schools and community

  • Austrian, K., & Ghati, D. (2010). Girl-centered program design:A toolkit to develop, strengthen and expand adolescent girls programs, 1-223

  • Canadian’s Women Foundation, & Albertan Mentoring Partnership (2015).  Girls groups mentoring toolkit: Create, implement deliver and evaluate group mentoring in your community, 1-187.

  • Girls Action Foundation, (2018) Take care: curriculum guide, 1-102.

  • Girl Action Foundation (2018). From the ground up: community-based tools to address violence and seek justice: a facilitation guide, 1-132.

  • Khan, F., & Mitchell, C. (2014). Toolkit on Community Participation to Address Children’s Safety, Security, and Housing. McGill University, Montreal

  • National Aboriginal Health Organization (2011). First Nations Sexual Health Toolkit.

  • Opening our Eyes: Addressing gender-based Violence in South African Schools. A Manual for Educators. Published by the Canada-South Africa Education Management Programme

Agricultural Justice Toolkits

(Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education)

  • Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE) Project (2019). Toolkit to Address Gender Based Violence in Agricultural Colleges in Ethiopia. McGill: Participatory Culture

  • Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE) Project (2019). Participatory Visual Methodologies: A Toolkit for Agricultural Colleges in Ethiopia. Montreal, QC: Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill University

  • Sadati, S.M.H. (2019). A Guide to Mela, A Serious Game to Combat Sexual and Gender-based Violence on Agricultural Campuses: Montreal: Participatory Cultures Lab.


Briefing Papers

  • English Version:

    Girls Leading Change, & Booker, E. (2019). Girl Groups to Address Sexual Violence. Montreal, QC: Participatory Cultures Lab.


    Version française: 

    Girls Leading Change & Booker, E. (2019). Association De Jeunes Filles Contre La Violence Sexuelle Montreal, QC: Participatory Cultures Lab.

  • Treffry-Goatley, A., Wiebesiek, L. (2018) Ethics of Participatory Visual Research to Address

  • Schwab Cartas, J., Khan, F., MacEntee, K., Burkholder, C. (2017)Using Everyday Media Making Tools to Address Gender-Based Violence Participatory Visual Methods & Community-based Technologies.

  • Archibald, L., Dewar, J., Reid, C., and Stevens, V. (2012). Dancing, Singing, Painting, and Speaking the Healing Story: Healing through Creative Arts. Aboriginal Healing Foundation.


Montebello Girlfesto, Circles Within Circles event, Quebec, July 2018.

  • 💻 Girlfesto Online Exhibition 💻

  • Inuktitut

  • Kanien'kéha

  • Mi’kmaq/ Mi’kmawi’simk

  • English

  • en Française:

  • Find translations in over six other languages


  • Networks for Change & Well-being (2022): Girl-Led "From the Group Up" Policy Making to Address Sexual Violence in Canada And South Africa


  • Amnesty International (2014) Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada: A Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns and Call to Action

  • National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (2019): Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

  • During six years of research, the ASC! Project revealed a community-engaged art for social change (ASC) sector that is rich, vibrant, and growing, with more than 500 organizations and many more individual ASC practitioners working throughout Canada. To read more about the complete details on what they have planned for the next three years, See the strategic plan

  • This new report details how to conduct an Indigenous-grounded evaluation process. While not a comprehensive guide to complete an evaluation, the Bundle builds upon what is understood about evaluation and provide a guide that can be used in planning, designing, implementing and reporting based upon Indigenous values and principles. 

  • Indigenous youth voices report

    Indigenous Youth Voices is a networking organization that connects Indigenous youth and groups, and advocates for Indigenous youth priorities on the terms and standards that Indigenous youth set for themselves.

  • This report tells the story of how gender-specific programs provide girls with the tools to become stronger and more resilient.


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