2016 - 2017: FrancOcean Pacifique: Exploring the Water Continent That Connects Us (New Caledonia and British Columbia).
In partnership with the Fish Eye Project, Rivages Pacifique. With support from the Government of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Education and Ocean Network Canada.
FrancOcean Pacifique: Exploring the Water Continent that Connects Us explores our Pacific Ocean and rivers and builds a partnership between Francophone students in British Columbia and New Caledonia from Grades 6-9. Watch a French-language trailer for the program.
This program is designed to:
- Connect Francophone youth across the Pacific through high-impact educational digital programming that is interactive, live, and delivered in French;
- Provide a participatory learning experience where students can learn about the ocean in their own marine backyard, learn about climate change impacts, migration of species across the Pacific;
- Produce two live educational events that will anchor the program, allowing students to be part of a live dive, to see, hear, talk and share about the marine world and cultural context
- Give a central place to indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and connection to the sea.
The project also provides an international component in which BC Francophone youth will have an opportunity to connect and share with Francophone youth from New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Once the educational program is complete, the website, digital media and publications will also be available to the interested public, and (funding permitted) translated into English.This program is envisioned as a province-wide educational program. All Francophone students from grade 6-9 across British Columbia will have the opportunity to stream the live educational experience into their classrooms provided they have internet fast enough to stream videos. In addition, a website and special publication will help build momentum prior to the live dives and prepare students for the activities, exploring the oceanic themes in depth and encouraging peer-to-peer exploration of the topics following the live dive events.
2015-2016: Vanuatu, We are With You (Vanuatu)
In partnership with the Victoria Vanuatu Physician Project, Disaster Aid Canada and Compassionate Resource Warehouse. With support from Government of Canada, Canadian donors, Williams Braun Family via Calgary Foundation.
In March 2015, the category 5 Cyclone Pam devastated the southern region of Vanuatu, including 90% of the infrastructure in Vanuatu’s capital city Port Vila. By virtue of ties that run deep between Victoria, Canada and Vanuatu, the shock of this event quickly became very personal for Victoria, British Columbia residents that have family, friends or colleagues in the region. In very short order, Pacific People’s Partnership (PPP) flew into action connecting with Canadian government officials, key organizations and individuals in Canada and in the South Pacific. A hallmark fund raising event with performances, a wine tasting, and an auction, ‘Vanuatu, We Are With You!’, did much to raise the disaster’s profile, bringing together PPP’s staunch supporters and many new friends of the organization to raise over $11,000.
The funds were directed towards projects on Erromango and Efate islands. PPP worked in partnership with Wan Smolbag and Erromango Cultural Association (ECA) to achieve the following outcomes.
On Erromango Island, PPP and ECA worked together to replace supplies and equipment at community-run pre-schools and kindergartens impacted by Cyclone Pam; invest in community food security through building local knowledge of traditional food preservation methods to ensure food security during times of disaster; and increase sustainable economic opportunities through community work with women by providing training in business skills and market opportunities.
In Port Vila, Efate, PPP worked with Wan Smolbag to renovate a garage for use as a dance room for local youth; and retrofit the current dance room to serve as an evacuation space to shelter community members from neighbouring areas.
2015: Pacific Voices X-Change (Canada)
In partnership with UVic Indigenous Governance, CFUV Radio, and MediaNet. With support from the First People's Cultural Council, Telus, and the Capital Regional District.
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership invited 15 Pacific Indigenous youth to grow their creative voice, skills, art-making practices and experiences in a two-week intensive training program. Youth benefitted from the guidance and insights of main-mentor and Mohawk artist Janet Rogers, along with an inspiring lineup of diverse guest artists, and Coast Salish territorial guides Cheryl Bryce and Eric Pelkey. Participants gained deep insights and knowledge of the Coast Salish lands on which they live. These insights then acted as a basis of inspiration from which all creative processes built upon during the two-week intensive. The results of youth-produced creative works were presented at the Pacific Networking Conference September 25th during a community feast at the Songhees Wellness Centre, and at the 2015 One Wave Festival. Creative works were recorded for digital distribution and writings were published in PPP’s Tok Blong Pasifik journal.
For me PVX was a logical next step in my practice as an artist. I have always known that I wanted to pursue a creative career path but I never pulled inspiration from my cultural background of being Métis to create art. I just never realized it was a possibility. It took until I was nineteen years old to recognize that my heritage was such an important standpoint to pull creative work from.
--- Audie Murray, 22 year old Metis woman, artist, and PVX participant
2015: Te Vaka TEVAKA
Te Vaka was an event that brought the vibrant blend of South Pacific traditional rhythms, indigenous instruments, and globally influenced contemporary sounds to Victoria, BC. Te Vaka has been described as one of the most original World music acts on the international scene. The award-winning musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand deliver a robust array of Pacific flavors in a unique and distinct genre. Using the rhythms of the log drum ("pate"), combined with traditional and contemporary instruments, Opetaia Foa'i and the band delivered a kaleidoscopic array of Pacific flavors in a genre all of it’s own. Proceeds of this event went towards PPP’s human rights based sustainable development initiatives throughout the South Pacific!
2013-present: Palimbe Water Project
River water is unsafe to drink and in the dry season requires a long walk, typically for women and children. Stemming from Teddy Balangu’s cultural exchange this project has been active since 2013. Seeking 25,000$ to purchase and install an urgently needed rain water containment to safeguard the village’s drinking water. Goal is to install 2 5000 ltre rainwater tanks. We are committed to working with the village in future phases which would likely entail ensuring safe water filtration systems Copper and gold mine upriver.
2013-2015: Enterprising West Papuan Women Initiative (West Papua Province, Indonesia)
In partnership with the Institute for Research, Analysis and Development of Legal Aid. With support from Lush Canada and private donors.
This program fostered livelihood opportunities for women, promoted gender equality, enhanced the role of women in leadership positions, and involved the construction of cooperative centres in Arowi and Mansinam for job skills training and to assist women facing domestic violence. These cooperatives serve a network of over 2,000 West Papuan women.
2013-2015: Indigenous-led HIV Transmission Prevention Strategy (Tanah, Papua)
In partnership with Persatuan Terbatas Peduli Sehat – Association for Community Healthcare, University of Auckland and the University of Calgary. With support from the Canada Institute of Health Research.
This program involved culturally-informed HIV prevention education and the reduced risk of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
2012 - 2013: PEDALLING FOR PAPUA Jeremy in West Papua
Pedalling for Papua is a movement started by our friend, cyclist and musician, Jeremy Bally. After learning about human rights offenses and environmental abuses happening in West Papua, he flew there to see for himself. He spoke to many people and was told heart-wrenching stories. He cycled 12,000km across 7 countries in 6 months to raise awarness and share the stories of West Papua, internationally. Learn more about Jeremy’s journey at www.pedallingforpapua.com/ .
2009-2012: Papua Land of Peace: Civil Society Leadership in Conflict Transformation (Manokwari, West Papua New Guinea)
In partnership with West Papua Institute for Research, Analysis and Development of Legal Aid. With support from CIDA, Development and Peace.
The Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, or Tanah Papua, compose a land of stunning natural beauty and rich, complex cultures. It is also one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth and home to some of the last great intact rainforest. Yet everyday, Papuans face longstanding human rights abuses, economic disparity and environmental contamination of their lands. Vast tracks of old growth Papua forests are converted to palm oil plantations by outside logging companies. Indigenous Papuans represent 68% of the people living with HIV Tanah Papua. Most people survive on less than $1 USD a day.
This initiative enables knowledge sharing and best practices of community-based resource stewardship, cultural strengthening, human rights, and gender equity. It fosters cooperation between Papuans and counterparts across the Pacific and Indonesia, and creates opportunities for enhancing PPP’s knowledge of how best to support the aspirations of our partners and the communities they serve. This project harnesses rights-based approaches toward integrating capacity strengthening and education on sustainable livelihoods, Indigenous rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, and violence against women.
About Our Partners:
YALHIMO is an Environmental Foundation deeply rooted in local communities. They weave Indigenous values and knowledge systems into initiatives that enhance local self-reliance and sustainability. Since 2009 they have facilitated community planning with 14 villages to protect traditional territories and provide sustainable economic alternatives.
LP3BH is a well respected human rights and legal aid organization that focuses on strengthening civil society, providing legal support and counselling a s well as developing information networks. They have formed a network of 25 women’s organizations – including local and municipal governments and NGOs – to serve women and children who are victims of gender-based violence
PTPS is an Association for Community Healthcare that works in support of health care and delivering HIV and AIDS education. They engage diverse individuals from sex workers, to migrants, street kids, to health and government, hospitals and clinics. Since 2009 they trained more than 25 local cadres to work with families to prevent HIV and AIDS and established a mobile voluntary HIV and AIDS counselling and testing clinic.
2009-2016: Pacific Arts and Cultural Exchanges (British Columbia, Canada).
In partnership with Alcheringa Gallery, MediaNet, the Museum of Anthropology, the University of Victoria and more.
Exchanges that aim at connecting Indigenous peoples from the South Pacific with NorthWest Indigenous communities for arts and cultural sharing. This has also produced significant opportunities for public education programming. Projects included: Hailans to Ailans, Te Vaka concerts (2), Carving exchanges, Hip hop demonstrations, Pacific Arts Association Symposium, Papua New Guinea Arts Exchange and more.