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Lkwungen Territories :: Victoria

We acknowledge these events will be taking place on stolen land, on the traditional territory of the L'kwungen peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

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Petition on our IslandVoice.ca Website

Protect the Sooke Hills Wilderness

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Stop Methylmercury Poisoning of Indigenous People at Muskrat Falls

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International Women's Day 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019
3:30 PM to 8:30 PM
1 Centennial Square, Victoria
Victoria City Hall

Hosted by LEAP Victoria

Celebrate Victoria women with art, poetry, music, conversations, performance arts, and drumming at Victoria City Hall! Enjoy an evening to recognize and honour the diversity of women's achievements, our collective strength and acknowledge the challenges we continue to face in the quest for equality.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/336893877034911/

If you have ever considered your obligation and capacity to join the front-line for Mother Earth - THIS IS THE TIME!

REINFORCEMENTS NEEDED ON THE FRONT-LINE NOW!

An amazing and powerful group of First Nations land defenders and allies continue to stand strong in defence of the unceded territory of the Wet'suwet'en Nation and the Unist'ot'en Yintah. Many of them have been there at the Access Points for almost three months now.

Coastal GasLink, the RCMP and the provincial government are carrying out regular incursions in violation of the agreement with the Hereditary Chiefs. This compromise, reached after the vicious militarized attack on the Access Points by the heavily armed Tactical Unit, was only to allow CGL survey crews to carry out preliminary survey work.

Instead, with RCMP collusion the company has ravaged significant areas with heavy equipment; destroying trap-lines and important cultural sites. The Unist'ot'en are stepping up observation and interdiction to enforce their "Free, Prior and Informed Consent" protocol for entry into the territory. Their right under International Law.

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Unist'ot'en Camp
Online Resources

Official Unist'ot'en Camp Website
Legal Fund Donations Unist'ot'en Camp Facebook
Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumt'en Territory
Unist'ot'en Solidarity Brigade
Unist'ot'en Healing Not Pipelines
Unist'ot'en Support Group

SIGN THE PLEDGE
Join hundreds of organizations and 14,000+ individuals in signing the pledge to support Unist’ot’en and the Wet’suwet’en:
https://goo.gl/forms/GE5bfm5ITDTyNPy12

A WOMXN’S WEEK LIKE NO OTHER TO BLAST OFF IN VICTORIA

March 4th through 11th, 2019
1415 Broad Street, Victoria
Victoria Event Centre

Hosted by Victoria Multi-Cultural Society & Victoria Event Centre

A week to celebrate, to get inspired, to feel empowered! Let's create a community of kickass humans, together! Check out all of the spectacular events below. We invite people of all gender expressions and sexualities and from all walks of life to join us!

Mar 4: Movie Night & Pop Up Shops
https://www.facebook.com/events/399235620648235/

Mar 5: Womxn's Week Speakeasy
https://www.facebook.com/events/949310371946053/

Mar 6: Womxn's Outerspace Variety Show
https://www.facebook.com/events/280213912673779/

Mar 8: Captain Marvel Screening
https://www.facebook.com/events/146402602940724/

Mar 8: Temple – Edition 5 (fundraiser for Victoria Sexual Assault Centre)
https://www.facebook.com/events/336557420316560/

Mar 9: Aerobics & Mimosas
https://www.facebook.com/events/623450218125193/

Mar 10: Get Cozy with the Vixens Burlesque
https://www.facebook.com/events/299030654290219/

Mar 11: Matchmaker Monday Salty Broads in Space
https://www.facebook.com/events/2074835849263002/

More info about the Victoria Event Centre:
Washrooms are gender inclusive.

This event takes place within the unceded territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples (as represented today by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations). Let's continue to dismantle the colonial structures that surround this city.

Accessibility:

The Victoria Event Centre is on the second storey of a building up a rather steep flight of 27 stairs. There is a continuous handrail up the stairwell and our workers/organizers are available to provide assistance as directed.

Accessibility Information: NEWEST INFO HERE: https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/
Accessibility Update at the VEC here: https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Accessibility-Update-1-Aug-15.pdf

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/448014782402751/

The National Energy Board just rubber-stamped the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker scheme -- even though in the same report they admit the project would unleash a flood of global warming pollution, devastate endangered orca whales and threaten Indigenous culture. [1]

Now it’s up to Trudeau to make a final decision. Will he sign a death sentence for the orcas just to help billionaire oil corporations rake in more cash? Is he willing to destroy his already precarious reputation on climate and Indigenous reconciliation to ram this project through?
SEND A MESSAGE Billionaire logging corporations are quietly scheming to rip down some of BC’s last ancient rainforests. And the worst part? The BC government is letting it happen.

But we’re not going to let them get away with it.

Over 16,000 people have already signed an emergency letter calling on the BC Government to put a stop to old growth logging, we’re joining forces with Sierra Club BC to deliver the letter to MLAs right across the province. But if we want the BC government to take action before the last of our ancient rainforests are destroyed, we need to as many people as possible to sign on before we deliver the letters on Wednesday.
SEND A MESSAGE MARCH 2019 EVENTS

Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria

March 1 through March 31st, 2019
Various dates and times
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, BC
Open Space

Hosted by Open Space & ProArt - The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria & Primary Colours / Couleurs primaires

Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria is a series of curated events occurring throughout the month of March, that will address the centering of Indigenous artists and artists of colour in the local arts community.

* Registration and full schedule available here:
http://openspace.ca/Schechulth-Decolonizing-the-Arts-in-Victoria

We are honouring the Lekwungen language by using (with permission) the word, Sche’chulth, which roughly means “the empty space in between”. The principles of this empty space are to acknowledge it exists and that we have opportunity to fill that space with our gifts.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/790317947991753/

Charles Elliott Artist Talk

Saturday, March 2, 2019
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
621 Fort Street, Victoria
Alcheringa Gallery

Hosted by Alcheringa Gallery

Join us Saturday March 2nd at 4pm for WSÁNEĆ artist TEMOSEN Charles Elliott from Tsartlip Nation as we discuss printmaking, Coast Salish design, personal history and more.

This is a free event however seating is limited and we strongly encourage you to reserve your seat.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/769791596753431/

Resurgence in the "Era of Reconciliation"

Saturday, March 2, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Open Space

Hosted by Open Space & UVic Native Students Union

An artist panel and community discussion which centres the voices of ẈSÁNEĆ and Lekwungen artists, and seeks to shift the narrative of decolonization and reconciliation to explore topics of Indigenous resurgence and resistance in the “era of reconciliation." The panelists include Brianna Dick, Sarah Jim, Chaz Elliott, Charles Elliott, and Dylan Thomas.

This event is a part of the NSU’s Indigenous Resurgence Moon, an event series taking place over a 29-day lunar period known by the peoples as ṈIṈENE, “The Child Moon”. Our goal for this series is to promote the resurgence and reclamation of Indigenous ways of being on the unceded/stolen territories of the ẈSÁNEĆ and Lekwungen peoples. The NSU is committed to upholding its responsibilities to Indigenous students and the community at large to support their cultural and spiritual well-being. We are also committed to providing a safe physical space for Indigenous students and community members to gather, work, study, and network. For more information about the Native Student Union and Indigenous Resurgence Moon events, visit https://www.uvicnsu.ca

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/538340816657399/

Sooke Compassion Action Planning Meeting #2

Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
7110 West Coast Road, Sooke
Sooke Baptist Church

Hosted by Sooke Region Multi-Belief Initiative & Transition Sooke

All welcome to the second in a series of open-space meetings as we collectively develop a realistic, achievable Compassion Action Plan (CAP) for Sooke.

The Sooke Region Multi-Belief Initiative's Mark Ziegler assembled a draft plan based on the comments, suggestions and recommendations provided by nearly 50 participants at our Oct. 27 workshop. Further input was received once the draft was distributed to the workshop participants for review in December.

The report is now posted online and can be downloaded via
https://transitionsooke.org/srmbi/

Background: On Oct. 27, more than four dozen local residents affiliated with a wide range of Sooke organizations came together to identify priorities that we as a community might want to tackle collectively with specific actions tagged to realistic timelines.

Join us on the afternoon of Sat. March 2 and let's explore the possibilities. No charge, all welcome.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/494833830922705/

Permaculture, Place-Making and Planet Repair

Saturday, March 2 & Sunday March 3, 2019
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6
Pacific Rim College, Suite 229

Hosted by Pacific Rim College

Join Mark Lakeman, visionary architect, designer and co-founder of the City Repair Project, for an exciting and informative weekend workshop focusing on social engagement and place making design processes as the context for individual and community design. Mark will run us through several design exercises and observational activities, using participatory processes and models, to create alternative patterns to address systems of isolation and oppression, while developing networks and guilds of all scales. The discussions will focus on engendering a rebalancing, healing effect on social culture by restoring interaction and identity, spatial place and gathering environments that fuse people and nature back together, stewardship culture and intergenerational connection, and then cyclical cultural rituals that proceed from all of this being back in place. Mark will also present on various case studies of projects he has worked on of various types and scales, as well as an innovative, exciting large-scale permaculture project he is working on in the Bay Area.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1155304301301738/

SHE IS THE OCEAN - Victoria Screenings

Saturday March 2nd & Sunday March 3rd, 2019
Sat at 6:00 PM & Sun at 1:00 PM
808 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
The Vic Theatre

Hosted by Barnacle Babes

From Innesse Blohina, the acclaimed director of the award winning documentary about surfing ON THE WAVE (with Kelly Slater – 11th World Surfing Champion), comes her second film SHE IS THE OCEAN which examines nine extraordinary women from the four corners of the globe who share one thing in common: a profound love for the Sea. A love so profound that they have chosen to make the Ocean the center of their physical, philosophical and professional lives.

5% of the proceeds to go to The Ocean Legacy Foundation

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/882828085442051/

Across the Haro Strait, Oliver Swain & Eli West in Victoria

Saturday, March 2, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
1415 Broad Street, Victoria
Victoria Event Centre

Hosted by Oliver Swain & Victoria Event Centre

When Islands Folk Festival Artistic Director Kelly Nakatsuka brought Oliver Swain and Eli West together for the first time on the Tzouhalem stage in 2018, a lively musical conversation lit up.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2244100305910460/

Organic Master Gardener Course - Winter

March 2nd, 5th, 7th, 12th, 16th, 2019
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM || Tues & Thurs 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
741 Haliburton Rd, Victoria
Haliburton Community Organic Farm

Hosted by Haliburton Community Organic Farm & Gaia College

Be prepared for a major shift in paradigms! This is a gardening course, and so much more. Students have called it "life changing" - because once we truly understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health we look at the world with different eyes.

This is our core course. It is intense - challenging - inspiring, consisting of lectures and hands-on exercises.

Learn to create fabulous food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Gain essential skills to start or enhance your own business in the rapidly growing organic land care industry. Prepare to write the SOUL Organic Accreditation exam for land care professionals. Earn generous Continuing Education Credits to maintain your industry certifications (SOUL, ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, NALP, MGOI, IPM, NOFA, SOUL)

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience required. Just come, learn and have fun. To receive a Certificate of Completion students must attend 90% of classes and satisfactorily complete all assignments and quizzes.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/585162971922931/

Seed Swap and Information Table

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 2019
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
735 Broughton St, Victoria
Greater Victoria Public Library

Hosted by The Victoria Seed Library

To sign seeds out from our collection you must be a member. Membership is free, and simply requires attendance at one of our Member Orientation seed saver training sessions. Anyone can give seeds to the seed library!

In 2019 we will be hosting seed swaps at the downtown library (Central Branch) from 10:00-1:00 every Saturday* from February 23 to May 11. Drop by, talk gardening with us, and "borrow" some of our free resources and seeds.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2154490161482888/

Victoria Women's Expo

Saturday, March 2 & Sunday March 3, 2019
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
3100 Tillicum Rd, Victoria
Pearkes Recreation Centre

Hosted by The Victoria Women's Expo

The Victoria Women's Expo is a two day consumer event. We provide today's intelligent consumers with the platform to investigate and inform themselves with today's trends and up to date products, information and services. With 100+ exhibitors, you will see a wide variety of booths that are targeted towards women of all ages.

Admission Rates:
Adult Day Pass $8
Seniors/Students/Military Day Pass $6
Adult Weekend Pass $12
Senior/Student/Military Weekend Pass $9

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/385576328624499/

Plant Medicine & Seed Exchange

Sunday, March 3, 2019
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
151 Sunny Ln, Victoria, BC

Hosted by KSandra Gael & Celine Jacqueline Cuevas

.:.Seed/Plant Medicine exchange table open 2-4pm.:.

...JB Williams, Knowledge keeper from Tsawout and Ahousat, will share his core teachings with plants. We will welcome his big heart and healing stories!

.:.Starting Medicinal Plants from Seed @ 2:30pm in the Conservatory.:.

.:.Plant ID Walkabout/Property Tour @ 3pm.:.

.:."Book Club" open 2-4pm in the Downstairs Den.:.

.:.Visioning Circle open 2-4pm in the upstairs Living Room.:.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1644730479168055/

Native Plants and Their Indigenous Uses as Food and Medicine

Sunday, March 3, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
1335 Thurlow Road, Victoria
Garry Oak Room, Fairfield Community Place

Hosted by Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

Fairfield Gonzales Reconciliation Circle is pleased to present an evening with Earl Claxton Jr.

Earl will present to our community on native plants and their Indigenous uses as food and medicine. Join us to share in his knowledge and to understand more about the importance of native plants to Indigenous communities and to the local ecosystem.

Earl Claxton Jr. is an elder of the Tsawout First Nation in Saanich, B.C. He is a self-described ethnobotanist whose learning was passed down to him from his grandmother. Earl works in the Sooke School District as an elder role model, and tutors students at the Tsawout Tribal School. He grows vegetables with students and also grows native plants with students for planting into sites in Tod Inlet. He has had a long career contributing to his community and his nation; in the early 1970’s he was the only employee of the Tsawout First Nations and over 17 years he has had the opportunity to do the work of almost every employee in the administration today!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1099885596851255/

Ideafest

March 4th through 9th, 2019
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
UVic

Hosted by University of Victoria Faculty of Science

Ideafest is the University of Victoria’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation. Discover 40+ FREE events on campus and beyond. https://www.uvic.ca/ideafest/

Campus maps, buildings and directions: http://ow.ly/RlyR50mfw2t

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/916071641936409/

Free Naloxone Training

Monday, March 4, 2019
2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Uvic, Student Union Building
Student Union Building

Hosted by University of Victoria Students' Society (UVSS)

The UVSS would like to invite you to participate in free Harm Reduction Training, where can learn more about harm reduction and how to administer naloxone. Every participant will receive a naloxone kit and training certificate at the end of the session and we'll even throw in some free cookies to sweeten the deal. This training is open to everyone: students, faculty, staff and community members, but there are a limited number of spots so please arrive on time!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/954988878026147/

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance

Monday, March 4, 2019
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
University of Victoria, Fraser Building, Victoria
Fraser (Law) Building, room 158, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Hosted by Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives & UVic History Department & UVic Anthropology

UVic anthropologist Daromir Rudnyckyj will present his new book, "Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance" (University of Chicago Press, 2018), which illustrates how the Malaysian state, led by the central bank, is seeking to make the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur the central node of global financial activity conducted in accordance with Islam. "Beyond Debt" tracks efforts to re-center international finance in an emergent Islamic global city and, ultimately, to challenge the very foundations of conventional finance.

More info: https://events.uvic.ca/capi/view/event/event_id/39682

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/370967497068536/

VIPIRG EVENTS

Uvic

Hosted by VIPIRG

Flipeet & VIPIRG Pop-Up Shop

VIPIRG is collaborating with Flipeet, an online platform for students to buy and sell textbooks! Join us for the app launch and free textbook showcase!
Monday, March 4, from 11:00am to 3:00pm

In the Quad

Tenancy Workshop

A student guide for renting housing in Victoria, BC from real estate and tenancy rights experts.
Wednesday, March 6, from 3:00pm-4:00pm and 4:30pm-5:30pm

Cornett A121

Interview Bootcamp

Hone your job and interview skills to improve your experience in applying for jobs in university!
Thursday, March 7, from 5:30pm-7:00pm

Michele Pujol Room (Small)

VIPIRG Free Pancake Breakfast

VIPIRG is having another Free Pancake Breakfast!
Friday, March 8, from 9:30am-12:00pm

Main Entrance of the SUB

Senćoŧen Language Class

Tues, March 5, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Uvic, Student Union Building
Student Union Building

Hosted by UVic Native Students Union

Want to learn some local lingo? Come learn the W̱SÁNEĆ language with language revitalization student, Nick Henry.

These drop in classes will be Tuesdays at noon in the First Peoples House room 162.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/579628462555961/

Indigenous Movie Nights

Tuesdays March 5th & March 12th, 2019
March 5 at 6:30 PM & March 12 at 5:30 PM
UVic
UVic First Peoples House

Hosted by UVic Native Students Union

As part of the Indigenous Resurgence Moon (IRM) we're screening some highly celebrated films made by and about Indigenous people. These films will be screened in the First Peoples House on Tuesday nights during the IRM. Check out uvicnsu.ca/irm for other events.

March 5th at 6:30pm: Smoke Signals (1998)

March 12th at 5:30pm: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This is a free event to promote community at UVic, however there will be a donation box for the Unist'ot'en Camp legal funds. Please consider bringing cash or donating online here: https://unistoten.camp/support-us/donate/

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/348806559059228/

Ban Fracking in BC — Petition Delivery

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
501 Belleville Strett, Victoria
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Hosted by Wilderness Committee

Join us on the front lawn of the BC Legislature on March 6th at 10 a.m. to present our petition to ban fracking in the province. We'll build a 15-foot fracking rig on the lawn and show up with our brand new banner!

Fracking uses around 30,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water in BC each year and leaks highly potent methane gas into the atmosphere. To fulfill the NDP government's plan to build at least two new liquefied natural gas terminals on the coast, the industry will need to drill 9,000 new fracking wells over the next 50 years.

We can't let that happen. While these proposals face threats of legal action and land defense, we're taking the fight to the source. We need to ban the destructive practice of fracking and instead power our lives with renewable energy.

This event will be held on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ Nations.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2267921700115246/

Ideafest 2019: Indigenous law, women and human rights

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria
Belfry Theatre

Hosted by University of Victoria Faculty of Law

UVic recently launched the world's first Indigenous law program. That's a welcome opening for new conversations on how we understand Indigenous human rights within Indigenous law and governance. How are Indigenous women’s rights also Indigenous human rights? Join leading scholars from across Canada in a thoughtful exploration facilitated by Chancellor Shelagh Rogers.

Host: Shelagh Rogers (UVic Chancellor, Honorary Witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and celebrated broadcast journalist).

Presenters: Val Napoleon, Sarah Morales and Lana Lowe (Faculty of Law - Indigenous Law Program, UVic); and Tracey Lindberg (Faculty of Law, UOttawa)

THE EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE-STREAMED ON THIS FACEBOOK PAGE.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/439273286613229/

Equal Voice Fundraiser for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
1900 Douglas Street, Victoria
Copper Owl

Hosted by Equal Voice Victoria & Copper Owl

To mark International Women's Day, Equal Voice Victoria is hosting a social and fundraiser at the Copper Owl featuring Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Mitzi Dean. Join us for an evening to celebrate successes and the work left to do. Some of Victoria's most amazing women owned and run businesses have donated beautiful goods for a silent auction in support of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. Thank you to our sponsor ARYZE Development and Construction Services for making this possible! This is 19+ event

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/636828876747238/

Join the Conversation on Food Literacy

Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
1183 Fort Street Victoria, BC
CRFAIR Office

Hosted by Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable

This is an opportunity to connect and join with others who are interested in promoting and supporting food literacy in our community. This is the first of what we would like to be an ongoing series of conversations.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1497050913762001/

Stories of Racism and Resistance

Thursday, March 7, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3800 Finnerty Road, Student Union Building, Victoria
UVIC, Michelle Pujol Room, Student Union Building

Hosted by Student Open Forum Against Racism, the UVSS Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) and the UVic Native Students Union, Monica Joan Ogden & Jess Burgoyne & Peter Underwood

FREE & EVERYONE WELCOME

The Students’ Open Forum Against Racism (SOFAR) is hosting an anti-racism storytelling event designed to support a general education requirement for all students that covers the topics of decolonization, anti-racism, and intersectionality. Through the event, SOFAR intends to garner awareness, tangible written support, and hear first hand accounts and stories from Indigenous, Black, students of colour who are affected by racism on campus. In collaboration with the Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) and the Native Students’ Union (NSU), SOFAR encourages you to come in solidarity to generate institutional structural change in the University, in response to everyday acts of racism seen and experienced by Indigenous, Black, students of colour on campus.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/759856627706125/

From Extinction Rebellion to Revolution

Thursday, March 7, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
711 Douglas St, Victoria
CityStudio Victoria

Hosted by International Socialists Victoria & Socialist.ca

The fault-lines are clearer than ever. The climate crisis is accelerating. We need to radically change the way the world operates to stave off environmental collapse and we only have a few years to make significant changes. The recent International Panel on Climate Change report essentially stated that we need to dismantle the capitalist system as it exists, but in response global leaders put forward the same failed policies. International movements such as Extinction Rebellion fight for environmental justice and to stop the planet from spinning out of control.

For there to be any legitimate changes, we must stop the system, cold in its tracks, and replace it with a new system, based on workers power, true democracy, and human need over corporate greed.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/342551753253947/

Let's Talk Plastics!

Thursday, March 7, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
616 Yates Street, Victoria
Patagonia Victoria

Hosted by Drop The Plastic & Surfrider Vancouver Island & West Coast Refill

Wonder where your plastic straw or cup goes after it's been discarded? Is recycling even real?

Join us on March 7th at Patagonia Victoria for a discussion on single-use plastics and how we can mitigate our plastic pollution problem.

The event will include some multimedia presentations, guest speakers from Ocean Wise, Surfrider Foundation, Clayoquot CleanUp, and a few local businesses in Victoria. At the end, there will be a Q&A.

Doors open at 7pm.

Please bring your reusable cup and we'll provide the rest!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/754283954953928/

Wet'suwet'en & Unist'ot'en Camp Fundraiser

Friday, March 8, 2019
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
101-734 Aldebury St., Victoria
Keekz Coffee House

Hosted by Keekz Coffee House

Join us on an incredibly important International Womens Day in support of Indigenous rights, women's rights, consent, human rights and a healthy future for the mothers and families yet to come. Wonderful silent auction items from local artists, artisans and businesses will be available for bid beginning Monday, March 4th. Silent auction will close at 6pm on Friday, March 8th. All proceeds will go directly to the Unist'ot'en Camp Legal Fund.

All sales from select Keekz Eatz, Treatz and Drinkz will go directly to the Unist'ot'en Camp Legal Fund.

Stay tuned for special guest speakers, musical performances and spoken word.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/348926119291848/

Bridges for Women – 9th Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon

Friday, March 8, 2019
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
805 Gordon Street, Victoria
The Union Club of British Columbia

Hosted by Bridges for Women

Join us for the 9th annual International Women’s Day luncheon for an inspiring gathering for women and men in Victoria BC, with keynote speakers, networking opportunities, a delicious lunch, and solidarity for women’s empowerment.

Fundraising activities at the event directly support women impacted by violence and trauma by sustaining healing, education, and employment programs at Bridges for Women.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/286955935312052/

Cultural Foods Fair!

Friday, March 8, 2019
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
UVic, Student Union Building, Victoria
Michele Pujol Room - Student Union Building

Hosted by UVSS Food Bank & Free Store & Uvic Meal Exchange

With students from around the world, UVic's community is one filled with diversity, and we are incredibly lucky to have such a wide range of nations, regions, and cultures represented at our school. To celebrate this, the UVSS Food Bank will be hosting an intercultural food festival, supported by the UVic Global Community, EQHR UVic, and UVic Meal Exchange. This event will run from 1pm to 5pm, and will feature a range of different dishes from around the world.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2245183059083394/

VLC International Women's Day Social

Friday, March 8, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
BCGEU Building
2994 Douglas St, Victoria, BC

Hosted by Victoria Labour Council

VLC is hosting a women's social on IWD! Our theme is "Over Coming Barriers of Equality." We will have speakers and food will be served. Speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/381833112368944/

Lunafest, Victoria, 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
808 Douglas St., Victoria
The Vic Theatre

Hosted by Zonta Club of Victoria & The Vic Theatre

LUNAFEST is an annual international film festival of short films that are for, by, and about women, telling important stories that would not otherwise be told. Zonta Club of Victoria is a service organization devoted to the empowerment of women locally and throughout the world. In support of leveling the playing field for women filmmakers, and sharing women's stories, Zonta is proud to bring LUNAFEST 2019 to Victoria, and hopes to make this an annual event.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2223787834551486/

The Esquimalt Japanese Tea Garden - Righting a Historical Wrong

Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
University of Victoria, Victoria
David Lam Auditorium

Hosted by Landscapes of Injustice & Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS)

Seven decades ago, riotous Victorians destroyed the country’s first Japanese garden and teahouse. Today, University of Victoria researchers are working with a local community group to address this wrong. Will Victorians confront their history of racism and restore a local landmark?

This session reports on new research revealing the complicity of everyday Canadians, including Victorians, in the unlawful dispossession of Japanese-Canadians in the 1940s. Using a local case study, the presentation challenges audiences to consider the roles of ordinary people in injustice. The presentation will be followed by Q & A and a stylized re-creation of the tea house past and present, in association with the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS) and local Japanese tea ceremony group. Research assistants will also be on hand to give a sneak peek at the elementary school curricula and upcoming travelling museum exhibit and more.

Free and open to the public.

Watch the 3 minute promotional video

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/553975188416328/

International Women's Day Rally & Information Fair

Saturday, March 9, 2019
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Canada Ave, Duncan, BC
Charles Hoey Park

Hosted by Cowichan Valley International Women's Day

Speakers, music, spoken word, politics, love, & inspiration.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/334737494049742/

Honouring the Warrior Spirit

Saturday, March 9, 2019
6:00 PM
537 Fisgard Street, Victoria
Fortune Gallery

Hosted by Yakawilas C Child

To the Indigenous soul, warrior is a profound idea with respect to an individual’s relation to others and the world around them. It is not just about the physical struggle, but the spiritual one as well—an enduring and necessary force that lightens the mind of the doer and gives a sense of peace and joy.

The theme of this exhibit, is Honouring Our Warriors, where we simply want to acknowledge and lift those who make the sacrifice—as it informs and invigorates all walks of life. It may be too limiting to fix a face or name to such a list, for surely we would run out of space, but it may be necessary to remind each of us that the warrior spirit is found in every facet of our existence: on the land, in the sea, and in the sky; in man, woman and child; in young and old; in life and memory.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/504816870340173/

Wampum: Elisa Harkins

Saturday, March 9, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Open Space

Hosted by Open Space

Wampum is an Indigenous electronic music performance that takes inspiration from Native American sheet music from the 1800’s and re-arranges it into dance music. Songs are sung in Cherokee, English, and Muscogee (Creek). Harkins will speak about her body of work following the performance.

Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) artist and composer originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work is concerned with translation, language preservation, and Indigenous musicology. Harkins uses the Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee languages, electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1270833483069330/

Spirit of Nature Walk with guided tour

Sunday, March 10, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
1772 Millstream Rd, Victoria
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Hosted by Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

We invite you to come and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of this special property. This land has been under conservation ownership since 1947 so nature definitely has a strong presence here.

The Mary Lake property has 7 different ecosystems, contains a 7 acre lake with various riparian areas and both the Earsman and Millstream creeks which are part of the 13,000 year old watershed flow thru it.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/303832827139174/

Growing Schools Volunteer Orientation

Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
735 Broughton Street, Victoria
Greater Victoria Public Library - Community Room

Hosted by LifeCycles Project Society

LifeCycles' Growing Schools Program is getting excited for our 2019 educational programs. We are looking for interested volunteers to support students, teachers, and the LifeCycles team in fostering school gardening this spring and summer.

REGISTER: https://growingschools.eventbrite.ca

Join us for our hands-on volunteer orientation that explores the program, environmental education, and food security. We will provide opportunities for people to learn more about the many dynamic and fun activities that volunteers can support.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/259431318324696/

Students in Solidarity:
Wet’suwet’en Fundraiser

Monday, March 11, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria
Camosun College - Na’tsa’maht and Wilma Thomas Room 234

Hosted by Taylor List & Emma Paul

Come and join Indigenous Studies students in supporting and raising funds for the Wet’suwet’en community!

Some of the activities provided at this event include:
- local Indigenous performers
- bake sale
- loonie toonie auction
- an opportunity to sign the petition to stop the pipelines from running through Unist’ot’en territory
- a viewing of documentaries produced at the Unist’ot’en camp

If you have any questions about how you can further help the Wet’suwet’en peoples, please visit https://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit/ for more info.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2194957263902928/

SGaawaay K'uuna Edge of the Knife

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
442 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
Sid Williams Theatre

Hosted by Sid Williams Theatre & I-Hos Gallery & World Community

Presented by World Community Development Education Society, I-Hos Gallery, Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers, Immigrant Welcome Centre Comox Valley, British Columbia and the Sid Williams Theatre Society.

This event features an opening Haida cultural performance by Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers.

ADMISSION: Pay what you can by donation (suggested donation of $8)

SGaawaay K’uuna Edge of the Knife is a 2018 Canadian drama film co-directed by Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw and Jaada Gyaahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown. It is the first feature film spoken only in dialects of the Haida language (with subtitles). Set in 19th century Haida Gwaii, it tells the classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.

One aim of the film is to preserve and teach Haida, an endangered language. The film was created primarily by indigenous people, including the co-directors, a mostly amateur crew, and the Haida cast.

https://www.sidwilliamstheatre.com/events/sgaawaay-kuuna-edge-of-the-knife/

A Skype Q&A with director Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw will follow the screening of the film.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/528278934330264/

Stand for Water at UVIC First Peoples House

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Uvic, First Peoples House, Victoria
UVic First Peoples House

Hosted by FNWARM & Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

Film and Panel Discussion with Nuskmata (Jacinda Mack) Indigenous water advocate and FNWARM spokesperson regarding the Mount Polley Mine disaster, Tara Scurr of Amnesty International and Deborrah Curran of the UVIC Environmental Law Centre.

The Stand for Water campaign tells a very current story of how the Mount Polley Mine disaster continues to affect our water, communities and way of life. These impacts are not limited to British Columbia, as growing discontent from Alaska and other neighbours are joining local voices to reform outdated mining laws and practices in BC.

Please let your friends and networks know! We would love to have a full house and active conversations regarding current mining issues and proposed solutions in BC.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victoria-stand-for-water-at-uvic-first-peoples-house-tickets-57145955090

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2072114716175810/

Human Rights in Israel and Palestine: Canada's Response and Responsibility

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
UVic, David Turpin Building, Victoria
UVic, David Turpin Building, Room A102

Hosted by Social Justice Studies UVic, Independent Jewish Voices, Vancouver island Peace and disarmament Network, KAIROS Victoria

An expert panel discussion featuring:

William Geimer, a US army veteran, retired trial lawyer and law professor; author of "Canada:The Case for Staying Out of Other People's Wars

Adrian Fine, retired medical specialist: 11 years active member of Independent Jewish Voices(IJV)

Michael J. Carpenter, a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Studies, UVic; author of "Palestinian Popular Struggle: Unarmed and participatory" (Routledte 2019)

4th Annual Cracks in the Concrete Conference

March 14, 15 and 16, 2019
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM & 12:00PM to 10:00 PM

University of Victoria, the Parkside Hotel & Spa, and the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch

Hosted by Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)

Theme: Subverting the Norm: Moving Beyond Convention

The VIPIRG Conference is a time for students, academics, and community members to come together to discuss emerging issues in research, as well as social and environmental justice. Entry to the conference panels is free.
Register online at https://vipirg.ca/annual-conference. Dropping-in on the day of is also welcome.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/382908942542843/

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