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APRIL 14th, 2018

Centennial Square
victoria City Hall

Victoria March for Science Returns

Victoria March for Science returns to remind public that ‘Science is for Everyone’ and critical to protecting our environmental, health and democracy.

Last year, hundreds gathered in Centennial Square and marched in support of science and reasoning. On April 14th, 2018, the March for Science returns with the theme “Science is for Everyone”. Science isn’t just for scientists, it impacts all of us - by protecting our health and our
environment, and providing us with facts and evidence to hold our governments accountable. When scientists, whether at home or abroad, are silenced, we all suffer. When knowledge generation is underfunded or suppressed, our communities and democracies suffer.
This year’s march was organized entirely as a grassroots volunteer effort. The Victoria March is a sister march to the over 230 satellite events happening around the world. This year’s event is co-hosted and sponsored by members of Evidence for Democracy, Women’s March Canada—Victoria Chapter, UVic Women in Science, Professional Employees Association, and Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Evidence for Democracy is the leading fact-driven, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada.
The march on April 14th, 2018 will begin at 1:00 pm at Centennial Square. This year will highlight speakers Scott McCannell of PEA, Bob Peart, Dr. Christopher Douglas, Cheryl Bryce,
Dr. John Spinelli of the BC Cancer Agency, Torrey Archer, and E. Paul Zehr, award winning neuroscientist, best-selling author, and martial artist at the University of Victoria. At 2:00 pm the march will head down Government Street toward the Parliament building. The march will end at approximately 2:45 pm at the Parliament buildings. We hope to see you at the march!
To RSVP for the event and for more information go to:


Chief Andy Thomas Mourned

Chief Andy Thomas, the hereditary leader of the Esquimalt Nation for more than 45 years, passed away suddenly in Victoria on April 7.

Esquimalt First Nation released this statement;

“It is with heavy hearts that we share with you news that, in his seventy-first year, ‘Seenupin’ our dear Chief, Andrew Thomas passed away unexpectedly early this morning (Saturday) at home. Chief Thomas was Hereditary Chief of the Esquimalt Nation for 47 years. Chief Andy, as he was fondly known, was a strong leader and a dedicated and determined champion of Indigenous rights. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, partner, teacher and colleague; and he embraced these responsibilities with pride and honour.”

“His wisdom, courage, and love will continue to inspire all who knew him.  Chief Andy's death represents a profound loss to the Esquimalt Nation and Community members share with his family their immense sorrow. The Thomas family thanks you for respecting their privacy at this tender time. There will be an opportunity to gather to remember and honour Chief Andy's life and his many contributions, and to celebrate his reunion with his ancestors.”

Hosted by Surfrider

Surfrider Rally to Rise Above Plastics

Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street
5 to 6pm - April 13th, 2018

Join us for a Rise Above Plastics rally outside of the Victoria Conference centre on April 13th at 5pm! 

The rally will be held during The Association of Vancouver and Coastal Communities (AVICC) annual convention.

Surfrider would like to demonstrate public support for provincial regulation of plastic packaging and help pressure convention delegates to vote in favour of the Victoria resolution! 

More info to come!

Hosted by VIGBC
FILM: Plastic China

ZERO Waste Vancouver Island

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas Street
6 to 9:15pm - April 13th, 2018
Tickets $10

Waste is a dirty topic, but the solutions start with us. Synergy Sustainability Institute is hosting a film screening that will launch Project ZERO, with a long-term goal of Zero Waste on Vancouver Island.

Join us on April 13th for a film screening of Plastic China, followed by a panel on how we can move to Zero Waste.

This is a 19+ event as beer and cider will be available for purchase along with popcorn! Seating is not assigned. Doors open at 6:00 pm the film will start at 6:30 pm.

Wild Salmon Tool Drive

April 13 – April 27
Swanson occupation is in for the long haul and requesting help to support improving the infrastructure to better accommodate long term occupation. 
Tools and building materials have been requested as well as garden tools and materials for raised beds and terracing. Your support is so very appreciated. 

***Please only donate items requested***
We do not want to burden the salmon protectors with anything that doesn’t serve them well. 

***please donate only heavy duty high quality new tools or used tools in excellent condition.

Condemn the Israeli massacres in Gaza

Public action in solidarity with the indigenous people of Palestine
April 14th, 2018
12 noon
Douglas Street at the Bay Centre

Offsite | Insight: Forest Exploration

April 14th, 2018
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street

We are so excited to launch Offsite | Insight, a new Gallery series in collaboration with the arts community. This spring, the Gallery has a range of offsite programs connecting with local communities, environments, and artists from the region. 

Kicking off the season, we are pleased to collaborate with the Sierra Club BC!

Please join us for an off-site Forest Exploration at Goldstream Park with Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner with Sierra Club BC. Participants will take part in an hour long forest walk, hear about the state of Vancouver Island’s disappearing old-growth rainforest and be invited to a conversation about steps needed to ensure Vancouver Island can remain a rainforest Island.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a free program but due to bus travel to venue registration is mandatory. Please email name and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Back to Homeland for the Salmon:
Matriarch Camp Send Off

April 15th, 2018
11am to 1pm
2806 Jacklin Rd

Calling all supporters of wild salmon! You are invited to join us Sunday, April 15th as we participate in a FINAL send off for Tsastilqualus Umbas and the Matriarch Camp. At this family friendly, dry event there will be powerful speakers, music, dancing, drumming, arts & crafts, merchandise and more. 

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the past six months, Tsastilqualus Umbas has held down her position outside John Horgan's office in unceded Lkwungen territory. Through rain, snow, and wind storms, facing threats, arrests and physical abuse, she and the warrior women supporting her, including Shawna, Pod and others never faltered in their reslience to protect the wild salmon. Despite this sacrifice and ongoing cry for action, Horgan himself never once showed his face, nor publicly commented on the ceaseless efforts of these women, continuing to ignore the emergency situation faced by wild salmon as the epidemics spread by farmed fish in major migratory routes decimate wild populations. Upon relocation, the matriarch camp will continue to stand against this illegal activity in unceded indigenous waters. 

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Wild Salmon Street Party!

April 21st, 2018
11am to 2pm
1040 Marwood Ave, Luxton Fairgrounds

On Saturday April 21st, let’s raise the collective voice for wild salmon, the keystone species of the West Coast. 

We will demand settler government accountability on Indigenous rights and an end to open-net pen aquaculture operating in unceded waters without consent from Indigenous communities. 
We will gather at the Luxton Fairgrounds at 11 am and then march (approx. 10 minutes) to Premier Horgan’s street of residence.

The Wild Salmon Street Party is being organized to support frontline Indigenous resistance in Kwakwak'wakw territories, where eviction notices to multi-billion dollar fish farm companies have been issued by leaders of the Namgis, Musgamag'w Dzawadenux'w, Mamalililikula, Kwikwasutinux'w Haxwamis, and Gawaneuk Nations. These Nations are protecting wild salmon, who at risk from disease and parasite-infested, open-pen net fish farms placed along key salmon migration routes thirty years ago without their consent.

This fun, family-friendly event will include a Wild Salmon BBQ, Farmed Salmon Taste Challenge, drumming and round dancing, marching band, street theatre, face-painting, street-chalking, large puppetry and speakers. 

To minimize waste, please bring your own plate, cutlery and water. Bring placards, noise-makers and a hockey stick for Sockeye Night in Canada! 

For more info visit the 

Social Justice Film Night 2 Screenings:

Attack of the Drones - Is War Becoming a Game?

Game of Drones: New type of war crime that's going unpunished

April 19th, 2018
Thursday, 7pm
2994 Douglas Street, BCGEU Hall

Indigenous Foods Gathering

June 1st & 2nd, 2018
Hosted by SȾÁUTW & Indigenous Foods Vancouver Island

"Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power"

Please RSVP to receive updates leading up to the gathering

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