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ERIC Number: EJ842758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Latina Landscape: Queer Toronto
Jimenez, Karleen Pendleton
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v13 n2 p114-129 2008
A group of Latinas sat down one day around a wooden table on the third floor of a downtown Toronto community center, lit candles and began to write. They came together through a flier inviting all Latinas interested in writing. On the second meeting, they named themselves Lengua Latina (Latin Tongue). Lengua Latina is a structure established by women of diverse Latin American origins to answer a need for expression and community in Canada. As many as ten of them at any given time wrote and performed together for over six years. The 519 Church Street Community Centre was the foundation of their learning. The building and geography drew them together. How did they come to learn together in this building and on this land? How did their histories and identities motivate their travels? The author supposes they were fleeing as much as they were searching. They arrived as an answer to a call for Latina identity in Toronto. Each woman's journey was her own, but there were shared tendencies and conditions: a resistance to colonization, an insistence upon women's strength, and a liberation within queer life. (Contains 30 notes.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada