Panty Drive 2017

Imagine being marginalized by your sex or gender, race, sexuality, economic status and being in need of shelter, with no access to clean undergarments and sanitary products ( tampons/ pads). Sadly, this is a real problem many people in this predicament face. For most shelters in Canada that serve feminine or female/intersex-specific essentials are in high demand. The UVic Third Space is organizing a Panty Drive to collect donations for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and  P.E.E.R.S Victoria. Both organizations provide vital practical services for those who are socially and financially vulnerable. They are seeking much needed donations of:
new panties
new bras
new socks
blankets
chocolates
tampons and pads.

All of these essentials can significantly impact the lives of real people living in these circumstances!

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Deadline for donations drop-off is April 16th, 2017. All donations can be brought to the following locations:

– UVic Third Space located in the Student Union Building Room B107
– UVic Clearihue Building B115 Women’s Studies Reading Room
– UVic Students’ Society Centre located in Student Union Building
– UVic Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group located in the Student Union Building Room B120 & 122
– Caffe Fantastico Specialty Coffees and Sparkle Brite Launderette 965 Kings Rd

We also have a Panty Drive Bake Sale on March 2nd, Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in SUB hallway.
If you have any questions about the drive, contact the Third Space at thirdspace@uvic.ca or visit us at SUB Room B107.

Third Space Intersectional Feminist Collective

 

Rally to support Women’s March

The Third Space is re-posting this in spirit and solidarity with what is expanding into a global movement on the January 21st as women and various genders march on Washington on the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

DATE: Saturday, January 21st, 2017

PLACE: Centennial Square, 645 Fisgard Street, on the unceeded lands of the Lekwungen speaking peoples.

Details from the Facebook event page(EVENT LINK):
“For those of you who can’t travel to DC for this important march, please join us in Victoria while we support our neighbours to the south.

The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to their new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We invite people of all genders, backgrounds, and cultures to stand up for women, indigenous people, queers, and marginalized minorities everywhere.

The Rally will be followed by a march.”

If you need more information, require assistance (such as bus tickets), or would like to participate with the Third Space please email us at thirdspace@uvic.ca.

IMAGE: Illustration titled “Hear Our Voice” by Liza Donovan, created for the Women’s March on Washington. Read more about march art here.

 

International Women’s Day Pancake Lunch

When: Tuesday, March 8th, 11am-1pm
Where: Women’s Centre in the SUB B107


Join us to honour International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8th! The Women’s Centre will be having an open house from 11 am – 1pm this coming Tuesday, we will be serving free pancakes (gluten free and dairy free options available). Come get to know your fellow community members and enjoy some delicious brunch!

This space is accessible.

This workshop takes place on the stolen lands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ speaking peoples.

DIY Menstrual Cup Workshop

When: March 11th, 3pm-6pm
Where: Women’s Centre in the SUB B107

ALL BODIES WELCOME!

We will be making menstrual cups from scratch. All materials are provided. There is limited space so please let us know if you are coming so that we have enough materials for everyone.

Light snacks and drinks will be served.

This space is accessible.

This workshop takes place on the stolen lands of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ speaking peoples.

Red Umbrella March

5:30 pm: Meet at the legislature, then march to Spirit Square (City Hall)
7:00 pm: Speakers, performances, and open mic (Council Chambers at City Hall)

Held on the Lekwungen territory of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers also known as Red Umbrella Day is a day held in solidarity with people around the world who trade or sell sex through commercial sex work. Please join us at 5:30pm on the steps of the legislature to march to end violence against sex workers.

Bus tickets will be availabile at City Hall, and there are two single stall washrooms in Council Chambers.

Peers Victoria and the University of Victoria Student Society are co-hosting this event.

Please contact us at: safersexwork@gmail.com for more information.

This event includes food from The Reef food truck.

This event has FREE CHILDCARE! Cage Shai will be doing child care and will have juice boxes, healthy snacks, and toys. Please message us in advance if your child has specific needs or dietary requirements.

A Report From The Front Lines: The Unist’ot’en Camp!

Shared from Students of Colour Collective

Dear Friends and Allies! You are invited to the event: A Report From The Front Lines: The Unist’ot’en Camp!

Please Share Widely!

On August 17th (this coming Monday), members of the Unist’ot’en and Wet’suwet’en Territories are coming to the First Peoples’ House, at the University of Victoria (map here: http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/campus-info/maps/maps/fph.php), starting at 6pm. This fundraising and speaking event will bring together many members of the Unist’ot’en to speak about their experience, and share what it has meant to them to protect and uphold their laws in relation to the land. This is will be an informative and welcoming event, where you will get an opportunity to hear from those on the front lines.

All Are Welcome.

The organizers would like to acknowledge the Host Communities and Nations whose territories this event is being held on, the Lkwungen (Esquimalt, and Songhess) and W̱SÁNEĆPeoples.

A note on Time: The event will start at 6pm, with a dinner that is open to all (please see note about food below). The speaking will likely start shortly after 7pm.

Why a fundraising/speaking tour? And who are the Unist’ot’en?

From the Poster (attached) “The five Wet’suwet’en clans including the Unist’ot’en, through our Hereditary Chief Structure, have taken a united stand against the construction of fossil fuel pipelines through our territory. The Unist’ot’en Camp is a non-violent occupation of the Unist’ot’en territory. It is an expression of the continuing and unbroken chain of occupation and use of our territory by our clan. This is unceded, untreatied territory and through our continuous use and occupation, our traditional structures of governance retain complete jurisdiction and final authority over our lands, waters and use thereof.”

Who will be speaking?:

Unist’ot’en Hereditary Chiefs:

Weli´ – Catherine Michell

Ltátén – Doris Rosso

Maskabu – Helen Mitchell

Wet’suwet’en, Chief Knedebeas – Warner William (not yet confirmed)

And, of course, the Official Camp Spokesperson – Freda Huson

For information about:

– Unist’ot’en Camp, please visit: http://unistotencamp.com/, or: https://www.facebook.com/unistoten

– Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005226079497249/

– Unist’ot’en Events are also happening in Duncun, Salt Spring Island, and Galiano Island from August 17-20. Please visit Active Islands’ calendar for more information: http://activeislands.com/calendar-gulf-island-events

We look forward to seeing you this coming Monday!

in solidarity.
the organizers

Please read below for more details of the event:

Some notes around accessibility: The First Peoples’ House is on the ground level, as is the Ceremonial Hall – where the event is being held. There are three bathrooms, all with larger stalls and handrails. Some folks have a sensitivity, and allergy, to chemical smells such as perfume and deodorant – please refrain from wearing these products at the event. ASL is being looked into, but is not confirmed as of this point.

A note on children and childcare: The organizers would love for the participation of children in the space, as they are part of our communities. Please give space for each other, regardless of age, so that we can learn together. With that said, there is a small room that will be attended by a childcare professional from 6-9pm.

A couple notes on food: There is no major catering for the event. Instead, the invitation is kinda like a potluck =) Folks with the means and time, please feel free to bring food to share. All are still welcome to come and eat, even if you can’t bring something to share. Cause, ya know, capitalism. If you are into bringing food, and have time/are able, please label ingredients for allergy purposes. The First Peoples’ House also has a strict policy about no oranges.

A request from the folks coming down: They tend to eat a meat and fish rich diet. If you are in any position to bring any wild game – moose, venison beaver, bear or salmon, any of these are most appreciated.

A note about video recording: While not confirmed, it is highly possible that this event will be recorded by the Native Students Union. An organizer will let folks know before the speaking, as to give space for those who do not wish to be on video.

With all this said, please share what would help make this space more accessible for you. The organizers will do all we can to provide any assistance that makes the space more welcoming, safe, and well..accessible. If you have any questions or comments about any of this, please feel free to email billy yu at socc@uvic.ca.

August Collective Meeting 2015

Hey Collective! It has been awhile since we last met. The last meeting did not meet quorum, and that is understandable as it is the middle of summer. I have made a doodle poll for the next meeting and it is here: http://doodle.com/kdty6m5xb6uk8pzd

We hope to see you at the next meeting. If not, we hope to see you in the fall.

Sincerely,

The UVSS Women’s Centre

Upcoming SAGM, call for board rep nominees, and consensus workshop

A reminder that our ** Semi-Annual General Meeting ** is coming up this Monday, April 13th at 4pm in the Women’s Centre SUB B107. All self identified women, genderfluid or non-binary folks are welcomed to join us, and you don’t have to be a collective member to attend. Join us to hear what we have been working on and what we are planning for the future. Bus tickets will be available, food will be provided, and children are welcomed to join. Email us at wcentre@uvss.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 
We also have a Consensus Decision Making workshop taking place in the Women’s Centre tomorrow (Thursday, April 9) from 5:30-7:30pm. This will be facilitated by former coordinator Jess Humphries and will be in preparation for the SAGM, as well as to improve our collective processes more broadly. New members are encouraged to join and participate to learn about how consensus decision making works at the Women’s Centre.