March – May

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:

Teaching Mathematics in Relationship with Indigenous Ways of Knowing – Webinar

February 28, 2019 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Request webinar link)

Teachers are being encouraged to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing into every subject area. What does this look like in the mathematics classroom? In this webinar, Nikki Lineham (a non-Indigenous educator living in Lekwungen territory) will share her experience bringing wholistic, collaborative pedagogies based in Indigenous ways of knowing into her math teaching with a focus on spatial and visual learning. She will share concrete examples of lessons and pedagogies which can be geared towards all students. Nikki will also speak to her belief that this work must be personal and relevant to students, their communities, and the land that they are living and learning on.

Register here: www.eventbrite.ca/e/teaching-mathematics-in-relationship-with-indigenous-ways-of-knowing-tickets-56000424778?aff=erelexpmlt

MARCH

Indigenous Speaker Series: From Territorial Acknowledgements to Here-ing: (Indigenous) Methodology for Being in Someone Else’s Home – Dr. Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy

March 20, 2019 at11:30-1:00pm

UVic First Peoples House, Ceremonial Hall
This event is free and open to the public! Light lunch will be provided.

Story Time on Spring Equinox with authors Richard Van Camp & Monique Gray Smith

March 21, 2019 at 6:30-9:30pm

Camosun College Landsdowne Campus – Young Building

Tickets $20.00 Contact Kennedy MacLean at kjmaclean1998@gmail.com or Ren Louie at rgwl7@hotmail.com or 778 677 5691

 

 

UVIC Ideafest – March 5 – 9th All events are free and open to the public. Unless noted, no registration required

  • No Stepping Back: A truth and Reconciliation Play
  • Reconstituting Communities: Overcoming Violence, Civil War and Past Injustices
  • Reconstituting Communities: Overcoming Violence, Civil War and Past Injustices
  • Ultrasounding It Out: Speech Visualization in Language Learning Research
  • Not Your Traditional Community-Based Research Conversations
  • Whose history? The Politics of Renaming and Destatueing
  • The Chemistry Between Trees and People: A Guided Tree Walk on the UVic Campus
  • Food for thought: People, Place, Protein and Pronunciation
  • The role of the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation
  • Indigenous Economic Development: Toquaht Nation Balances Environment, Economy, Culture and Community

 

Annual Coast Salish Art Show: Andrea Fritz, Gus Frenchy, Phil Joe, Doug LaFortune, Doug Horne Jr.

February 9- March 9th, 2019

Eagle Feather – First Nations Artists’ Gallery

Coast Salish Art Show featuring island artists presenting acrylic paintings, prints, 2D & 3D wood carvings.

Vancouver Island Vanguard: Printmaking from 1980-2000 

March, 2019

Alcheringa Gallery

An historic print exhibition that focuses on Vancouver Island-based artists, whose innovative work has made a resounding impact on the contemporary art canon of the Northwest Coast, but who have been recently overlooked. Artists such as TEMOSEN Charles Elliott, Delmar Johnnie Seletze’ and Mark Henderson will be a major focus alongside Beau Dick, Art Thompson and Susan (Sparrow) Point to name a few. A spotlight on over 30 works from the influencers of the burgeoning renaissance of Coast Salish contemporary art.

There are names everyone recognizes and stories that will always sound familiar. But what happens when our own Island-based influential artists don’t make it into that canon. When collective memory doesn’t necessarily parallel to the inspiration and influence of the younger artists? As we witness the burgeoning renaissance of Coast Salish artwork we would be remiss to not focus on the work of Charles Elliott, Delmar Johnnie Seletze and Mark Henderson.  For more information, see:

AIM Alcheringa Artist

In a renewed effort to support Indigenous artists and culture in BC, Alcheringa has started the ALCHERINGA AIM HIGHER initiative. AIM stands for Art Indigenous Monthly. Each month they will promote a BC-based Indigenous artist’s work and with every social media like or share we will make a monthly donation to organizations making a difference.

The February AIM artist is KC Hall, originally from Bella Bella. KC has broken into the world with his incredibly unique mix of traditional stories and urban graffiti style. In 2018 he won an Emerging Artist award with the BC Achievement foundation. He has taken commissions on bentwood boxes and paddles, and we are blown away by his recent canvas work

Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria – See website for all events

March 1- 31st, 2019

Open Space Arts Society, 510 Fort Street

A series of curated events occurring throughout the month of March, that will address the centering of Indigenous artists and artists of colour in the local arts community.

Brant Wildlife Festival

March & April, 2019

A Spring Celebration of Nature – we welcome the arrival of thousands of migratory birds, fish and marine mammals to the shores of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The Brant come to rest and feed before continuing their arduous northern journey to their nesting grounds. brantfestival.bc.ca/about/

Indigenous Stories Book Club

March 14, 2019 1:30 – 2:30 pm (reoccurring series April 11, May 9, June 13))

Nellie McClung Branch – Community Room 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. Victoria, British Columbia V8P 3Z9 Canada

Join Carmen Rodriquez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Explore Indigenous history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through Indigenous writings. For more information, please go to: www.gvpl.ca/event/indigenous-stories-book-club/2019-02-20/

Learning Labs at the Royal BC Museum

Interested in booking a Learning Lab? Contact our Group Booking office with a request or contact Chris O’Connor in the Learning Department or go to: royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/learn/school-programs/guided-school-programs/learning-labs

  • Governance and Beyond 

October through March (Fridays), 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Recommended for grades 3-7.

  • From the Beginning: Original Stories & Indigenous Culture

March – May, 2019

Recommended for grades 4-12.

APRIL

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

April 1, 2019 – FREE 6 Week MOOC – Massive Open Online Course

This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.

Register at www.edx.org/course/reconciliation-through-indigenous-education-1

Traditional Storytime for Families Indigenous Stories Book Club

April 13, 2019 (reoccurring series May 11, June 8)

10:00 – 10:30

For children and their families. Join Surrounded by Cedar Children & Family Services for a monthly storytelling group for families featuring traditional storytellers, art and songs. To register, please contact counselling@sccfs.com.

Learning Labs at the Royal BC Museum

Interested in booking a Learning Lab? Contact our Group Booking office with a request or contact Chris O’Connor in the Learning Department or go to: royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/learn/school-programs/guided-school-programs/learning-labs

  • Governance and Beyond 

October through March (Fridays), 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Recommended for grades 3-7.

  • Ethics: Dialogue and Debate

October through April, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Recommended for grades 4-12.

  • The Ceremonies and Science of Seasons

October, 2018 – May, 2019

Recommended for students K-3.

  • From the Beginning: Original Stories & Indigenous Culture

March – May, 2019

Recommended for grades 4-12.

35th Anniversary Celebration of the Meares Island Tribal Park

April 17th,  6:00-9:00pm
White Eagle Hall , Victoria B.C.
General Admission- $35

35 years ago, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chief Moses Martin declared Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound a “Tribal Park” during a blockade to stop logging by MacMillan Bloedel in the island’s spectacular ancient forests. This was the first protest against old-growth logging in Canadian history and a remarkable display of solidarity between the Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nations and local environmentalists. As a result of this historic event, Meares Island’s extraordinary natural and cultural heritage remains safeguarded to this day and the Tribal Park has also provided a model that has inspired a movement to establish new Tribal Parks and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in Canada and increasingly around the world.

Guest speakers include: Tla-o-qui-aht Chief Moses Martin, Dr. David Suzuki, and Mr. Miles Richardson from the Haida Nation.  The event is co-hosted by the Iisaak Olam Foundation, T’Souke Nation Chief Gordon Planes, and Melissa Quesnelle of Kainai Nation with musical performances by Art Napoleon, award-winner Indigenous singer/songwriter and host of the international food show “Moosemeat & Marmalade,” and Tom van Deursen from Kalso BC band Small Town Artillery!
To learn more about the declaration of Meares Island Tribal Park, check out this video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=c15GuEFwTuA&t=34s) featuring Iisaak Olam Foundation founder Eli Enns.

For more information and tickets: www.ancientforestalliance.org/meares-island-35-year-anniversary/

Alcheringa Art Gallery 

Spring Renewal – Gallery Artists   March – April 2019

ŚXEL,ES / New Paintings – Opening Reception May 4, 2019 – Exhibition Talk June 8, 2019

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun , LessLIE, Maynard Johnny Jr., Angela Marston, Dylan Thomas, Andrew Dexel, KC Hall, & Trevor Hunt

Imax Theater – Victoria

Great Bear Rainforest – Land of the Spirit Bear

Rated G, 41 minutes

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film Great Bear Rainforest. Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on earth. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world—a place protected by the region’s Indigenous people for millennia.

imaxvictoria.com/movie/great-bear-rainforest/

Field Guides For Listeners at Open Space
Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:00 pm to Friday, May 31, 2019, 8:30 pm

510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, BC

A collaboration between sound artist Jenni Schine and visual artist Jay White, which examines the relationship between art and science through studying the effects of salmon farming on the Pacific Coast of B.C. This ongoing project draws attention to salmon spawning and farming through Schine’s audio work and a graphic novel written and illustrated by White. The project is informed by a series of residencies at the remote Salmon Coast Field Station (SCFS) in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory (Broughton Archipelago), B.C.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.to 10:00 p.m.
Soundwalk with Jenni Schine: Saturday April 13, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Art, Science, and Salmon – Open Discussion: Saturday, April 13 from 7:00-9:00p.m., featuring Jenni Schine, Jay White, and Salmon Coast scientists Emma Atkinson, Peter Harrington, and Scott Rogers
Talk on land, art, and restoration: Tuesday, April 16, from 7:00-9:00p.m., featuring Tiffany Joseph and Sarah Jim

openspace.ca/programming/field-guides-listeners

Brant Wildlife Festival

March & April, 2019

A Spring Celebration of Nature – we welcome the arrival of thousands of migratory birds, fish and marine mammals to the shores of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The Brant come to rest and feed before continuing their arduous northern journey to their nesting grounds. brantfestival.bc.ca/about/

MAY

Fieldtrippers: Invading Plants – Royal BC Museum

May 4, 2019 1:00-3:00

Learn about invasive species removal, ecological restoration and unique plants (like Sphagnum Moss and Shore Pine) at Rithet’s Bog, the last remaining intact bog in the Victoria area.  Attendance is limited and you must pre-register.

sales.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/DateSelection.aspx?item=777

Indigenous Stories Book Club

May 9 2019 1:30 – 2:30 pm (reoccurring series June 13))

Nellie McClung Branch – Community Room 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. Victoria, British Columbia V8P 3Z9 Canada

Join Carmen Rodriquez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Explore Indigenous history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through Indigenous writings. For more information, please go to: www.gvpl.ca/event/indigenous-stories-book-club/2019-02-20/

Bear Witness or “Bring a Teddy to School” Day (Jordyn’s Principle) – May 10th

A celebration of Jordan River’s birthday and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling on Jordan’s Principle. This event provides students with the opportunity to make personal, meaningful connections to important social issues in Canada in a child-friendly way. Taking part allows children to make an important contribution to fair and equal treatment for all children in Canada.  Jordan’s Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a little boy born with complex health issues. Jordan began his life in hospital and had to stay there until doctors felt he could be cared for at home, with additional medical help. Tragically, the provincial government and the federal government could not agree on who should pay for Jordan’s care after he left hospital. This was only an issue because Jordan was Aboriginal.  This would not have happened to a non-Aboriginal child. So … Jordan had to stay in hospital until a decision was made. Jordan stayed in hospital until he died because the two governments wouldn’t agree. He was only five years old. Jordan never got to spend a single day in a real home. www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/AboriginalEducation/JordansPrincipleActivityBooklet.pdf

Traditional Storytime for Families Indigenous Stories Book Club

May 11, 2019 (reoccurring series June 8)

10:00 – 10:30

For children and their families. Join Surrounded by Cedar Children & Family Services for a monthly storytelling group for families featuring traditional storytellers, art and songs. To register, please contact counselling@sccfs.com.

M in STEM: Exploring Mathematics in all Kinds of Places – 9th Indigenous Math Symposium

May 14, 2019 Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, First Nations Longhouse 1985 West Mall UBC

blogs.ubc.ca/aboriginalmathnetwork/2019/01/20/9th-indigenous-math-symposium/

Wild Teas: A Field Trip – Royal Roads University

May 25, 2019 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Facilitator: Jay Rastogi

$69.00 + GST

Learn plant identification plus wild foraging ethics and skills. This hands-on workshop will open your eyes to the wide variety of plants and plant parts which can be made into hot and cold drinks. We will walk the fields and woods of the Royal Roads University campus to observe and gather plants to make some delicious drinks. “Wild Teas” is a gentle gateway to the world of wild plant foraging and gardening. Bring a mug and drink in the wild.

secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/wild-teas-a-field-trip

JUNE

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

MATRIARCHS: Prints by First Nations Women

June 8 – October 6, 2019

Two-Spirited, Coast Salish artist from Shíshálh Nation, Margaret August brings together a selection of prints in celebration of the First Nations women that inspire her.  MATRIARCHS: Prints by First Nations Women continues aspects of the work started in last year’s exhibition Form as Meaning: First Nations Prints from the Pacific Northwest. Through the research done by Marcia Crosby, lessLIE, Lou-ann Neel, and Alana Sayers for Form as Meaning, it was evident that there were many layers and connections between artists working in prints in this region. aggv.ca/exhibits/upcoming/matriarchs/

Indigenous Stories Book Club

June 13, 2019 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Nellie McClung Branch – Community Room 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. Victoria, British Columbia V8P 3Z9 Canada

Join Carmen Rodriquez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Explore Indigenous history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through Indigenous writings. For more information, please go to: www.gvpl.ca/event/indigenous-stories-book-club/2019-02-20/

Traditional Storytime for Families Indigenous Stories Book Club

June 8, 2019

10:00 – 10:30

For children and their families. Join Surrounded by Cedar Children & Family Services for a monthly storytelling group for families featuring traditional storytellers, art and songs. To register, please contact counselling@sccfs.com.

National Indigenous Day – Royal Roads University

Sneq’wa e’lun – The Blue Heron House

June 21, 2019

10:30 am – 7:00 pm

Free

Come and celebrate!  Watch or join the canoe challenge • Indigenous artists and musicians • Participate in field games – for kids of all ages • Join a craft table and make something to take home • Take a guided nature walk • Enjoy traditional Indigenous foods • Purchase something from one of our Indigenous vendors

For more information email NIPDEvent@royalroads.ca  call  250.391.2600 ext. 4072

 

Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

June 21-23rd

10:30 – 5:00

Free

Join the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in celebrating National Indigenous Day weekend with music, dance, food and the arts. Three days of spectacular performances on an outdoor stage in the plaza at the Royal BC Museum in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. Each day starts with performances from the two local Host Nations and follows with shows from Indigenous performers from across the province!

www.indigenousbc.com/events/victoria-indigenous-cultural-festival/

National Indigenous Day – Royal Roads University

June 21, 2019 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

RRU, along with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation, Indigenous Perspectives Society, Camosun College and the UVIC in the planning stages for their annual National Indigenous Peoples Day event.  They are calling on family & community to sign up for an RRU Team, volunteering in a number of different areas & celebrating Indigenous Arts and Entertainment.  If you are interested in assisting, there will be bi-weekly meetings. Contact Asma at Asmanahi.Antoine@RoyalRoads.ca