Here’s an event that many of you might be interested in attending!
Here’s an event that many of you might be interested in attending!
Hi everyone! You’re invited to Zine Making 101, facilitated by the wonderful Letitia Annamalai and Jadyn Marshall. It will be this coming Friday, March 22nd from 5:30-8pm at the Victoria West Community Centre. All youth are welcome!
Antidote is hosting an intergenerational theatre workshop with Lina de Guevara, a Chilean-born actor, director, teacher, founder of Puente Theatre, and community activist. She is gifting us with an opportunity to train with her once again. We are also considering starting our own ongoing theatre group! The workshop is Saturday March 16th from 2-5pm at the Victoria West Community Centre. Everyone is welcome! If you can, please RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/130059707177109/
On the same day, the UVic Students of Colour Collective is having a Community Canvas Painting workshop at the Victoria West Community Centre, from 10am – 10pm, so check that out too if you want!
In honour of the Girls Action Foundation National Day of Action, Antidote in collaboration with the Students of Colour Collective would like to invite all self-identified Indigenous girls and women/womyn of colour, to explore the use of art in resistance narratives.
Conversation Panel on Resistance in Art Medias with: Janet Rogers, Chandra Melting Tallow, Sindy Angel and Sabina Chatterjee
Image Theatre with Sindy Angel
Writing with Kanika Jackson and Zine-making with Letitia Annamalai
Snacks, drinks and bus tickets are available!
Time: Saturday Feb 16th @ 12-6pm
Place: Victoria West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Road, Bus route #14
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/534101503296135/
Antidote is hosting an Intergenerational Theatre Workshop: Part 2 with director, actor and theatre teacher Lina de Guevara!
Born in Chile, Lina already had a full theatrical career in 1976 when she moved to Canada. Her personal experience with exile and immigration made her see theatre with new eyes, as an essential instrument for social and personal transformation. In 1988, she founded PUENTE THEATRE in Victoria BC, with the mandate to express through theatre the experiences of immigrants and diverse minorities.
This workshop is a unique opportunity to explore theatre as a form of activism for self-identified multiracial and Indigenous girls and women of all orientations. We are creative, vibrant and strong and by sharing stories we can create powerful ways to resist and challenge racist and sexist violence together.
As a result of the excitement generated in our first workshop, antidote is hoping to create an ongoing theatre group. Come join us and be part of this exciting initiative!
Date: Saturday February 9, 2013
Place: Victoria West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Road
Admission: $5 for adults, free for youth
You can RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/590267860987962/
We are having an Intergenerational Event focusing on Theatre with our facilitator and antidote board member Lina de Guevara.
Where: Victoria West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Road
When: Saturday January 12, 2012 from 2 to 5PM
Cost: $5 at the door
This is an invitation to try out the many wonderful and varied aspects of theatre: games, body work, non-verbal communication, voice, story-telling, creation of images, dialogue, movement, use of props and costumes, masks, and more! This will be a fun and hands-on event. Come ready to move and participate! Feel free to RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.
Photos from Word to the Mutha are up! (But you already knew that if you like us on Facebook, right? https://www.facebook.com/antidotenetwork)
Thank you to everyone who made it such an amazing event!
Antidote is hosting our first ever Spoken Word and Hip Hop feminist showcase at the Solstice Café on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Doors open at 7:30pm and the event will run from 8-10pm. You can find it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/136131139872123/
This event is inspired and co-organized by our Girls Leadership Team. We are bringing together a crew of multiracial and Indigenous female spoken word artists to share their uniquely creative and lyrical abilities as they illuminate new pathways for naming and preventing different forms of violence in their lives and communities and in honour and remembrance of the women who died in the Montreal Massacre and our Stolen Sisters.
Victoria’s Poet Laureate, Mohawk writer, spoken word poet and Antidote Board member Janet Rogers says that “ceremony is a basic human reaction to grief and moments of celebration. I feel pride in my heart to see the power and creativity in our young women and the new ceremonies they invite us into, all in the name of contributing inspiration and empowerment into the world.” She is spearheading the Poetry Auction Fundraiser, where audience members will bid for the chance to have a poem custom written by their favorite local talents: Linda Rogers, Jeremy Loveday, Autokrat or Janet Rogers.
Youth Slam Poet Kanika Jackson states that “this is about women coming together to share their side of the story, to speak up and stand up for ourselves. We’ve let men do far too much of the talking, and it’s time our voices were heard.”
A series of writing workshops were held to prepare for this, funded by Status of Women Canada as part of a project to engage young women and girls in effective violence prevention. We hope to see you all there!
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Date: Saturday November 3rd, 2012
Location: Victoria West Community Centre
Everyone is welcome. This will be a fun and hands-on event. Come ready to move and participate!
Also, please look out for the following intergenerational workshops coming soon to a community centre near you!
A collective piece from the writing workshop with Janet Rogers that took place at Embracing Shades of Action:
Non-colour see us for our looks, our colour
But who we are on the inside, we are amazing
People are scared of unique, colourful, proud and different people
We can be whoever we want to be because we are beautiful
Stereotypes cannot define us
The assumption of me is perceived incorrectly due to ignorance
I feel a lot of pressure at school by people who are so called cool
Their proud ignorance destroy her spark, her shine, they judge and she fell back to pieces again
They must break me down and figure me out
There are ups and downs when it comes to being from any racial background
Yet I am optimistic for I am vehemently chosen to take the power back
I am proud to be me
Everything we knew and were told vanished
We are colourful and beautiful and no one can tell us less!
Embracing Shades of Action is a one-day event on May 5, 2012, for Indigenous Girls and Girls of Colour* between the ages of 13-17. The day has been created and designed as a response to the lack of space there is for the lived experiences and networking of/between Indigenous Girls and Girls of Colour in Victoria. In planning this day we acknowledge that race and place has shaped every individual differently and want to honor the diversity within Indigenous Girls and Girls of Colour lives. We come together with an incredible advisory committee that includes an intergenerational combination of both Indigenous Women and Women of Color. Through the advisory committee visioning process, as well as a number of focus groups with Indigenous Girls and Girls of Colour from local communities, we formed a collective vision of what this day could look like.
The day will provide an opportunity for the participants to learn new skills and leadership tools. It will aim to inspire and support dialogue-surrounding issues that matter to the youth participants. It will also provide the space and place for youth to network with other youth and hear the experiences of other young Indigenous Women and young Women of Colour who are actively involved in taking action within their communities.
For more information, visit the event website at www.embracingshadesofaction.wordpress.com. Questions? Email Nikki and Whitney at email@example.com.
Talking About Racism was organized and co-facilitated by a group of students from UVic Social Justice studies to build awareness and activism in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21st.
Saturday, March 24th was the date of antidote’s Intergenerational Event. After welcome and introductions Elitsa facilitated ‘Barnga’ an exercise disguised as a card game. At first I wondered “this is fun but how will this relate to the day’s theme?” As the game proceeded and we moved silently from one table to the next (each table having a different set of rules), it became clear that we were being set up for a lesson. The question arose, what happens when we agree on a set of rules in one context and then move into another context where the rules are different and unspoken?
When the rules are different, we are not always aware of where others are coming from. People had a variety of responses like anger, confusion and wanting to help others to understand the rules of the game. My response was “this is not fair” because I had agreed on a set of rules and then they changed. I felt like I was at a disadvantage for not knowing the new rules and needed to look to others for leadership. Once I learned the new rules, I felt more comfortable to play the game. We talked about how this is what it can feel like when someone moves to a new country. It also happens when we transition between classrooms, workplaces, and different community spaces. What we take for granted as “common sense” in one place can change in another, and without open communication and tools for easing this transition, we can easily get frustrated and feel left out.
Next we identified more personal experiences in an activity with Gayle, antidote Coordinator, to describe
“When I see…., when I hear…..or when I feel…….. I know racism is occurring”. That got us talking more about how we see racism perpetuated through hierarchies and institutions, and reflected through images in the media of idealized fashions, body image and cultures of war. We hear history lessons that glorify some groups while understating the contributions of others through constructions of “crime” and racial profiling. We shared stories of observing prejudice, slurs and unjust treatment towards racialized groups based on stereotypes and unfounded fears of the unknown. Some of us talked about feeling racism through impressions, subtle or blatant gestures and body language.
We talked about the misunderstandings that can be created when people group up with others from the same culture or identity, while this may create a space to feel comfortable and connect, it can also end up creating more exclusion based on identity politics. In building healthy, vibrant, multi-cultural communities, we agreed that it is important to value one another as unique individuals who are not simply defined by socially constructed categories of identification such as ethnicity, gender, and nationality.
Antidote thanks the activist Social Justice students – Elitsa Ivanova, Kim Boyd, Marwo Dubow, Kelsey Hayek and Sara Einarson stepping up to work with us and for energizing us on the critical conversations needed to eliminate racism in society. We look forward to more social justice collaborations through activist and youth-led anti-racism and violence prevention education.
For more information and to get involved with Antidote please contact:
Rita Kozma, Youth Program Coordinator by email: Rita@antidotenetwork.org
Katie Shaw-Raudoy, Project Director by email: Katie@antidotentwork.org