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Grove of Souls Site Prep

November 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This year we are shifting our events in Bastion Square to the Grove of Souls Courtyard, the area between the parkade and the old courthouse. The Spirit Canoe has paddled away to a new home over by the new bridge.

Justice in the early days of the outlander settlements was swift. But then, as now, never perfect. As such, some victims and accused continue to wait for their moment of reconciliation. As such, the Grove of Souls is always a place we share and never occupy alone.

To prepare the site each year, we hold a ceremony to greet the occupants, request their consideration, and release those who only need someone to unfetter their chains. If you are a Wandholder, please join us as we join together from many different communities and beliefs in a moment of sharing our common humanity, recalling those who wait for their justice and making peace with all.

Cultural Support by TSow Tun Le Lum

Emotional Support by Spectra Consulting

Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) builds on Indigenous traditions of data gathering and knowledge transfer to create, disseminate, and put into action research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people. SBI is committed to:

Conducting, supporting, and mobilizing culturally-informed and community-engaged research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people

Uplifting Indigenous researchers, knowledge keepers, and data visualists in their work to research and disseminate data on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people

Empowering Indigenous communities and nations to continue their work to end gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people, through data-driven partnerships that enhance research efforts, develop best practices, and transform data to action to protect and heal their peoples.

SBI is a home for generating new knowledge and understandings of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence, and how they may continue to work towards healing and freedom from such violence. In the spirit of building such freedom, SBI is strongly committed to upholding the sovereignty of all bodies Indigenous peoples hold sacred–our physical bodies, nations, land, and water–and does not accept grants from colonial governments or extractive industries. Similarly, SBI’s work is not limited by colonial borders, concepts of gender, politics of identity or recognition, or ways of knowing. SBI honors the epistemologies and lifeways of indigenous peoples, and is bound by accountability to the land, our ancestors, and each other. SBI is an Affiliate of Seventh Generation Fund, a non-profit at the forefront of Indigenous leadership for 40 years. (from their website)


November 20, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


0_CHI Our Community Health Initiative
888 241 9992


Grove of Souls – Bastion Square
1219 -1/2 Langley St
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W2 Canada
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888 241 9992
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