We’ve Moved

Out of respect to the First Nations territories on the west coast, an early Occupy Victoria assembly passed a resolution to change the organisations name to the People’s Assembly of Victoria due to the oppressive colonial occupation of Vancouver Island.

Our web presence will now reflect this change in a new more inclusive and open for public contribution website, please update your bookmarks and register at the new site http://paov.ca

This site will no longer be updated or monitored but will be left up for the time being for archival purposes.  Please help us move important content from this site to the new one by signing up and copying and pasting the information you want to see endure.


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DAVID ROVICS in concert – 7pm Nov. 23 at 2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)

A night of live folk music by world renowned anti-war & political singer/songwriter – David Rovics

David is a committed anti-war and human rights activist and his songs reflects that fact. He has been describe as ‘the musical equivalent of Democracy Now!’ by none other than Amy Goodman (Democracy Now! founding member). His music has been lauded by such luminaries as Pete Seeger.

Admission $15

Co-sponsoring this event with us is the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

FILM – Haiti: The Call of the Conch to Battle – 7pm Thurs. Nov. 15 – 2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)

Film by Belgian director Anne Delstanche. It tells the story of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake and aftermath through the voices of Haitians and the Cuban medical teams serving the country. The earthquake crushed an already devastated country but also saw the expansion of a large international solidarity movement. What forms of cooperation are developing now and with what results?

Admission by donation. More info at: http://victoriafriendsofcuba.wordpress.com/

Co-sponsoring this event with  us is the Canada Haiti Action Group


Victoria Friends of Cuba Committee resumes its Social Justice Film Nights for the 3rd Thurs. of every month.

Sept. 20 – “Tambogrande: Mangoes, Murder, Mining”
Oct. 18 – “Hemingway’s Hot Havana”
Nov. 15 – “Haiti: The Call of the Conch to Battle”

Special Engagement
Nov. 23 – DAVID ROVICS in concert – http://davidrovics.com/audioVideo.php

Belonging: A Victoria Youth Homelessness Summit

Belonging: A Victoria Youth Homelessness Summit


About the Summit

Belonging: A Victoria Youth Homelessness Summit is a volunteer driven initiative aimed at promoting and inspiring a healthy Victoria by taking a fresh and direct look at youth homelessness. The Summit will offer a holistic view of the issue — instead of focusing on youth homelessness exclusively as a problem that needs to be fixed, we intend to explore the issue as a reflection of our community as a whole. In doing this, we hope to reveal what is needed to create new possibilities for positive change. The focus of the Summit is not on what can be done to fix the homeless population, rather, what can be done to empower community members and the community at large so that we are better equipped to respond appropriately, effectively and sustainably to urban community issues such as youth homelessness.  The underlining question guiding this event is:

Rather than spending vast amounts of time and resource identifying, describing and addressing problems in community like youth homelessness, how can we focus the appropriate amount of time and energy creating an empowered and supported citizenship, and resilient community structure from which sustainable solutions arise more naturally and fully?

The summit will address key components of youth homelessness in Victoria in a creative multi-dimensional way to empower community members with tools for change as well as distill sustainable community based solutions that participants can incorporate into their lives.  The programing will provide opportunities for growth and connection at the individual and interpersonal level as they are both integral for the development of healthy community.

Proceeds will go to funding a surf-Yyga-life-skills retreat for underprivileged youth in Victoria.

Register Here

Full List of Upcoming Events


Today 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Nsnukw’nukw’7a: We need friends, family,ancestors and land for life
Today 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FILM: Hemingway’s Hot Havana
Today 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Informed Action for Local and Global Change: How Community University Partnerships Contribute
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – Saturday, Oct 20, 2012
Belonging Victoria – Youth Homeless Summit
This week
Saturday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
FMLN Celebrates 32 years
Next week
Sunday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Civil Disobedience Training: Defend Our Coast
Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Defend Our Coast
Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Victoria Poly 101 discussion: Metamour relationships
Friday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FILM: To Make a Farm
Next month
Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Strengthening Community Resilience: How to do it in your neighbourhood
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Strengthening Community Resilience: How to do it in your neighbourhood – 2nd event
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Yves Engler Book Tour: The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Yves Engler Book Tour: The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy second appearance
Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Resilient Neighbourhoods Workshop #1: Growing a “Resilient” Neighbourhood

Defend Our Coast rally – Oct. 22nd – 11 a.m. Victoria Legislature grounds

From the Defend Our Coast team:
On Monday Oct. 22nd, thousands will converge on the BC legislature lawn in Victoria and defend our coast again tarsands pipelines and tankers.

It is gearing up to be a historic event, including live music and speakers such as the Esquimalt Singers and Dancers, Maude Barlow, CEP President Dave Coles, Coastal First Nation Executive Director Art Sterritt, Chief Jasmine Thomas, Rex Wyler, and so many more.

In the spirit of community engagement, we encourage you to send a press release to your local community news outlets this week to announce your participation in the Defend Our Coast event. It is through each of our voices that this movement grows strong! To see the local press release and send to your local media outlet, click here: http://defendourcoast.ca/news/local-press-release-for-distribution/

If you plan on being part of the mass sit-in and risking arrest, please attend the Direct Action Training on Sunday, October 21st. This is being held in the Multi-Purpose (Michele Pujol) Room of the University of Victoria Student Union Building (SUB), from 11am – 8pm. RSVP on the Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/events/421320547917859/?fref=ts

If you want to be part of the public transportation caravan from Vancouver on Oct. 21st, register here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEVDSzJTRVpIWWc1SklXNEItUzVhYnc6MQ

Get a Sneak Preview of the Brand New PAOV.ca

mic is working out the final bugs but give it a test run if you please!

Eye Witness Update on Gaza and the Plans for the Gaza’s Ark

Kathy Copps and Jase Tanner

Vancouver Delegation to Gaza

Friday, Oct. 12th, 7 p.m.
University of Victoria
Cornett A125

In support of the Gaza’s Ark Project


Gaza’s Ark Mission Statement

 Gaza’s Ark, will build a boat in Gaza, using existing resources. A crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza carrying Palestinian products to fulfill trade deals with international buyers.

Gaza’s Ark will be constructed in Gaza by Palestinian hands and expertise, with international assistance where requested.

Gaza’s Ark will help revitalize the dwindling ship building industry in Gaza and help ensure the transmission of this disappearing expertise (another effect of the blockade) to the younger generations.

Through Gaza’s Ark and trade deals secured between Palestinian producers in Gaza and international businesses and NGOs, a channel will be established to export Palestinian products from Gaza that are available despite the blockade.

Gaza’s Ark will provide training to Gaza’s sailors in the use of up-to-date electronic sailing equipment and techniques, which they have been denied for years as a result of the blockade.

Gaza’s Ark stands in solidarity with the Palestinian fishers in Gaza whose ability to operate in territorial waters and to derive a livelihood is threatened by the same illegal Israeli blockade which our campaign is challenging.

Gaza’s Ark challenges the blockade by building hope on the ground in Gaza. It affirms our confidence that the Palestinians of Gaza can rebuild their economy through outbound trade that threatens no-one’s security.

Sponsored by the Victoria Chapters of Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Independent Jewish Voices, Victoria Peace Coalition, Univ. Victoria Social Justice Studies Program, Victoria Friends of Cuba

FILM: Occupied Cascadia – The 1st Year Anniversary of Occupy Victoria

Monday, 15 October 2012, 07:00pm – 09:00pm
Camas Books – *New Location*
2620 Quadra St (1/2 block up from old location)

Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and
expressionistic. Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism
within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim, the filmmakers
interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both ideological
and indigenous. Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant
culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and
growing culture of resistance. Filming began during the outset of the
populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to
re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to
decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep
understanding and identification with our specific bioregions (literally

Camas Books Grand Opening Party

Friday, 12 October 2012, 06:30pm – 10:00pm

Join us for an evening of celebration, with poetry, music, and shadow puppets at our BRAND NEW LOCATION 2620 Quadra St (1/2 a block down from the old Camas Books). Camas has always been about community, so we want you there to celebrate our new beginning with us.

The evening will include poetry performances by Serina Zapz & Comrade Black, as well as music by Klezmer musicians Without A Net
As well as a live shadow puppet performance by Paper Cut Pony