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Dear Friends of SJS,

June 8:

Tiny House Warriors Safety Orientation and Tool Demonstration from 10AM-12 PM at 953 Balmoral RD :

Hi There,

We (a group of students and community members) are building tiny house for the Tiny House Warriors from June 8th-18th. We welcome you to join us in providing tangible support to the Tiny House Warriors initiative that seeks to resist the Trans Mountain pipeline project and foster Indigenous resurgence in Secwepmc territories.

Tiny House Warriors’ Our Land is Home initiative is led by Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society members Kanahus, Mayuk, Snutetkwe, and Ida Manuel and their extended kin. Ten tiny houses will be built and placed strategically along the 518 km Trans Mountain pipeline route transiting Secwepemc territories to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to the pipeline.

Beyond building the tiny house, this project provides an opportunity for conversation and community-building.The Tiny House Warriors project addresses issues of colonization, gendered violence, and the climate crisis, and we will be hosting workshops, marches, and community outreach sessions to provide opportunities for our community to learn about these issues and broach conversations about how to address them.

This project will construct the 6th tiny house built so far—it’s also the 3rd house built by volunteers in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. Our team of dedicated volunteers are excited about building yet another tiny home for Secwepmc territories, but we need your help to make it a success!

How can you help?

1) Donate

Building a tiny home, and the trailer it will travel on—requires funds! We need to raise $15,000 dollars to make this build happen. To donate or learn more, visit our Chuffed page here (https://chuffed.org/project/tiny-house-warriors-resistance-edition) or etransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2) Volunteer

We’re looking for volunteers in a variety of areas to make the build a success. We’re looking for:

Builders—no previous experience necessary. This is a great way to develop your skills.

Food prep—we need to help feed hungry builders and workshop-goers.

Art/promo and social media—help us to get the word out about the build!

Fundraising—join our team helping to make this build possible.

On June 8th, we will be holding a Safety Orientation and Tool Demonstration from 10AM-12 PM at 953 Balmoral RD. FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/568402193565734/

3) Share this message, these links, or the attached PDF with your networks!

For more info, e-transfer, or if you want to volunteer, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For updates, check out our Facebook page, and event.

With respect and appreciation,

The Balmoral Tiny House Warriors build team

Monday, June 10:

Victoria School District: Declare a Climate Emergency

Join parents 4 climate! to ask the Greater Victoria School District to declare a climate emergency.

Last November, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report warning of the severe consequences of warming above 1.5 degrees. The report indicates that while limiting warming to 1.5 degrees is still possible, it will require unprecedented and transformative action in all sectors to drastically reduce carbon emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change in the years to come. What is missing, they report, is the political will to make this happen.

Although the School District currently has a provincial mandate to be “carbon neutral”, this has been achieved primarily through the purchase of carbon offsets. But we cannot “offset” our way to a liveable planet - in fact the IPCC tells us we need offsets in addition to across the board carbon emissions reductions of at least 45% by 2030, and zero by 2050.

Monday, June 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM

School District No 61

556 Boleskine Rd, Saanich, British Columbia V8Z 1E8

June 11:

At 7pm Tuesday, June 11 at 2994 Douglas we have the honour of hosting Sandra Ramirez Rodriguez and Yamil Martinez Marrero from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People (ICAP), the Institute office in Havana that links Cuba with Solidarity and Friendship internationally. They will give us an update on the situation from the perspective of their work. They will speak on current relations and links between Cuba and the international solidarity movement.

We hope you can join us,

Victoria Friends of Cuba

June 22:

What: 20km March from Centennial Square to Tsawout territory in solidarity with all First Nations opposing the TMX pipeline.

When: Saturday, June 22. Arrive at Centennial Square at 8am, leave by 9am, lunch at Elk Lake at 1:00, arrive for feast/potluck, speakers and music at 6 pm.

Eventpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/331462934205597/

Hello friends,

On June 18th, we expect Justin Trudeau to announce that his government has re-approved the multi-billion dollar 1,150 km TransMountain pipeline and tanker expansion over the continued objections of sovereign indigenous nations and in clear violation of our climate obligations.

In response to this insult to reconciliation and attack on our climate, local activists have been building a Tiny House to support the Secwepemc Tiny House Warriors as they fight this pipeline on the frontlines. On Saturday June 22nd Kanahus Manuel, members of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society, and other local indigenous activists will lead a march to take the completed Tiny Home 20km straight down the highway from Centennial Square to Tsawout territory to show our solidarity with indigenous nations in this struggle.

The Tiny House will continue to Secwepemc territory for use as a hub for land reclamation, resurgence and pipeline resistance.

Please join us for this important day of action. Together, we will make our voices heard loud and clear: no consent means no pipeline. Period.

Support Vehicles we be available for those with physical limitations, water will be provided, and participants will enjoy inspiring speakers including Kanahus Manuel, W'SANEC leader Paul Chiyokten Wagner, and Sechelt activist Gordon August Jr., as well as musical performances including local folk-activist Luke Wallace. There will be a community feast at the end. Public transit back to Victoria will be available after.

This event is family friendly, pet friendly, and bike friendly. We aim to provide a safe, inclusive, anti-oppressive and joyful space for all. This event takes place respectfully on the unceded homeland of the Lekwungen and W'SANEC peoples.

To get involved or find out more please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In solidarity,

Your Rise and Resist organizing team


Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

University of Victoria

Territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSANEC Peoples

PO Box 1700 STN CSC

Victoria BC V8W 2Y2

Office: Cornett B210

PH: (250) 721-6283

FAX: (250) 721-6215

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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