[Sjsall] upcoming events

Dear Friends of SJS,

Here are some great events happening in the community:

Mon., Nov. 22:

Victoria Peace Coalition demonstration on Monday, Nov 22, to say NO NEW FIGHTER JETS!

Tues., Nov. 23:

Launch event for the Southern Gulf Islands AIDS Society series

Stamina Not Stigma

Your invitation to a discussion and screening of the film
Healing Inner Voices

Please note that a previous email for this event had the incorrect date. The correct date is:


Announcing the launch of Stamina Not Stigma, an important community health project for BC's Southern Gulf Islands region.
Drawing on experiences of a diverse group of islanders who supported each other through the worst days of the AIDS pandemic and evolved with the changing realities of living... with HIV, the premise of Stamina Not Stigma is to affirm wellness strategies, spotlight the role of peers as community health navigators & educators, and show how these approaches can empower and improve health outcomes for folk facing various health and well-being challenges.
Facilitating a series of events and engaging in important conversations over the coming months, the Stamina Not Stigma team will invite a dynamic range of individuals, health care professionals, organizational leaders, community elders, and academics to gather and share knowledge and resources.
Specific event themes will focus on groups who identify as: BIPOC, Youth, Women & non-binary, and GBT2SQIA+ Men in the Southern Gulf Islands region. Representatives from each of these groups will help plan and co-facilitate Stamina Not Stigma events.
Information covered over the series of events will be shared in a wrap-up presentation for regional health care providers, demonstrating the benefits and challenges that peer-based approaches can have.
In many respects, Stamina Not Stigma is a project over a quarter century in the making. In 1995, two HIV+ women and a gay HIV+ man joined together to form GIGI, the Gulf Islands Guerrilla Immunologists. Their story evolved into the Southern Gulf Islands AIDS Society (SGIAS), the smallest service organization of its kind in Canada, demonstrating an effective model on how to organize around diverse communities and complex health needs during a pandemic.

The Stamina Not Stigma event series begins Tuesday November 23rd (10 am PT) with a viewing of the beautifully crafted, groundbreaking film, Healing Inner Voices by HIV+ 2-Spirit Indigenous filmmaker, Martin Morberg.
“Stigma won’t live in my world,” says Val Nicholson, who is featured in the film and is a BIPOC co-facilitator of the Stamina not Stigma project.
The filmmakers see this peer-led virtual event as a decolonized and spiritual approach to addressing HIV stigma, transferring Indigenous knowledge through storytelling – sharing stories of healing and resilience.
“It was only through my own healing that I was able to break through that intersection of stigmas that was placed on me,” says Morberg.

View the trailer for Healing Inner Voices

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Other events in the Stamina Not Stigma series:





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Wed., Nov. 24:


5:00 and 7:30 pm at Cinecenta.

Upcoming Victoria theatrical premiere of Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, a National Film Board of Canada co-production. Kímmapiiyipitssini - GEE-maa-bee-bit-sin — is the Blackfoot word for ‘giving kindness to each other’. Elle–Máijá Tailfeathers’ film is about the collective work of healing in the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta, a Blackfoot community facing the impacts of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic. Community members active in addiction and recovery, first responders, and medical professionals implement harm reduction to save lives. This work is contextualized within the historical and contemporary impacts of settler colonialism; Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy draws a connecting line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-use crisis.

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy won the Rogers Audience Award at Hot Docs and at the Calgary International Film Festival this fall. It has screened at Dok.Fest Munich, ImagineNative Film+Media Festival, and the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.

The Victoria screening of the film will be one day only - Wednesday, November 24th at 5:00 and 7:30 pm at Cinecenta.

Please help us spread the word about this important film by sharing this email, or the following weblink with your colleagues, contacts and friends at UVic and beyond. Thank you in advance for all your help.

Andy (they/them)

2spirit Métis

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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