[Sjsall] upcoming events

Dear Friends of SJS,

Some great upcoming events:

Jan. 11:

Stop the Assault on Indigenous Sovereignty!

Noon to 2 pm

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Hosted by Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Victoria, Rise and Resist, Camas Books, Climate Justice Victoria, Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle, Indigenous Solidarity Working Group

Jan. 13:

Rojava Revolution: Autonomous Self-Governance in Northern Syria

In Spring 2011, the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) of Rojava, northern Syria established a People’s Council of West Kurdistan around the concept of “democratic confederalism” wherein diverse peoples and political actors united under an autonomous anti-state structure of self-governance. Three regional “Cantons” formed a federated structure encompassing most of northern Syria. Rojava’s revolution was defended by two militias–the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ). The emergence of a secular, feminist, anti-authoritarian system of self-governance in the midst of Syria’s civil war was an extraordinary event and military victories against the Islamic State (notably the heroic rescue of minority Yezidi peoples besieged by Islamic State forces in the Sinjar mountains) brought the Rojava revolution to world attention.

Join Professor Ozlem Goner ((City University... of New York) to learn about the roots of the Rojava revolution, its ecological, feminist, and anarchic democratic vision, as well as current threats to Rojava poised by Turkish armed forces in alliance with Russia

7 P.M. Monday, January 13

Mearns Center for Learning -- McPherson Library, RM 129 (first floor)

Lecture, which is sponsored by the Anarchist Archives Speakers Series.



Jan. 14:

“Whose Land Is It? Rethinking Sovereignty in British Columbia”

UVIC’S Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) presents a roundtable discussion based on Nick XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton and John Price’s forthcoming article “Whose Land Is It? Rethinking Sovereignty in British Columbia” (BC Studies 204, January 2020). Joining the authors for this discussion will be W̱SÁNEĆ Elder, Dr. John Elliot, and Professor Rebecca Johnson, Faculty of Law.

Tuesday, January 14

11 am – 1 pm (light refreshments provided)

Ceremonial Hall, First People’s House

University of Victoria

Free and open to the public

“Whose Land Is It? Rethinking Sovereignty in British Columbia”


First Nations in what is today called British Columbia (BC) have displayed a deep attachment to the land, derived at least in part from organic concepts of being, in which people do not own the earth but rather belong to it. This attachment to the land has manifested itself in many ways - maintaining customary, collective notions over resources and lands, respecting and preserving ceremonial rights, and long and tenacious battles to defend Indigenous sovereignty in the face of settler colonialism. In the courts, these issues have been mainly argued as questions of “title”, determining ownership based on the liberal concept of private property. BC and Canadian courts have increasingly recognized “Aboriginal title”, yet they continue to assert, as does the Crown (Canadian and BC governments), that this title is subordinate to Crown sovereignty. Highlighting concepts of landholding of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Mowachat-Muchalaht peoples, as reflected in their respective languages, we argue that what is at stake is not “title” but rather “sovereignty”. We suggest that First Nations’ belief in their sovereign rights is the foundation for two centuries of resistance to colonialism in this province. We further contend that the Crown’s persistent assertion that it holds sovereignty based on the 1846 Oregon Treaty, as articulated in the courts over a number of decades, is a re-imposition of settler colonialism given that the 1846 treaty is based entirely on the Doctrine of Discovery, a concept that has been thoroughly discredited. The case for settler or Crown sovereignty is further undermined by the fact that the BC government refused for 140 years to negotiate treaties despite ongoing Indigenous demands, a trend that arguably continues to this day. We believe that recognition of Indigenous sovereignty over BC is now urgent if First Nations are to achieve justice, if reconciliation is to have any chance at all, and if we want to collectively achieve climate justice.

Jan. 18:

Women’s March 2020

Saturday, Jan. 18

11 am to 1 pm

Legislative Assembly of BC

See FB page:


Jan. 19:

Film Showing: Woman At War

DSB C118

Sunday, Dec. 19

2:30 to 4:30 pm


Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) is a 2018 Icelandic-Ukrainian comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, and starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir as an eco-feminist warrior.

Free and open to the public

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

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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