A Southern Holiday Dinner
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

A Southern Holiday Dinner

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Join us for a casual holiday gathering featuring delicious holiday dinner featuring delicious soul food from Southern US, and local musicians.

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Food With A Side of Community is a casual community dinner that takes place on the first Thursday of every month. We believe in the power of food and conversation to build relationships. Join us for our community gathering including dinner and featured guest speakers.

The event is free and open to everyone.

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Public Library is wheelchair accessible.

The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre.

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Monthly Dinner - Navigating Discrimination In The BC School System with Waaseyaa'sin Christine Sy
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Dinner - Navigating Discrimination In The BC School System with Waaseyaa'sin Christine Sy

For November's monthly dinner, Dr. Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy will share her experiences navigating intersectional discrimination in the BC School System. Drawing from her background as a parent and educator, she will also discuss how educators can better equip themselves to engage with and support racialized students in the classroom.


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Food With A Side of Community is a community dinner that takes place on the first Thursday of every month, in the downtown Greater Victoria Public Library (Community Room). We believe in the power of food and conversation to build relationships. Join us for our community gathering including dinner and featured guest speakers.

The event is free and open to everyone.

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Public Library is wheelchair accessible.

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The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre.

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Reproductive Health Cocktail Fundraiser
Oct
6
9:00 PM21:00

Reproductive Health Cocktail Fundraiser

The Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC) is hosting the SNIWWOC Reproductive Health Fundraiser, a cocktail hour raise funds and support our programming, resources, and events. 

The cocktail hour will be hosted by Anu Lotay with a silent auction, signature drinks, and entertainment. The SNIWWOC reproductive health fundraiser will feature speeches from Mayor Lisa Helps, and other reproductive justice advocates and showcase local music acts and art. Join us on October 6th and support SNIWWOC's efforts to continue advocating for women's health through art community, and education.

Can't make it? Donate through our fundraising page: www.sniwwoc.ca/donate.

We acknowledge that our organization is based on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reproductive-health-cocktail-fundraiser-tickets-50514256501

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Tease-A-Thon: Burlesque Benefit
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Tease-A-Thon: Burlesque Benefit

Proceeds go to SNIWWOC.

Doors 7:00, show starts 7:30. Tickets

Victoria's biggest evening of Burlesque! 

Our beautiful glitter community is coming together to perform for the cameras, and raise money for a good cause while we're at it. The most jam-packed and diverse evening of burlesque you'll see all year. 

Featuring tantalizing performances by:
- Vogue Mahone
- Misty Moss
- Hazel Valentine
- Aurora Noire
- Roxi Mi Nue
- Bus-Tee Pipes
- SinDe Soir
- Penny Lane
- Scarlet Bitch
- Lusty Lugnuts
- Florence Fatale

Accessibility:

* The Victoria Event Centre does not currently have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff do their best to accommodate.
* More detailed venue accessibility info is available at https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/
* Washrooms are for all genders.

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Monthly Dinner - Kalmo Refugee Fundraiser with Marwo Abdi
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Dinner - Kalmo Refugee Fundraiser with Marwo Abdi

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Food With A Side of Community is a community dinner that takes place on the first Thursday of every month, in the downtown Greater Victoria Public Library (Community Room). We believe in the power of food and conversation to build relationships. Join us for our community gathering including dinner and featured guest speakers.

Marwo shares her journey raising funds to bring her family members to Canada through a private sponsorship arrangement. Currently, the 4 family members are UNHCR convention refugees residing at a refugee camp in Kampala, Uganda.

The event is free and open to everyone.

The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre. 

 

 

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Food Security Among Indonesian Domestic Workers with Charlene Mohammed
Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Food Security Among Indonesian Domestic Workers with Charlene Mohammed

Learn about the food struggles faced by Indonesian women working as domestic workers in Singapore. Our guest speaker is UVic Anthropology MA student, Charlene Mohammed. 

Food With A Side of Community is a community dinner that takes place on the first Thursday of every month, in the downtown Greater Victoria Public Library (Community Room). We believe in the power of food and conversation to build relationships. Join us for our community gathering including dinner and featured guest speakers.

The event is free and open to everyone.

The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre. 

 

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Community Iftar Dinner: Food With A Side of Community
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

Community Iftar Dinner: Food With A Side of Community

 

**Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour, Programme d'immigration francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, and the University of Victoria Women's Centre.** 

Sharing a meal allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, and our stories. 

Spoken word poetry is another way we share stories, experiences and learn from one another. We'll be listening to a few poets before and after the meal to share, inspire, connect, and spark dialogue.

Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan. 

We'll have lots of delicious food available. Open to everyone. Please invite your friends.

Bus tickets avaialable. Email info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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A Suitable Girl: Movie Screening + Dinner
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

A Suitable Girl: Movie Screening + Dinner

This month's dinner focuses on "A Suitable Girl", a film by Sarita Khurana & Smriti Mundhra. 

Join us for a meal, movie screening and a conversation about gender, matchmaking and arranged marriages in India.

The event is open to everyone.

The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre. 

Food With A Side of Community is a community dinner that takes place once a month.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Dinner & Discussion: Let's Talk About Babies & Parenting
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Dinner & Discussion: Let's Talk About Babies & Parenting

For our monthly dinner series, join us for a meal and a conversation about reproductive rights, birth (to have babies or not), career implications, parenting, community support and resources, and more!

The conversation will feature various experts including academics, doulas, and community organizations. The event is open to everyone.

For many women, talking about reproductive rights and finding adequate resources can be a very isolating process.

Different communities in Canada face different barriers to accessing reproductive health care and attaining reproductive justice. According to SisterSong, "Reproductive oppression is the control and exploitation of women, girls, and individuals through our bodies, sexuality, labor, and reproduction. The regulation of women and individuals thus becomes a powerful strategic pathway to controlling entire communities."

Additionally, immigrant women aged 25 or older are less likely to self-rate their overall health as very good or excellent compared with the Canadian-born.

The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre. Food With A Side of Community is a community dinner that takes place once a month at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions.

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Black History Month Dinner: Food With A Side of Community
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Black History Month Dinner: Food With A Side of Community

Join us for an informal community dinner as we celebrate Black History Month!! We have partnered with the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society to serve delicious food from the West African country, Cameroon. 

We'll also have live performances by local artists.

Suggested donation:
$5-$10. But we encourage you to pay what you can. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

Open to everyone.

Menu:
Coconut rice (veg)
Poulet yassa
Poulet DG
Salad (vegan)
Plantains (vegan)

The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre. Food With A Side of Community is a community dinner that takes place once a month at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions.

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Somalia: Food With A Side of Community Fundraiser
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Somalia: Food With A Side of Community Fundraiser

 

Marwo Abdi's family is seeking refuge in Canada. The family is originally from Somalia, but is currently residing at a refugee camp in Kampala, Uganda. Come for dinner and help us raise money for the Kalmo Refugee Support Group's application to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program and support this family reunion. Please share widely.

Menu:
Somali Rice (veg, non veg)
Chicken
Salad (vegan)
Plantains (vegan)

More information about the Kalmo Refugee Support Group can be found here: https://kalmovictoriabc.wordpress.com/

The event is organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre. Food With A Side of Community is a community dinner that takes place once a month at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Christmas Food From Around The World
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Food From Around The World

Coming together to prepare a meal and eat together allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, cultures, and our stories.

On Friday, December 15, join us as we share Christmas treats from countries across the world! Attendees can expect a 3 course meal.

Menu
Vietnamese salad rolls (veg)
Quebecois tourtière (non veg)
Nigerian jollof rice (veg, non veg)
Salad (veg)
Coconut ice cream (veg)

Co-organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour and the University of Victoria Womens Centre. Food With A Side of Community takes place once a month at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Greater Victoria Food Hubs Roundtable
Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Greater Victoria Food Hubs Roundtable

Boma Brown, a founding member of SNIWWOC will be speaking at this event on Tuesday, June 6 in City Hall!

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Join us for the 2nd annual CRFAIR Food Hubs Roundtable! This event is an opportunity for organizations and businesses that work towards food security to share resources, celebrate success stories, and create strategies for food systems change. 

At last year's roundtable 40 organizations gathered to begin a conversation about how to increase food access and food literacy at the neighbourhood level. This year, we want to build on the excitement about neighbourhood food hubs and strengthen relationships in order to foster food security in the Capital Region. We will set the scene by presenting how we have collectively grown over the last year and identify areas for potential growth. 

Our panel of local food champions will share succeses and challenges of the projects they have been working on over the past year. We are honoured to welcome the following panelists:
- Eden Murray (CRFAIR Youth Food Action Team)
- Boma Brown ( Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour; VIPIRG)
- Brenda Bolton (Food Share Network)
- Stephanie Enevoldsen (UVic Campus Community Garden; -
Springridge Commons; Vic West Community Garden)
- Courtney Stiker (Food Skills Connection)
- Others TBA! 

We will then move into roundtable discussions, where topics of discussion will include but are not limited to:
- Metrics for measuring food access and food literacy
- Volunteer capacity
- Advocacy and lobbying
- Food sourcing

Please email us other topics of interest that you may have so we can include them in the roundtable discussions. 

Framing our discussion are CRFAIR's Good Food 2025 goals:

- Reduce food insecurity by 25% (from 14% to 10%)
- Increase food literacy from 23% to 46%
- Increase local food prodiction from less than 10% of total food consumption to 25% 

What to bring?
Please bring resources to share! We will be hosting a resource table for everyone to enjoy for the duration of the event. 

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Ramadan: Food With A Side of Community
May
27
9:00 PM21:00

Ramadan: Food With A Side of Community

On the first day of Ramadan, stop by for some delicious food!

Coming together to prepare a meal and eat together allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, and our stories. 

Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan. 

Montaser will be cooking the meal. Meal from Syria (Makloba, Fatoosh, and Soup).

Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour. Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Let's Talk About Birth Control
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Let's Talk About Birth Control

 

The Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour (SNIWWOC) is happy to team up with UVic's Third Space (formerly the Women's Centre) for an informal conversation about birth control and navigating the healthcare system.

Why is it so expensive? Why is it so stigmatized to talk about? What are the current effects of the racist history of birth control? Where do non binary and trans people fit into a conversation about birth control?

Join us to vent, rant and rave on:
Wednesday, February 22
6:30pm
UVic SUB Third Space (Room B107)
(dinner will be served)

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Upper Lounge is wheelchair accessible.

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Feb
18
5:30 PM17:30

The Colour of Beauty: Movie Screening & Panel Discussion

Boma Brown, SNIWWOC's Director, is moderating this panel discussion on Saturday, February 18.

Here's the text from the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS)

Join us at l'École Victor-Brodeur this Saturday for a FREE
- Short Movie screening
- Panel Discussion
- Light Dinner
- Networking/mingling
Limited space: RSVP: https://bhm-screening-panel.eventbrite.ca

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Pho With A Side of Community
Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

Pho With A Side of Community

Coming together to prepare a meal and eat together allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, and our stories.

For this month's Valentine special, join us for some pho (made by Trison) and chocolate treats. 

Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour. Food With A Side of Community takes place once a month at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Dinner w/ Janet: Food With A Side of Community
Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner w/ Janet: Food With A Side of Community

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Coming together to prepare a meal and eat together allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, and our stories.

This meal is facilitated by Janet Rogers. Show up early to help her with meal prep. Or later to join us for dinner. Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Ontario Six Nations. Read more about her here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Rogers

Menu:
Haudenosaunee corn soup
Wild Rice Salad
Cornbread
Fruit Dessert (possibly strawberry shortcake)

Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour. Food With A Side of Community takes place once a month at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

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This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

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Poetry & Christmas Food From Around The World
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry & Christmas Food From Around The World

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Coming together to prepare a meal and eat together allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, and our stories.

On Friday, December 9, join us as we share Christmas treats from countries across the world! Attendees can expect a 3 course meal.

Mohawk poet Janet Rogers will read selected pieces from her recently released poetry collection Totem Poles and Railroads as well as share some spoken word.

Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour. Food With A Side of Community takes place once a month at the Bayanihan Community Center.

Bus tickets provided. Email: info@sniwwoc.ca with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

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This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.

 

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Quadra Village Block Party 2016
Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

Quadra Village Block Party 2016

Every month, we host a free community dinner called 'Food With A Side of Community'. On August 27, we're taking it outside. Free dinner, music, live performances, and activities!

2-8PM
951 Kings Road

Email us to RSVP for dinner!

LINE-UP 

Hosts: Jennipher + Jeff

Stage
2 - 3pm: Community playlist/DJ
4 - 4:10pm: Intro + Land Acknowledgement
4:10 – 4:30pm: Alana (poetry)
4:30 – 4:45pm: Jennipher + Duj’on (performance)
4:45 – 5:00pm: Alex Ebata (hiphop)
5:00 – 6:15pm: Zu (painting) + Dorone (dancing) + DJ Taro (tunes)
6:30 – 7:00: Paint the Town Red (hiphop)

Activities
2 – 5:30pm: Kids activities (face painting & games)
3 - 4pm: Yoga w/ Khalilah (bring your own mat)

Food
2 – 5pm: Light snacks (iced tea, butter mochi, and pakoras)
530pm: Dinner (rice, fish, veggies, plantains)

Vendors
Tiffany: Astrology Teachings
Heart & Hands Health Collective: Acupuncture
La Calabasse du Nomade: African inspired items

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This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lekwungen nation. 
 

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Filipino Chicken Adobo: Food With A Side of Community
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

Filipino Chicken Adobo: Food With A Side of Community

Coming together to prepare a meal and eat together allows people to build community by learning about each other, our histories, and our stories.

Norma, one of the board members of the Bayanihan Cultural and Housing Society, will be facilitating. We'll be preparing chicken adobo but will have other vegetarian options as well!

Organized by the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour

Bus tickets provided. Email: iwwocvictoria@gmail.com with accessibility requests and dietary restrictions. 

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This event is happening on the traditional occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Lkwungen nation. The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.
 

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Let's Talk About The Pan-Am Games
Aug
15
3:00 PM15:00

Let's Talk About The Pan-Am Games

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

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Speaking Our Truth: Honouring Indigenous Women and Women of Colour
Jun
13
12:30 PM12:30

Speaking Our Truth: Honouring Indigenous Women and Women of Colour

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SCHEDULE

Meeting in the Multipurpose Room (Fernwood Community Center - 1240 Gladstone Ave)
Bring pens & paper.

Snacks at 12:30

Start at 12:45

Part One: Who Am I and the Power of "I" Mahlikah will share her piece "sovereign territory" to open up a discussion on the workshop theme in a sharing circle. In pairs or tri-ads participants will develop an I AM Poem utilizing affirming prompts to explore their thoughts, feelings and perspectives on what it means to be a womyn. Mahlikah shares medicine wheel teachings around self and the power of "I". 

Part Two: Four Directions of Wellbeing Mahlikah shares the connection between the four directions of well being (body; heart; mind and spirit) and the impact of the extractive industries on womyn. Participants will engage in a Gallery Walk Exercise responding to visual images by indigenous artists; proverbs from our indigenous ancestors; testimonies from indigenous women and the declaration for the health, life and the defense of our lands, rights and future generations. 

Part Three: Collective Slam Piece Creations inspired by our Gallery Walk Lyrical Narrative Webbing and closing Sharing Circle.

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Own Your Parts
Feb
28
to Mar 14

Own Your Parts

  • Quadra Village Community Center (901 Kings Road) Victoria, British Columbia Canada (map)
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Quadra Village Community Center (901 Kings Road) .

Saturday, February 28, 2pm:
Join us as we talk about reproductive health, gender identity, and art!

Saturday, March 7, 2pm:
Join us for an afternoon of arts, and crafts

Saturday, March 14, 2pm:
We'll be painting a mural!

Lunch and bus tickets provided!!

For more information, contact Boma at 250-858-6576 or bomaebrown@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Canadian Refugee Council and the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC)

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