PPP has been delivering human-rights based programming in collaboration with our partners for over forty-five years. We know that Indigenous People and Pacific Islanders have the knowledge to most effectively address ecological collapse and the impacts of colonization and social injustice in their own communities. We recognize the disproportionate impact of these issues on women, LGBTQ2SIA+ and other marginalized groups, and centre these communities as knowledge-keepers in our work.
We are committed to embodying the values of the communities that we serve. We work in accordance with local Indigenous protocols, priorities and values across the Pacific. We aim for a minimum 51% composition of Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Peoples on our Board of Directors, and are grateful to receive valuable guidance from local Pacific Islander and lək̓ʷəŋən Elders.
Below is a timeline of PPP’s programming beginning in the early 1980’s.
Rebuilding after the Tonga cyclone
Cyclone Isaac triggered SPPF’s first Pacific Island project. Village women’s groups were the grassroots organizers, and provided the labour for this project as well as contributing local bush and construction materials. The women focused on replacing and repairing as many cyclone-damaged kitchens as possible. The project disbursed $40,000 in reconstruction support to Tongan communities in 11 islands of the isolated Ha’apai Group, and contributed to the villagers’ success in preventing post cyclone health epidemics in several communities.
Tongan Artist Visit
SPPF partnered with the Institute for Development Education through the Arts and sponsored Tongan artist Mrs. Sinisia Taumoepeau of Nuku’alofa to visit British Columbia and Alberta, display tapa weavings and pandanus weavings, facilitate 12 workshops with Canadian artists and students in seven BC communities and in three Indigenous communities. This program reached 1500 people.
Tonga Kitchens Project
Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Conference
Phil Esmonde visited on behalf of SPPF in Vanuatu.
Visit with PNG Minister Rabbie Namaliu
In November, 1983 PNG Minister Rabbie Namaliu came to Victoria, BC to receive an honorary Doctors of Law degree from the University of Victoria. He discussed a variety of issues and possibilities for future involvement with SPPF and agreed to an interview with Phil Esmonde.
Under the Gun
SPPF organized two showings of this film, which looked at militarization in the Philippines through song, skits and dance.
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