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Happy Spring Equinox! Here are some events to ring in the new season... r1 r33 ...

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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Community Organizing Meeting

Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
749 Pandora Ave # 101, Victoria
Victoria Cool Aid Society

Hosted by Rise and Resist

Want to learn how to get involved? How to make a difference? Find out what initiatives are getting started in your local community?

Join us at the Victoria Coolaid Society – downtown location – in the gym on Thursday, March.21st for a potluck style follow-up meeting to our previous Community Organizing Meeting for Climate Justice 🌎.

The intention for this meeting is to learn what one another have been up to, discuss challenges and successes, and reflect on our next steps moving forward as community organizers for climate justice. What better way to come together than by sharing food. This is a POTLUCK, so please bring an inclusive dish to share and a plate or bowl for yourself. (Ingredients lists appreciated!). No one will be turned away. We will start by nominating topics that the people in the room want to work on. From there we will split up into different groups based on what we're interested in, and start planning. Start brainstorming! Each group will leave this night with a goal to organize around, and a time and date for their next meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you there,
  Your R&R organizing team ❤️☀️

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/298042930866526/

SEA Endorses Tiffany Joseph for North Saanich Council By-Election

https://www.tiffanyjoseph.ca
https://www.facebook.com/TiffanyNorthSaanich/

Folks can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved with doorknocking or would like to arrange to put a sign on their lawn if they are North Saanich residents. 

And of course donations are always welcome to cover the cost of lawn signs and other campaign materials. 

Advance Voting held on March 27 and April 3rd with General Voting on April 6th

 

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 Social Environmental Alliance & 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.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2223500097906751/

 

Housing for All - Organizing Session

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
735 Broughton Street, Victoria
Greater Victoria Public Library

Hosted by Social Environmental Alliance - SEA

PLEASE RSVP at this link https://goo.gl/forms/suaoWjqSBoyt5UUn1

The housing crisis has reached a critical juncture, as progressive elements of the community face off with large private developers over the future of affordable housing in the region. How can we ensure that Victoria follows a course to safe, dignified, and affordable housing for all members of the community?

Join us at a public organizing event on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00PM in the Community Room at the Greater Victoria Public Library. This meeting will jump-start the creation of a broad coalition of housing advocates, building solidarity and identifying the most effective ways to pressure government to invest in decommodified housing and halt rampant luxury condo development in the city.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2233129083609716/

 

Wet'suwet'en Food, Medicine & Supply Drive!

NOW through April 6th
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hosted by Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory

With the arrival of spring and an influx of work to be done on Gidimt’en Territories, the time for a supply drive has arrived! Coastal Gas Link and the RCMP continue to invade Wet’suwet’en lands and resources are needed to sustain this frontline work. On Lekwungen lands, or “Victoria”, we will be collecting food, medicine and supplies until April 6th to send up to the frontlines with supporters. Please consider donating material resources on this list to support the ongoing work of resisting colonialism.

Donations can be dropped underneath the back porch 1319 Bay St. Please go around the right side of the house and follow the signs to the drop point until 5 pm on April 6th . (Please note FB would only allow for a two week event, but donations can start to be dropped off as of now) 

Please call Jae at 778 678 5526 with any questions or need for directions!

Here is the list of needed supplies, which can also be found at https://www.yintahaccess.com/wishlist

Food: Dry & canned goods, Fresh fruits & vegetables,  Root vegetables, Coffee & tea, Herbal medicines, Coconut oil, Bulk Oils

Camp Supplies: Sleeping bags, Headlamps / LED lights, Large size pots & pans, Kitchen utensils, Storage shelving, Gloves, AA & AAA batteries, Natural soaps, Mosquito nets, Natural bug dope, Rope, Tarps, Fire extinguisher, Water purifier, Water jugs, Rain boots, Wool socks

Tools: Chainsaw parts, Chainsaw, Skill saw, Hammers, Axes, mauls & hatchets, Nails & screws, Drill bits , Tools (in good condition), Chargers, Work gloves, BRAVO skidoo, Generator, Outdoor extension cords

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/796319847391600/

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

SIGN THE PLEDGE
Join hundreds of organizations and 14,000+ individuals in signing the pledge to support Unist’ot’en and the Wet’suwet’en:
 https://goo.gl/forms/GE5bfm5ITDTyNPy12  MARCH 2019 EVENTS  

Celebrate Spring with Pollinators!

Thursday, March 21, 2019
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria
Camosun College

Hosted by Camosun College

Join us on March 21, the first day of Spring, to watch the release of 150 mason bees on Camosun campuses. Pollinators are vital to life and ecosystem function, and highlight our connectivity to the natural world. Join pollinator steward and Indigenous plant enthusiast Shane Johnson, Sustainability Office, Employment Training, and HealthyTogether to watch the little cuties emerge from their cocoons after a very long winter. And, learn about what you can do to support these important animals, at home or at Camosun through our upcoming Adopt-a-Bee Box Program.

Bee there! Thursday, March 21:

- Lansdowne: Na’tsa’maht Indigenous Plant Garden, 3:30 – 4:00 pm

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/394307304701815/

 

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.

More details at http://bit.ly/2019GreenIdeas

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/390590804833491/

 

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.
LIMITED SUPPLY: Tickets $20

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

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1163525833822126/

 

Book Launch: Too Dumb for Democracy?
by David Moscrop

Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
777 Courtney St., Victoria
Smiths Pub

Hosted by Goose Lane Editions

Books will be available for purchase, This event is free and open to the public. Presented by Goose Lane Editions. This event is organized with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

David Moscrop is a political theorist with an interest in democratic deliberation and citizenship. Moscrop is a regular writer for Maclean’s, a contributing columnist to the Washington Post, and a regular political commentator on television and radio. He has also authored pieces in numerous other newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail and National Post.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1106884662847659/

 

FILM: Can We Do It Ourselves?

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
7:00 pm
2994 Douglas St, Victoria
BCGEU Hall

Hosted by Social Justice Film Night

Can We Do It Ourselves? focuses on economic philosophy with an emphasis on the concept of economic democracy. The film helps viewers understand the difference between a market economy in which consumer demand drives a company’s supply of goods and services, and a capitalist economy in which private owners control production and hold a right to the profits. There is strong support for the potential promise of a democratic economic model in which workers have more of a say in business operations than either market or capitalist models.

Please share this poster far and wide thorough facebook, twitter or what have you.

 

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

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.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/295893944451410/

 

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.

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.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/748339142233287/

 

Safe space: Let’s talk about New Zealand

Friday, March 22, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Victoria, British Columbia
Uvic Interfaith Chapel

Hosted by University of Victoria

In light of the recent events in New Zealand, we want to ensure that students have a place to feel safe where they can express whatever it is they are feeling.

Please join us to talk, draw, write, pray, or just sit in silence. Everyone is welcome, drop in at any time 10AM-3PM. We invite you to join us for our Friday prayer, 1:30-2:30PM.

Hosted by the UVic Muslim Students, with support from UVic Multifaith Services, Counselling Services, International Student Services and Equity & Human Rights.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1199864950183392/

 

Rally with Chris Aylward & Magali Picard

Friday, March 22, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
1230 Government St, Victoria

Hosted by Public Service Alliance of Canada - BC Region & PSAC - AFPC & UNDE local 1008

Join PSAC national president Chris Aylward and national executive vice president Magali Picard at a rally to support PSAC’s Treasury Board bargaining teams and to keep the pressure on the government to move quickly at the bargaining table.

Following more than six months of frustrating talks and delays by the government, PSAC bargaining teams representing 90,000 members finally received some responses to the union’s proposals at the last bargaining session. The government’s small movements were a noticeable change from previous meetings but they fell significantly short of the progress needed at the table. Three years into the Phoenix pay system disaster PSAC members continue delivering the quality public services Canadians rely on every day, even as they wait to get paid correctly. They shouldn’t also have to wait for the fair working conditions they deserve.Transportation for PSAC members in the South Island to and from the rally will be available, contact your Local Executive or the Victoria Regional Office for more information.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/489478378250211/

 

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.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/398777000934390/

 

Imagine Convergence Livestream

Friday, March 22, 2019
9:00 PM to 3:30 PM
1400 Rosario Rd, Eastsound
Imagine Convergence

Hosted by Imagine Convergence & Stream of Consciousness

Ideas at conferences like this should be accessible to all, inspiring change far & wide. Join the Imagine Convergence Livestream with participants and world changing presenters alike, from the comfort of your own home! Our multi-camera hi-def system and participant interaction capabilities make this an incredibly robust viewer experience!

18 RENOWNED PRESENTERS: Paul Stamets, Charles Eisenstein, Nikkita Oliver, Maurizio & Zaya Benazzo, David Korten, Donna Morton, Dr. Bruce Damer, Paul Chiyokten, Isis Indriya, Dr. Charles Grob, and many more... https://imagineconvergence.com/presenters/

***The Convergence will be livestreamed from 09:00 – 21:30 PST each day of the event (March 22 – 24, 2019).

***REGISTER ON OUR SITE!*** https://imagineconvergence.com/livestream/

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/761528000897064/

 

Fully Reserved! Passport to Nature: Bird Walk

Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
302 Denison Rd, Victoria
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia

Hosted by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia

Join local naturalist Ian Cruickshank to learn about and see a wide suite of birds found in the forests and shores of Ayum Creek, and get a crash course in birding by ear. We will also identify plants and discuss natural history along the way. Ian Cruickshank has been guiding birding walks for Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary and the Victoria Natural History Society for the past 10 years. He has done bird and biology fieldwork across western Canada with Bird Studies Canada, Rocky Point Bird Observatory and Parks Canada, and currently works at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Registration required. This walk will be moderately difficult due to crossing the creek itself. Bring your binoculars and hiking boots!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2218355048228689/

 

Fundraiser for Victoria Sexual Assault Center

Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 AM to 7:30 PM
613 Pandora Avenue, Victoria
MokSana Yoga

Hosted by MokSana Yoga

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. We are dedicated to supporting women and all Trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment. MokSana Yoga is taking part in the #FastFiveFundraiser, a grassroots community fundraising initiative to raise $500 or more to benefit VSAC. On March 23rd and 24th MokSana Yoga is collecting donations in our studio’s lobby to support VSAC’s critical services for survivors of sexual assault and valuable youth-led prevention education in the community.

All proceeds from the Community Classes on Saturday 1:30-2:45 and Sunday 4:30-5:45 will be donated.

Can't make it to the studio that day?
Make a donation online: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/victoria-sexual-assault-centre-society/p2p/fastfive2019/page/moksana-fundraiser-for-vsac/

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/413423339466178/

 

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

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/363509554466848/

 

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.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2620880817938384/

 

Seed Swap and Information Table

Saturdays March 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.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2154490161482888/

 

A Community Conversation: Policing in Victoria & Alternatives

Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria
Fernwood Community Centre

Hosted by Together Victoria

Panelists: 
Doug King - Executive Director TAPS (Together Against Poverty Society), former policy accountability lawyer for Pivot Legal Society.

Dr. Michael Ma - Professor of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, activist scholar who researches issues pertaining to social justice, ethno-racial politics, community activism, and immigrant resettlement.

Based on Stat Can data from 2017, Victoria* has the highest number of police officers per capita than any other Canadian city, despite decreasing crime rates. Almost 25% of the City of Victoria's total budget already goes towards policing. Even so, the Victoria Police Department has requested a 6.17% increase to their 2019 budget. This appears to be the highest request across major cities in BC for 2019. Victoria City Council has requested that VicPD provide an updated budget based on an increase of inflation, plus 1%, which still results in a 3.4% increase to their 2019 budget. The Chief of Police has been characterizing council's request as "a cut to the police budget" and states that this will negatively affect public safety in Victoria.

What are the needs of our city? Are there alternatives to the very real issues facing the people who live here?

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/805299286494632/

 

BIKES Nation Cycle for Change!

Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria
University of Victoria

Hosted by Kyle Moodley & Hannah Boczulak & Shania Steuer

We are a group of UVic students promoting cycling in Victoria for our class political action project. Join us on March 23rd at 11am for a group bike ride! Our route is yet to be announced but we are thinking about riding the Galloping Goose Trail. We are working with the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition to raise money to help increase the biking infrastructure in Victoria. We are hoping to get more people biking in Victoria to help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change! Posted is our go Fund Me Page. If you want to support our ride and help raise money for our cause, please donate!

If you do not have a bike but want to ride with us, Spokes on Campus does bike rentals!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/406604279907288/

 

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

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.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/378852069517928/

 

Grow Your Own Food 101

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
2151 Lannon Way, Sidney
Greenglade Community Centre

Hosted by Panorama Recreation & Victoria Compost Education Centre

Want to grow your own fresh produce but, are unsure where to start? Join this crash course in veggie growing with Victoria Compost Education Centre! We will touch on site selection, timing, starting seeds, diseases and pests, and more. $20. Register online via the ticket link, or over the phone or in-person with Panorama Recreation. (250) 656-7271 or (250) 656-7055

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/344596242816993/

 

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.

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

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/596609337448315/

 

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

Starting at 1:30pm - $25- 20 spots - Ticket available Online and at the Door

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/338814230065098/

 

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. FREE!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/386241802199587/

 

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. 

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.
Tickets: $20

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. https://chimp.net/groups/james-bay-refugee-initiative

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2279771008958167/

 

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!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/291515728195410/

 

Stop UVIC Tuition Hikes!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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UVIC Senate Chambers, on the unceded territory of Lkwungen-speaking peoples

Hosted by UVIC Graduate Students' Society & University of Victoria Students' Society (UVSS)

International tuition fees increased 20% for undergrads and 4% for grads in 2018. Now the BoG wants to increase them again by another 15-20% and 4% respectively.

That's up to 40% and 8% in two years!

If you care about accessibility of education and the inclusion of both high AND lower-income international students in YOUR community...please come out March 26th to show your support.

Backgrounder:
March 2017: the Uvic Board of Governors approved decoupling of the international students' tuition increase. Before that, there was a cap of 2% on the increase rate of all students (domestic & international). From March 2017 upward, the UVic Finance committee have free hand to propose an increase rate. Along with Decoupling proposal, the rate increase of 4% was proposed for international Graduate students. How many international graduate students do we have? about 900. 

March 2018: international tuition increased 4% for grads and 20% for undergrads

26 March, 2019: UVIC's Board of Governors will be voting on tuition for the coming year; we anticipate another increase to international tuition of 4% for grads and 20% for undergrads.

ALL these proposals were presented to the Board of Governors: the HIGHEST Managing Authority of UVIC in terms of Revenue, Business and Affairs. The Board of Governors (usually called BOG) approved all the proposals.

The GSS made submissions opposing the increase and students rallied outside the meetings. As the 2017-18 Chair of the GSS, Susan Kim sent a letter to the BOG. This letter ensured that the GSS' opinion on the issue would be guaranteed to be included in the BOG's agenda materials for their consideration. Moreover, this letter also included the previous Chair's letter from the year prior. Only two members of the BOG abstained, and one member (representative of undergrads) strongly opposed it. The rest of the Board approved it. The budget presentation promised there would be increases to supports for international support, including bursaries.

Have we felt any difference in the past couple of years? How many of us received more support in comparison with the years before the decoupling?

The GSS and UVSS are opposed to differential tuition for international graduate students. As the third year of increases will be proposed on 26th of March, 2019 at the BOG meeting, the GSS and UVSS are asking all students to join a rally to oppose the 2019 tuition increases and to oppose the underlying discrimination against international students in our community.

Do you think this is fair to international students? Let's Rally against this Decision and show them our unity against it.

Interested in reading the letters that the GSS sent to the BOG in opposition to differential tuition? We posted them on our website: https://gss.uvic.ca/gss-writes-bog-to-oppose-tuition-increase/

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/307971826583671/

 

Divest Sit-In at UVIC Board of Governors Meeting

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Ring Road, Victoria
University Centre

Hosted by Divest Uvic

With respect and gratitude, we recognize that this event will be held on the stolen lands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

On March 26, the Board of Governors will be meeting in the University Center at 11am.

Divest will be maintaining a peaceful presence before and during the meeting to express our frustration in regards to UVIC's investment of fossil fuels and their inaction in the wake of the climate emergency we are facing. We demand the University be held accountable to it's students.

The Board of Governors holds considerable sway over the investments of the UVIC endowment fund. We want to send a clear message that UVIC students are not in support of the University's investments in fossil fuels and continued inaction on climate change. For this sit in, we are calling on ALL students, staff and faculty who are passionate about climate justice, sustainability, Indigenous rights and holding the University accountable to it's commitments to sustainability. Come out and help us send a powerful message to the University and demonstrate that students are united across faculties and clubs in support of divestment. 

This event will be held in collaboration with the Stop Tuition Hikes rally. International tuition fees increased 20% for undergrads and 4% for grads in 2018. Now the BoG wants to increase them again by another 15-20% and 4% respectively. We stand united with this cause.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2303822989902185/

 

T'sasala Cultural Group at Vancouver Island University

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
12:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Building 310, 900 5th ST, NANAIMO
Malaspina Theatre

Hosted by VIU Shq'apthut - A Gathering Place

Please join us and come witness the traditional Kwakwaka'wakw dances and performances by the Tʼsasała Dance Group based in Alert Bay representing various tribes within the Kwak'wala language group.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2180618972248499/

 

Spin Fundraiser - Cycling Without Age

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
719 Johnson Street, Victoria
BPM Indoor Cycling Inc.

Hosted by Cycling Without Age Victoria, BC & BPM Indoor Cycling Inc.

Book your spin bike at www.bpmvictoria.com/schedule for Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm. All donations help get seniors out for bike rides for spring/summer 2019!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1248224035352620/

 

Whose Land Is It? Rethinking Sovereignty in ‘British Columbia’

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
UVIC
UVIC First People's House

Hosted by UVic History Department

Be it in court cases such as Tsilhqo’tin, or occupations by the Unist’ot’en and Gidumt’en, First Nations in this province are constantly challenging settler colonialism’s control of the land. In this talk, Professors Nicholas XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton (HSD) and John Price (History) suggest that First Nations’ tenacity in their attachment to the land derives from a fundamental belief in Indigenous sovereignty that is incompatible with Crown sovereignty. This is particularly true in BC where the government totally repudiated treaties for over 130 years and where Crown sovereignty is based on the Treaty of Oregon, itself a product of the notorious Doctrine of Discovery. Is there a way forward?

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2255165091423165/

 

RAN Monthly Meeting & Worker's Wednesday Social

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria
FERNWOOD NRG

Hosted by Retail Action Network

Come join us for our general meeting & social, hosted by the Retail Action Network! If you have never been to a Worker's Wednesday meeting before, try to arrive early to get introduced over dinner, and to learn a bit about the Retail Action Network, and how you can get involved!

*NOTE* When you arrive, sign in on the welcome sheet with a note that you are with RAN, and let the people at the welcome table know as well, so that we can cover the cost of your meal. Thanks!

5:30pm-6:15pm - Community Dinner
6:30pm-8:00pm - General Meeting & Social

Interested in helping out? We're always looking for greeters to help welcome folks to the space.
Thanks and hope to see you there!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1940754819554121/

 

Free Naloxone Training

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
UVIC Student Union Building

Hosted by University of Victoria Students' Society (UVSS)

The UVSS would like to invite you to participate in free Harm Reduction Training, where can learn more about harm reduction and how to administer naloxone. Every participant will receive a naloxone kit and training certificate at the end of the session and we'll even throw in some free cookies to sweeten the deal. This training is open to everyone: students, faculty, staff and community members, but there are a limited number of spots so please arrive on time!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/954988878026147/

 

Queer Peers Presents: Building Accessible Safer Spaces

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
735 Broughton St, Victoria
2nd FLoor Meeting Room, Greater Victoria Public Library

Hosted by Queer Peers

The Queer Peers youth collective, run out of AIDS Vancouver Island, is excited to present the final session of a 6 part workshop series for queer and allied youth 12-25 in our community. The last workshop of the series will be a round table discussion on what we can do as a community to create more accessible safer spaces. Bring your thoughts, experiences and hopes for what we could make happen if we dream big enough.

The workshop will be taking place at the Central Library branch in downtown Victoria. We will be meeting in the second floor meeting room (Meeting room 2). To get to the room either go up the stairs (to the left, just inside the main entrance) and turn around on the landing at the top - you will be facing the elevator. The room will be to the left and just behind the elevator. If you get the elevator up it is a right-turn and then an immediate right-turn again.

The meeting room as well as the library in general is wheelchair accessible. There is a single stall gender neutral accessible washroom on the first floor of the library. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the location and accessibility please send us a message!

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/879322482259866/

 

Overdose Response Training, Volunteer Orientation: Victoria

Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 PM to 6:45 PM
Victoria, British Columbia
AIDS Vancouver Island

Hosted by AIDS Vancouver Island

At 4:30 PM, we will be hosting a workshop on Opiate Overdose Response. Participants will leave with a naloxone kit. Topics related to stigma, harm reduction and local resources be discussed briefly. This workshop will be facilitated by Heather, AVI's Youth Outreach Educator.

At 5:30 PM, we will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation. We will discuss who we are, where we came from, what we do, and how you can help as well as practical issues and next steps for those interested in volunteering with AVI. This meeting will be facilitated by Nathan, AVI's Volunteer Coordinator.

Both will be held in the Boardroom at AVI, 3rd Floor, Access Health Centre, 713 Johnson Street in Victoria.

You are welcome to come for both workshops or for one workshop but not the other.http://www.towardtheheart.com/

If you are interested in a naloxone training, but cannot make this event, please reach out to AVI directly or visit http://www.towardtheheart.com/

AVI Volunteers fill a variety of roles supporting our Health Promotion Department, Harm Reduction Services and Positive Wellness Program.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/485787965290715/

 

Women, Race, & Class - YCL Discussion

Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
The SUB, 3800 Finnerty Road
The Student Union Building

Hosted by Young Communist League - Victoria

First published in 1981, Angela Davis' "Women, Race & Class" is powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.

We will be discussing chapters 7 and 9 from the book, accessible here: https://www.mediafire.com/file/c5y117376zmmf1l/Angela_Y._Davis_-_Women%2C_Race%2C_%26_Class_%281983%2C_Vintage%29.epub/file

Our discussion will be held in Room B025, located on the basement floor of the UVic Student Union Building, on March 28th at 6:30 pm.

As a teenager, Angela Davis organized interracial study groups, which were broken up by the police. She later moved north and went to Brandeis University in Massachusetts where she studied philosophy. As a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, in the late 1960s, she joined several groups, including the Black Panthers, but she spent most of her time working with the Che-Lumumba Club, which was all-black branch of the Communist Party. In 1970, she was imprisoned for charges related to her involvement with three prison inmates, serving 18 months in jail; Davis was acquitted in June 1972.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1480268502108447/

 

Growth and Poverty Under Neo-liberalism - Prabhat Patnaik

Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
University of Victoria, Victoria
David Strong Building, room C118

Hosted by Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives & UVic Geography & UVic History Department

Prabhat Patnaik (emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University) has written a number of books and articles in the areas of Macroeconomics, Development Economics and Political Economy. His books include Accumulation and Stability Under Capitalism (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1997), The Value of Money (Columbia University Press, 2008), and (co-authored with Utsa Patnaik) A Theory of Imperialism (Columbia University Press, 2016). Between 2006 and 2011 he was the executive head of the State Planning Board of the southern state of Kerala in India. He is editor of the journal Social Scientist.

"Growth and Poverty Under Neo-liberalism" with Prabhat Patnaik (emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

free and open to the public

More info: https://events.uvic.ca/capi/view/event/event_id/39940

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2318299161595657/

City Talk: Sustainable Education and International Field Schools

Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Legacy Art Gallery and Cafe (630 Yates), Victoria
The City Talks- UVic's Distinguished Downtown Lecture Series

Hosted by The City Talks- UVic's Distinguished Downtown Lecture Series

On Thursday, March 28, the UVic Urban Studies Committee's very own Cameron Owens will be presenting his talk, "The Limits of Sustainable Education: Reflections on 10 Years of International Urban Sustainability Field Schools".

Teaching and learning to inspire urban sustainability—promoting communities that are resilient, inclusive, equitable, and prosperous—represents one of the key challenges of our time. Cam draws on ten years of experience running sustainability-focused travel study programs to reflect on the prospect of sustainability education. First, imagining limits in terms of “the utmost extent,” Cam will articulate the exciting promise of off-campus, action-based, experiential learning sharing highlights from our encounters with inspiring people and projects in places like Portland, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. Cam will temper this more celebratory commentary in the second half of the talk, sharing insecurities and apprehensions about sustainability education, thinking here of limits in terms of “bounds, constraints, or confines.” In the end, Cam asks us to think in the context of alarming indicators of unsustainability: are our efforts to teach and learn sufficient and, if not, what is to be done?

He is co-editor of the book, Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Learning.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2589372564469193/

 

A Theory of Imperialism

Friday, March 29, 2019
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
University of Victoria, Victoria
Fraser Law Building, Room 152

Hosted by Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives & UVic Geography & UVic History Department

An interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on Prabhat and Usha Patnaik’s “A Theory of Imperialism”

In “A Theory of Imperialism,” economists Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik present a new theory of the origins and mechanics of capitalism that sounds an alarm about its ongoing viability. Their theory centers on trade between the core economies of the global North and the tropical and subtropical countries of the global South and considers how the Northern demand for commodities (such as agricultural products and oil) from the South has perpetuated and solidified an imperialist relationship. The Patnaiks explore the dynamics of this process and discuss innovations that could allow the economies of the South to achieve greater prosperity without damaging the economies of the North. The result is an original theory of imperialism that brings to light the crippling limitations of neoliberal capitalism.

"A Theory of Imperialism" with Prabhat Patnaik (emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University), Jutta Gutberlet (UVic Geography) and William Carroll (UVic Sociology)

free and open to the public

More info: https://events.uvic.ca/capi/view/event/event_id/39935

 

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2125179957521119/

 

Songhees Nation Food Sovereignty and Reconciliation Dinner

Friday, March 29, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
1100 Admirals Rd, Victoria
Songhees Wellness Centre

Hosted by Camosun College Events Management

Join Camosun College in conjunction with the Songhees Nation in an evening of indigenous food, stories and celebration of what the region has to offer in food, wine and cocktails.

Tickets are $85 plus fees

About Songhees Nation

We are from the Lekwungen Nation, often called the Songhees, though it was others who gave that name to us.

For time immemorial we have been the first peoples of what is now known as the southern part of Vancouver Island. We have always had a strong oral history, but recognize the newer generations rely increasingly on the written word. The pages that follow are from us to you. The Lekwungen worldview inspires and shapes our approach to everyday life such that it impacts every facet of our lives.

There is a fine balance in that the Lekwungen ways define our worldview – but are also defined by our worldview. Our approach to naming, witnessing, cedar bark collection, creative endeavours and everything else that makes up a life are deeply informed by our values. That all-encompassing approach serves, importantly, to reinforce those same values.

 

About Camosun College Hospitality

Kilburn and her colleagues in the college's Anthropology, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Managementdepartments are partnering with the Songhees Nation on March 29 to host an evening of indigenous cuisine, culture and cooking for reconciliation with a focus on food sovereignty. “We want people to understand that the locally sourced foods in these traditional territories are really an embodiment of the connection with the land,” says Kilburn. “We'll be physically going out to connect with the landscape and forage many of the ingredients that we'll serve on people's plates.”

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/235316047379558/

 

Community Matters Tour with Elizabeth May and David Merner

Friday, March 29, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Oak Women's Institute

Hosted by David Merner

Elizabeth and David want to hear from you! 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? Come share your priorities, concerns, and vision for Canada’s future.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/310501516335125/

 

The Inclusion Project

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
2005 Sooke Road, Victoria
Royal Roads University

Hosted by The Inclusion Project

The Inclusion Project is a strategic dialogue on diversity, equity & inclusiveness. This initiative engages all stakeholders in critical conversations about the issues of diversity, equity and inclusiveness across civil society, public and private sectors. We will cast a global lens on local issues and leverage community-based collaborative efforts to address the intersectional challenges faced by newcomers - immigrants, refugees and international students.

We will develop new initiatives to support equity in policy development, post-secondary education, non-government & corporate organizations, with a focus on: 
Gender equity
Racial inclusion
Youth engagement

For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/633469203784857/

 

Restoration Day in Sooke - by RSVP

Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
661 Burnside Rd E, Victoria
Habitat Acquisition Trust

Hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust & Sierra Club BC

Location: General: Philips Rd. in Sooke

Address to be given to registered volunteers. Register with HAT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 250-995-2428

Field lunch provided! We will be pulling broom in a very remote area of the Sooke Hills. Must be in good physical condition and used to hiking in steep, remote terrain. Wildlife encounters are possible. Be bear and cougar aware.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2087260104715328/

 

Invasive Plant Removal Work Event

Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Denham Till Park

Hosted by Friends of North Saanich Parks

Everyone is welcome! Training is provided! Lunch is provided! Please bring your favorite pair of gloves or clippers  and we have gloves and tools if you don't have your own

Denham Till Park is in North Saanich on Clayton Road off of West Saanich Road. It is a great park that has invasive plants taking over! Please join us in restoring the natural ecosystem of the park.

Contact Ashlee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Check out our website for more information www.fnsp.ca

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/336180690335801/

 

DIY Edible Landscapes Workshop Series: Design to Harvest

Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Hosted by Edible Landscapes Design

**THIS IS A 4-MONTH PROGRAM BEGINNING ON MARCH 30, 2019**
ALL 4 WORKSHOP are included in the purchase of 1 TICKET! There is one month between each session, so you will have time to DIY at home between workshops!

DATES & TOPICS:
1. DESIGN - March 30 - 10am-1pm - (Observation, Inner Landscapes, Assessing Your Abundance, Layers of the Land, Powerful Plants, Dynamic Design)
2. INSTALL - April 27 - 10am-1pm - (Prioritization, Phase Planning, Sourcing Materials & Plants, Irrigation, Planting)
3. MAINTAIN - May 18 - 10am-1pm - (Minimizing Maintenance, Overcoming Struggle & Finding Flow, Holistic Fruit Tree & Plant Care, Pruning, Organic Fertilizer & Pest Control, Tools & Care)
4. HARVEST - June 22 - 10am-1pm - (Saving Seeds, Plant Propagation, Preservation & Storage, Herbal Medicine, Wildcrafting, Recipes, Gift Circle, Potluck Celebration)

EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PHONE: 778-747-3318
WEBSITE: www.edible.design

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/479301352474545/

 

Wild ARC Open House

Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
1020 Malloch Rd, Victoria
BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC)

Hosted by BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC)

It's about to get a little wild at Wild ARC's 15th annual Open House!

This fascinating opportunity to go behind the scenes at our busy wildlife rehabilitation centre happens only once a year. Come and see what it takes to care for thousands of wild animals every year. The tour takes place at the Wild ARC facility in Metchosin, just outside Victoria, accompanied by one of our experienced volunteer guides. No wild patients will be on display but there will be educational raptors onsite from Alternative Wildlife Solutions and Burrowing Owl Society.

Don't wait to reserve your spot, the event fills up quickly! Learn more or reserve a tour time at: wildarc.com/openhouse.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/321995348457668/

 

Teapot Medicine

Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
1216 N Park St, Victoria
Compost Education Centre

Hosted by Victoria Compost Education Centre

Teapot Medicine will be an exploration of scent, flavour, and sensation. Together we will sample teas and learn about a range of plant characteristics and health benefits including relaxation, digestion, improve mineral intake and more. A few plants that you will be introduced to are holy basil, skullcap, nettle, elderflower, mint and more. You will leave with a new knowledge of medicinal properties, which flavours you enjoy, how they benefit you and an individual medicinal tea formulated specifically for you.

Instructor Bio:
Rebecca Singer, RHT, is a registered Medical Herbalist, combining modern scientific understanding of herbs and health with the traditional knowledge of healing. Rebecca has been working with plants as an avid gardener, artist, and educator for the past fifteen years. She is especially interested in the co-evolutionary relationship we have with plants, sustainable practices, and the places that art and healing intersect. Having recently moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast she has been enjoying exploring this lush new landscape of medicinal plants.

http://www.twigstonemedicine.com

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package. Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase. 
You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2382592258421903/

 

Co-operative Community Forum

Saturday, March 30, 2019
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
234 Menzies St, Victoria

Hosted by Victoria Health Co-op

Civic Leaders, what do you need for your communities? Co-operatives, what can you provide to meet community needs? Community members, do you have ideas and requests?

How can we collaborate in our community? The Victoria Health Co-operative is presenting these questions and more at our monthly Co-op Café event - this time with a new, hybrid style! We are hosting a lively Community Forum for Civic Leaders and South Island Co-operatives this month. Join us on Saturday, March 30th from 2-4pm at 234 Menzies Street, in the James Bay New Horizons auditorium.

We welcome guest panelists: Murray Rankin MP, Mayor Lisa Helps and Councillors Sharmarke Dubow, Laurel Collins, and Sarah Potts of Together Victoria.

Meeting Agenda: 
2:00pm - Networking with local co-ops, community groups and Victoria Health Co-op Team
2:30pm - Speed-Pitching - Introductions from each Co-op, featuring their unique services or products
3:00pm - Panel Discussion with Civic Leaders and moderator Kevin Doyle asking the question: what are the challenges we face and the opportunities we want to grasp for our community? Discussion and responses welcomed from co-operatives and community members
4:00pm - Event concludes 

About the Co-op Café Series 
From September 2018 until June 2019, each monthly session will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about how co-operatives are making a difference in Victoria. The Co-op Café events will feature retail, transportation, housing, food, social justice and additional financial co-ops in our community. As a group, we will explore many interesting topics.

We invite you join the discussion and share your views about co-ops and how we can contribute to our communities. Enjoy refreshments and good company. Say “thank you” to the City of Victoria for sponsorship. Get the agenda for the next monthly Co-op Cafés. We are looking forward to collaborating with you!

PS. All are welcome, bring a friend or someone who may be interested in joining the Co-op!

Questions? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Vanessa at 250 415 9272.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/398241524298516/

 

The Radicals Film Screening & Fundraiser

Saturday, March 30, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2033 Belmont Ave, Victoria
Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Hosted by Clare Suggett & Rudra Manani & Ellie Fox

Join us for a night of mindful awareness and fundraising! We will be screening the film "The Radicals" and will follow it with a guided discussion. Admission will be by donation (sliding scale of $5-$20 - or whatever you can afford!) with all money raised going to the indigenous communities featured in the film. There will also be a raffle with AMAZING prizes generously contributed by: 
Patagonia, Sidney Pier Hotel, Urban Cup, Sports Rent, Floyd's Diner, Nezza Naturals, Fernwood Coffee Co., Wild Island Beauty and more!!

We are very excited to be joined by RAVEN! RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) is an Indigenous legal defence group that raises funds for First Nations court challenges to defend lands and rights. Ana Simeon from RAVEN will be there to answer questions about their work and Indigenous solidarity.

Who are we?
We are a group of UVic students taking part in the Environmental Studies class, Mindfulness, Sustainability and Social Change led by Dr. James Rowe. For our term project, we have been tasked with leading a social action project and thought, what better way to spend our term than creating an event to raise funds to support those on the frontlines fighting for environmental and social justice!? So join us in supporting these communities and win some cool stuff while you're at it! See you there!

Story Line:
The Radicals (2018, Canada, 55 min.) follows a group of snowboarders and surfers who drift from their respective sports into the world of activism. Together they journey across the West Coast of British Colombia, weaving a story of learning, inspiration and resistance. From the Tahltan fight for the Iskut Headwaters, BC Hydro’s corruption in Xwísten, art as resilience on Haida Gwaii, to a coastal uprising against fish farms, each community teaches the athletes to understand what it means to be a true radical.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples including the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ Nations.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2317230638561532/

 

Traumatic Death - Grief Support Facilitator Training

Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
1952 Bay Street, Victoria
Royal Jubilee Hospital

Hosted by Sacred Grief - Shauna Janz

The BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) will be delivering a two day training in Victoria for folks interested in gaining more awareness and skills to facilitate traumatic death grief support groups (death by suicide, homicide and drug-related).

This training will be led by Shauna Janz, MA. The training is best suited for helping professionals and volunteers who have some experience in providing grief support and group facilitation. The training will cover aspects of trauma-related bereavement support, group process and facilitation considerations, and overview of an 8 week support group curriculum. Participants will also receive a manual.

When: March 30 & 31st, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (one hour lunch)
Where: Royal Jubilee - Learning Center Room, s150
Cost: $250 (cheque, credit card, e-transfer, or Paypal)

Spaces are limited.

Questions and to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 604-738-9950.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/409336352960353/

 

Activist Training Day

Sunday, March 31, 2019
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Johnson St, Victoria, BC

Hosted by Youthforclimateca

Following the Global Student Strike 4 Climate, with so many radical young activists wanting to get more involved, we are organising a training day. This will be a day for anyone who is interested in learning about activism and community involvement. There was A LOT of interest at the strike on Friday the 15th, so we are putting together a series of workshops - from Movement Building to Art and Resistance and more. The focus will be on youth in particular, being a smaller version of Powershift in Ottawa. https://powershift-youngandrising.ca/

Please answer in the Facebook poll which workshops you are most interested in, please add any ideas of your own! We have a wide selection of wonderful people who can lead workshops. This event will be donation based.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/303317693697336/

 

March Renfrew clean up

Sunday, March 31, 2019
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Pacheedaht Campgrounds
Port Renfrew, British Columbia

Hosted by Surfrider Vancouver Island

Ready for Rennie? Our next beach cleanup is on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm at Port Renfrew. Meet at the Pacheedaht Campgrounds (with thanks to the Pacheedaht First Nation). Bring your reusable bags, buckets and gloves because we usually run out! Bring cups as well!

👐Atlas junk removal is helping to haul away the trash!! 👐

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/402899840267938/

 

Healing Salve Workshop

Sunday, March 31, 2019
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
851 Cormorant St., Victoria
Heart & Hands Health Collective

Hosted by Latifa's Herbs & Heart & Hands Health Collective

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make a healing herbal salve. Take home your own healing salve that can be applied to cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns and other skin irritations.

You will learn:
How to recognize and use herbs for the skin
How to infuse herbs in oil
How to thicken oil with beeswax
How to safely prepare and apply salves to prevent contamination

Sliding Scale $20-$45

About Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed: 
Latifa believes herbal medicine is the people’s medicine. She strives to link plant bodies to human bodies in a way that builds resilience, community, strength, love and integrity. When she observes nature she sees a powerful source of healing and renewal. We all carry that healing life force inside ourselves. Plants are really good at reminding us about that. Latifa holds a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Botany.

For more details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/573461153119436/

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?
  SEND A MESSAGE

The Trump Administration is pushing through a proposal to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, and we can’t stop it without your help.

Drilling in the Arctic Refuge would do irreparable harm to this pristine and sacred place, risk the survival of polar bears and Porcupine caribou, accelerate climate change, and trample on the rights of the Gwich’in people.We can’t let this happen.

Will you donate now to our campaign to stop Arctic drilling in its tracks?

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After a huge public outcry, Trump officials have just confirmed that seismic testing for oil in the Refuge will not be moving forward this winter. This temporary win, which came after more than 20,000 members of the Stand.earth community urged geological services company SAExploration to withdraw its application for seismic testing, means that polar bears are protected from getting run over in their dens this winter.

But with Trump’s new nomination of a fossil fuel lobbyist to control US public lands, this fight is far from over. Now is the time to keep the pressure up so we can prevent oil and gas drilling in the pristine Arctic Refuge once and for all. 

Giant oil companies could be buying lease sales as early as this summer, and we need to be ready. We've got plans to escalate the resistance so that even Big Oil is too hesitant to drill. Over the next few months, our team, together with allies, will highlight the risk of drilling to investors, support on-the-ground resistance actions, and flood US government officials with public comments calling for protection of this sacred and beautiful place.

cover-shadow.JPG Tom Hayden on Social Movements consists of four unpublished talks and the Rolling Stone interview, all from 1972 – 1977.  
Susan Wind Early and I decided to make these talks generally available because we see many signs of an embryonic social movement in this country.
In the book, Tom Hayden shows what social movements look like from the inside. He spells out why they are intense, complex, exhilarating – and powerful enough to make history.
He writes, “Every now and then, there’s a surge of history in which a group of people has the chance to determine events by taking their lives, their destiny, into their own hands.”
The book is now available in print and Kindle versions from Amazon. Free ebook versions are available from many other retailers in the United States and around the world. 

We’re at a critical moment in our campaign to stop the Phillips 66 tar sands oil refinery expansion in California— and my community needs your help. 

Tens of thousands of people have already spoken out against this dangerous tar sands project. Will you add your voice?

STAND AGAINST TAR SANDS

Just last week, we hosted a town hall in the San Francisco Bay Area where I and other local residents, health experts, and senior scientists spoke out about the dangers of this project. If increased tar sands refining is approved, our community will face an elevated risk of birth defects, brain damage, and cancer. And it’s not just increased refining that poses a threat— if Phillips 66 succeeds, then much of the West Coast, from my home in the Bay to British Columbia, Canada, will be at risk of a tar sands oil spill.

While any kind of oil spill is a disaster, tar sands oil is especially dangerous because it doesn't float. When tar sands oil spills, it’s almost impossible to clean up. If we don't stop this project, then communities like mine up and down the West Coast will be at risk of a life-altering disaster. But it's not too late.

Thank you for standing with me and my community. Together we will build a better world.

Mvto (“thank you” in Muskogee Creek),
Isabella Zizi
Local Bay Area resident and Climate Campaigner for Stand.earth

It's now only 8 months until the federal election. Once again, Canadians are fearing another unaccountable, false majority government. Already there are calls to plug our noses and vote strategically - and the certainty that for millions of Canadians, our ballots will elect no-one. 

When Trudeau broke his promise to make every vote count, he denied Canadians a reform that would have transformed this election and our whole democracy for the better.

This year, with your support, we'll be running a strong campaign to elect MPs who will champion proportional representation as a top priority and make PR a condition of supporting a minority government. 

In our 2017 supporter survey, you told us clearly that to achieve proportional representation, it's imperative that neither the Liberals or Conservatives get another false majority government.

You encouraged us to remind the public of Trudeau's broken promise at every opportunity, and to advocate for the NDP and Green Parties to make PR a major platform plank. 

And over 80% of you supported focusing our resources in a limited number of target ridings - ridings where our efforts can help replace an MP who does not support PR with one who will make proportional representation a top priority.

These recommendations are at the heart of our 2019 election strategy.

Now we need more input from you on the path ahead. We'd like to know if you support Fair Vote Canada advocating for a National Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. We'd like to know if you think we should take a position that truth in advertising standards should apply to political advertising.

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Protect the Sooke Hills Wilderness

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Stop Methylmercury Poisoning of Indigenous People at Muskrat Falls

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Immediately Remove Central Walbran Valley from the Provincial Tree Farm Licensing System

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