Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft May 31, 2018

No Kinder Morgan Bailout! March from the Inner Harbour
thursday
  • 31 May at 17:3020:30
    Next Week9-15° Mostly Sunny
  • 812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada
Come out and make some noise to say #NoKinderMorgan!

Kinder Morgan has given the governments of Canada a deadline of May 31st to ensure that the Trans Mountain pipeline can go forward. The federal and Alberta governments will put billions of tax-payer dollars on the line to prop-up this failing project.

In the evening of May 31st the people of Victoria, Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories, will gather at the Inner Harbour to say #NoKM and #NoPipelineBailout!

Please bring: your pots, pans, musical instruments and noise-makers of any kind; signs and symbols of resistance; your friends, neighbours, family, and children; your love of the coast and your willingness to defend it.

Our actions are meant to be a show of hope, anger, and solidarity with Indigenous leadership. We are working together with the Protect the Inlet coalition on the front lines on Burnaby Mountain. 

Victoria is making it clear: Kinder Morgan will not be built.

* We acknowledge with respect that this event is taking place on the territories of the Lkwungen speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, and that many of our participants will be travelling from the territories of neighbouring nations, all of whose relations to each other and to these lands and waters long predate the City of Victoria, British Columbia, or Canada. *

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All Together Healthy

thursday
Please join me to help launch All Together Healthy, my new book on how to go about maximizing the health of the maximum number of people.
 

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PEDAL De-Colonization Community Workshop

may 31st
In this interactive, experiential workshop we will explore the history and impacts of colonization and settler colonialism within canada/Northern Turtle Island, not only with our minds but with our bodies and hearts. We will create space to aim to decolonize ourselves and practice taking personal responsibility, aiming to build allegiance with centuries of Indigenous resistance.

Facilitator
Anna Soole, is Métis – of the Cree, Ojibwe and Lakota First Nations, and French, Celtic, Gaelic, Welsh, and German heritage. She currently resides on the unceded and occupied traditional homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

As an agent for transformative justice and liberation, and senior trainer, speaker, and educator for nearly two decades, she has practiced as a Social Justice Facilitator, Assertiveness Coach, and Forum Theatre Practitioner at provincial, national, and international levels. She has worked with tens of thousands of children, youth, adults, teachers, social workers, and service providers along their personal educational, and professional journeys.

Her practice is founded in experiential education and arts-based social and ecological justice with focus on gender, sexuality, gender based violence prevention and justice, fat politics, transformative communication, assertiveness, intersectional anti-oppression, and Indigenous feminism. Her work is firmly rooted in decolonization, agency, interdependency, and transformation. As the movement for liberation deepens and grows, she remains dedicated to community healing, compassion, courage, integrity love and dignity for all of life everywhere.

This workshop is made possible by the BC Multiculturalism Grant.

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Learn to Meditate

thursday
Our core practice is Meditation and Mindful Awareness. These are key tools in the development of conscious and compassionate ways of being present to the complex and stressful reality of our lives. Free. Drop-in when you can. No experience necessary. Every Second Thursday following Learn to Meditate, we have a free soup supper. Join us! And learn to navigate the complexities of our lives with meditation.
 

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Fundraising Dance with Kumbia!

friday
  • 1 June at 20:0023:00
    Next Week9-14° Rain Showers
  • 1923 Fernwood Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 2Y6, Canada

Admission: By donation. All donations are tax deductible and will go to Cuso International. 

Cash bar!

One of our band members – Álvaro, has accepted a one-year placement with Cuso International in Colombia! 

Álvaro will be working as an Organizational Development Advisor with 6 small fruit producer associations supported by Fruandes, a Colombian fair trade company producing organic, dehydrated fruit for export.

As part of his journey with Cuso International,Álvaro is fundraising $2,000 to help sustain their vital work and enable Cuso to mobilize volunteers in the Global South.

Right now, for every $1 you donate the Canadian Government will provide $9. That means a $25 contribution becomes $250 and a $100 gift becomes $1000!

 

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Wakanda Summer Gala

saturday
  • 2 June at 18:000:30
    2 June at 18:00 to 3 June at 0:30
  • White Eagle Polish Hall

    90 Dock Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2A1
To wrap up the end of the annual AfriCa Fest & African Cultural Week, we’re bringing the kingdom of Wakanda to Victoria, BC. Celebrate the beauty of the African continent with great food, Fashion, music, and dance.
African born Designers from living on the Island and various parts of Canada are coming together to showcase their creations. 

Join us for this unforgettable night and enjoy one of the biggest African fashion show in Victoria! 

This event is for everybody regardless of ethnicity. If you love fashion, if you love culture, if you love to explore creative ideas, you are an epicurean, love dance and music, This night is for you. 
Doors open at 6 pm. Show starts at 6:30 June 2nd, 2018

Designers: 
https://www.facebook.com/africstyefashion/
https://www.facebook.com/safarikabumbedesigns/
https://www.facebook.com/pelumi.ogunbanwo – @tribe_asan

Attire
Dress to impress. Cultural attire welcome.

Food
Expect a delicious 3 course African meal.

Tickets:
Student (advance): $20
General Admission (advance): $25
Door: $35

After Party
Afrobeat, Afro House, Afro latin, 

Thanks for your support: 
– Island-Afro-Latin-Events
– OKO Dance Vancouver
– Afric Style Fashion
– Safari Kakumbe
– Vibe Tribe Fashion
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Diversity Film Festival

saturday
The City of Victoria Youth Council is redefining dialogue through the Diversity Film Festival. How can the art of storytelling change the way we relate to each other across difference? Find out as we roll out the red carpet for our festival guests and put on a show that can’t be missed! 

Admission is by donation at a sliding scale of $5-$20 (no one will be turned away). 

We invite young film makers across BC to submit their ~5 min short films to showcase their story of culture, ethnicity, and roots. Submissions can be emailed or shared to diversityfilmfestival@gmail.com by May 23th, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Your film may be chosen to screen at the 2019 Victoria Film Festival! 

This event is taking place on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen, Esquaimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.
 
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Indigenous Foods Gathering (Vancouver Island)

  • 1 June – 2 June
    1 June at 12:00 to 2 June at 20:00
  • Tsawout First Nation

    7728 Tetayut Rd., Saanichton V8M 2E4
ÁLI SDÁLṈEW̱ “ALL THE GOOD MEDICINE”
Indigenous Foods Gathering 
“Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power”
June 1-2, 2018 hosted by SȾÁUTW

EVENT TIME & WORKSHOPS TBD

Please RSVP to receive updates leading up to the gathering
 
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Victoria National Animal Rights Day 2018

sunday
National Animal Rights Day (NARD) returns to Victoria for its 3rd year in 2018 joining 30 other cities around the world. 
This year the event will take place along Dallas Rd near Clover Point. 
We will be meeting outside Ogden Point Cafe at 11am to prepare and then will walk down to our stopping point near Clover Point.
 
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Protest #Israel70 Celebration at JNF Gala

sunday
  • 3 June at 17:0018:30
    Next Week
  • Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia St. at Howe, Vancouver
Join us to picket the Jewish National Fund Dinner which is celebrating the “70th anniversary of the state of Israel”. The racist and discriminatory policies of the JNF have been well documented and are of particular concern here in Canada due to the creation of “Canada Park” on the ruins of 3 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank.

As in previous years, the JNF is attempting to hide its policies and history behind a charitable project, this time to “Help Improve the Lives of Children with Disabilities”. The grotesque irony of this particular project at this time, as Israeli snipers maim and disable hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza, including children, doesn’t seem to bother the $300/ticket gala-goers. UNICEF stated on May 16, 2018, that “since 30 March 2018, over 1,000 children have been injured in violence in the Gaza Strip. Many of these injuries are severe and potentially life-altering, including some resulting in amputations.”

Call on the Canadian Government to revoke the tax deductible status for the JNF, and stop being complicit in these WAR CRIMES.
Stop maiming Palestinian children.
No to 70 years of celebrating Palestinian dispossession!
No to “greenwashing” ethnic cleansing.

Groups wishing to endorse the action, please email cpavancouver@gmail.com or message this page.
 
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Voices of Saanich Speaker Series 5/5

tuesday
Join us for the 5th Voices of Saanich event in a 5 part speaker series, on Tuesday June 5 for Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Violence, Grounded in Cultural Practice.
 

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