STOP POLYGAMY IN CANADA SOCIETY
Stop Polygamy in Canada was founded by Nancy Mereska in October 2003 becoming a registered society November 2011.
Stop Polygamy in Canada Society is governed by a Board of Directors:
President: Mrs. Nancy Mereska, BGS General Studies, AB
Vice Pres: Dr. Susan Belcher, retired Sociology Professor, AB
Secretary: Mr. Sandy McIntosh, Occupational Health & Safety, AB
Treasurer: Mr. Yehia El-Nahhas, retired university instructor, AB
Ms. Cynthia Lazarenko, retired day-care licensing agent, AB
Ms. Shirley Rae, retired owner, private business, AB
Mrs. Jancis Andrews, writer, BC
Ms. Kathleen Mackert, former FLDS, USA
Ms. Rena Mackert, former FLDS, USA
Mrs. Audrey Vance, Altering Destiny Through Education Ctte. (ADTE), BC
Mrs. Linda Price, ADTE, BC
Mrs. Linda Calahan, ADTE, BC
Mrs. Hennie Webster, ADTE, BC
Stop Polygamy in Canada Society (SPCS) advocates for women, children and young boys caught in the clutches of polygamy. Polygamy is the practice of one man taking more than one wife. Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada bans the practice of polygamy. Sections 15 & 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms give equality rights to women.
(SPCS) promotes upholding sec. 293 and The Charter, as well as, all international conventions signed and ratified by Canada that protect the rights of women and children including the International Convention for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
SPCS exists to provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and to educate the public on the great harms the practice of polygamy brings to women, children and society at large.
SPCS includes people from Canada and around the world. Organizations that are aligned with SPCS include: Women Living Under Muslim Law
International Organization, London, England; the Women’s United Nations Report Network (WUNRN); Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan; Beyond Borders; Canadian Muslim Congress; Child Pro Organization; Altering Destiny Through Education; Tapestry Against Polygamy; VMJ Gateway to Freedom Foundation; professors of sociology, professors of women’s studies, pastors, priests, and many individuals.
SPCS is a recognized “Interested Person” (Intervener) in the polygamy reference case testing the constitutionality of sec. 293 in the BC Supreme Court. Four pro bono lawyers are representing our interests.
MESSAGE FROM NANCY MERESKA
Following is my story printed in the Over to You section of Maclean’s Magazine in 2002. Mainstream Mormons do not practice polygamy but they believe in polygamy. They have never rescinded Section 132 of their scripture book Doctrine and Covenants which lays down the law of polygamy. Mormons believe they will be given the celestial law of polygamy in the next life where the men will be given large harems of women who will be eternally pregnant giving birth to the spirits that will inhabit the mortal bodies of the people who will populate the worlds overwhich they will be gods.
My sojourn in mainstream Mormonism lasted 20 years–1965-1985. In 2003 I saw the stories of Debbie Palmer and Jane Blackmore on different shows on television. I was totally shocked that Mormon polygamy exists. I had lived in Utah for five years with a young family and did not know it existed. This is how secretive the sects of Mormonism are.
There are mainstream Mormons just waiting for the time to become ripe for the celestial law of polygamy. The mindset for this is so narrow and constricting, it is nearly impossible for me to even think I was part of it at one time.
The next image is a letter from Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler. Stop Polygamy in Canada was very new and I had no “formal” title. I write a column for a local small newspaper, so I used my title there. Mr. Cotler asserts his belief that s. 293 is constitutional and cites CEDAW, the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, signed and ratified by Canada. I am proud to be a Canadian citizen, a Canadian woman. The equality rights of women are entrenched in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our statutes, and our international treaties. We must work hard to uphold them.
All my contact info is listed on the blog and below. Stop Polygamy in Canada appreciates your support and help.
Nancy Mereska, Founder & President, Stop Polygamy in Canada
Bachelor of General Studies, Athabasca University
focus on Sociology/Psychology & Women’s Studies
Designed and delivered courses to local Further Education Councils and schools on:
1. Women and Self-Esteem (including a section on Women Survivors of Incest)
2. Women and Family Relationships
3. Resume Writing for Women and Entering the Work Force
4. Understanding Cult/Gang Mentality and How to Avoid Entrapment
Nancy Mereska, President
Two Hills, AB T0B 4K0
Nancy Mereska is an independent researcher with eight years research study of polygamy. She will speak to any group wishing to hear her–travel and speaking fees are negotiable. All proceeds go to help further the objectives of Stop Polygamy in Canada Society.