2000-2010: Program Highlights

2007-2008: Shifting Tides: Indigenous Responses to Global Climate Change (Northwest and South Pacific Indigenous Communities)

In partnership with the Kuoto Nui Council of Elders in the Cook Islands. With support from CIDA, IDRC, the United Church, Anglican Church, BC Hydro and BCCIC. 

This project was conceived to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities in Canada and in the South Pacific, which are disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to colonization and land-based economies. Shifting Tides provided a forum for Indigenous peoples to share their stories and invite fellow Canadians to take action on climate change. In 2007 an international delegation of Canadian Aboriginal and Cook Islands Maori Elders, Youth, and Scientists took part in a month-long tour that involved visits to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and various cities in Canada, including Victoria, The Cowichan Valley, and Vancouver, BC; Winnipeg, MB; Ottawa, ON; and Iqaluit, NU. During the tour, the delegation had opportunities to meet with several Indigenous communities. From these dialogues arose the clear recommendation that Canadians need to take decisive action on climate change now.

This project produced a web-based climate action kit provides tools and resources to promote community-based climate resiliency. This project also produced a publication about the impact of climate change on social, cultural and economic well-being of Northwest and South Pacific indigenous communities.

2004-2005: Fair Trade: Bad Business or the Foundation of Global Prosperity?

In partnership with VIDEA, BC Co-operative Association, The Critical Thoughts Network and Pacific Action Network on Globalization. With support from CIDA, the Province of British Columbia, VanCity, Mountain Equipment Coop and Co-operatives Secretariat.

Examined the nexus of international cooperation and fair trade as a means to the development of a viable, equitable, global trading system. Included research , deliberations on trade, policy recommendation outcomes, and educational workshops and materials.

2001-2005: Indigenous Youth to Youth: Sustaining Indigenous Traditions and Reconciling with Mainstream Culture (South Pacific and Northwest Indigenous Communities).

In partnership with Northwest Indigenous and South Pacific communities, VIDEA and First Nations Educational Division.

Fostering of youth identity, youth publications, professional journalist publications, and an educational resource kit for communities learning about more equitable global trade systems.

2004 - 2005: Speaking Out: Aboriginal Mediatalk Development (Northwest Indigenous Communities, Fiji, Vanuatu)

In partnership with Pacific Network on Globalization, Fiji TV, CTV Saskatoon, Windspeaker, Redwire, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre and Won Smolbag. With support from CIDA. 

Three prominent Indigenous journalists from Canada traveled to the South Pacific to engage with ni-Vanuatu and Fijian communities. Upon their return they presented their work at workshops and in schools, plus produced media that reached over 75,000 audience members.

2003: Speaking Out: Indigenous Media Talks Development

PPP organized a program to send three prominent Canadian Aboriginal journalists to Fiji and Vanuatu for a three week tour. Each journalist produced several pieces for publication and distribution, designed to encourage Canadians to examine the commonalities of experience among Indigenous peoples in Canada and the South Pacific, and to gain a deeper understanding of how communities are addressing challenges creatively.

2000-2015: Promotion of Contemporary East Sepik Art (Papua New Guinea, Canada)

In partnership with Alcheringa Gallery and the UBC Museum of Anthropology. With support from private donors and the Dan Lepsoe Chisel Fund.

A number of programs promoted opportunities for artists in the East Sepik region to engage in cultural exchange, to represent their community internationally and to develop themselves as artists.

1999-2008: Indigenous Peoples Abroad Program: North-South Indigenous Internship Program (Canadian Indigenous communities, Indonesia, Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and New Zealand).

In partnership with Indigenous NGOs and community organizations across the Pacific. With support from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. 

PPP has sponsored 84 internships
for young indigenous professionals to embark on six-month placements in locations across the South Pacific. These placements aid participants in their self-development while giving them the opportunity to connect with other Indigenous cultures. Participants originated from every region of Canada representing a broad cross section of Canada’s First Peoples who served as exemplary ambassadors for their home communities, PPP and Canada. IPAP participants were placed as far as Siberut Island in the remote Mentawei group of Indonesia and in Sarawak, Malaysia as well as in Fiji, Vanuatu, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and the Solomon Islands.

IPAPs holistic approach honoured traditional knowledge, values often lacking in main-stream initiatives. In addition to fostering rich learning opportunities, IPAP built a body of knowledge and best practises that continue to inform PPP’s work. Four years after its funding was cut, IPAP remains one of PPP’s best-known initiatives and greatest success stories of its over 40 year history.

“I always look back at my experience during my IPAP internship with the fondest of memories. I was only 20 years old, and my internship was my first opportunity to see a different part of the world, and experience the beauty of a Polynesian culture. I started my internship with an unhealthy world-view passed down from the residential school legacy, and through the internship, I eventually learned to see my Dene culture as beautiful and unique. I also learned that no matter what country an Indigenous person comes from, there will always exist a common camaraderie because of the Indigenous connection and relationships to the earth and cycles.”

              --- Kathleen Graham on her internship in Pukekohe, New Zealand.