Hosted on unceded Lekwungen Territory: Legislature Lawns, Victoria, British Columbia
The Legislature Lawns are the historic village site of the Kosapsum or Shweng’xwung peoples.
SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2017
One Wave 2017 features the Longhouse Project, an unprecedented art installation on the Legislature Lawn. This project is open to youth artists 21 and under. Learn more and apply by August 11.
Since 2008, One Wave has celebrated international Pacific community, arts and culture. By bringing together diverse communities, One Wave has provided space for learning in solidarity for our shared lands and waters. Now, in recognition of the diversity of the Pacific region as well as the relationships that tie these communities together, Pacific Peoples’ Partnership is pleased to present the tenth anniversary celebration of One Wave.
This year, One Wave will be marked by a symbolic installation: The Longhouse Project. Under the direction of Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob, four youth will raise temporary longhouse structures on British Columbia’s Legislature Lawn. The houses will be created in the styles of Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and South Pacific traditions. The houses, on the former village site of the Esquimalt peoples and before British Columbia’s place of leadership, will provide a powerful space for the public to learn and unlearn what they know of the territories around them. The houses are being erected with the support of the BC Legislature.
On Saturday September 16, the public is invited to observe as nations from across the South Pacific and Vancouver Island undergo customary protocol in the Inner Harbor, asking permission to enter Lekwungen territory. Each will practice the customs specific to their area. Some may present gifts; others may present songs of intention.
Following this, we welcome the public to experience free cultural celebrations on the Legislature Lawn. Delegations from the North and South Pacific will share presentations of healing and celebration. Each Longhouse will be hosted by the corresponding community. Indigenous and Pacific Islander artists will share space with the public to create collaborative and commemorative art pieces. The day will feature a tournament of Lahal, a bone game that in years past was an important fixture in the local economy.
On September 17, the many contributors to the gathering will be honoured through feasting and gifting. Public attendance is welcomed by RSVP to email@example.com.
This is a gathering of many communities from the North and South Pacific who, guided by their unique customs, protocols and histories, are coming together in the spirit of healing and relationship. Hosted on Lekwungen territory, it represents a vision articulated by many voices. One Wave has been envisioned with the consent of hereditary and elected leaders, elders, youth, artists and community members.
We thank the dedication of our partners Songhees Nation and MediaNet. The project was made possible with the support of the Province of British Columbia, the BC Arts Council, the BC Museums Association, the Leonard and Thea Koerner Award, the City of Victoria, the Center for Asia Pacific Initiatives, Bayview Developments, Metropol, Themis Security and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership is Canada’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the South Pacific. PPP acts in solidarity with peoples of the Pacific to promote their aspirations for peace, justice, health, and environmental sustainability.
We gratefully accept sponsorship and participation from local businesses, organizations and groups. For more information, please contact Siobhan Powlowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Made possible by the generous support of: