One Wave Gathering is back for 2019!
“Through film, artistic expression, lectures, and conversation, the One Wave Gathering brings the Peoples of the Pacific together to share their stories of struggle, strength, and resurgence… One Wave builds new solidarities and relationships across the Pacific so that we can confront the realities of climate change, injustice and gendered violence collectively to promote change.” Dr. Jeff Corntassel,Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and Acting Director of CIRCLE, University of Victoria, and Pacific Peoples’ Partnership ‘Partner’ since 2014.
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership is proud to announce that planning and preparations are underway for the 12th annual One Wave Gathering which is set to take place from September 12th to 25th, 2019. Join us for many exciting, culturally rich, and thought-provoking events.
We are pleased to program and present a number of free community building events with the permission and support of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nation; including an exhibition of digital art, media art, and films featuring Indigenous stories and art at MediaNet’s FLUX Gallery (our opening is at 6 pm on September 12th and will run till the 25th), an Indigenous Artist Talk at Alcheringa Gallery on September 19th, our main signature community event at Centennial ‘Spirit’ Square on September 14th, and special guest speakers and cultural presentation at First Peoples House at the University of Victoria on September 20th (date to be confirmed).
MediaNet’s FLUX Gallery Exhibition and Screenings 821 Fort Street
September 12 – 25, 2019 (Opening on September 12th @ 6 pm features several special guests including Vaka Taumako representatives from the Solomon Islands and Hawai’i). Note the exhibit continues Tuesday through Saturdays from noon to 5pm through to September 25.
We have confirmed two feature films for our exhibition at the Flux Gallery (We, the Voyagers Part 2: Our Moana (http://vaka.org/), and a short film Resurgence Spindle Whorl by Shíshálh Nation artist Margaret August. We are still receiving submissions if you are an Indigenous artist with digital artwork related to all themes of Indigenous resurgence amongst Pacific Indigenous Nations: send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ONE WAVE GATHERING Public Performance Event,Centennial Square, Victoria, BC September 14th, 2019 from noon to 6 pm
Confirmed presenters include: Lekwungen Dancers; Esquimalt Nation Dance Group; Peace Dancer a theatrical reading by Roy Henry Vickers, featuring Theatre Inconnu and Puppets for Peace; Pearls of the South Pacific; and Tradewinds Band; plus more yet to be announced!
NGOs and participating artists displays and hands on activities include: World Fisheries Trust (Pacific touch tank); Puppets for Peace make station; Elfrida Schragen; Natalie Brake; Mosquoy; Ancient Forest Alliance; Victoria Orange Shirt day;United Nations Association of Canada, Victoria；TLC The Land Conservancy of BC
Surfer’s Paradise: Northwest Coast Surfboard Art Show & Artist Talk (Alcheringa Gallery 621 Fort Street) September 19th, 2019, 7 pm. Developed and curated by Alcheringa Gallery, and one of the first exhibitions ever of its kind, Surfer’s Paradise: Northwest Coast Surfboards, brings together 19 Northwest Coast artists for their interventions on, and interpretations of, the surfboard. All crafted out of Vancouver Island cedar, these boards allow the artists to explore this new cedar panel ‘canvas’; their own relationship to the contemporary culture of surfing; and a connection to the ocean and land of their own territories of Canada’s west coast. These fine art surfboards will be on exhibition both at Alcheringa Gallery – on the traditional land of the Lekwungen Peoples, and at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa – on the traditional land of the WSÁNEĆ Peoples. Learn more at: https://www.alcheringa-gallery.com/exhibitions/surfer-s-paradise.html
RedTide: International Indigenous Climate Action Summit Presentation. September 20th 1:30 -3:30 pm (First Peoples’ House Ceremonial Hall, University of Victoria) Join us on the first day of the Global Climate Strike! Hear from Micronesian Climate Leaders and Meet team members from the inaugural RedTide Indigenous Climate Action Summit, learn about Indigenous perspectives on climate change, and stand together in solidarity.
There are a number of ways to get involved!
Attend the events! Watch our website, social media and calendars for schedule updates…
Be an NGO or Artist Vendor: A limited amount of tables are offered at no charge to local NGOs and Indigenous Artists – Sign up here:
Volunteer: In addition to opportunities to participate as an NGO, Vendor, or Artist during our main event in Centennial Square, we are actively seeking volunteers for all of our events. Please help us spread the word about our Gathering and our interest in recruiting volunteers: Fill out our Volunteer Form before September 4, 2019 if you are interested in being a part of the 12th annual One Wave Gathering and learning about how to be an ally and work with local Indigenous Peoples.
Work is underway on the collaborative Pacific Peace House Post to mark the ongoing legacy of our connections across the Pacific and we are will be unveiled during our main event at Centennial Square on September 14th!
The Pacific Peace House Post will be jointly created by Bradley Dick of Songhees Nation and Ake Lianga from the Solomon Islands. Each are tasked to bring their own teachings, cultures and art forms together to build a symbolic carving that honours the historic and contemporary connections between Indigenous peoples and the diverse peoples of the South Pacific. Both Bradley and Ake will be working with the support of their cultural mentors and communities as they create this symbolic artwork, made from an 8-foot red cedar log that was skinned and hollowed out by Songhees Carver Tom La Fortune.
Following their cultural and creative preparations, Bradley and Ake are now working within the Songhees Carving leading up to our One Wave Gathering. Periodic open houses will be announced for drop-in sessions to meet the carvers and see the progress. Please watch our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for notices or drop us an email and we will keep you informed.
Special Thank you to our Funders and Partners – we couldn’t do this without you!:
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership offers our heartfelt thanks to our confirmed 2019 One Wave Key Partners and Contributors: the Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage, Province of British Columbia, Victoria Foundation, City of Victoria, Township of Esquimalt, Capital Regional District, MediaNet, Alcheringa Gallery, University of Victoria – CIRCLE & Indigenous Studies, Tamalpais Trust and of course, to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations for their incredible ongoing support and contributions. We also acknowledge the growing list of business donors which include Level Ground Trading, Metropol printshop, the Zone, the Q, Second Slice, Fresh Slice, Belfry Theatre, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Our Gathering would not be possible without the generous time and knowledge shared by Elders, knowledge keepers and youth from Songhees Nation, Esquimalt Nation and the South Pacific Island Communities. Thank you for walking with us in our journey and ensuring that we do our work in a positive and meaningful way. Huy ch q’u!
Want to be involved? Do you like the impact of our work across the South Pacific? We are always accepting new volunteers, generous donors, or even subscribers to our bimonthly Pasifik Currents newsletter. One Wave Gathering welcomes you! Please email our Team at email@example.com to get involved!