Upcoming Events

Dear Friends of SJS,
Fundraiser for Indigenous Land Defense


WHEN: Saturday, July 15th, 6:30 - 9:00PM
WHERE: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St

WHAT: Fundraiser for Indigenous Land Defense, Entry by Donation and Sliding Scale $0-$15

On Facebook (and to check for updates): https://www.facebook.com/events/343866336033245/permalink/344777872608758/

Kinder Morgan wants to start construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in September. For Kwantlen and Nlaka'Pamux First Nations, Kinder Morgan's plans represent the continuation of 150 years of colonial encroachment, which they continue to resist and resurge against.

We invite you to come and hear from Kachina Bige (Cree and Dene from Lutsel K'e) and Brandon Gabriel from Kwantlen First Nation about the history of their territory (which stretches from Surrey through Fort Langley and further East), and their plans to begin construction of a Healing Lodge in the path of the expansion, among other elements of their planned and ongoing resistance.

We... will also hear from Billie Pierre from Nlaka'Pamux. Billie lives in Merritt, and has been actively involved in the grass roots Indigenous movement since 1995, and will also speak to her people's long struggle against colonialism, which she has been directly involved in since the mid-90's, and share her wisdom from the grassroots about impacts the Trans Mountain expansion project has already had, and the ways her people are resisting it.

We will begin the evening with a meal, and there will also be a stand-up performance from Jeff Corntassel, who is Tsalagi (Cherokee). To end the event we will hear hip-hop by Savage Fam, from Klallam.

This event is a fundraiser for grassroots resistance to Kinder Morgan. We will be requesting donations on a sliding scale from $0-$15 at the door to support our panelists.


If you can't make this event, but would like to hear video recordings from these speakers, try these links:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.ca/2017/03/vancouver-stoking-sacred-fire-live.html (the whole panel is amazing; Brandon and Kachina begin at one hour and 2 minutes)

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To keep up with Kwantlen resistance and donate directly to them: http://standwithkwantlen.org/


This event is being coordinated by some of the people who participate in an informal, relationship-based network called OUST Victoria. Please contact Seb Bonet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 250-853-3926) if you have questions or concerns about who is organizing this event, or how it has been put together. We would also like to thank Social Justice Studies at UVic for donating to make this event happen.


The Information below gives some details about accessibility. If you have any questions, please let us know. We are still learning about accessibility and would love to hear feedback about how to create events that are maximally accessible. Thank you!

* This event is for all ages and is alcohol-free. Please get in touch if you want childcare for this event.

* There will be a meal served at the event, beginning at 6:30. We'll share details about what we're making when we figure that out ourselves.

* The closest bus stop is 1 block away, on Douglas outside City Hall (#4, 11, 14, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32, 47, 48, 50, 61, 70, 71, 72). There is also a bus stop 1½ blocks away on Pandora west of Blanshard (#2, 27, and 28). We will have bus tickets available at the door.

* Bike lockup: There is 1 rack in front of the venue, and another across the street.

* Ways of getting inside the venue:

a) The front door will be propped open at 6:30 PM. This leads to a staircase with 27 wood stairs, 11" deep, 6" height (mostly uniform with a couple stairs that are crooked). There is a wood 2.5" handrail on either side of the stairs (not both graspable at the same time given width between handrails). The handrails do not extend past the bottom riser, and extend 8" past the top stair.

b) There is a back entrance with a service elevator that can be accessed from an alley off the south side of Pandora, between a liquor store and a City of Victoria office. The paved alley has a 2" lip/drop to the parking lot where the door is located. From the alley there is a spot for drop-off in the parking lot that is the first right off the alley, directly beside the door to the elevator; note that this space is for drop-off only as if anyone parks in this spot it will block off other drop-offs for people needing to use the elevator. The door is locked and the elevator requires staff assistance to operate, so you will either need to call Laurel at 778-977-0977 when you arrive, or have someone go inside the venue and let an event volunteer know that someone is waiting at the elevator entrance. There is a 33" doorway in, then a 4" gap between the outer floor and the inside of the elevator, which may be too big a gap for some mobility devices to cross (VEC is in the process of installing a flap to cover this gap, but we do not expect that will be in place by the time this event happens). There are two doors (one a metal grate, one a wood grate) that need to be pulled down for the elevator to operate; one of the grates has a clearance of 61" (so people who are standing may need to be able to tilt their head or bend their body to duck under it). The elevator is 4' wide and 57" deep.

* There are a few public parking spots near the front door, but note that these are often occupied by other downtown traffic. For distance from downtown placard spots see http://www.victoria.ca/…/Documen…/parking-disabled-spots.pdf

* Seating: There are three seating areas. The main floor is accessible from both front and back entrances, and will be set up with chairs around round tables, which can all be moved to accommodate any mobility devices or service animals, or any other needed seating arrangements. There are also seating areas on raised (non-ramped) flooring at the back of the hall and the side of the hall, also with chairs; and one couch in a raised area near the sound booth. There are two types of chairs: the majority are folding chairs that are 14" high and 17" wide at the back, with a padded seat and no arm rests. There are also aluminium chairs with arm rests, that are 17" high and 17", and no seat cushion. The floor is hard surface with a small metal lip differentiating different areas. The venue is open seating but if you need to reserve a specific seat, you can let the organizers know and this will be arranged.

* Bathrooms: There are three multi-user bathrooms with stalls, that will be de-gendered for this event. The venue is currently renovating one of the bathrooms to improve accessibility to one stall for people with mobility devices; we will post updates if there are changes between the date of our walk-through (July 4) and the event date. This bathroom is located behind the stage and is accessed from a door to the left of the stage, turning right down a 34" wide hallway, through another room and turning right through a 31" door into the bathroom (signage will be posted and volunteers available to help find this bathroom). The largest stall has a 30" internal door, and does not currently have a grab bar but venue staff anticipated a grab bar may be installed (on the wall to the right if sitting on the toilet) by the time of this event. The stall is 3.5' x 5' and the door swings into the stall making it challenging to have sufficient space to turn a chair to lock the stall door; as an alternative a volunteer will be available to monitor the door into the room adjacent to the bathroom to ensure privacy. The sink is 30" high and does not have a cut to wheel under the sink; the soap dispenser is 16" deep from the front edge of the sink. The paper towel dispenser is 43" from the floor.

* Scent: As fragrances can be harmful for individuals with respiratory disabilities and people with multiple chemical sensitivities, we request that people not wear scented products, including essential oils or other “natural” scents (please read http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html). In our walkthrough of the venue we noticed that a high volume of people access this venue and there is no scent-free policy posted or enforced, and there may also be scented cleaning products. If you have scent sensitivities we would like to hear ideas on ways we can try to make the venue safer for you to access.

* Lighting is generally dim in the main hall; we have some control over stage lights if more lighting is needed (please contact an organizer to discuss).

* We are not providing ASL or other interpretation, live-captioning, or other audio accessibility for this event. There are fans that create ambient noise. Speakers and performers will be using microphones.

* If you need a quiet space during the event to sit down away from crowds or the stage, staff will make office space available. Staff will need to be present in the office if it is being used.

If you have any questions about accessibility or needs to access the space that we can help with, please let us know.


No Kinder Morgan! No Site C! Monthly IntersACTION



Monthly IntersACTION

In front of the TD BANK (4630 Kingsway)
Intersection of Kingsway and McKay - Next to Metrotown Mall

After sixteen long years of pro-corporate, anti-community, anti-environement rule, Christy Clark was finally forced to step down as Premier of British Columbia. Good riddance! Clark was a major supporter of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and the Site C Dam, and used her position to try and push them through despite widespread opposition. While her departure makes the completion of these projects more complicated - Kinder Morgan, Prime Minister Trudeau and BC Hydro have all reaffirmed their commitement to forcing them through.  

While climate jutice activists should be encouraged that Clark's terrible environmental legacy was a major reason for growing unpopularity, now is more important than ever to stand up for the people and the planet! We need to send a strong message that we will continue to be active in building a movement to deafeat these projects, protect our communities and build the better world we all know is possible.

Please join us to continue this important work! Bring your friends, family, signs, voices and your determination.

>>> What is an IntersAction?
It's an action where we flood an intersection on all sides with people crossing (on the light) with signs and banners without stopping the flow of traffic. This way we can be seen by and engage with the most people.

This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Organized by Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver
http://www.climateconvergence.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/climatewarriors/

The 6.8 billion dollar pipeline would “twin” an already existing pipeline to move heavy tar sands oil from Edmonton to Burnaby for export. This would triple the amount of oil being moved on the route to 890,000 barrels a day, while crossing approximately 900 watercourses between Edmonton and Burnaby. The pipeline would increase oil tanker traffic in the Burrard Inlet from 60 to more than 400 a year. It is opposed by the vast majority of indigenous nations whose traditional territories it would cross and millions more accross BC and Canada.

http://www.coastprotectors.ca/ https://twnsacredtrust.ca/http://www.forthecoast.ca/

Site C violates First Nations Treaty Rights, will flood more than 9550 hectares of land, including enough farmland to feed 1 million people, puts the beautiful Peace Valley at risk, requires evicting farmers and landowners who have lived in the area for generations, will cost British Columbians at least $8.8 billion, will lead to our Hydro rates going up, and isn't needed!

http://realsitechearings.org/ http://www.stopsitec.org/http://raventrust.com/join-the-circle-no-site-c/


Open House on the Farm Day

  • clockSaturday at 11:0016:003 days from now · 12–22° Sunny
  • pinShow Map5756 W Saanich Rd, Saanich, BC V9E 2G1, Canada
Sat. July 15th—11-4

Come and meet the “Animals on the Farm !”
The Farm is where animals come for refuge and are fostered for Broken promises Rescue ! We take all species in our rescue so the farm is a safe place for them to go until we can find them a forever home !

Meet the folks at BPR !

Other Rescue's will be there also :
- Helping Homeless Cats 
- Barn Cats need Barn Rats
- animal crusaders

We will be giving tours of the animals on the farm !!  
Meet the Alpaca and Goats !
Meet mom and her baby pigs !
Lots of Chickens, Geese, Roosters, Pigeons and "Pearl" the Turkey !

(Please—NO Dogs)
BBQ Sponsored by Vegan Butcher !

The Very Good Butchcers !!!!!
Plant Based Butchers -- VERY YUMMY TOO!!

If you have always wanted to try it now is the time !!  
-- Food sold by Donation !


Media Training with Mary Lovell

MONDAY JULY 17 Do you want to be more effective with your media strategy?

1. How to write a press release 2. How to write a media advisory 3. How to build relationships with journalists and do pitch calls. 4. Basic media relations

Come learn from Mary Lovell on Unceded Coast Salish Territory - Newton Public Library in Surrey


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