Meet old friends and make new ones in Victoria's activist scene!
Get involved in campaigns to support the growing resistance!
Next meeting is Tuesday March 14 at 5:30 pm
at UVIC at the David Strong Building, Room C118
(this is prior to the public event we are co-hosting
at 7:00 pm that evening on Climate Change, Peace and Militarism -
see below for details!)

SEA is taking inventory! 

Help the local activist community build our capacity and create more impact! 

If you haven't already done so, please take two minutes to complete this questionnaire designed to take stock of the skills, talents, ideas and resources we can share among ourselves. The intent is to share these results thereby reducing some of the legwork involved in organizing actions, events, meetings etc. If we let each other know how exactly we can help as activists, it makes it much easier in approaching each other when assistance is needed!


Click on the link below to get started! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1-Q8NN0bbf0Udy2mR-awcO2iCme5pV7VkFE_eMt8bCgPXDQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

This Wednesday!


Brave spirits on new paths:
The road to Indigenous
economic reconciliation


PANEL PRESENTATION
Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora Ave)
March 8, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


What are the bold steps for all Canadians towards Indigenous economic reconciliation?

In this session, UVic professors John Borrows and Brent Mainprize will offer insight from their research into this subject, before Ovide Mercredi (past National Chief, Assembly of First Nations), Guujaaw (former Haida leader), and David Suzuki (renowned author and environmentalist) share their personal perspectives and expertise in a stimulating panel discussion.

From sustainable development to the legal and political framework of Indigenous economic reconciliation, the event will explore topics relevant to all Canadians. Audience members are welcome to join this critical dialogue in a moderated Q&A following the presentation.

No registration is required for this FREE event.

Host: Miles Richardson, Director of UVic’s National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED) and Officer of the Order of Canada

Presenters:
Ovide Mercredi (Canadian politician, writer and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations);

Guujaaw (artist, activist and past president of the Council of the Haida Nation);

David Suzuki (Canadian academic, environmentalist and science broadcaster);

John Borrows (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, UVic Faculty of Law)

Brent Mainprize (Teaching Professor, UVic Gustavson School of Business)

Arthur Mercer (a Nisga'a hereditary chief and Indigenous business economic development professional)

Hosted by the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, an initiative of UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Faculty of Law.

Photo credit: Eagle on Beaver Stand and Small Warrior Mask by Nisga’a artist, Calvin McNeil


For more info: 
https://www.uvic.ca/ideafest/events/events/ncied.html

An evening of compelling analysis!  


 

  The Social Environmental Alliance, Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and LEAP UVIC are hosting a free, public panel on the crucial links between climate change and militarism, and between peace, non-violence and ecological sustainability. 

KASIA TOKARSKA, PhD candidate, will provide an overview of the latest science on the climate change and her research on the impacts of burning all untapped fossil-fuel resources. 

TAMARA LORINCZ, a senior researcher with the International Peace Bureau and a member of the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network, will discuss her report "Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization" about the reciprocal ties between militarism and climate change. 

DR. JAMES TULLEY, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, will discuss the need for peace and non-violence to achieve climate justice. 

An extended discussion will follow. 

Together, this important event will help link environmental and peace- based struggles, showing how militarism and climate change feed off of one another, and how non-violence and sustainability are a shared project.

A SPECIAL NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF UNIST'OT'EN!
FREDA HUSON APPEARING!
 

Unist'ot'en Camp Benefit Concert!

The Unist’ot’en have sustained an unbroken relationship with their territory for thousands of years and have continued to practice their traditions in spite of intense and ongoing colonial encroachment. Today those practices include harvesting food and medicine from their territory, building a Healing Centre to address impacts of colonialism, and running many camps and workshops to share skills and knowledge. They are also currently resisting, among others, the Pacific Trails Pipelines and Coastal GasLink project, which are intended to transport fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory to LNG plants on the west coast.

We would like to acknowledge the time that many people in our community are donating to put on this event - from postering and hosting to playing music and raising funds - and would humbly request your help in spreading the word about this benefit concert. It would be thrilling to us to pack Alix Goolden Hall and show the Unist'ot'en that people here support their courageous and important resistance to pipelines crossing their territories. Thank you!

The event will begin with a welcoming from Esquimalt and Songhees First Nation representatives, and a presentation from the Unist'ot'en hereditary Chiefs, including the Camp spokesperson, Freda Huson. We will then start the music and enjoy performances by Natu Bearwolf, Betty Supple, Zoubi Arros, Rae Spoon and Compassion Gorilla.

TICKETS AT:
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1442697


MORE INFO AT:

  For a full event description that is not on Facebook, please check out: https://stopthepipelinesstartthemusic.wordpress.com/ 

Learn more about Unist'ot’en Camp at http://unistoten.camp/
or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unistoten/.

You can also watch this short documentary:

FORGET ABOUT THE GREEN BEER
AND JOIN US FRIDAY MARCH 17 FOR THE NEXT RADICAL RANTS!

 

FEATURED RANTERS FOR THE EVENING INCLUDE:

JESSICA VAN DER VEEN, President, RAVEN Trust (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) 
Raising legal defence funds to assist Indigenous Peoples who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories.

KEVIN ABRAHAMS, Urban Haida from the Street
Direct actions to inform and bring discomfort to those supporting fossil fuel dependence

EVA B
Creating an Alternative: Democratic Autonomy in Rojava (Kurdish region of Northern Syria)

KEITH CHERRY, Social Environmental Alliance, LEAP Victoria
Crisis Organizing

TERRY DANCE-BENNINK 
Rolling Justice Bus, Sierra Club Volunteer, "Stand Up for What You Love" Rally Organizer
The Site C Boondoggle: Time to Vote Clark Out!

KEVIN K, Anarchist, Improviser, another white dude

A free facilitated event on decolonization!
WHAT CAN SETTLERS DO?



Sponsored by SEA's newly reconstituted Indigenous Solidarity Working Group, professional facilitators Ashley Gillies and Pat Woodall will be leading participants through an exploration of the relationship between settler grassroots activists and the First Nations community.  

Wednesday, March 22 at 6 PM - 9 PM
Fernwood Hall, 1923 Fernwood Rd


The vital and pressing task of decolonization has proven somewhat treacherous and unpredictable, involving much complexity and untold challenges. The role of settlers in the process has proven murky at best, and in fact, often harmful and re-damaging. How can settlers show up as true allies in ways that work toward mutual empowerment and that respect the inherent autonomy and sovereignty of indigenous individuals and groups?

We are honoured to have the opportunity to start the evening sharing in a potluck meal with Songhees Elder Joan Morris, who will offer a tradtional welcome and blessing. She will then discuss issues raised in the newly released book chronicling her experiences with the notorious 'Indian Hospitals', "Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care".

Nathalie Chambers of Madrona Farms and the Farmland Protection Coalition will also share thoughts on protocol and her friendship with Joan over the past few years in her journey of decolonizing. 

We are also honoured to have Joe Akerman join us for the evening - an integral leader through his work with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and in his efforts to protect Grace Islet.

In this forum we will create a space to deepen our understandings, awareness and commitments to the work of decolonization and the circumstances surrounding it. There will be some framing of the topic and issues, and then a facilitated process will take place involving dialogue, role-play, and break-out groups with the opportunity for personal sharing and deep listening. It is hoped that new and deeper understandings will emerge that will help to guide action and further steps toward meaningful, constructive allyship and justice.

 


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Join the hundreds who will take part in
an epic
Walk 4 the Salish Sea!

The mobilization will include honouring of traditional welcoming protocols, large marine wildlife puppets, roaming bank actions, evening programs, info workshops, communal camping and dinners, ceremony, a rally aboard BC Ferries and nightly entertainment.

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Learn more about the plans brewing for this monumental grassroots action to march straight to the Kinder Morgan terminus and kick off the protests to come!

Learn how you can
get involved, including how to help raise desperately needed legal defense funds for indigenous land defenders!

Click here for more info on how you can help fundraise!


We need help to spread the word and make this an historic success!

Please visit the facebook event page for all the details.  


Stay tuned for route and registration information!

AND EVERY SATURDAY!
Saturday Divestment Gathering
in support of Standing Rock


Join our weekly action directed at Canada’s big 5 banks, with the goal of persuading bank customers to close their bank accounts and move their money into credit unions instead. All the banks are invested in the fossil fuel industry and they all have a branch within two blocks of our meeting spot. A couple of weeks ago we targeted RBC, the week before that it was CIBC, this week, who knows? We're also looking for people who have bank accounts they could close as part of one of these actions, so if you know someone who might help us out, please let them know. We have flyers, so bring a sign, bring a friend, and join us in solidarity against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and with the water defenders at Standing Rock! We’re hoping to be doing this every Saturday afternoon, so help us spread the word! Hope to see you there!

Click here to get in on the action!

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