Saturday, June 4, 2016

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The N'we Jinan is a music initiative that gives a voice to First Nation artists through music and creative expression.
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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


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?


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
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.
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.

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