Take Back the Night

Lighting Up The Night Together & Shedding Light on GBV


Violence thrives in silence and in darkness. Join us in lighting up the night together.

The goal is to Take Back The Night by showing support and solidarity. Let’s come together as a community to light up the Nipissing District with movement, messages, art, and commitments to ending sexual and gender-based violence.

Let’s shed light on a pandemic that is often silenced and pushed into the dark.


Why Take Back The Night ?

Gender-based violence has been its own pandemic prior to COVID-19. However, with at-home orders, and service restrictions, there has been an increasing number of gender-based violence within the home. Survivors have also been isolated from loved ones, service providers and key supports. Take Back the Night is an opportunity to bring light to this hidden pandemic, donations for free support & education services, and to show solidarity/ allyship within Nipissing District. 

 1 in 3 women/ girls, 1 in 2 trans-people, and 1 in 4 boys/ men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. The rate of sexual assault for Canadians aged 15 to 24 is 18 times higher than that of Canadians aged 55 and older. It is estimated that numbers for all instances sexual and/ or gender-based violence are underreported due to barriers and stigma associated with reporting (The World Health Organization, National Sexual Violence Resource Centre, and Rainbow Youth Ontario).

Take Back The Night 2022

Take Back the Night began in the 70’s as a street march hosted in solidarity and protest against street violence and harassment. This year we are pleased to announce that we will be resuming the Take Back The Night tradition of holding an in-person event and march. We will be continuing with last year’s theme of ‘Lighting Up The Night & Shedding Light  On Gender Based Violence Together. 

Since we are continuing with our theme of Lighting Up The Night Together, luminaria kits will still be available at the event for free, or by donation for those who are unable to attend but still want to show support at home. Luminaries being requested by donation can be done so by clicking here. We encourage folks supporting from home to put their luminaria in their window or on their porch and to share a photo on social media using the hashtag #NipissingTBTN2022.

The in-person event will be held at Memorial Park (1st Avenue & Ferguson Street) on September 15th. The event will begin at 6 PM with luminaria decorating and raffle entry from 6-6:45. The raffle will end at 6:45 and be drawn at 6:50. Opening ceremonies will start at 7 PM and the march will begin at 7:30 PM. The march will take 45 mins (see march route here) going through downtown North Bay and ending at City Hall with more speakers. 

In addition, we will be hosting two decorating workshops prior to Take Back The Night. A luminaria decorating workshop for Nipissing Students on September 13th from 11 AM – 2 PM and an expressive arts sign decorating workshop on Wednesday, September 14th from 6 PM-8 PM at the Amelia Rising office.  

Supporting Take Back the Night 2022: Lighting Up The Night Together supports survivors, free counselling services, and violence prevention education within our community.

If you are interested in learning more or donating, please contact Natalie Austin (she/her) at [email protected] or Daniella Northrup (she/her) at [email protected]


The Amelia Rising Team

Luminary Kit Decorating Event

Hey Nipissing and Canadore community! Interested in showing your support and solidarity for survivors of gender based violence? Come join the Amelia Rising team and the Nipissing University Office of Sexual Violence Prevention Education on Tuesday September 13th from 11am to 2pm in the bookstore concourse to participate in a luminary decorating event to raise awareness for the upcoming Take Back The Night march. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to come decorate a luminary kit to show their support, and bring the luminary they decorated to Thursday nights event.

Date: Tuesday September 13th, 2022

Time: 11am to 2pm

Location: In front of the Campus Bookstore

Expressive Arts Sign Decorating Workshop

Join us Wednesday September the 14th from 6-8pm at the Amelia Rising office for a poster making event. Together we will explore using the expressive arts to create posters for our Take Back The Night 2022 March. Join us for an evening of connection, poetry, creativity and sharing,  where we envision a community free from sexual assault and gender based violence and use our voices to deliver that message! Materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring whatever art supplies you may want to use! To help us confirm numbers, register at the link below. Drop-ins welcome!


Date: Wednesday September 14th, 2022

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Location: Amelia Rising Office (101 Worthington St E, Suite 215)