upcoming events

Dear Friends of SJS,



A second free public screening of

‘The Thinking Garden’ – a film about South African women sowing the seeds of change

Wed. March 15 @ 7 pm

David Lam Auditorium, A144 MacLaurin Building, UVic


This documentary film is a labour of love by director Christine Welsh, co-writer/producer Elizabeth Vibert, cinematographer Mo Simpson, and assistant director Basani Ngobeni.


*Official selection, Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 2017

*Official selection, Vancouver South African Film Festival (other festival applications pending)

*Screening at the Berkshire Conference on Women’s and Gender History in New York in June


“The remarkable story of this community garden and the women who brought it to life will inspire countless others.” Prof. Nancy Turner


Informal reviews from advance screenings around BC: ‘I feel reverence’ ‘Passionate’ ‘This is a... film for Africa – governments need to see this film’  ‘Beautiful and inspiring’ …


A film telling the inspiring story of

South African women seeking food justice


This is a film about resilience – three generations of older women in a village in South Africa who came together in the dying days of apartheid to create a community garden. In the midst of severe drought and political turmoil, older women with limited access to land and little political voice joined together, beyond the household, beyond their kin, to make something new. They named their garden Hleketani – “thinking” in the local xiTsonga language – a place where women gather to think about how to effect change. The garden provides affordable vegetables to local people, nourishes those living with HIV/AIDS, helps offset some effects of climate change, and offers land, community, and opportunity for women. The Thinking Garden tells the remarkable story of what can happen when older women take matters into their own hands, and shows how local action in food production can give even the most vulnerable people a measure of control over their food and their futures. 35 min. In xiTsonga with English subtitles.


Social media:



Twitter: @thinkinggarden

Web: http://womensfarm.org/

Distributor: www.movingimages.ca

‘Recipes from the Thinking Garden’ cookbooks available: $20, all funds to Hleketani Community Garden This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Faculty Association's Human Rights Committee at Camosun College is hosting a public presentation by Bev Sellars on March 16th at 7pm (in the Wilna Thomas building room 234). 

Bev Sellars is a former councillor and chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake. She has been an advisor for the BC Treaty Commission and a representative on the Cariboo Chilcotin Justice Inquiry. She is the award-winning author of They Called Me Number One, a memoir of her childhood experience in the Indian residential school system, and Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival, a history of Indigenous rights in Canada. Sellars is Chair of the First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining and has degrees in history (UVic) and law (UBC).


Warm Regards,


Peter Ove, PhD
Dept. of Social Sciences
Camosun College
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, B.C. V8P 5J2
(250) 370-3369



Social Justice Film Night Presents:


Another great film by John Pilger



From the Emmy & BFTA Award-Winning Director


7pm Thursday, March 16

BCGEU Hall, 2994 Douglas St. Victoria


Admission by Donation


This film is sponsored by: 

Victoria Friends of Cuba, Victoria Peace Coalition & Vancouver Island Peace & Disarmament Network

Social Justice Film Night is on the 3rd Thursday of every month organized by the Victoria Friends of Cuba



John Pilger’s new film is his most urgent work to date and reveals what the news does not. The United States and China may well be on the road to war - and with a noose of US bases now encircling the world’s newest superpower, nuclear war is not only imaginable but a nightmarish prospect. 'The Coming War on China' is both a warning and an inspiring story of people’s resistance to war and the occupation of their countries. Filmed over two years across four potential flashpoints, 'The Coming War' returns Pilger to Asia, where his most renowned work has been set; like his landmark Cambodia Year Zero, this film breaks a silence. With eyewitness interviews and rare archive footage, it tells the secret history of an entire nation declared ‘experimental’ in the nuclear age.



April 1:

April Fool's day is RAVEN's 8th birthday and there is so much to celebrate with you. RAVEN's impact is growing in leaps and bounds this year, with three new campaigns launched: Pull Together against Kinder Morgan, Protect the Peel, and Wild for Salmon: Protect the Skeena from Petronas LNG. Please join us for a celebratory and funky dance party!


Auntie Kate & the Uncles of Funk are lined up to give us a rockin' fun night of blues and funk on Saturday, April 1st from 7 - 11PM at the Britannia Legion, 780 Summit Ave in central Victoria.


You can purchase your $20 advance ticket here: http://tinyurl.com/ravenfunk or at the door for $25. Your ticket gets you all the funk you can groove to AND birthday cake!


Please bring some extra cash so you can pitch in for the 50/50 Draw and buy some delicious legion food that the 

Island Culinary Services will have on offer.


Thank you ~ let's dance!


the RAVEN team





Margo MatwychukDirector
Social Justice Studies ProgramUniversity of Victoriaweb.uvic.ca/socialjustice/@UVicSJS on TwitterUVicSJS on FacebookUVicSJS on YouTube
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