Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft February 15, 2018
Two Spirits, One Heart, One Mind, One Nation:
FREE Conference for Indigenous LGBTQIA2+ Youth ages 14-24
Thursday-Friday, Feb. 15-16
Stolen Sisters Memorial March Victoria 2018
Let us walk together as a community to say Indigenous women’s, 2spirits’, and girls’ lives are sacred. Let us remember our teachings and honour those who have been taken from us.
We would like to acknowledge that this march takes place on unceded and traditional territories of the Lekwungen communities, Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.
Proceedings of the March:
Gathering: 11am in front of Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave
The March will begin at 12pm with a prayer, territory acknowledgements and information for marchers (safety, respectful conduct etc).
Lead by Indigenous women, youth and 2spirit drummers, we will proceed down Pandora Ave to Government Street and then on to the Legislature lawn where we will gather to hear speakers, songs and share food.
The March’s organizing collective would like to remind marchers that this is a memorial and asks that conduct be in accordance with this intent. We also ask that:
-Indigenous women, girls and 2spirit drummers’ and singers’ place leading the March be respected.
-That there be no signs carried unless they are memorializing the missing and murdered by their families. Also no pamphleteering of any kind please.
-That there be no photography during the March without explicit and PRIOR permission of those photographed.
Calling all dog lovers in Victoria!
On the Chinese calendar the YEAR OF THE DOG starts in February 2018. It’s a good time to celebrate companion canines and also to put a spotlight on the unfortunate dogs who are being experimented on in research labs around the world.
In Canada, as of 2016 there were 15,093 dogs in laboratories — at least, this is the number known to the Canadian Council on Animal Care, which oversees labs. This is an increase over the number in 2015. (A total of 4,308,921 animals were used in Canadian labs in 2016, of which the vast majority are fish, mice being next.)
Of these, 78,294 animals were listed as “Category E” subjects, meaning those “subjected to severe pain and extreme distress; highly-invasive new biomedical experiments; inflicted trauma or burns without anaesthetics; agonizing toxicity testing; and experimentally-induced infectious diseases that result in death.” It is not known how many dogs are Category E. Clearly no animal should be subjected to such cruelty.
Cruel tests endured by animals for the sake of cosmetics have been outlawed elsewhere in the world, and animal advocates are now mobilizing to ban animal testing for cosmetics in Canada. (www.animalcharter.ca)
Also of concern is that 8207 pet dogs were sent to laboratories across Canada in 2016 – though BC no longer compels the surrender of dogs in shelters to scientific institutions, there is the possibility that a dog rescued in BC may end up in a laboratory in Ontario or Quebec, or even here at home.
DOG LOVERS ARE PLANNING A WALK FOR LAB DOGS AS A WAY TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG, AND ASK FOR REFORM OF CANADA’S LAWS GOVERNING USE OF DOGS IN COMMERCIAL AND MEDICAL LABS – WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN JOINING OTHER BUSINESSES, ACTIVISTS, DOG GUARDIANS AND RESCUE AGENCIES ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17th
Please get back to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know whether you can join us!
Barbara – 778 433 6722
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FOR LAB DOGS, Noon, Feb. 17th, Oak Bay Municipal Hall lawn. Contact: email@example.com or 778 433 6722.
Remembering Katy Madsen: A benefit for Sierra Club BC
4239 Cedarglen Rd, Victoria, BC V8N 4N7, Canada
We invite you to join us for an afternoon open house-style reception with wine and cheese. Paintings will be available on a first-come first-served basis, with a suggested minimum contribution to Sierra Club BC to carry forward Katy’s inspiring legacy of environmental protection. Donations in Katy’s memory are also welcome.
For tickets contact Horacio @ 778 – 350 – 5404
Where: CDI College 950 Kings Rd
When: February 17, 2018
Who: Adults, kids and Students
Be there!!!! 🎊
Life Under Occupation
246 Ingram St, Duncan, BC V9L 1P4, Canada
Cube of Truth: Victoria: February 18th
18 February at 14:00–15:30Next Week
Direct action street outreach and demonstration. We bring the information to the people in an attempt to break down unawareness and show the cruelty inherent in meat, dairy and egg production. All footage used shows the standard practices for animal-based food production in Canada.
IMPORTANT: Please bring a laptop or tablet if you have one. If you do not, please come along anyway; masks and signs will be provided on the day. Please wear black clothing where possible, though a black jumper is essential if the weather permits (preferably hooded). Please fully charge your laptop/tablet for the day.
IMPORTANT: Download VLC Player to your laptop or tablet. http://www.videolan.org/
IMPORTANT: Download the following clips to your laptop or tablet from the link below as there will be no internet connection on site.
Black History and Heritage Day
February Volunteer day at Rabbitats + Potluck
As Rabbitats has a move coming up and we want to help out!
This is a rabbit shelter and a vegan organization housing around 90 mostly adoptable ( and adorable ) abandoned rabbits and their offspring. ( They have another 125 ferals at an outdoor sanctuary in South Surrey )
Please let us know if you need a ride!
Let us know how many are joining you if there are any as we need to know nuimbers
Bring a vegan dish enough to share for lunch
Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists working to create a world where every animal is safe, happy and free. Through community building, open rescue, and disruptive protest, we are building a strong movement for animals.
SAFER SPACE POLICY:
This Safer Space Policy exists to facilitate an immediate response to any oppressive actions by attendees of our official events. Oppressive actions include:
• Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, species, size, class, ability, reproductive choice, sexuality, and gender identity.
• Promoting disrespect or violence towards nonhuman animals.
We strive to create a community that is safe and welcoming, and which prioritizes the needs of people who are typically marginalized by society. Please feel free to approach any organizer in confidence if someone at one of our events makes you feel unsafe. Whenever possible, we will confront people who violate the Safer Space Policy on your behalf. We prefer to resolve such issues through reconciliation, but as a last resort we reserve the right to ask attendees to leave our events.
Anyone who engages in the following behaviours WILL be told to leave our events:
• Physical, verbal, or mental abuse
• Sexual harassment, unwanted touching, or sexual aggression
• Intimidation or fear tactics
• Intentional violations of our Safer Space Policy
Anyone who engages in the following behaviours will LIKELY be warned and MAY be told to leave at the discretion of the members(s) present:
• Inappropriate comments and behaviours
• The use of violent or oppressive language, including slurs
• Blatantly disrespectful behaviour towards civilian (non-state representatives) organizers or individuals in attendance
• Causing a DxE member or event attendee discomfort or distress for any reason (including, but not limited to: violating our Safer Space Policy, violating their personal space, or ignoring an explicitly stated request for altered behaviour)
• Aggression/outbursts due to intoxication
If you have any questions or need clarification about our Safer Space Policy, please get in touch with us at vancouver@directactionever
(NOTE: All DxE Vancouver events will be drug-and-alcohol-free due to safety concerns).
CONSENT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA:
DxE events are social media intensive. Photos and videos are regularly taken at actions, open meetings, and other activities. If you do not consent to appear in photos and videos, please let our media personnel know at the beginning of events. We will also remind attendants of this policy at each event.
As settler animal rights/liberation activists uninvited to the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territories of the Coast Salish First Nations and peoples, we acknowledge that we are unable to do animal advocacy work without using the resources from this land, and are often complicit in colonial systems that perpetuate violence against Indigenous Peoples. We must continue to learn and take responsibilities to help decolonize. On this day we target a colonial-capitalist corporation that exploits, dominates and oppresses nonhuman animals.
Clandestinos – Cuban Film & Cultural Night!
Sunday at 17:305 days from now
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood
House (800 E. Broadway, Vancouver)
>> CLANDESTINOS <<
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood House
800 E. Broadway
* Event by Donation! *
The evening will feature refreshments, live music, and screening of the beautiful Cuban film: “Clandestinos.”
Clandestinos is a Classic Cuban film about the romance between two young revolutionaries in the urban underground – fighting against the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Court Support for Wild Salmon Warriors
19 February at 12:30–16:00Next Week
Spirit Square aka Centennial Square ~ 1 Centennial Square Victoria BC
The pair were arrested and charged after blockading the entry to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans in a powerful statement to draw attention to the sudden collapse of wild salmon stocks as a result of the dangerous and negligent practices of Atlantic fish pharming. The decimation of wild salmon is yet one more example of the continuing attack on Indigenous food security and resilience and the overall orchestrated genocide against First Nations communities.
They are currently occupying space next to Premier Horgan’s office in Langford in an ongoing act of solidarity with frontline Indigenous wild salmon warriors.
We will gather in Spirit Square and then march to the atrium of the Public Library and rally there for awhile, and then march down to the courthouse in solidarity for the 2 pm hearing. We encourage you to link arms with these courageous women and support them as these come face to face with these colonial oppressors.
Best Doc, Taos Shortz Film Festival; Best Short Film Seattle International FF; Spirited Storytelling Prize, DOC NYC
Public Talk: Gender in the Round
Gender in the Round: Trans and Non-binary Reflections on Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects.
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
February 21, 2018 | 7pm | *free
Join gender diversity facilitator Kingsley Strudwick for an evening of audience engaged conversation with 4 guest speakers.