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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

We're excited to be hosting Food With A Side of Community again. We'll be making indian tacos (with moose meat), and we'll have numerous veggie side dishes, and will work together on a brief writing exercise.

 



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Questions

1. What does reproductive justice mean to you?

2. How has food helped you develop a better relationship with your body?

3. What does food mean to you in relation to reproductive justice?


Discussion


1. People talked about access to reproductive health services, sterilization of indigenous women, which is ongoing although the media constructs a narrative that makes it seem it is a thing of the past. Indigenous women have been coerced by doctors assuring them that sterilization is reversible. The importance of reproductive technology and making alternative ways of conceiving more affordable. 

2. Food is revitalizing, nourishing and helps build community. Caring about what you put in your body is one of the first steps towards caring for your body. When you eat good food, your body feels good. 

Folks shared that experiences with the push to return to traditional indigenous foods although that is not accessible to everyone. The loss of traditional lands for harvesting foods is also a problem. 

3. Women have a large role in harvesting in many indigenous matrilineal societies. Food can empower people and is a wonderful way of building community. There were conversations about traditional protocols along hunting and respect. We talked about how the caribou was hunted and the protocols that followed such as offering prayer and tobacco. 

Plants and animals are important to consider in conversations about justice, as they are part of the cycle. As such, our relationship with them should be one of reciprocation. Additionally, traditional hunting rights are always challenged.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you to Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) for their support!

Come join us as we explore food, identity, community, and reproductive justice!




Monday, August 10, 2015

Wondering what these two sports events have to do with mining injustice, gentrification, poverty, homelessness, and displacement?

Come learn more and engage in an interactive session with local community organizers. Let's talk about what's happening beyond the spectacle of major sporting events. We'll be chatting about these games, but with a spotlight on Victoria, BC.

Winners at the PanAm/Parapan Am games are awarded medals supplied by Barrick Gold, a company responsible for murders, sexual violence, and violations of Indigenous sovereignty. Billions of dollars are poured into a sporting event for a few weeks when the focus could be on marginalized members of the community.

Have you heard about the North American Indigenous Games? Where was the nationwide media hype for that?

Saturday, August 15
3pm
GVPL Central Branch Community Room
Unceded Lekwungen & WSANEC land

Light snacks provided. Bus tickets available. Please inform us of any accessibility needs you may have.
Email: iwwocvictoria@gmail.com
Phone: 250-858-6576

Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour, a Victoria-based group that organizes against various barriers that limit women's access to healthcare and full reproductive choice


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Repost from RAGA Undergrad Listserve

By Sherene H. Razack
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015



No matter where in Canada they occur, inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story. Repeating details of fatty livers, mental illness, alcoholic belligerence, and a mysterious incapacity to cope with modern life, the legal proceedings declare that there are no villains here, only inevitable casualties of Indigenous life.
But what about a sixty-seven-year-old man who dies in a hospital in police custody with a large, visible, purple boot print on his chest? Or a barely conscious, alcoholic older man, dropped off by police in a dark alley on a cold Vancouver night? Or Saskatoon’s infamous and lethal starlight tours, whose victims were left on the outskirts of town in sub-zero temperatures? How do we account for the repeated failure to care evident in so many cases of Indigenous deaths in custody?
In Dying from Improvement, Sherene H. Razack argues that, amidst systematic state violence against Indigenous people, inquiries and inquests serve to obscure the violence of ongoing settler colonialism under the guise of benevolent concern. They tell settler society that it is caring, compassionate, and engaged in improving the lives of Indigenous people – even as the incarceration rate of Indigenous men and women increases and the number of those who die in custody rises.
Razack’s powerful critique of the Canadian settler state and its legal system speaks to many of today’s most pressing issues of social justice: the treatment of Indigenous people, the unparalleled authority of the police and the justice system, and their systematic inhumanity towards those whose lives they perceive as insignificant.

Reviews
Dying from Improvement makes a compelling argument that colonialism is not a thing of the past, but is real and ever present. Razack’s analysis illustrates the normalization of the dehumanization of Indigenous people, while offering a meticulous, thoughtful, and sensitive defense of the humanity of those affected.”
Verna St Denis, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan

“This is sociology at its finest, theorized and argued in a robust, relentlessly accessible, and yet sophisticated way. Dying from Improvement is a major contribution to the issues of Indigenous disposability, suffering, and struggles for justice within a settler state that is dedicated to their disappearance.”
Audra Simpson, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

Dying for Improvement makes an important argument with implications for every Canadian’s grasp of colonialism, capitalism, oppression, and privilege.”
Joyce Green, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Regina

Dying From Improvement is vivid and disturbing. Professor Razack draws readers with an electric narrative and police reporter’s eye for detail.”
Holy Doan, Blacklock's Reporter , June 27, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Message from Pacific Peoples' Partnership:

PPP is accepting applications for our newest program: PACIFIC VOICES X-CHANGE: An Indigenous youth creative intensive and showcase.

The Pacific Voices X-Change will unite up to 15 Indigenous youth for a two-week intensive creative training day-program from August 10th – 21st, 2015. The program will be held in and around the Greater Victoria Area with workshops and training held at locations such as the University of Victoria and PKOLS Mountain (a.k.a. Mount Douglas). 

Indigenous youth ages 15-30 in and around the Greater Victoria area are encouraged to apply. 

Youth will benefit from the guidance and insight of main mentor, Mohawk spoken word poet, radio host, and media artist Janet Marie Rogers. An inspiring lineup of diverse guest artists, and Coast Salish territorial guides Cheryl Bryce and Eric Pelkey.

Participants will gain insight and knowledge of the Coast Salish lands on which we live, which can become the basis of inspiration from which all creative processes will begin during the two-week intensive program. Creative explorations include but are not limited to: storytelling, creative writing, podcasting, music making, audio recording, performance, spoken word, and collaborations.

We have extended the deadline to July 31st, in order to ensure this opportunity is open to as many youth as possible. Apply by completing the downloadable form at http://www.pacificpeoplespartnership.org/pacific-voices-x-change

The results of youth-produced creative works will be presented at the Pacific Networking Conference September 25thduring a community feast at the Songhees Wellness Centre, and at our One Wave Festival on September 26th. Creative works will be recorded for digital distribution and writings will be published in PPP’s Tok Blong Pasifik journal.

Don't hesitate to contact Alexandra Dawley (Program Development Coordinator) at the PPP office with any questions or concerns at: (250) 381-4131 or email her at programs@pacificpeoplespartnership.org

We hope you will consider sharing this program within your circles and helping us reach out to as many eligible youth as possible! A 'facebook sharable' version is available at our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pacificpeoples

Special thanks to our program supporters: First Peoples’ Cultural Council, UVic Indigenous Governance, Telus Community Board, the Province of British Columbia, Capital Regional District, CFUV Radio, MediaNet, Metropol and Mark Gauti Art.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

During the June 13 workshop, participants worked in pairs and triads and collaborated on the I Am Poem. Here's a poem from one of the groups.


I am Mangubat, Leyte, Aguilocko
I respect Truth, Fear
I honestly deserve to be heard
I am proud of the journey, and being uncertain of what the journey is
I am not afraid of asking for what I deserve
I am my ancestors. My ancestors live in me
I honor my body, the histories, and continuity of my body
I know that uncertainty is okay
I love my scars and battles even if they hurt
I question everything, myself too often
I am part of the story of my ancestors
I live with intention
I speak with conviction
I envision being whole, or being okay with not being whole
I believe I can survive
I am on a journey to find my truth
I am powerful when I have choice when my back is against a wall
I am most grateful for relationships, acestors, family
I am deeply thankful for the struggles that got me here
I am ready