[Sjsall] Upcoming events

Dear Friends of SJS,

April 11, 2019:

On Thursday evening, ICA is hosting Hassan Al Kontar to give a talk at UVic, in the David Lam Auditorium. Please make an effort to invite friends, and circulate an invitation to this FREE event as widely as possible!

The venue has a significant capacity so it would be great to fill as much of it as possible.

Free registrations on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2KeXxSM

But people can just come as well.

Please see attached evite for circulation, and please feel free to send invites from FB if you are on that platform.

Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kontar became a media sensation last year after he found himself living in the arrivals terminal of... a Malaysian airport. Al Kontar quickly realized that his situation was not because of who he was personally; it was because he carried a Syrian passport. Al Kontar spent 7 months at the airport and 2 months in detention before finally being allowed to come to Canada in November 2018. In this presentation, Al Kontar will talk about what he learned as a result of his experience, the plight of refugees around the world, and how individual Canadians can make a difference.

Many thanks to the University of Victoria for providing the venue.

Wheelchair accessible.


Sabine Lehr | Private Sponsorship of Refugees Manager | Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

930 Balmoral Road | Victoria, BC V8T 1A8 | 250-388-4728 ext 146 | www.icavictoria.org



April 12:

The Migrant Crisis: “WALK WITH US” Film Night

Friday April 12th at 6.00 pm

@ The Vic Theatre 808 Douglas Street, Victoria

Doors Open at 5:30

6-6:45 Film followed by (optional) 6:45-7:30 Discussion

Donations Welcome for ABBA Safehouse - Mexico

“They are people like us, with rights and dreams of a better life, and hoping to create opportunities for their children.”

Story: This is the story of the migrant crisis through the eyes of Pastor Ignacio Martinez, the founder of ABBA safehouse in Celaya, Mexico. It started when his family took food to migrants jumping freight trains. Some were sick, there was nowhere to wash or sleep. So he founded ABBA, where they can rest, receive food and medical help .

The film shows the gap between President Trump calling migrants “rapists and criminals” and the sad reality. Most are escaping abject poverty and gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala . Their dreams of a better life in the USA have been met by tear gas at the border and cuts in aid to their countries. In this world of nationalism and xenophobia, Ignacio’s work is vitally important.

“It’s not about us - it’s about the dignity of our brother ‘travellers”.

Context: It's a worldwide crisis - 68 million migrants are on the move. The ravages of climate change will create millions more. Yet nations refuse them. Britains’ Brexit aims to restrict them. Many Syrians, Afghanis and Iraqis languish in sordid camps in Greece, or are beaten from the borders of Croatia, Hungary and Poland. The irony is that many countries have aging populations and declining birth-rates. So immigrants – who do the work that no one wants – are needed.

The film will be followed by comments and audience discussion with 'Walk With Us' Filmmaker-Director Judy Jackson and local educator Lorenzo Magzul (originally from Guatemala) about local and global efforts to support the migrants and the root causes of the crisis.

About the Director: Judy Jackson’s many award winning documentaries about human rights and social justice have been shot in dangerous places. Many have been about dictatorship and human rights in Latin America and Central America. They've been broadcast on the BBC and Channel 4.

Guest: Lorenzo Magzul is from the Highlands of Guatemala and works as an educator and researcher focused on sustainability and social justice. He has lived in Victoria for over thirty years while maintaining a strong connection to his Cakchiquel Maya community and culture.

"Walk With Us” is a beautiful film. It is wonderful, in its simplicity, and its focus on the migrants in a respectful individual way,”

Eamonn Andrews of Channel 4's (BBC) "Unreported World'

Winner: Merit Award: Best Shorts Competition and Selected: National Screen Institute (NSI) Online Short Film Festival.

Co-Sponsor - Social Justice Studies UVIC and Kairos

Info? Contact Judy Jackson www.judyfims.com


April 26:

You are invited to:

Cafe Simpatico:

1923 Fernwood Road. Victoria BC

Friday April 26,

Doors open at 7 pm Music at 7:30 pm

Presentation at 8 pm

“Tourism in the Peruvian Andes: Marketing Spirituality and Romance”

An illustrated talk by Karoline Guelke, University of Victoria, Dep’t of Anthropology

Based on her fieldwork, Karoline will address the problems of inequality, cultural appropriation, and more, associated with tourism in Latin America. Benefits of tourism, as expressed by local people, will also be discussed. The presentation will be accompanied by slides from Dr Guelke's travels.

All welcome: Admission by donation: Refreshments Fair Trade coffee

https://www.victoriacasc.org/ https://www.facebook.com/vcasc/


April 29 and May 2:


What can you do when you witness public instances of anti-Muslim, anti-Black, anti-Trans, anti-Indigenous or any other form of interpersonal violence and racial harassment? This workshop provides tips on how to intervene while considering the safety of everyone involved. It includes resources and tools, group discussion and role plays.

*When:*Monday April 29, 6:30-8:30 *OR*Thursday May 2, 6:30-8:30,

*Where:*First Metropolitan Church, Room 119, 932 Balmoral Road , Victoria, B.C.


Event space and bathrooms are wheel chair accessible

A gender neutral bathroom is available

*Cost: *None. Donations accepted.

*Facilitators:*Denise Nadeau and Maryann Abbs, former members of the Vancouver Popular Education Collective**

*This event is sponsored by First Metropolitan United Church and is taking place on the territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations.*


Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

c/o Dept of Anthropology

University of Victoria

PO Box 1700, STN CSC

Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Office: Cornett B210

PH: (250) 721-6283

FAX: (250) 721-6215

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We acknowledge and respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose unceded territory the university stands and whose relationships with the land continue to this day.

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