Committees & Working Groups

toxic dump

Shawnigan Lake Toxic Dump

The membership has resolved to focus much of our collective energy into fighting the perpetrators and supporting blockaders 

grace islet

Indigenous Solidarity Working Group

Proactively collaborative and effective cross-media strategies with targeted initiatives around Grace Islet, reclaiming ceremonies and more.

kids and the farm

Farmland Protection Coalition

This working group fights to keep BC's Agricultural Land Reserve big and green and holds the Commission accountable for its actions.

lessons from grace islet indigenous solidarity panel

Speaker Series

We have hosted an event of some kind nearly every month over the past 2 years, you can join the team that coordinates.

SEA Events

Come Join us at our Upcoming RADICAL RANTS! Show

radical rants! (the people's forum)

A brand new community building series here in Victoria 
featuring engaging speakers,
impassioned activists and you!

Friday April 15th
Doors open 6 pm
Show starts 6:30 pm sharp

@ the Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas St., Victoria

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MEDIA RELEASE: Peoples’ paddle aims to Turn the Tide on tankers, tarsands and pipelines

July 22, 2015

SALISH SEA — The second annual Turning the Tide: Peoples' Paddle for the Salish Sea will push off from the Dolphin Dock in North Saanich, BC on Friday morning at 8:00 am, mobilizing an on-the-water community to celebrate the Salish Sea and demonstrate the unwavering commitment of participants to protect the coast from the threat of tarsands, tankers and pipelines.

The people-powered flotilla, which is spearheaded by the Turning the Tide committee in concert with a number of organizations, with embark on a five-day paddle through the Southern Gulf Islands with overnight stops and community celebrations at Salt Spring, Mayne Island and Pender Island.

"One year after the first Peoples' Paddle, our coast still faces multiple threats from tarsands, tankers, pipelines and a federal government keen to sell our natural wealth to the highest bidder," says Turning the Tide organizer Sasha Kvakic. "As long as these threats continue, we will keep building our movement and demonstrating our love for the Salish Sea and our commitment to protect it."

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Where We Stand

1. People and the planet before profit.
The Social Environmental Alliance is committed to a world where the wellbeing of people and the planet takes priority over the accumulation of private wealth.
2. Respect for ecological systems.
We believe all human activity and social systems must operate within the limits imposed by ecological systems and with respect for non-human life.
3. Transformative social change.
Recognizing the dangers of catastrophic climate change, the injustice of colonization and imperialism, and the inhumanity of growing poverty in the midst of plenty, we pledge ourselves to the lifelong project of transformative social change.
4. Ecological and democratic socialist principles.
We aim to accomplish our objectives through the application of ecological and democratic socialist principles to public affairs and the governance of our communities.
5. Grassroots organization and action.
Committed to action and outreach, we are nurturing a community of organizers to mobilize the consciousness and confidence of ordinary people and forge alliances in coalition with social movements, cultural organizations and grassroots community groups.
6. Traditions inform practice.
We are guided by the best traditions of indigenous, feminist, co-operative, socialist, labour and environmental movements.
7. Democracy.
We embrace a participatory, pluralistic and emancipatory model of democracy.
8. Equality.
We believe in a classless society and in the inherent dignity and equality of all people on the basis of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age and ability.
9. Self-determination.
We recognize the right of indigenous and colonized peoples to self-determination.
10. Internationalism.
We embrace an internationalist perspective in foreign policy based on equality among peoples and the shared stewardship and fair distribution of the finite resources of the planet.