upcoming events::Mar9-Free Tibet Rally::Mar13-Water:More Precious Than Gold::Mar5- An Internation Symposium on Knowledge Democracy: Decolonizing the University through Community Partnerships
- Published on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 10:30
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Rally for a Free Tibet
Saturday, March 9th
Meet at Centennial Sq. at 12:15pm and walk to the Legislature for rally at 1:00pm.
In 1949 the army of the People’s Republic of China invaded Tibet and began an authoritarian occupation that continues to this day.
On March 10, 1959 the Tibetan people rose up against their oppressors, but the revolt was summarily crushed, with thousands of Tibetans being killed and thousands more, including the Dalai Lama, fleeing into exile in India. This day is known as the Tibetan National Uprising Day and is commemorated every year in cities around the world.
Please come out and join the commemoration here in Victoria and show your support for the Tibetan people's struggle for justice andfreedom. A pall of despair, over China's continued crackdown in Tibet, has recently provoked an unprecedented wave of more than 100 self-immolations by Tibetan monks, nuns and laypeople, all... of whom have called for freedom for Tibet and the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Runners of Compassion will kick off the rally with a run from Mile Zero along the waterfront to Centennial Sq. carrying Tibetan flags. The Tibetans will hand off the flags to the runners at a special ceremony at Mile Zero starting at 11:15am.
Speakers for this year's event include journalist Terry Glavin and MP Elizabeth May.
This event is being organized by the Canada Tibet Committee and UVic Students for a Free Tibet.
Join the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357735554341474/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
Come visit this exhibition on the McKenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry. The exhibition marks the 35th anniversary of Judge Berger’s final report on the pipeline and shows how the inquiry gave voice to the Aboriginal people whose traditional territory would have been affected. Hanging above the exhibition are beaver stretchers with twenty historical images shot by UBC Professor Michael Jackson during the Community hearings. On the walls are life-sized portraits of key organizers shot by photographer Linda MacCannell.
This is a highly interactive opportunity for all students - Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal - to engage with the Mackenzie Vally Pipeline Inquiry and the issues it raises. These same issues are being raised in British Columbia today. In the workshop activity, students will be provided with original testimony - in both written and audio form - that speaks to the historic, legal and environmental impacts the decision would have on the Dene and Inuit way of life. Students are then asked the critical question: "Put yourself in Judge Berger's chair. Decide what Canada should do."
150 (Moot Courtroom)
Water: More Precious Than Gold
Vidalina Morales, El Salvador
Two events on March 13th:
12:00 - 1:15 pm UVic Environmental Law Club, Fraser 158
7:00 - 9:00 pm Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road
· Vidalina is speaking in Victoria in order to highlight the dangers transnational mining companies pose to people, waters, and the environment.
· She particularly wishes to raise awareness about the negative impact of Canadian mining operations on El Salvador and to garner international support for Salvadoran civil society’s call to ban metal mining in the Central American country.
· Vidalina is worried about possible contamination from upstream mining projects just over the border in Guatemala and Honduras.
· Goldcorp’s Cerro Blanco mine, for example, is located only 18 km from El Salvador in the headwaters of the Lempa River, the main source of water for over 60% of the population of El Salvador.
The national tour is sponsored by MiningWatch Canada, Council of Canadians, United Church of Canada, KAIROS, Natural Resource Council of Maine, Salvaide, Breaking The Silence. Additional local sponsors include Mining Justice Action Committee, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, and the Central American Support Committee.
Vidalina Morales de Gámez, is a member of the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in El Salvador (La MESA). Vidalina Morales is mother of five children and has worked with ADES – Economic and Social Development Association of Santa Marta for over 10 years. She has worked directly on mining issues as an organizer in Cabañas communities since 2006.
Be sure to let friends and family across Canada and in the U.S. know when the “Water: More Precious than Gold” tour will be in their city: (see tentative dates below)
In 2007, when the Salvadoran government began to put restrictions on the mining industry, as a result of the efforts made by the Mesa and other members of civil society, two multinational mining corporations, Pacific Rim and Commerce Group, responded by filing lawsuits against the government. The companies claim that their rights as investors are being violated. Pacific Rim, a Vancouver-based company looking to mine in the department of Cabañas, is claiming losses of up to $100 million. On June 1st, 2012 a panel of three arbitrators hearing the case in a trade tribunal that is part of the World Bank ruled that the case would be allowed to continue.
The controversy over Pacific Rim’s mining project in Cabañas has not come without a social cost. To date four environmentalists opposing mining from the region have been murdered, and countless others have suffered from threats, attacks, kidnapping attempts and violence. While the Attorney General’s Office in El Salvador has never done thorough investigations into the intellectual authors of the crimes in Cabañas, local residents say that community divisions and conflict started when Pacific Rim arrived and began promoting their mining projects.
The Mesa is fighting back against Pacific Rim and other companies in El Salvador by educating the population around the dangers of mining, carrying out scientific research to support their positions, and pressuring decision makers in El Salvador to protect the environment and public health. For the Mesa the only way to protect El Salvador from the problems caused by metallic mining is complete ban on all metallic mining. As the debate around a mining ban continues in the Legislative Assembly, the communities and social movement continue to organize and struggle against this dangerous industry.
Be sure to let your friends and family across Canada and in the U.S. know that the “Water: More Precious than Gold” tour will be in their city: (tentative dates)
March 9 Vancouver, BC
March 10 Kamloops, BC
March 11 & 12 Vancouver, BC
March 13 Victoria, BC
March 14 Parksville, BC
March 16 London, ON
March 17 Guelph, ON
March 18 &19 Toronto, ON
March 20 Peterborough, ON
March 21 to 23 Ottawa, ON
March 22 Montreal, QC
March 24 & 25 Halifax, NS
March 26 Wolfville, NS
March 27 Sackville/Moncton, NB
March 28 Fredericton, NB
March 29 Bangor, ME
April 1 Augusta, ME / Portland, ME
April 2 Boston, MA
April 3 New Jersey, NY
April 4 New York, NY
April 5-10 Washington, DC
Community Social Planning Council in partnership with Community Micro Lending is organizing a 15 week financial literacy and self- employment training (Launch Youth) for a group of young entrepreneurs in April. The training will assist with design and implementation of their small business ideas. The participants will also find out about community economic development (CED) and learn how to incorporate CED principle into their businesses. The program is mainly geared towards youth who are:
• Motivated self-starters
• Have an idea for a business that they are passionate about
• Are looking to start their own business in the next 6 months
• Are looking for extra support in order to start their small-business
At the end of the 15-week period, participants will have completed a business plan and budget and be given the opportunity to apply for a micro loan in order to finance the launch of their businesses. Once they have applied for a loan they will be matched with a mentor who will continue to provide support as their businesses grow.
We are also organizing Youth Social Entrepreneurship Webinar Series in partnership with Canadian Community Economic Development Network geared towards:
• Young people interested in social entrepreneurship
• Non-profit or other youth serving organizations interested in using a social enterprise model with their clients
• Funders, community partners, local government stakeholders interested in learning how to scale up the sector
You will find more information at http://www.communitycouncil.ca/initiatives/launch.html and for the registration please follow http://youthsocent2013.eventbrite.com/#
We encourage you to share the information on Launch Youth and Youth Social Entrepreneurship Webinar Series to your networks.
Dibya Shrestha, ext. 102,
Community Social Planning Council
Research - Insights - Solutions
203-4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria, BC V8Z 6L8
In the Pennbridge Professional Building, Royal Oak Plaza
Tel: (250) 383-6166 | Fax: (250) 479-9411
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