It’s time to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery
A few days ago, Pope Francis concluded the ‘penitential pilgrimage’ of reconciliation between Catholic Church and Indigenous people where he apologized for the “evil committed by so many Christians”.
Indigenous peoples, including scholars, have said they reject the apology because it skips over the Catholic Church’s complicity in running Canada’s Residential School System.
But now, more than ever before, Indigenous peoples across the country are making renewed calls for papal bulls that make up the Doctrine of Discovery to be rescinded.
The doctrine, that dates back to the 1400s, includes a series of edicts known as papal bulls, that were used to justify the colonization, conversion and enslavement of Indigenous peoples, and the seizure of their lands.
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Prison Justice Day 2022
Join the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Committee and Defund604 Network to remember those who have died in prison and to demand justice for all those incarcerated. Speakers will include people with lived & living experiences of incarceration.
Details: August 10th, 6-8pm Trout Lake Park, Vancouver
Screening of Emergence: Out of the Shadows
This critically-acclaimed feature documentary film follows three people awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families.
Women Transforming Cities’ 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!
Join WTC as they celebrate their 10-year anniversary as an organization. Help them honour the community they’ve built and the impact they’ve had with an in-person movie screening of Running With My Girls!
When: Thursday, August 25, 2022.
Where: Segal Room, SFU Harbour Centre
Vancouver Black Block Party
This event is a space to share and express Black culture, talents, and creativity. The Black Block Party aims to create a gathering space where Black culture and talents are celebrated to foster community, friendship and collaboration.
When: August 27, 2022 at 12pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
Stop The Decampment
Please help Pivot Legal Society send a message to the City of Vancouver, letting them know the harms of displacing unhoused community members – through fire orders, street sweeps, or other hostile acts of decampment.
Read and Learn
Report on IPV
The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Battered Women’s Support Services released their “The Road to Safety: Indigenous Survivors in BC Speak Out against Intimate Partner Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic” report.
Equitable Public Hearings
Women Transforming Cities sent a letter to the City of Vancouver’s mayor and council urging them to create a more equitable public hearing process.
Ruling on condom use
The Supreme Court of Canada deems non-consensual condom removal sexual assault.
BC ends CBSA contract
BC became the first province to end immigration detention in its jails.
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