Tons of activist events and actions in the month ahead! Join us!

TONIGHT!
LNG IN THE SALISH SEA
FILM AND DISCUSSION

Lau'welnew Tribal School, Brentwood Bay @ 7 pm
 



What's the story with Steelhead LNG? "Troubled Waters" is a 28 minute film by Gary McNutt.
Hear from locals, First Nations, and environmentalists in the Sannich Inlet. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion about Steelhead's proposed LNG liquefication and export facility at Bamberton in Saanich Inelt. What are the impacts, what could or should be done about this project, and how can we work together? Speakers include leading LNG expert Dr. Eoin Finn, journalist Briony Penn, Tsartlip Chief Don Tom and Hilary Strand of Saanich inlet Network to lead the conversation.


IN SUPPORT OF MINING JUSTICE
THIS WEDNESDAY EVENING!


Learn of the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America
and the environmental and human rights abuses taking place.

Author Jeffrey Webber will be the keynote speaker with a Q & A after his talk.


 

THIS THURSDAY EVENING!

 

 

LEAP UVIC'S ANTI-PIPELINE BASH!
This Saturday night!  



Show your solidarity from Standing Rock to the Salish Sea!
Say no to pipelines and yes to pints at this fundraiser for LEAP Victoria!

Live DJ set from one of Victoria's finest and grooviest turntablists! 

DJ Hristo (Honey Disco) will spin it up old school on the vinyl
serving up the choicest selections of funk, house, Afrobeat and rare groove guaranteed to make your body move!

Accompanied by
J Sun Ocean on congas and percussion
and
Bill Appledorf on electric guitar. 

Don't miss this unique collaboration in support of a great cause!

 

Tsilhqot'in Fundraiser and Info Session
Wednesday, February 1st @ 7pm
Location: lounge at St.John the Divine Anglican Church (1611 Quadra St.)

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The Wilderness Committee, along with Raven Trust, SCBC and Friends of Nemaiah Valley for the Tsilhqot'in
are co-hosting this fundraising event for the Nation's legal case!

Suggested donation is $10 ~ no-one will be turned away for lack of funds. Donations gladly received throughout the evening.
This event is wheelchair accessible and open to all.

Confirmed speakers:
Tsilhqot’in councillor Loretta Williams 
Mining, Oil, Gas Manager, Tsilhqot’in National Government J.P. Laplante 
Filmmaker Jeremy Williams 
and Friends of Nemaiah Valley (FONV) founder David Williams. 

After winning a landmark title case in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Tsilhqot’in now find themselves back in court to protect Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), a sacred site of high cultural importance. This is wrong. Whatever it takes, however long it takes, Taseko Mines must be shown that they cannot ride roughshod over First Nations’ rights, or attempt to exhaust their resources through endless court battles.

Starting January 30th, Taseko Mines is in the Federal Court of Appeal, for the hearings of its two judicial reviews. Talk about a bad loser. This is the company’s last-ditch attempt to salvage the “New Prosperity” mine project. Both judicial reviews will be heard in Vancouver from January 30th to February 3rd.


More info & RSVP: 


 

ONE NIGHT ONLY!


February 2nd, 8 p.m.
Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra at Johnson 


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Tunji Sowande arrived in London from Nigeria in 1945 to study law and pursue his interest in music. He rose to become a well respected barrister, becoming the first Black Head of Chambers, and finally the first (part-time) Black Judge in Britain.

He was an active solo concert performer as a baritone singer, giving concerts for charities and to entertain residents of old people’s homes. On top of it all, he was a great lover of cricket, and became a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the home of cricket.

In an undefined setting, Sowande muses on Imperialism, Colonialism and Black people’s struggles for freedom, justice and human rights, in Africa and the diaspora. He is however not a political man – he prefers to do his job and watch sports. He is however content to spread peace and love through the medium of music and song.

From the writer and performer of the multi-award-winning international hit, Call Mr. Robeson, comes another “brilliantly put-together history lesson delivered as art” (Dirt & Candy)

 

Tickets: $23 via Ticket Rocket or call 250.590.6291

A cozy evening of soothing, groovy originals
and covers from Decades After Paris

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Decades After Paris is a musical duo from Victoria, whose recent album tells a story of our future through upbeat jazz-pop and moody folk-rock. Lyrically rich, their original music is imbued with thoughtful reflections on social and environmental justice. Danton Jay and Heather Lynn bring their natural chemistry and smooth harmonies to share the stage with a full band of top Victoria talent.

Doors open for dinner purchase and mingling at 6pm. Music starts at 8pm.
Tickets: $15 on-line, at Lyle's Place, from the artists or at the door.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decades-after-paris-live-in-concert-tickets-30913300514
   

Help us Save the Blenkinsop Valley!
 

Help save the Blenkinsop Valley, Saanich's agricultural heartland! Please share this video and sign the petition below, lending your voice to the growing movement calling on Saanich Mayor and Council to uphold promises made in the last election, by enforcing and strengthening municipal bylaws to protect the agricultural potential of the Blenkinsop Valley in perpetuity and curb non-farm uses of land!

Click here to sign and Share the Petition!
Click here to learn More!

 

PUBLIC FORUM ON SITE C BC HYDRO BOONDOGGLE!!!

Stolen Sisters Memorial March Victoria 2017


On Sunday February 12th, from 11 am onward, please join us to remember and honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2spirit people who have gone missing and been murdered. 


Gathering: 11 a.m. in front of Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave
The March will begin at 12 p.m. with a prayer, territory acknowledgements and information for marchers. 
Lead by Indigenous women, youth and 2spirit drummers, we will proceed down Pandora Ave to Government Street and then on to the Legislature lawn where we will gather to hear speakers, songs and share food. 

Let us walk together as a community to say Indigenous women's, 2spirits', and girls' lives are sacred.
Let us remember our teachings and honour those who have been taken from us. 

 























 
For more info and important reminders respecting the march,
please check out the facebook event page:

And last but not least...! 


VANCOUVER ISLAND PEACE & DISARMAMENT NETWORK: Public Meeting
Wednesday, January 25 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Room C168, Sedgewick Building, University of Victoria
All welcome to our group to help us plan for peace, disarmament, nonviolence and social justice.
Representatives from the Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Peace Coalition, Peace One Day, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and more! All welcome to join us to create a culture in our city, country and world.
More info contact David Monk: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: THE TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE
Film screenings on Jan 25 7:00 & 9:00pm /Jan 26 7:00 & 9:00pm
Cinencenta Theatre, University of Victoria
Student Union Bldg., 3800 Finnerty Rd
An urgent and fascinating documentary about investigative journalism. A contemporary look at the work of I.F. Stone, the trend-setting investigative journalist who railed against the sins of the U.S. government from the ’50s through the early ’70s. I.F. Stone was one of the great journalists of the 20th century, and he deserves a movie of his own. “All Governments Lie” is mostly devoted to the pluck and courage of his present-day inheritors. It’s a portrait of independent reporters who are carrying on the tradition of renegade muckraking such as Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and more. Includes interviews with Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader. Featuring footage from the last six decades, “All Governments Lie” is a timely, convincing documentary that will cause audiences to question what they see and read.
More info: http://www.cinecenta.com/default.aspx?PageID=1005&MovieID=1277
 
THE KILLER WHALE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD: LECTURE
Mark Leiren-Young will be at the Floating Ideas Lecture Series on January 25, 2017. Join him at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Sidney at 7:00 PM to discuss Moby Doll, the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale, and what we learned from him. When Moby Doll was harpooned off Saturna Island, B.C. in 1964, the Vancouver Aquarium intended to kill and study him. When the injured whale didn't die, the public began to see these creatures not as the killers they assumed them to be but as the orcas we now cherish and protect.
Mark Leiren-Young tells the tale of Moby Doll in his book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World.
The event is free to members and pass holders; admission rates apply to the general public.
More info: https://greystonebooks.com/blogs/events/kiler-whale-at
 
CAFÉ SIMPATICO BENEFIT SUPPER
Human Rights in Mexico: What’s next?
Friday, January 27, 2017, Doors open at 6 pm Dinner at 6:30 pm
1923 Fernwood Road
Updates and discussion with Claudia Barrueta Martinez and Tim Boultbee
Vegan & non-gluten Chili, rice, tortillas, salad, dessert, coffee, juice, tea. BYOB.
Live music and door prizes. Proceeds to families of 43 disappeared Mexican students.
$15/$10 unwaged
More info: http://www.victoriacasc.org/
 
HAWAR - A CRY FOR HELP: THE ONGOING GENOCIDE OF THE YAZIDIS BY ISIS.
Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 pm
Location     UVIC, DAVID STRONG BUILDING, C103
Free and open to the public
Sponsor Elena Pnevmonidou 250-721-7324  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Düzen Tekkal is a German journalist, author and human rights activist of Yazidi origin. After receiving her Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Hannover in 2007, she has worked as a journalist for various German radio and TV stations and has contributed numerous articles for prestigious national print media, such as Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Die Welt. Recipient of various journalism awards, Düzen Tekkal has been recognized internationally for her expertise on issues relating to migration, integration and the plight of Yazidis. In September 2015, she directed the documentary film Hawar – Meine Reise in den Genozid (Hawar, My Journey into the Genocide) and founded the humanitarian organization hawar.help. In the same year, she also wrote the book, Deutschland ist bedroht: Warum wir unsere Werte jetzt verteidigen müssen (Germany Is Threatened: Why We Must Defend Our Values Now), which addresses the rising right-wing extremism in Germany against the backdrop of the rising Islamism and the ongoing migration crisis.
The event begins with a screening of the documentary film, Hawar: My Journey into the Genocide, followed by a presentation and a Question & Answer session.

A NEW ECONOMY: FILM SCREENING
Part of the Victoria Film Festival
Saturday, February 4, 2017  6:30 pm, Capitol 6
About the film: The idea of a new economy isn’t really that new. Co-ops and credit unions are so old hat it’s hard to remember that these were once radical things. But the idea that human enterprise can be something that benefits human beings rather than just profit margins remains alive and evolving every day. In an age of increasingly pointless wealth disparity, more people are feeling like it’s time to re-examine what that means today. Through seven different socially minded businesses from BC and around the world, A New Economy gives us a glimpse of just a few of the current forerunners for human dignity in the work place. Beer, music, software, co-living, urban gardening, open technology and even public parks have a role to play in this new and better world.
This doc is an easy-pleaser for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a TED talk, but it adds a bit more. Certainly, positivity about possibility is very front and centre but A New Economy benefits from its extended runtime too. It digs a little deeper into the less obvious problems that beset these new-idea enterprises. A New Economy will leave you feeling a little more enlightened and a little more challenged to do better about everything.
More info: http://www.victoriafilmfestival.com/film-guide/a-new-economy/
 
LECTURE: PRICE PAID: THE FIGHT FOR FIRST NATIONS SURVIVAL
Wednesday, February 8  2:30-3:30 pm
Location: DAVID TURPIN BUILDING, A104
Bev Sellars speaks about her new book Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival
Bev Sellars is a former councillor and chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, and author of the prize winning book They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School.
Info: http://events.uvic.ca/view=month&month=02&day=1&year=2017&cal=1&cat=alumni,athletics,conference,exhibit,film,lecture/seminar,music,theatre,other
 
CONFERENCE: FIRST NATIONS, LAND, AND JAMES DOUGLAS
INDIGENOUS AND TREATY RIGHTS
IN THE COLONIES OF VANCOUVER ISLAND AND BRITISH COLUMBIA,1849-1864
February 24-26th 2017, Songhees Wellness Centre
More info: http://hcmc.uvic.ca/songheesconference/index.html
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