- Published on Monday, 06 March 2017 19:30
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Dear Friends of SJS,
Here are some great upcoming events and opportunities:
Angry populism: Understanding the new politics of anxiety and xenophobia
7–9 P.M. | ENGINEERING/COMPUTER SCIENCE BUILDING (ECS) RM 123
Across the world there’s a renewal of ‘angry populism,’ where large numbers of people are feeling abandoned by their political and economic leaders and turning to demagogues and xenophobia. What accounts for this return to the worst of our past? UVic scholars offer historical perspectives on the contemporary surge of support for Trumpism, Brexit and antiimmigration parties in Europe, looking at historical precedent and highlighting the sources of reactionary populism’s contempt for the political establishment
This is a reminder of the Scotty Neish Communist Education Session. At the March meeting, we will discuss International Women's Day and read some Socialist and Communist literature.
Material to Discuss:...
Location: UVic SUB - B025.
Date: 7:00 pm, 7 March 2017.
Lekwungen/Saanich Territory Club,
YCL - Victoria.
MARCH 7: IDEAFEST
On being here to stay, together
5:30–7:30 P.M. | BOB WRIGHT CENTRE (BWC) B150
Reconciling a regrettable colonial past with a respectful future is a challenge and an opportunity for governments and peoples around the world. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th, how do we reconcile the past and participate in an inclusive and diverse future? Join us for a conversation on the impact of universal aspirations for the rights of Indigenous peoples and of national calls for reconciliation. What can we do as individuals and within our communities to support these goals?
Reconciliation and resurgence: How Indigenous artists are re-imagining the story of Canada
7–9 P.M. | ALIX GOOLDEN HALL, 907 PANDORA AVE
Join university chancellor and celebrated broadcast journalist
Shelagh Rogers for an intimate conversation with Indigenous
visual artists Rande Cook and Carey Newman and UVic visual
anthropologist Andrea Walsh. Across Canada, contemporary
Indigenous artists are using images to explore place, truth
and identity and challenging us to transform our perspectives,
conversations and ideas. Collectively, this great imagining is
playing a unique and pivotal role in understanding our past and
determining our shared future.
Free admission, registration required: uvic.ca/ideafest/register
MARCH 8: CANCELLED:
International Women's Day Film Screening and Panel Discussion Cancelled
celebrate International Women’s Day, the African Awareness Committee is
screening Honor Diaries on March 8th(Wed) at 7 pm in Fisher 100
(Lansdowne Campus). Honor Diaries features women’s rights advocates in
identifying and addressing the systematic abuses of Muslim women in freedom of
movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital
mutilation. A panel discussion will follow the film show.
Workers' Wednesday: Gender and Power
On Wednesday, March 8 we will be hosting an extra-special Worker's Wednesday in solidarity with the International Women's Day. The evening will include some hangout time (drink specials included), screening of Dish: Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service (trailer here) and facilitated group discussion. More information is available on Facebook
MARCH 8 IDEAFEST:
Living research: Stories from the field
2:30–4:30 P.M. | DAVID STRONG BUILDING (DSB) C118
Discover how UVic is connected to the world through studentled research in partnership with migrant and refugee rights organizations in India, Bangladesh, Singapore, South Africa and Malaysia. Students will share experiences from diverse projects including: a phone app to learn Bangla, a cookbook-storybook from India, a digital resource library, a curriculum development project for refugee youth, and a digital collage showcasing the lives of rickshaw wallahs. Come and learn about the power of community-based research and what happens when students get out of the classroom and into the field.
Re-presenting the living landscape: The common ground community mapping fair
3–6 P.M. | DAVID TURPIN BUILDING (DTB) B211/215
How does mapping Indigenous place names relate to ecocultural restoration and contribute to gathering stories about place? Join us for a celebration and showcase of local and global community mapping, place-making and story gathering, supported by the UVic Community Mapping Collaboratory. Hear from neighbourhood and campus mappers, students, researchers and activists. Play a community mapping game and share your story on the UVic and CRD Community Green Map community platforms
Why art matters in dangerous times
5–7 P.M. | MCPHERSON LIBRARY (LIB) 025
This lively panel argues that at a time when xenophobia,
ethnocentrism, political tensions, and censorship are on the rise,
art and the visual—from the meme to the masterpiece—have
more to offer society than ever before in human history. This
panel event accompanies the exhibition Learning through
looking: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Department of
Art History & Visual Studies.
Brave spirits on new paths: The road to Indigenous economic reconciliation
7–9 P.M. | ALIX GOOLDEN HALL, 907 PANDORA AVE
What are the bold steps for all Canadians towards Indigenous
economic reconciliation? In this session, UVic professors John
Borrows and Brent Mainprize will offer insight from their
research into this subject, before Ovide Mercredi (past National
Chief, Assembly of First Nations), Guujaaw (former Haida leader),
and David Suzuki (renowned author and environmentalist) share
their personal perspectives and expertise in a stimulating panel
discussion. From sustainable development to the legal and
political framework of Indigenous economic reconciliation, the
event will explore topics relevant to all Canadians. A moderated
Q&A with the audience will follow the presentation.
Ecology of a changing coast
7–9 P.M. | MACLAURIN BUILDING (MAC) A144, DAVID LAM AUDITORIUM
The BC coastal region—from the Salish Sea to the Great Bear
Rainforest and the Haida Gwaii archipelago—is home to some
of the richest biodiversity on Earth. Fish, bears, wolves, whales,
migratory birds and botanical species, among others, flourish
here. And for millennia First Nations have flourished alongside
them. Yet today, the effects of climate change, overharvesting
and development are impacting this fine balance. Three
researchers at the forefront of their fields discuss their research
on the changing ecology of the BC coast and their efforts to
minimize these threats, working with local communities and
MARCH 10 IDEAFEST:
Old school lessons: Indigenous ways of teaching and learning
10:30 A.M.–12 P.M. | FIRST PEOPLES HOUSE (FPH) CEREMONIAL HALL
Join us at this interactive session where we’ll describe the ways in which we’ve learned from elders, community members and from our teacher who has integrated Aboriginal ways of knowing and being into our work. We’ve been working and learning at the Craigflower School House in a multi-aged context where we interact, cooperate and learn from each other in this beautiful setting, recently designated a National Historic Site. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, an educator, or an interested member of the public, we hope to inspire you to build together a shared future of respectful relationships.
Engaging in stories of Indigenous well-being
1–3 P.M. | FIRST PEOPLES HOUSE (FPH) CEREMONIAL HALL
Indigenous-led research and Indigenous methodologies demonstrate a holistic nature that vastly differs from western concepts of research. In this Pecha Kucha-style presentation, UVic public health researcher Charlotte Loppie will briefly explain some key components of Indigenous research methods before turning the stage over to students, researchers and affiliates of UVic’s Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE). Presenters will speak on the interdisciplinary frameworks they have undertaken to understand Indigenous well-being, from language revitalization to the importance of Indigenous networks within HIV/AIDS interventions.
2:30–3:50 P.M. | DAVID TURPIN BUILDING (DTB) A120
One of the most pressing issues the world currently faces is the
movement of people across borders. This isn’t just a political issue—it involves social justice, morality, the impacts of gender,
age and religion, and personal well-being. Come and listen
to a moderated panel discussion between humanists as they
unravel some of the complexities of global migration, including
forced migration, and explain how their research and teaching
responds to it.
Re-imagining race, art and landscape
7–9 P.M. | LEGACY ART GALLERY DOWNTOWN, 630 YATES ST
How do artists of colour experience race and identity? Grafton
Tyler Brown was one of the first professional landscape artists
in BC, and the story of his racial identity shifted throughout
his career to where he eventually passed for white. Three
contemporary artists of colour—Charles Campbell, Kemi Craig
and Victoria’s youth poet laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas—will
perform new work relating to racial identity in response to the
UVic Legacy Gallery exhibition, The Mystery of Grafton Tyler
MARCH 11 IDEAFEST:
The Anthropocene is here! Living well in a ‘One Planet’ region
1:30–4:30 P.M. | JAMES BAY NEW HORIZONS ACTIVITY CENTRE, 234 MENZIES ST
As we enter the Anthropocene, we face the challenge of living
within the Earth’s limits. Currently, our ecological footprint
requires four planets-worth of bio-capacity. How do we reduce
our footprint to only one planet-worth, while ensuring a high
quality of life for all? In this roundtable discussion, community
and university speakers will explore with the audience what
steps we can take in Greater Victoria to become a ‘One Planet’
Seeking A Skilled Leadership Facilitator - Expressions of Interest due March 13
The South Vancouver Island
Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC-SOVI) is
currently seeking a skilled facilitator to lead a Visioning and Teambuilding
Session scheduled for Saturday, March 25th (10 am to 4 pm).
Attached please find an overview of our request for expressions of
Pacific Peoples' Partnership
Suite 407, 620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1J6
We are situated guests on unceded
Lekwungen Coast Salish Traditional Territories
Unist'ot'en Camp Benefit Concert
On Thursday, March 16th, please join us at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora) for an Unist'ot'en Camp benefit concert. Doors open at 7PM, event begins at 7:30, and runs until 10PM.
The Unist'ot'en have sustained an unbroken relationship with their territory for thousands of years and have continued to practice their traditions in spite of intense and ongoing colonial encroachment. Today those practices include harvesting food and medicine from their territory, building a Healing Centre to address impacts of colonialism, and running many camps and workshops to share skills and knowledge. They are also currently resisting, among others, the Pacific Trails Pipelines and Coastal GasLink project, which are intended to transport fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory to LNG plants on the west coast. Learn more about the Unist'ot’en Camp at http://unistoten.camp or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/.
THE BENEFIT CONCERT
The event will begin with a welcoming from Esquimalt and Songhees First Nation representatives, and a presentation from the Unist'ot'en hereditary Chiefs and Camp spokesperson Freda Huson. We will then start the music and enjoy performances by Natu Bearwolf, Betty Supple, Zoubi Arros, Rae Spoon and Compassion Gorilla.
Tickets are by donation, from $15-$20 (no one turned away for lack of funds), and can be purchased at the door or in advance - online at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1442697?utm_medium=bks or in person at Wildfire Bakery or Camas Books.
We would like to acknowledge the time that many people in our community are donating to put on this event - from postering and hosting to playing music and raising funds - and would humbly request your help in spreading the word about this benefit concert. It would be thrilling to us to pack Alix Goolden Hall and show the Unist'ot'en that people here support their courageous and important resistance. Thank you!
For information about event accessibility, and performer bios, please visit:
For FB event page, visit:
FILM: THE WANTED 18
An animated documentary film by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan
about 18 reluctant cows that were declared "a threat to the State of Israel" and became symbols of the First Intifada.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
UVic David Strong Bldg, C118
Admission by donation. Proceeds to plant olive trees in Palestine.
Discussion to follow the film.
If 18 cows can be a security threat to the state of Israel, where does it end?
Amer Shomali, the Palestinian film-maker, observes-
"Nowadays we are struck in a matrix where we can't decide anything. We are not allowed to dig for water under Palestinian cities. We have to buy it from an Israeli company. It's quite bizarre, the way we are living. We don't control borders, we don't control water, we don't control electricity. We can't import stuff. We can't export stuff. It's like a big prison."
In other words, it never ends...
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