upcoming events and opportunities

Dear Friends of SJS,


It is our pleasure to announce a call for young artists (21 and under) to participate in The Longhouse Project.

In collaboration with Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob, and with the consent and support of Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, we will be erecting four temporary Longhouse structures on the Legislature lawn on September 16th, 2017. The structures will be painted in the style of the Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Pacific Islander peoples respectively, and will form the backdrop for an international indigenous arts and culture event – One Wave Festival. The inside of the houses will be programmed by community members from each respective area as they see appropriate.

Youth artists are invited to submit a design to be painted on the front of one of these houses. Each youth will receive cultural and artistic mentorship throughout this process, and will receive... a $500 honorarium for participating in this collaborative project.

Applications are due August 11th, 2017 at 4 PM.

For more information and to apply, please visit pacificpeoplespartnership.org/longhouseproject. Shareable social media is available on our Facebook page: facebook.com/pacificpeoples.

We appreciate your efforts to share this message widely.



Siobhan Powlowski

Deputy Director

Pacific People's Partnership

#407, 620 View St. Victoria BC V8W 1J6

Ph. 250-381-4131



We are situated guests on unceded Lekwungen Coast Salish traditional territories. 


Super Sweet Summer Dance Party 2017 July 28th

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) invites you to Super Sweet Summer Dance Party 2017 - a night to celebrate and raise some dollars for this small but mighty legal advocacy organization.

Brought to you in partnership with the incredible people from SocialCoast, this night promises to be a hot and sweaty dance scene with a ton of good vibes. 

Speaking of good vibes... Mussell and the Flex will be bringing a solid dance repertoire to heat things up. We will also feature a Much Music style video dance party VJ'd by TAPS staff in between sets and to close out the night. Video requests welcome in the comment section below.

Photo Booth, maybe face painting, a game or two, the inevitable silent auction with super sweet summer style items - You cant miss this chance to get hot and sweaty with the TAPS crew at the hight of summer!

Tickets are $10 at the door sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds after expenses will go to support the legal advocacy work of TAPS.

Get your tickets in advance online at: https://www.picatic.com/event15004877981284

Special thanks to our sponsors - SocialCoast and The Victoria Event Centre.

Accessibility: The location is now somewhat wheel chair accessible. If you are in a chair or have difficulty with stairs there are some challenges that we would be hapy to help address so that you can attend this party. 

In order to access the space with a wheelchair or if you have difficulty with stairs, we request that you private message us in advance so that we can arrange for accomodations to be availbe upon your arrival. Wheelchair access to the space is by lift. The lift is located behind the building through an entrance off of Pandora Street beside Vinatge Spirits Liqour Store located at 653 Pandora. The venue has a wheelchair accesible bathrom in the back of the space behid the stage. 

Main Access to the space is by a large stairway leading up from the street to the second floor of the building where the venue is located. 

This event is generally dark and may have some possible strobe lighting and colored laser lighting. 

Please, can we all make an attempt to be fragrance free? There are some folks who have a hard time with chemicals, scents, and perfumes. Please be sensitive to this, with us. 

There is zero tolerance for any type of racist, sexist, ableist, fatphobic, transphobic or homophobic behaviour at this event. 

This event takes place within the territory of the Lkwungen people (as represented today by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations). Let's continue to dismantle the colonial structures that surround this city.



1415 Braod Street - The Victoria Event Centre


Super Sweet Summer Dance Party 2017

Event Fee: 


​Hi friends,

This year our annual celebration/commemoration of July 26th, 1953 which sparked the Cuban Revolution will be at 5pm Saturday, July 29 at the Esquimalt & Gorge Park off Tillicum.


As our poster states we'll have a potluck supper, say a few words on what July 26th represents and how Cuba is doing at present and enjoy some live music. 


We invite all of us to come together for this great occasion.


Hope to see us all there.

Victoria Friends of Cuba


Growing A Perennial Veggie Garden

saturday july 29th
Boost your garden’s resiliency and your food security by planting perennial vegetables! Join Solara Goldwynn of Hatchet & Seed and Matt Gravel from Plant Buoy Nursery for an in-depth exploration of a variety of long lived, nutrient dense food plants and a range of growing conditions.

When: Saturday, July 29 | 1-5pm

Where: Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Avenue
Instructors: Matt Gravel + Solara Goldwynn (Hatch & Seed)
Price: $50 - 60 Sliding Scale - CSE

Call 250.381.1552 ext 100 to register!

(*CSE: Community Supported Education
By paying over the minimum sliding scale $, proceeds help remove financial barriers to provide additional seats to people who might not to able to afford the workshops otherwise.)

Instructor Biographies:

Solara Goldwynn is a permaculture consultant, educator, plant propagator, and farm market manager. She and her husband own Hatchet & Seed an edible landscaping and regenerative design business. She lives with her small family at Eco-Sense a permaculture homestead and nursery in Victoria BC.

Matt Gravel is a Victoria based permaculturist with a passion for living and sustainable systems. Captivated by nature and the outdoors at a young age, he comes by this honestly. With 10 years property maintenance and conventional landscaping experience, he became tired of the unsustainable and non-regenerative practices in urban environments and wanted to find a way to change urban spaces. Now Matt operates and small nursery, design and education business; Plant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants and is using this as a platform to empower and teach people low maintenance, easy to manage systems that can grow nutrient dense food and medicine while working with the constraints of nature and regenerating urban landscapes.

Fernwood NRG is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. At Fernwood NRG, we are continually learning and recognizing the privilege and responsibility of living, learning, and eating on this land. It is imperative that food movements, especially those relating to food security, understand the ongoing nature of colonialism, and work to dismantle oppressive systems.


4th Annual Walbran Valley Convergence

saturday and sunday
  • 29 July - 30 July29 July at 13:30 to 30 July at 13:00
  • pinCentral Walbran Valley, Pacheedaht territory

Friends of Carmanah/Walbran and Wilderness Committee are thrilled to announce this year's 4th Annual Walbran Valley Convergence!

On July 29-30, more than hundred people will gather in the Central Walbran Valley (Kaxi:ks) in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht Nation.

Scroll down for event itinerary!

This annual event is a recognition and a celebration of the first wave of activism in the Walbran Valley – 26 years ago this summer! – that saw part of the Valley protected from destruction.

It’s also an opportunity for people to come together in one of Canada’s most spectacular ancient rainforests and discuss how to better manage these incredible ecosystems and build a truly sustainable forest industry.

This years’ theme is building unity, and the formal programming will highlight a diversity of voices, including Indigenous leaders, forest sector union leaders, elected officials and biologists and other experts.

An opening welcome and keynote speakers will kick off the weekend at 1:30pm on Saturday the 29th, and a series of workshops will be held on the Sunday morning.

In between, you’ll have access to a number of guided hikes, a community meal (dinner on Saturday at 5pm) and of course, time to enjoy the Emerald Pool, the Castle Grove, or other parts of this spectacular old-growth landscape.

This weekend is always an inspiring and powerful event and is sure to be one of the highlights of your summer.


We’re working to make the event as accessible as possible, and are organizing return daytrip transportation on the Community Action Bus on Saturday.

Round trip bus tickets are being offered at a subsidized rate of $30 per person or each or at the full cost of $50.

The bus will be leaving Saturday morning from the Vic High parking lot (on Gladstone & Chambers) at 7:30am with a pick up in Duncan at 8:45am and coming back the same day, leaving the Walbran at 7pm (after dinner). We should arrive back in Victoria by 11pm.

Please use this page to organize carpooling and other rideshares!

**BUS TICKETS: Available online through Picatic ($5 fee included, $30and $50) or at Wild Fire Bakery (1517 Quadra Street at Mason, $25 and up).


There will be a salmon feast on Saturday evening at 5pm at the bridge, tickets can be purcayhed online or in person at Wild Fire Bakery. Please reserve your plate so we can be sure to have enough food.


- Lightly smoked local wild salmon with a Maple/Orange Glaze (GF)

- Citrus and Burberry Slaw (GF, Vegan)

- Taku Baked Beans (GF, Vegan)

- Wild Fire Bread

- Fruit (GF, Vegan)


**TICKETS: Available online through Picatic ($5 fee included, $20and $40) or at Wild Fire Bakery (1517 Quadra Street at Mason, $15 and up).


We need a lot of volunteers for set-up, take down, food prep, hosting elders, parking, etc. Please email friendsofcarmanahwalbran@gmail.com if you`re interested in volunteering!


Stay tuned on the Walbran Convergence facebook page for more details on workshops and speaker announcements!


If you would like to support Friends of Carmanah/Walbran's campaign to Save the Walbran Valley please feel free to make a donation through Picatic, at Wildfire Bakery, by email transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring cash to the event, there will be a donation jar! We really appreciate your support!

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the traditional unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation.


We are family, friends, and lovers of the dead – casualties of the War on Drugs. In the midst of the worst overdose crisis in BC’s history, we invite those affected to gather on July 31st at 5pm in Centennial Square on Lkwungen territory for a memorial photo to document the community impact, remember those we’ve lost, and call the government to immediate action to stop this tragedy. This day will mark the beginning of a month of remembrance and action leading up to August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day. For more information you can visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/850391275109463, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A poster about the event is attached. We would appreciate your help in circulating this through your networks. If you have a Facebook page, it would be great if you could share the event to your page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/850391275109463


Community Mural Outreach Feast w/ Nomadic Alternatives


August 2nd, 2017 
2:30pm - 5:30pm 
Chief Simon Baker Room 
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre

Nomadic Alternatives + Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve are teaming up with Hastings BIA to host a community outreach feast to listen to stories, knowledges, wisdoms and community understandings around the history of the area. 

Through this collaboration we hope to create 2 murals to be displayed on walls within the boundaries of the East Village Vancouver. We would like to depict the history of the Grandview-Woodland and Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhoods through artistic collaboration and community connection. These 2 murals will be part of a series of 5 that will look at this area from the beginnings to today’s vibrant, diverse, welcoming neighbourhood.

The murals seek to utilize the strong voices of elders and youth in the community while gathering with Indigenous worldview around food and arts in urban spaces.

We will have catering by the lovely people at the Friendship Centre and entertainment. Vancity's own Dedos will be in attendance to share some knowlege around the project!

We're looking forward to listening and hearing the community's voice in this series of Nomadic Alternative murals.

Please share to those you think would be interested!

*  niki ashton, an mp from manitoba, is running for leadership of the ndp federally.  she looks like a progressive choice (she’s even using the “s” word!!!).  her website is http://www.nikiashton2017.ca, she’s on fb at https://www.facebook.com/MPNikiAshton.  

Meet Niki on Salt Spring Island

july 29th
Join me for coffee and a discussion as I start my Vancouver Island tour at the Salt Spring Island United Church, 111 Hereford Ave. I'll be there from 1pm-3pm to share my plan for a more fair and inclusive Canada while championing a proud socialist vision. Bring your friends and your questions. All are welcome!

Meet Niki in Courtenay

july 30th
I'll be making a stop in Courtenay on my Vancouver Island tour! Join me to talk about an unapologetic socialist vision for Canada where no one is left behind. We will be meeting on July 30th from 12pm-2pm at the Evergreen Seniors Club, 411 Anderton Ave. Bring your questions and friends. All are welcome!

Meet Niki in Parksville

  • 31 July at 11:3014:00 EDTNext Week · 15–26° Sunny
  • pinShow Map1600 Stroulger Rd, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9B7, Canada

Join me in Parksville for a principled, bold discussion on how I plan to lead Canada's NDP to government. I will be in Parksville, BC on July 31st from 11:30 am-2:00 pm at the Smoke & Water Restaurant in the Pacific Shores Resort. The restaurant is offering a luncheon special for everyone attending!
For more information on the restaurant: http://smokenwater.com/ 

Meet Niki in Nanaimo


Victoria Campaign Rally with Niki!

thursday august 3rd

Join the movement on August 3rd as we rally together in support of principled, progressive leadership for Canada's NDP! 

The rally will be held at the Victoria Event Centre, at 1415 Broad Street (between Johnson and Pandora), across from the CTV television station, and above Broad St. Bikes and Coastline Surf. The venue is located on the 2nd floor and can be accessed by the stairs from the front or back, OR by freight elevator, which is accessed off of Pandora Avenue.

There is no onsite parking, but there is metered parking on Broad Street and surrounding streets (free after 6PM as well as on Sundays and holidays) and there are a variety of City Parkades located in the 600 block of Fisgard Street, 700 block of Johnson Street, 500 block of Yates Street, and 700 block of View Street.

Gender Neutral washrooms and non-motorized wheelchair accessible bathroom.

Margo MatwychukDirector
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