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Sidewalk dance party for Dance Day April 29

On Tuesday April 29th at 6pm let’s dance in our own ways along accessible paths & sidewalks!

Image of pavement with "Let's Dance-Wander" written on itIt’s inspired by: “Dance Walking,” people grooving in music videos to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy,” and International Dance Day (see quote at the end of this post).

We’re gathering at 6:00pm at Camosun College Lansdowne campus, at the fountain (it’s at the entrance just off of Foul Bay near the short term parking; on the Lansdowne map look for the dot  between building #2 and parking P3), in Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ homelands.

If you have a portable music device then bring your favourite tunes and headphones, or there will be a little portable speaker (anyone want to compile a playlist of anti-oppressive dance tunes?). Dress for the weather and bring water. We’ll warm-up with a couple dance improvisation games then wander around the area as a mobile mini dance party, wrapping up by 6:30pm.

Want to help out?

It’d be great if you’d like to:
spread the word: share this post or the event page on Facebook,
bring a snack to share after dancing (optional),
or be a safer space volunteer for the 29th (it would be great if you’ve been in this role before or previously had a safer spaces orientation through a group like Homospun or the Anti-Violence Project).

Dance Day message

Text: I love dance. J'aime la danseBelow is Santee Smith’s (choreographer, dancer, and Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre) call to action, on behalf of the Canadian Dance Assembly in celebration of International Dance Day 2014:

“Let dance into your life. Call dance into your life. Breathe dance into your life. Let dance be the connection between your spirit and the living universe. Let dance be the voice of your soulful resistance, your statement of I am here, in this space, now. Let dance resonate from your ancestral memories, from your DNA extending like tendrils to future generations. Call your body forth to move, to speak a language without words. Dance your dreams and poetry. Find that place deep inside your inner landscape that longs for expression. Close your eyes and remember the heartbeat rhythm, the first music you heard in your consciousness. Be the witness to a singular body animated in time and space or to the awesomeness of a multitude moving in unity. Let dance represent your metaphor, art, ritual, ceremony and ecstatic transformation. Energize, revitalize and renew yourself through dance. Renew your bond to the rhythms of the earth. Heal yourself, be yourself and together we can dance our humanity. Transform your life … let dance into your life. Join the celebration and ceremony of life; join the dance”.
~ Santee Smith, Artistic Director – Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Santee Smith is a mother, performer, an award-winning producer and choreographer. She is from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations, Ontario. (Full bio at the CDA website.)

Much gratitude

The following links are compiled out of a desire to honour, respect and express much gratitude to the peoples, places, communities, friends and families of this land. I am a non-indigenous visitor and settler woman compiling links that a variety of people have shared publicly over the years; I very much welcome feedback, edits and suggestions.

A few Local Places:
*links to websites/ films/ interviews/ articles shared publicly by Local Salish people and families

Signs of Lekwungen (7 carvings by Butch Dick that mark places of cultural significance)

The Legend of ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ (on the WSÁNEĆ School Board website)

Coast Salish Anthem (performed by Helen Jack and Anne Sam)

Honouring Tradition (Bradley Dick at TEDxYouth – 13-minute film)

PKOLS (brief film of the reclamation May 22, 2013, facilitated by WEC’KINEM (Eric Pelkey), with artist Charles Elliott)

Na’Tsa’mahtThe Unity Wall (Land and Sea Mural at the breakwater with Artists/Mentors Butch Dick and Darlene Gait)

Grace Islet (facebook group compiling articles and updates)

SPAET (article by Cheryl Bryce)

Reflections of ‘Mary Lake’ (interview with Tom Sampson – 5-minute film)

Sacred YOS is no place for housing site (newspaper article)

WSÁNEĆEmerging Land or Emerging People (article by Jack Horne, including re: the Douglas Treaty, the Saanichton Bay Marina Case and James Island development)

YEUWE and SṈAḴE (podcast of a speech by the late Dr. Earl Claxton Sr. when UVic honoured him with a Doctorate of Laws degree in 2006)

Gas tanker crash at ‘Goldstream’ (news video from 2011)

ȾIX̱EṈ Conservation (short film)

Salish Sea (Re)Naming Ceremony (video)

Some Local Community Initiatives:

*links to a few of the many awesome initiatives that people have shared publicly. if you would like your Local community initiative linked from here, please be in touch. thank-you!

Project Down2Earth – Videos (local episodes include: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 12.1, 5.1)

Tseycum: Our Journey Home – Bringing Back the Ancestors (film)

Stolen Sisters Memorial March – February 2013 (news film) Finding Dawn (documentary)

Lekwungen Food Systems (website) / Practicing Sustainable Self-Determination (journal article)

SENĆOŦEN Language Nest – WSÁNEĆ School Board (website) / SENĆOŦEN Language initiatives (magazine article)

Pauquachin Nation film (40-minute documentary)

Two-Spirit Gathering and Workshop, and Two-Spirit: Beyond sex and gender (newspaper articles)

T’Sou-ke Solar Community Gathering (8-minute film)

Esquimalt Singers and Dancers (4-minute video)

Songhees Wellness Centre (news video)

Tsawout/ WSÁNEĆ Idle No More Jan. 16, 2013 (APTN news video)

Re-Educate – YellowWolf ft. Addie Elliott (Paint The Town Red) (“A song and video that scratches the surface of the ripple effect that residential and indian day schools have left behind.”)

A few contexts re: the Colonial Douglas Treaty Processes/ “Douglas’ Word”*

*the phrase “colonial Douglas Treaty process” is from the Tsawout dedication of Sign and Land from W̱EN,NÁ,NEĆ
*the phrase “Douglas’ Word” is talked about in the second link below

Douglas Treaty documents: excerpts of oral and written histories

The Oral History of the 1852 Saanich Douglas Treaty: a treaty for Peace (report written by Janice Rose Knighton, with oral history as told by John Elliott Sr. and the late Gabe Bartleman)

Esquimalt Nation – Sacred Trust: Our Traditions Still Continue…

Na’Tsa’Maht – Unity Wall film about the theme of Phase III and meaning of the Douglas Treaties

A bit of background to the Douglas Treaties

Douglas ‘Treaty’ texts


Some texts re: Indigenous-Settler Relations and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
*these are documents that have been recommended through various Idle No More-related blogs

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Highlights of RCAP (Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples)

Aboriginal Rights – Learning Resources

The Royal Proclamation of 1763

Canada’s Constitution Act 1982 – Section 35

Canadian Government’s Indian Act

The Oregon Treaty of 1846 (slicing through families and Peoples’ territories with an international border)


Compiled resources:

Settler Ally Resources

Idle No More

Books and Resources for Conscientization and Unlearning Oppression