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Lkwungen Territories :: Victoria

We acknowledge these events will be taking place on stolen land, on the traditional territory of the L'kwungen peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

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Monthly Members Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
#5 - 560 Johnson St, Victoria
Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant

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Global Student Strike 4 Climate!
Lekwungen Territory

Friday, March 15, 2019
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Hosted by Rise and Resist & Social Environmental Alliance - SEA & Youthforclimateca

Youth all over the world are rising in the millions to demand the world's nations protect our future, our Earth home and the web of life that sustains us all and take bold and immediate action to avoid catastrophic climate collapse. Local youth and students, families and adult supporters will be mobilizing in solidarity with youth world-wide on this day in 89 countries-- for a safe, livable climate future. Join us!

This action is taking place on the unceded homeland of the Lekwungen peoples of Songhees and Esquimault nation and we acknowledge that the climate crisis is a by-product of colonialism and capitalism which Indigenous peoples have resisted since first contact and which settler allies seek to resist, confront and transform in our daily lives as guests on these sacred territories.

Join the global student strike for climate on March 15th!

Please share this information in your circles, we hope to reach as many people as possible!

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Student Strike for Climate

Friday, March 15, 2019
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo
Nanaimo City Hall

Hosted by James Chumsa & Chelsea L'Herault & Lia Sommer

Join the global student movement against climate change! Elementary, high school, university, as well as friends and families of students are encouraged to attend.

#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike

We will be gathering at City Hall at noon, because skipping school is a small inconvenience compared to rising sea levels, scorching summers, and extreme weather caused by climate change.

This event will take place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw people.

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School Strike for Climate Emergency!

Friday, March 15, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Vancouver Art Gallery

Hosted by Sustainabiliteens Vancouver

We acknowledge that this event will take place on the unceded territories of thexʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

Join a global movement of young folks in over 40 countries as we strike from school on March 15 to demand climate justice.

As teenagers, we want to be excited about our future, not scared about impending climate catastrophe. We are asking our leaders to step up and start treating this crisis like the emergency it is.

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Overcoming Divisions in Climate Justice Work

Sunday, March 24, 2019
12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
380 Cook Street, Victoria
Cook St Activity Centre

Hosted by Beth Cruise

Please join us for this important workshop to help us look clearly at what keeps us from building a mass, diverse, climate justice movement. Learn and practice Sustaining All Life tools and theory that help us connect and build alliances with people who are different from us. If we are to reduce carbon emissions and make an equitable global society, we need many people whose voices we currently don't hear. Overtime we can heal our divisions to transform our world into one where all life flourishes.


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Call on the CRD to keep Sooke Hills wild!
Wilderness Committee

In the 90s, the Capital Regional District (CRD) showed vision and foresight by protecting a huge swathe of forest in the Sooke Hills, northwest of the Greater Victoria area. 

Twenty years later, that amazing gift is at risk — a new highway through the Sooke Hills is being considered as an alternative to the Malahat. We need a solution for this highway bottleneck that respects hard-fought protected areas, which buffer our drinking water source and provide a sanctuary for nature, instead of cutting into them. 

The CRD’s Water Commission and Parks Committee have recognized this, and on Wednesday, March 13 the Board of Directors will vote on a motion to oppose a new highway and champion other alternatives instead.

Encourage the directors to pass this motion!  Click here to write a letter!

Your attendance is needed!
Three motions will be tabled - the first two motions will be approving the recent decisions of the Parks Committee and the Water Commission opposing any roadways through the CRD lands. 
The third motion shifts the focus to transportation improvements along the Malahat and Highway 14 corridors. Together, these three motions will send a clear message to the provincial government on this issue: don't trash our legacy!
Let's pack the room and hammer another nail in this coffin!

CRD Board meeting
Mar 13, 2019, 11am
6th Floor Boardroom, 625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC

Petition on our Website

Protect the Sooke Hills Wilderness

Please sign and share the petition.
Stay tuned for more updates on the community engagement around this campaign. 

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If you have ever considered your obligation and capacity to join the front-line for Mother Earth - THIS IS THE TIME!

Coastal GasLink Ordered To Cease Work on Unist’ot’en Trapline Due to Non-Compliance With Permits

An inspection by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has found Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. (CGL) to be in “non compliance” with three conditions of their environmental assessment certificate. The EAO has requested that CGL “immediately cease activities” within the trapline registered to our Hereditary Chief Knedebeas (Warner William) that may adversely affect the trapline’s use.

The BCEAO has found that Coastal GasLink failed to provide the required six months of advance notice for construction activities affecting our trapline, and additionally failed to conduct required site habitat assessments before beginning work.

CGL has been ordered to “not resume activities that may affect” the use of this trapline until June 12, 2019, or until the trap \line is no longer in use due to seasonal restrictions.

Thus far, Coastal GasLink has ignored the EAO cease and desist order...


Unist'ot'en Camp
Online Resources

Official Unist'ot'en Camp Website
Legal Fund Donations Unist'ot'en Camp Facebook
Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumt'en Territory
Unist'ot'en Solidarity Brigade
Unist'ot'en Healing Not Pipelines
Unist'ot'en Support Group

Join hundreds of organizations and 14,000+ individuals in signing the pledge to support Unist’ot’en and the Wet’suwet’en:  The National Energy Board just rubber-stamped the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker scheme -- even though in the same report they admit the project would unleash a flood of global warming pollution, devastate endangered orca whales and threaten Indigenous culture. [1]

Now it’s up to Trudeau to make a final decision. Will he sign a death sentence for the orcas just to help billionaire oil corporations rake in more cash? Is he willing to destroy his already precarious reputation on climate and Indigenous reconciliation to ram this project through?

Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria

March 1 through March 31st, 2019
Various dates and times
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, BC
Open Space

Hosted by Open Space & ProArt - The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria & Primary Colours / Couleurs primaires

Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria is a series of curated events occurring throughout the month of March, that will address the centering of Indigenous artists and artists of colour in the local arts community.

* Registration and full schedule available here:

We are honouring the Lekwungen language by using (with permission) the word, Sche’chulth, which roughly means “the empty space in between”. The principles of this empty space are to acknowledge it exists and that we have opportunity to fill that space with our gifts.

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Organic Master Gardener Course - Winter

March 2nd, 5th, 7th, 12th, 16th, 2019
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM || Tues & Thurs 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
741 Haliburton Rd, Victoria
Haliburton Community Organic Farm

Hosted by Haliburton Community Organic Farm & Gaia College

Be prepared for a major shift in paradigms! This is a gardening course, and so much more. Students have called it "life changing" - because once we truly understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health we look at the world with different eyes.

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience required. Just come, learn and have fun. To receive a Certificate of Completion students must attend 90% of classes and satisfactorily complete all assignments and quizzes.

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Seed Swap and Information Table

Saturdays March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 2019
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
735 Broughton St, Victoria
Greater Victoria Public Library

Hosted by The Victoria Seed Library

To sign seeds out from our collection you must be a member. Membership is free, and simply requires attendance at one of our Member Orientation seed saver training sessions. Anyone can give seeds to the seed library!

In 2019 we will be hosting seed swaps at the downtown library (Central Branch) from 10:00-1:00 every Saturday* from February 23 to May 11. Drop by, talk gardening with us, and "borrow" some of our free resources and seeds.

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Indigenous Movie Nights

Tuesday March 12th, 2019
5:30 PM
UVic First Peoples House

Hosted by UVic Native Students Union

As part of the Indigenous Resurgence Moon (IRM) we're screening some highly celebrated films made by and about Indigenous people. These films will be screened in the First Peoples House on Tuesday nights during the IRM. Check out for other events.

March 12th at 5:30pm: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This is a free event to promote community at UVic, however there will be a donation box for the Unist'ot'en Camp legal funds. Please consider bringing cash or donating online here:


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Monthly Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1417 Broad St., Victoria
Coastline Surf and Sport

Hosted by Surfrider Vancouver Island

We missed you all last month! But, the snow has disappeared, and we want you to join us at Coastline Surf and Sport for our March chapter meeting.

Ian Bruce, Executive Director from the Peninsula Streams Society, will be our special guest discussing the B.E.A.C.H. Initiative (Beach Education and Conservation of Habitat) program and help us learn more about forage fish egg monitoring and beach restoration/nourishment!

Chapter meetings are a great way to meet like-minded folks who are keen to support the work of SFVI. Drinks and snacks are provided. Everyone is welcome!

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SGaawaay K'uuna Edge of the Knife

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
442 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
Sid Williams Theatre

Hosted by Sid Williams Theatre & I-Hos Gallery & World Community

This event features an opening Haida cultural performance by Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers.

SGaawaay K’uuna Edge of the Knife is a 2018 Canadian drama film co-directed by Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw and Jaada Gyaahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown. It is the first feature film spoken only in dialects of the Haida language (with subtitles). Set in 19th century Haida Gwaii, it tells the classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.

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Stand for Water at UVIC First Peoples House

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Uvic, First Peoples House, Victoria
UVic First Peoples House

Hosted by FNWARM & Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

Film and Panel Discussion with Nuskmata (Jacinda Mack) Indigenous water advocate and FNWARM spokesperson regarding the Mount Polley Mine disaster, Tara Scurr of Amnesty International and Deborrah Curran of the UVIC Environmental Law Centre.

The Stand for Water campaign tells a very current story of how the Mount Polley Mine disaster continues to affect our water, communities and way of life. These impacts are not limited to British Columbia, as growing discontent from Alaska and other neighbours are joining local voices to reform outdated mining laws and practices in BC.

Please let your friends and networks know! We would love to have a full house and active conversations regarding current mining issues and proposed solutions in BC.

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Human Rights in Israel and Palestine: Canada's Response and Responsibility

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
UVic, David Turpin Building, Victoria
UVic, David Turpin Building, Room A102

Hosted by Social Justice Studies UVic, Independent Jewish Voices, Vancouver island Peace and disarmament Network, KAIROS Victoria

An expert panel discussion featuring:

William Geimer, a US army veteran, retired trial lawyer and law professor; author of "Canada:The Case for Staying Out of Other People's Wars

Adrian Fine, retired medical specialist: 11 years active member of Independent Jewish Voices(IJV)

Michael J. Carpenter, a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Studies, UVic; author of "Palestinian Popular Struggle: Unarmed and participatory" (Routledte 2019)



4th Annual Cracks in the Concrete Conference

March 14, 15 and 16, 2019
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM & 12:00PM to 10:00 PM

University of Victoria, the Parkside Hotel & Spa, and the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch

Hosted by Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)

Theme: Subverting the Norm: Moving Beyond Convention

The VIPIRG Conference is a time for students, academics, and community members to come together to discuss emerging issues in research, as well as social and environmental justice. Entry to the conference panels is free.
Register online at Dropping-in on the day of is also welcome.

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Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Fundraiser

Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Open Space

Hosted by Open Space

Join us for a Decolonial Dance Party with DJ Bombae and local Indigenous Art Silent Auction fundraiser for the Wet’suwet’en land protectors on Gitdumt’en and Unist’ot’en territory at Open Space Gallery, 7pm-11pm on March 14th.

All funds will go to support the Wet’suwet’en in their struggle to access their homelands and protect their sacred relations with all living beings and spirit on their territories.

Artists, creators, crafters are encouraged to donate items for the silent auction! If you would like to donate an item (or items) please drop off your items at Open Space Arts Society during their regular hours of operation -Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 5pm. Open Space staff will be able to accept items up until 5pm on Thursday, March 14th.

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Indigenous Women’s Leadership and Dismantling Gender Violence

Friday, March 15, 2019
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Victoria, British Columbia
First Peoples House

Hosted by UVic Humanities

The Indigenous Studies Program will hold a symposium on Indigenous women’s leadership, dismantling gender violence, and anti-violence and resurgence work from Indigenous women's perspectives as part of the launch of their new program. The symposium speakers will respond to the themes of two new books, IACE Director Robina Thomas's Protecting the Sacred Cycle: Indigenous Women and Leadership and an anthology containing work by Assistant Professor of Gender Studies waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters. This event is part of Humanities Literacy Week, a celebration of what makes us human, which runs from March 11 to 15. The symposium is free and open to all.


What: Keeping the past, future and present connected: Indigenous Women’s Leadership and Dismantling Gender Violence symposium
When: Friday, March 15, from 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall, UVic

Information: Visit the Humanities Literacy Week website for details and the schedule.


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Chautauqua Cascadia 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019
2:00 PM to 11:00 AM
Victoria, British Columbia
French Beach Provincial Park

Hosted by Elemental Academy & Nature's Chef

Chautauqua - A celebration of our bioregional and homegrown cultures on this tantalizing corner on Mama Earth. Join the Elemental Fellowship for a magical weekend of inspirational spoken word, live performances, work and playshops, fam jams, healing medicines, culinary magic, and adventure by the rolling seas! Discover some of the people, plants, creatures and magic of our beloved home and how together we sing the Love Song of this place.

We endeavour to honour the land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Weekend Pass and Camping $75
Without camping $50
Kids $25
Day Pass $40
Kids day pass $10
Holistic meals offered by Nature's Chef $75 (4 meals, including pit-cook)
Individual meals $20
Kids meals $50 (4 meals, including pit-cook) Individual meals $10
Elixir bar offering wild fermented & wild tea (prices vary, purchased on site)

To register for this valuable inspirational revolutionary event;
Entrance: e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Meals: e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Weaving Connections:
Collaboration & Mentoring

March 15 & 16, 2019
Friday 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM & Sat 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building, Victoria, BC
MacLaurin Building Room A241

Hosted by AGES UVic & University of Victoria Faculty of Education

The 2019 AGES conference goal is to involve the diversity of our university community—celebrating its diversity of voice, identities, cultures and knowledges. We want to create a shared space of research engagement, one that values the contributions made by the rich diversity of our university community. Students—undergraduate and graduate— as well as faculty and staff, community partners and alumni are knowledge holders who can lead us in important conversations that celebrate, explore, disrupt, and interrupt what is known or is emerging in today’s diverse educational research contexts.

A detailed conference description and application form can be found here:

On March 15, events will take place from 3-6pm with a social afterwards from 6:30-8:30pm. On March 16, events will take place from 9am-4pm. A full schedule will be posted closer to the conference. Events will take place in the Pujol Room in the Student Union Building on the University of Victoria.

The organizers gratefully acknowledge the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples on whose unceded territories this conference will take place. The Student Union Building and Pujol room are wheelchair accessible. There are two large gender-neutral washrooms in the building.

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Humanitas Awards Gala with the Honorable Roméo Dallaire

Friday, March 15, 2019
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
925 Balmoral Rd, Victoria
Baumann Centre

Hosted by UVic Humanities & Brink Events

Join us for UVic Faculty of Humanities' inaugural Humanitas Awards, a biennial opportunity to recognize those who strive to change the world for the better. Our keynote speaker is the Honorable Roméo Dallaire, a retired lieutenant-general, former Canadian senator and best-selling author. He will accept our Public Humanist award at a gala event in Victoria on March 15. General Dallaire served 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces and was commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. He has since dedicated his life to humanitarian efforts and is striving to eradicate the use of children in conflict. Late American science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin will be honoured with the Historic Humanist award for her visionary work as a novelist and thinker. And UVic alumna Ashli Akins, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2009 with a double major in Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies, will receive the Emerging Humanist award. Organized by Brink Events and catered by House of Boateng, join us in celebrating the spirit of humanitas, a Latin word meaning human nature, civilization, and kindness.

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2019 Camosun Cultural Showcase

Friday, March 15, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria
Camosun Lansdowne Campus, Gibson Auditorium

Hosted by Camosun International

Enjoy a night of performances from international and local students at Camosun College and members of the community. In recognition of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Cultural Showcase aims to promote tolerance and acceptance of other cultures through creativity.


Doors will open at 7 pm with the showcase starting at 7:30 pm.


Admission will be free and donations will be accepted for the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). a leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development, committed to building a more equitable and sustainable world. The organization's main goal is to provide education for refugees around the world. The Camosun WUSC chapter welcomed the first student refugee to Camosun in 2016 and strives to create a sustainable refugee program for future students.


The Cultural Showcase is proudly supported by Camosun International's student leadership group, Peer Connections.

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World Water Day

Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
675 Belleville Street, Victoria
Royal BC Museum

Hosted by Royal BC Museum

You are invited to join us for a day of reflection, consideration and celebration of water and take part in one or all three of the events being offered. Reflect on water through film, sound and music, and a performance and workshop by Raven Spirit Dance.

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Mount Tzouhalem Hike (Take 2)

Saturday, March 16, 2019
12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Mount Tzouhalem

Hosted by VIU Parks Canada Club

*We were sad to cancel the event previously due to snowfall, but we are excited to reschedule and try again!

Located near North Cowichan Bay, this hike is just over 6km and will take approximately 2.5 hours to hike roundtrip. It is uphill but reaching the summit is always worth it! RSVP to let us know to include you in the carpool!

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Grow Your Own Food 101

Saturday, March 16, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
1216 N Park St, Victoria
Compost Education Centre

Hosted by Victoria Compost Education Centre

Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to start? This is a crash course in veggie growing designed for those who want to start growing their own fresh produce. We will touch on site selection, timing, starting seeds, diseases and pests and more!

Instructor Bio: A keen sustainability activist, Kayla Siefried finds meaning in advocating for and living an environmentally sustainable life that involves bicycles, all things soils, food, and gardening, and general awareness of the earth we live on!

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Cowichan: It's time for a National Clean Energy Plan

Saturday, March 16, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
2011 University Way, Duncan
Vancouver Island University

Hosted by Alistair MacGregor for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Canada is not on course to meet its emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement, and energy systems are currently responsible for 80% of Canadian emissions. Leadership from the federal government through A National Clean Energy Plan is needed to aid in our transition to Clean Renewable Energy and help to advance climate change mitigation in Canada.

Please join MP Alistair MacGregor and guest panelists to learn about the work being done in our community and have your say on Canada’s Clean Energy Initiatives.

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Visionary Women: Inspiring Stories, Limitless Boundaries
A Conversation with Lee Maracle, Lisa Helps, & Reeta Tremblay

Saturday, March 16, 2019
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria
The Parkside Hotel & Spa

Hosted by Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)

Join us for an evening of enlightening conversation with renowned author and teacher Lee Maracle with Mayor Lisa Helps, and Reeta Tremblay. The conversation will focus on the experiences and achievements​​ of trailblazing women in various industries, and the path that led them there.

This event is the keynote event of VIPIRG's Cracks in the Concrete Conference.

We respectfully acknowledge that the conference takes place on the unceded lands of the Lekwungen and ​​W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Victoria, British Columbia
Jewish Community Centre Victoria BC

Hosted by Myrna Oy's Yiddish Cabaret & Klezbians

Whether or not you've ever seen the Book of Esther interpreted as satirical music theatre, you don't want to miss this one. Written by Andy Muchin (with a little input from yours truly), this Purimshpiel features my musical gal pals The Klezbians and a few dramatic friends from the Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism. I've even got a role: Queen Vashti (as an Eastern European trophy wife...where could we have gotten that inspiration?), as well as a chance to showcase my Purim reboot of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (back by popular demand after last year). Free and open to the public, with donations to VSHJ gratefully accepted. See you there!

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Adapting to Climate Change with Dan Jason

Sunday, March 17, 2019
12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
5574 River Rd, Duncan
Siem Lelum Gym

Hosted by Cowichan Green Community

Join Dan Jason for his talk on Adapting to Climate Change at this year’s Seedy Sunday, March 17th at 12:15. Dan Jason has owned and operated Salt Spring Seeds for the past 32 years and has been the president of the Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary for the past 17 years. He has written over a dozen books on organic and sustainable agriculture. In his presentation on Adapting to Climate Change, he will be focussing on his last three books, namely Awesome Ancient Seeds and Grains, The Power of Pulses and Some Useful Wild Plants. He will be talking about some of the crops in these books in the context of climate change and also what we can do as communities to change the climate on the earth to a more earth friendly one.

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Native Plants with Todd Carnahan

Sunday, March 17, 2019
1:15 PM to 2:00 PM
5574 River Rd, Duncan
Siem Lelum Gym

Hosted by Cowichan Green Community

Author of Gardening With Native Plants biologist Todd Carnahan has planted over 50 thousand trees and shrubs since 1996. Specializing in drought tolerant species that enhance functional landscapes for birds and pollinators, Todd will highlight the top fifty native plants for your South Island property. Need a specific vine, ground cover, shrub or tree for your land? Ask Todd during the native gardening workshop from 1:15 to 2:00. Topics to be covered include: food production, mulching, irrigation, transplanting, deterring pests, and creating naturalistic species combinations. Comprehensive guides available for sale after the event.

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Passport to Nature: Lichen ID Walk

Sunday, March 17, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
302 Denison Rd, Victoria
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia

Hosted by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia

Lovely Lichen! Please join TLC on a walk with Juliet Pendray through the Packford Covenant in Sooke to talk about, examine and enjoy the intricate and amazing lichens living in this place. We will talk about what they are, what they are doing and why.

Juliet Pendray is an avid naturalist, acquiring and sharing knowledge about coastal B.C. life forms and their ecology for the past 14 years, with a particular focus on fungi and associated organisms.

Registration required.

This walk will require moderate hiking abilities. Please remember your water, snacks and appropriate footwear.

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Fundraising film screening, discussion

Sunday, March 17, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Building 310, 900 5th St, Nanaimo
Malaspina Theatre

Hosted by RAVEN Trust & Malaspina Theatre & Raven People Rising

Join RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) for a lively discussion on the future of the Pacific Coast and the powerful resistance and leadership of Indigenous Peoples in shaping our common future.


The Heilstuk Nation upholds an unbroken lineage of ancestral teachings that powerfully connect people to place. Witness how the Heiltsuk used the courts to stop Enbridge — backed by thousands of supporters via the Pull Together campaign. Just six months after that court victory, the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground in their Great Bear Rainforest home. Again, the Heiltsuk took to the courts. Now, in the wake of the devastating spill, the Heiltsuk are working to enshrine Indigenous governance of their homelands and waters into law. They are taking power back from regulators asleep at the wheel to ensure that the Pacific coast is protected for future generations. Their work will ensure marine safety for anyone who cares about the coast, the climate and future generations.


With deep implications for fish farms and orca whales, the Heiltsuk have launched the first ever aboriginal title claim for the seabed and foreshore: their historic case stands to set a powerful precedent for all coastal peoples.


The Nathan E. Stewart sank: but the Heiltsuk are rising.


Stunning footage combines with compelling storytelling to paint an urgent picture of a Nation poised to change the conversation about rights and reconciliation in this country.

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Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky - Indigenous Women's Legal Strategies & Salish Sea Crossings

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
First People's House, University of Victoria BC
First People's House

Hosted by Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement

CIRCLE presents our Indigenous Speaker Series with Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky

Join us on March 19, 2019 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm for lunch and a talk with Dr. Jagodinsky at the FPH Ceremonial Hall!

Everyone welcome, with lunch provided!

About Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky: Katrina Jagodinsky is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she teaches legal and western history and is also the inaugural Jack and Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History at Simon Fraser University this term. Her research highlights women’s challenges to their sexual and economic vulnerabilities in the long nineteenth century.

Her presentation will be focused on the ways in which Indigenous women navigated and challenged exploitive laws that made them vulnerable to child removal, land loss, and sexual assault between 1854-1946. Her goal in writing these histories and in continuing to talk about them in venues like UVic and elsewhere is to offer a clear portrait of the particular women who challenged the legally-sanctioned violence that made them and their family members vulnerable to abuse and dispossession. Many of these women were already known among their relatives as powerful figures vital to their own and their tribal histories, but to legal and regional historians of these places, their contributions had been overlooked and sometimes even denied.

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Democracy & its Futures

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
400 Herald Street, Victoria
Sunset Labs

Hosted by Stream of Consciousness & Sunset Labs & Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue/ experts

While democratic ideals rest on the principle of free and equitable public dialogue and deliberation, contemporary Western democracies are experiencing deepening divisions and growing non-engagement in the public sphere amidst massive disinformation, in particular in social media.

This, as the world stands at the nexus of intensifying and intertwining crises of democratic, social, ecological, economic and earth systems. The panel discussion will address the conditions under which civic dialogue and democratic deliberation can be effective.

What forms should and could public debates take?

What role can academia and the media play in facilitating and reviving processes of public deliberation as a cornerstone of democratic practice?

This event addresses the issues of Democracy and its Futures through a multilogue between experts from academia, media, and civil society.

Moderated by Rebeccah Nelems and Oliver Schmidtke from the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria.


>>Ben Isitt: University of Victoria and Victoria City Councillor
>>Tom Junes: HSSF Sofia
>>Laurel Collins: Victoria City Councillor
>>Pablo Ouziel: University of Victoria
>>David Owen: University of Southampton
>>Dennis Pilon: York University
>>Antje Wiener: Universität Hamburg
>>Boaventura de Sousa Santos: University of Coimbra
>>James Tully: University of Victoria

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Mental Health in our Justice System

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
3100 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria
Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, Gibson Auditorium

Hosted by Elizabeth Trayner

Join us for an evening of guest speakers from different areas of our justice system , touching on mental health and its effects through out the various levels of the Canadian Justice System. A panel of speakers will share their own experiences while working in the justice system, with a open question period for the audience at the end. Refreshments will be served.

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Kalmo Refugee Fundraiser Spring Fling

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1110 Hillside Ave, Victoria
Norway House

Hosted by Klezbians

Celebrate the spring equinox and World Storytelling Day with this fundraiser for the Kalmo Refugee Support Group. This family-oriented fundraiser featuring Jewish performers and food is an opportunity for people of all ages and cultures to come together in community and raise funds for reunification of a Somali Muslim family. The night will include klezmer music, participatory interactive storytelling led by Maggidah Shoshana Litman, sweet and savory snacks and non-alcohol drinks, and a silent auction.

This event takes place on the first night of Purim, a complex Jewish holiday that is both a time of celebrating survival and resilience and also a time for acknowledging the impacts of violence on relationship between peoples and pledging to create a community where everyone can live in peace, justice, and harmonious relationship.

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Tickets are on a sliding scale from $0-20. As this is a fundraiser we ask that people pay full ticket price if they can, and there will also be invitation for additional cash donations at the event. However nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Note that tickets are free for people from local Indigenous nations (Lekwungen/W̱SÁNEĆ) and for refugees.

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Growing and Saving Seed From Native Plants

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
735 Broughton Street, Victoria
Greater Victoria Public Library - Central Branch

Hosted by The Victoria Seed Library

Join us for an informative introduction to growing a variety of native plants from seed in your garden. Some discussion will also focus on practices for saving and sharing seed from native species.

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Full Moon Women's Circle

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake
O.U.R Ecovillage

Hosted by Sustainable Wellness by O.U.R Ecovillage

Women's Circle is back!

Sisters of all ages are invited to connect, share, and dive deeper into our sacred feminine in a co-created safe space. Are you longing for sisterhood and mutual support? Do you want to support other women to build resilience, and be held by other women in your journey? Bring a song, candles, chocolate and snack to share!  By Donation

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Green Ideas Event

Thursday, March 21, 2019
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo
Vancouver Island University

Hosted by VIU Environment & Sustainability

Got an idea to help VIU be more sustainable? We've got some $$$ to help make it happen!

Come and present your idea to increase sustainability at VIU for VIU, and you could win up to $1000 to implement your idea.

You and/or your group will have up to 5 minutes to present your case to the Green Dragons. Proposals addressing any aspect of–or combination of–sustainability (thriving community, environment, economy) will be considered.

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Storytime on Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
3100 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria
Young Building, Gibson Auditorium

Hosted by Ren Louie-Dennis & Kennedy MacLean

Gibson Auditorium - Room 216

Special Guests: Richard Van Camp & Monique Gray Smith!

Organized by Kennedy MacLean and Ren Louie for IST 204: Special Projects.


** All Funds raised will go towards the IST Graduation trip to Auckland, New Zealand in June 2019 **

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Hiding in Plain Sight:
Rare Plants with James Miskelly

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building, Victoria
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-288 (NEW ROOM) in D-Wing

Hosted by Native Plant Study Group

The Victoria area is home to the highest diversity of vascular plants in BC, but this diversity isn’t always apparent in our natural areas. A lot of native plants are hiding in plain sight, while others are in decline or have already disappeared. What sorts of factors have resulted in such a high diversity of native plants, and what kinds of factors threaten this diversity? Are there species missing from our local parks and if so, how can we know which ones?

James Miskelly is a life-long naturalist who has worked in the ecology and conservation of Garry oak ecosystems for the last 20 years. He works mainly on rare plants, restoration, and grigs.

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Kayaking to Kayaktivism with Rok Rozman

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
616 Yates St., Victoria
Patagonia Victoria

Hosted by Patagonia Victoria & Balkan River Defence

The Balkan Peninsula cradles the last pristine rivers in Europe.


Now the hydro lobby is trying to destroy that by building 3,000 unnecessary dams. Rok Rozman, a pro kayaker turned activist, calls these rivers home and if anyone knows the destruction that can be brought on by dams, it's a kayaker. Rok chose to stand up for his home and the sport he loves by getting his fellow outdoor enthusiasts to join forces into what became the largest European direct action group for rivers called Balkan River Defence.


Join Rok and Patagonia Victoria for an evening presentation with storytelling and discussion on how outdoor enthusiasts should and can actively engage in the protection of our outdoor playgrounds.


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Community Matters Tour with Elizabeth May and David Merner

Friday, March 22, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
4100 Metchosin Road, Victoria
Metchosin Golf & Country Club

Hosted by David Merner & Green Party of Canada - Parti vert du Canada

Real change starts with real conversation. What matters to you? How would you improve our democracy? What can we all do together to secure our future, for humanity, for the natural world? We want to hear from you!

Come share your priorities, concerns, and vision for Canada’s future.

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Design your Natural Home

Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake
OUR Ecovillage

Hosted by Elke Cole & OUR Ecovillage

Designing your home is one of the most challenging and important steps you’ll ever take. With this course you’ll immerse yourself into an inspiring setting for 2 information packed days. This course will give you confidence to start your process.

  • -natural building techniques and their appropriate use
  • -choosing a good site
  • -passive solar planning tools
  • -foundation to roof options
  • -how to start drawing
  • -building permits and codes
  • -tips and tricks for saving space- and money

Facilitator Elke Cole has designed and built natural homes for 20 years+ . She has been natural building instructor at OUR Ecovillage and abroad, and inspired participants to follow their dreams of a natural home.

You'll be able to visit natural buildings on site, and accommodation is available.
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Regular: $220 or bring a friend/partner and pay $400
Meals and accommodation extra

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Garden Party!

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
UVic, Student Union Building

Hosted by The Inland Project

Planting day the the Begbie and Belmont intersection. Bring yourself, plants, food, instruments, paint, hope, and respect for all life.

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Gardening for Garry Oak Ecosystems

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
1216 N Park St, Victoria
Compost Education Centre

Hosted by Victoria Compost Education Centre & Saanich Native Plants

Over the last 10,000 years Victoria’s dry climate and Indigenous land management activities have resulted in a unique array of plant species. Lucky for us, many of these are well-suited to home gardens and some are even drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and edible!

Participants will gain a better understanding of how gardening with native plants can help maintain local biodiversity, including the wildlife that depends on our native flora. This workshop will also give an overview of the great potential Victoria has in turning lawned areas to wildflower meadows.

Instructor Bio: Kristen Miskelly is a biologist who specializes in the restoration and botany of southeastern Vancouver Island and is passionate about ecology, conservation, and native plant propagation.

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Womens' Clothing Swap

Sunday, March 24, 2019
12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
3100 Tillicum Rd, Victoria
Saanich Neighbourhood Place

Hosted by Gorge Tillicum Refugee Sponsorship Group

Come swap the clothes and accessories that no longer "spark joy" for new (to-you) items that do! Bring your quality used items and a reusable bag to bring home new items in.

$10 cash at the door (all proceeds to refugee sponsorship)

Caffe Fantastico coffee and Kelsey Booth's amazing baked goods will be available for purchase.

Quality items can be donated in advance. Please dm us for info.


The Saanich Neighbourhood Place is located inside Pearkes Rec centre.


This event welcomes all femmes or just anyone interested in this type of clothes.

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Rooting: Regaining our Connection to the Earth

Sunday, March 24, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
845 Fisgard Street, Victoria
Fisgard St. Forum

Hosted by The Turtle Sage & Fisgard St. Forum

A Workshop focused on centering the breath and grounding the body. The is a group practice.

Discussions on different methods we use as individuals in our daily practice to regain the balance of body and spirit.

Guided Mediation focused on the act of rooting and exploring the balance of energy in the body (utilizing the chakra system but focusing on the root chakra), as controlled by the breath.

Expanding into a group exercise, to foster community, and creating connections.

Return: concluding the mediation and check in and discuss our individual experiences

The level of experience ( beginner to advance )

Doors- 1pm

Starting at 1:30pm

$25- 20 spots

Ticket available Online and at the Door


This space is fully accessible to meet the need of everyone

There will may be smudging conducted - for those interested in partaking

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Mason Bees with Patricia Bryant at Oak Bay

Sunday, March 24, 2019
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
1916 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria,

Hosted by GardenWorks

An introduction to keeping Mason Bees!

Interesting facts, observations, care, and suggestions for suitable plant varieties to sustain healthy populations.


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Finding Home - Refugee Fundraising Concert

Sunday, March 24, 2019
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
511 Michigan Street, Victoria
James Bay United Church

Hosted by James Bay United Church & United Churches of Southern Vancouver Island & Fairfield United

Louise n’ha Ruby has gathered musical friends together for a wonderful and eclectic mix of music for a Sunday afternoon concert in aid of the James Bay Refugee Initiative. Louise will be joined by accompanist Gordon Miller and drummer Kelby MacNayr and special guest artists Pauline Karch and Lisa Bosman.

Also featuring the Premier Performance of: SOMOS an amazing new auditioned a cappella Womyn’s vocal performance ensemble under the direction of Louise n'ha Ruby. Their repertoire is based on songs of the heart and empowerment from artists such as Sweet Honey on the Rock, Ferron and Judy Small.

All proceeds from this concert will be given to the community organization helping sponsor Leyla's husband to join her here in Canada sometime soon.

Sunday March 24th 2:30 PM
Tickets: $20
James Bay United Church
511 Michigan Street

If you are unable to attend the concert, but wish to support the community's work with refugees, you can make a tax deductible donation online right now through our secure site.

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Save Kings Park Community Meeting

Sunday, March 24, 2019
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
1843 Kings Road, Victoria

Hosted by Save Kings Park - The BC Hydro Green Space on Bowker Creek

As many of you know, Saanich announced in January that it will be purchasing the BC Hydro Greenspace/Kings Park for $5.5M, closing in August 2019.

This is FANTASTIC news and an essential first step in protecting our greenspace as a park permanently.

However, while Saanich has committed $2.75M towards the purchase of the property, the remaining $2.75M funds will need to be fundraised through grants (applied for by both the municipality and by our community), private donors and contributions from other sources (ex. CRD, Province, etc).

Saanich has indicated that if funds are not able to be raised, part of the property will be sold for development to make up the difference.

*We firmly believe that working alongside Saanich, the CRD and the Province, together we will raise the needed funds and protect the entire greenspace permanently*.

And to ensure this happens, we need to get to work! :-)

We will be holding a community meeting in Kings Park on Sunday, March 24th from 3:00-4:00pm to share a more detailed update and to brainstorm fundraising ideas and capacities within our community.

Please join the meeting to help craft our community fundraising strategy. This will be an opportunity to share any and all ideas, resources, experience and capabilities. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join!

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