Upcoming events and calls for support

Dear Friends of SJS,


Good afternoon,

On behalf of the Coalition to Preserve Truth, which represents survivors and intergenerational survivors of residential schools, please find a press release detailing our fight to save 38,000 first hand accounts of the residential school system. These documents, the IAP records, represent the largest collection of residential school records. They are presently due to be destroyed.

We have until May 12th, 2017 to raise $50,000 that we need to appear in the Supreme Court of Canada. We hope that you’ll support us in bringing this to the attention of all Canadians, as each and every one of us have a responsibility to remember, honor and protect the truth of the residential school system.

 The following video links are worth a few minutes of your time.

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Feel free to contact me for more information, or visit standfortruth.ca.


Thanks for your support,








Leslie Brown, PhD

Professor Emerita
School of Social Work
University of Victoria


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Upcoming Events: 

Film Screening: To The Ends of the Earth

wednesday May 107:00 and 8:45 pm at Cinecenta.
The Corporate Mapping Project, a partnership involving the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the University of Victoria, is pleased to present: ‘To the Ends of the Earth’ is a ground-breaking documentary about the rise of extreme energy, the end of economic growth, a new way forward. Narrated by Academy Award winner Emma Thompson. 
The Awareness Film Night Season Finale:  "Power To Change: The Energy Rebellion" and a post screening discussion with 2 local installers of renewable energy systems."
Wed., May 10   7-9 p.m.
at the Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. in Sooke. 

Power To Change" is a recent release from Germany that outlines a wealth of green-friendly innovations and the figures behind them.  It tells the stirring stories of battling pioneers, of amateur tinkerers, of entrepreneurs, of ordinary folks wanting to lessen their carbon footprint and of inventive and surprising technologies.  The film has a clear message:  a complete turnaround in energy policy towards 100% renewables is possible and it can be achieved much faster than its opponents would have you believe.  Bring your queries about solar, wind and small hydro energy systems for the post screening discussion with Steve Unger and Clayton Fischer, members of the Viridian Energy Co-operative, a workers' co-op that designs and installs renewable energy systems on Vancouver Island. 
By donation. www.awarenessfilmnight.ca
May 11 from 7:00-9:00 PMNewcombe Conference Hall at the Royal BC Museum.
Join Louise Mandell, Q.C., LL.D, for a talk that explores de-constructing colonization in each of our lives - making space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to dream a way forward which respects and reflects the diversity, strength and hope embodied within Indigenous traditions. Royal BC Museum Archivist Genevieve Weber will also share how they are working to indigenize the Archives, working with communities to strengthen the Indigenous voices in their collections, making them more accessible to Indigenous researchers and community members. 

Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. 
Presented in partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the Royal BC Museum. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Victoria Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. Location: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street. 
More info: https://gvpl.ca/programs-events/canada-150/openingthedoor
Free Public Forum: "System Change Not Climate Change!friday may 12th
  • Friday at 19:0023:004 days from now · 7–14° Rain
  • pinShow Map1150 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2, Canada


Today, after more than two centuries of careless and criminal capitalist mismanagement of production and the market, the earth and the environment have disintegrated and deteriorated from pollution and poison. We know we are reaching the point of no return for earth's inhabitants. As a result, climate change has become a serious challenge to humanity's sustainability and survival. Join us to discuss the cause of climate change, environmental degradation and why capitalism is destroying our earth for greed and profit. What's at stake? How can we fight back to prevent environmental catastrophe?

Featuring an update and assessment of the struggle against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the Site C Dam in British Columbia!

Forum will also include multimedia and discussion. 


Peace and Disarmament Summit
May 12 and May 13at UVic

Register at http://www.vipdn.org for our inaugural Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit!  Don’t miss it!

Friday, May 12 from 7:00-9:00 pm
David Strong Building, C118, University of Victoria
An inspiring documentary about Costa Rica’s path of demilitarization. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by representatives of the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative and Nonviolence International. Free. All welcome.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1669377776701265/
Saturday, May 13 from 10:00am-5:30 pm
David Strong Building, C118, University of Victoria
This provincial summit aims to inspire action for a culture of peace and nonviolence and policies for disarmament. Themes: Canadian foreign policy and defence policy, nuclear disarmament, gender and militarism, peace education, art and activism!
Key note speaker: Jamie Swift, co-author of the new book The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, which has been short-listed for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian history and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, author Jamie Swift provides a critical examination at Canada’s participation in the bloody First World War and confronts our history of militarism. Swift is also the co-author of the book Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety and a co-founder of Peace Quest.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, author Jamie Swift provides a critical examination at Canada’s participation in the bloody First World War and challenges the myth that Canada came of age by warfighting.
Other featured speakers include former seaman Nicola Peffers author of Refuge in the Black Deck about military sexual violence and US Army veteran Bill Geimer author of Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars. Books will be available for sale.
Register now! Free. Donations Appreciated. Organized by the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network: www.vipdn.org
Co-sponsored by the UVic Centre for Global Studies, the Social Environmental Alliance, Nonviolence International, Between the Lines Publishing and Level Ground Coffee.


Monday, May 15from 4:00-5:00 pm,
outside the Department of National Defence's Military Recruitment Centre, 827 Fort St, Victoria

Join us in marking the annual International Day for Conscientious Objection- a day to celebrate those who have and those who continue to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military systems. Resist; Don’t Enlist! 

Demonstration is organized by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace 
More info: www.vowpeace.org and see War Resisters International: https://www.wri-irg.org/en
After the Election: How Do We Win Climate Justicetuesday may 16th

Join us for a discussion of the BC election results and what we can do to help build a climate movement that puts people before profits.

Weds. May 17from 7-9pm 
St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich, BC

Strengthening our sacred relationship with our Refugee neighbours
The Saanich Peninsula Refugee Initiative Group shares experiences, learnings and opportunities to get involved. 
This event is hosted by Peninsula Ecovision, and all are welcome.


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