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Aboriginal Art meeting in the DTES with Hendrik Beune, Scott Clark, David Morrison and Matthew James

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA speaks with West Coast First Nations Artists David Morrison and Matthew James together with Scott Clark of ALIVE and Our Place in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

David and Matthew are to be a part of the upcoming Aboriginal Artists in the Atrium with Vancouver Moving Theatre and to attend workshops with Lou-Ann Neel of CACV

2 AHA MEDIA meets David Morrison and Matthew James in Vancouver DTES

 

1 AHA MEDIA meets David Morrison and Matthew James in Vancouver DTES

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Kachina Makier-Williams on her 30 hour fast for Idle No More movement in Vancouver, Canada

January 20, 2013 Leave a comment
  • The Youth in the lower mainland area are gathering at Vancouver Community Policing in support of idle No More and Chief Teresa Spence. This Fast Will also provide as an information session for youth to educate each other. Along with education there will be games and activities through out the night so it will be some fun times. At the end of 30 hours we will break the fast with a feast. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND!    BIG THANK YOU TO KACHINA A STRONG YOUNG SPIRIT WHO STARTED THIS ALL
3 April of AHA MEDIA speaks with  Kachina Makier-Williams of 30 Hour Fast for Idle No More in Vancouv
April Smith of AHA MEDIA speaks with Kachina Makier-Williams during her 30 hour Fast for Idle No More. Below is the transcript of their conversation

April: I am so glad to see you here today during your 30 hr fast, please tell me more about it!

Kachina: Well my name is Day Star Child and my English Canadian name is Kachina Makier-Williams and today we are doing a Fast! and what we’re doing this Fast for is for Idle No More and to raise awareness for youth as for Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal people in Canada and how the Bill C-38 and 45 affects all Canadians, not just Aboriginal people. And what the bill does, is affects protected lakes and rivers and how it puts them at risk as well as protected animals. and it makes it so that non profit organizations… it makes it harder for them to speak out. And it’s important for non profits to speak out and it’s important for non profit organizations to speak out because non profit organizations are the voices of communities! And if those communities don’t have that help to speak out about their issues! Then they’re aren’t able to tell the government what their issues are and get them fixed.

April: Well that is so great to hear that all your friends, family and supporters are doing this! How many hours has it been, into your 30 hour fast?

Kachina: Well it started at 1oam and now it’s 850pm

April: It’s almost 12 hours.. How do you feel?

Kachina: Well I’m a little hungry..and I know I’m going to be really hungry when I wake up.

April: Yeah?

Kachina: It’s just a really great feeling, knowing that I’m doing this for a good cause! And having people come to support and drop by

April: Absolutely! We at AHA MEDIA and the rest of our Media Contacts; we totally support what you’re doing! When I heard about this, I knew I had to come down here, so thank you so much for seeing me at such a late hour. Normally I wouldn’t be coming so late but a good friend of mine Tina, You gotta come down, They’re young and they’re hungry! Literally, they’re hungry! So I think that this is such a wonderful cause you’re linking with for the greater good. It’s so wonderful that you are so well spoken and so well informed. I don’t think very many people know exactly why the Idle No More movement is going forward but I think you explained it in such a wonderfully descriptive way that anyone can understand and people should be involved! This is the community voice that needs to be heard above everything else.

Kachina: What we’re doing here is raising awareness! So that people understand it’s not just for Aboriginal people, because I’ve had some students in my school come up to me and say “Don’t you think that this is an inconvenience?

April: What? Ohh.. That is so tragic. I am very sorry to hear that!

Kachina: It’s like… Why are you doing that? I’m sitting there thinking. Why is it an inconvenience? Why is it NOT an inconvenience when you block traffic for the Sun Run? Because you’re trying to raise awareness!

April: Yes

Kachina: What we’re doing is the same thing. And so we’re making them aware that it doesn’t just affect Aboriginal people and that they should be embracing it and standing up with us and using their voices to speak out!

April: Well, you know you said it so well! I think to bring more awareness to these really important issues is really exactly what you’re doing. You’re really doing it in an effective way! Going on a hunger strike is so hard to do! You believe in it with all your heart and all your soul and all your belief systems. I’m sorry to hear that some of your peers are not as aware as you are but perhaps this little video can totally change their mind! Is there anything else you’d like to say to me or any last thoughts?

Kachina: I would like to add that a lot of students are also supporting me. One of my African friends said he wanted to come today, unfortunately he wasn’t able to, a Caucasian friend of mine said he wanted to make it but he couldn’t either and a lot of my people are.. when I see them around school, they’re like “Hey, that’s so cool that you’re doing this.

I go to a Christian Adventist school and in the morning, in morning prayer, I guess one of the teachers saw the video and showed all the teachers and the teachers are coming up to me and saying “Hey, that’s really great what you’re doing.

April: I think that’s wonderful, Activism and care for the community, if you can start right now at any age… especially you with your thoughts, it’s going to really change not just your life, but also the lives of your friends, your family, your loved ones, all your relations. And you are certainly Idling no more! You are taking a stand going a little bit hungry but the message is really clear and direct. It’s Now! We’re tired, we’re absolutely tired!

April: So I want to thank you so much for your time and inviting me into your wonderful beautiful space. I honour you so much and I know that all our followers and supporters and friends on Facebook, Twitter and all the social media and on TV will be going WOW! What a great job, what can we do to support you?

So thank you so much for everything!

Kachina: You’re Welcome!

Little Girl: Byeee!

April: Byee!

6 April of AHA MEDIA speaks with  Kachina Makier-Williams of 30 Hour Fast for Idle No More in Vancouv

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Scott Clark and Don Walchuk on ICTV’s After Hours program at Shaw TV Studios in Vancouver

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Scott Clark of ALIVE and Don Walchuk of ICTV at ICTV’s After Hours program at Shaw TV Studios in Vancouver

Don Walchuk, Host asks his guest Scott Clark some of the following questions.

1 AHA MEDIA at Scott Clark interview with Don Walchuk, ICTV program in Vancouver

 

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1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved with ALIVE? 

2. What doe ALIVE stand for?

3. Why was ALIVE formed?

4. What got you into activism?

5. What kind of projects does ALIVE work on?

6. What are some of the challenges urban aboriginals face living in the DTES

7. What changes would you like to see?

8. What current project is ALIVE working on?

9. What is Idle No More? Why is this happening now.

10. Commons Committee on Aboriginal Self Government in 1983 & The Royal Commission on Aboriginals in 1996. Gave Aboriginals the right to self determination

11 What is the connection with ALIVE with W2 at the current time?

Woodward’s Indigenous Winter Market

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment

  • Our second year presenting a 4-day community festival and market supporting local artisans, artists, and performing artists with a focus on local Indigenous Peoples. We are also extending invitations to our non-Indigenous friends and neighbours in the inner-city to celebrate the creative talent and sharing and dialogue opportunities.Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) in partnership with W2 Community Media Arts Society and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre are pleased to pres

    ent the 2nd Annual Woodward’s Winter Aboriginal Market.Supported by RayCam Community Centre, Inner-city Economic Strategy, Hastings Crossing BIA, BC Government & Services Employees Union, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF), and City of Vancouver’s Local Area Planning Process

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    *subject to change

    Daily: Aboriginal Artisan Market, 11am-8pm

    Daily: Urban Screens NFB Winter Film Classics, 8am-10pm on the Atrium’s videoscreens
    winter classics from the video vaults of the NFB.

    Daily: Baking & Canning Workshops: Join us on Sunday in the cafe with Zoe and Karen to learn about making Christmas preserves and holiday baking. The cost is just $10-20 (sliding scale) for supplies and you get to leave with the delicious treats you make.

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    ||||||||Wednesday, Dec 12: 7-9pm, HipHop Bingo featuring prizes and your cohosts JB The First Lady and Ostwelve

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    ||||||||Thursday, Dec 13: 8pm, An Intimate Winter Evening with George Leach & guests. 19+ Combine one of Turtle Island’s premiere blues musicians, with an evening of beer tasting (courtesy of Scandal Brewing, Cariboo Brewing, and Pacific Western Brewing Company)

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    ||||||||Friday, Dec 14: The Edward Curtis Project – Reading, 7pm, with hot chocolate & treats.

    Marie Clements Playwright’s Reading of ‘The Edward Curtis Project’ in advance of its Production
    at the National Arts Centre in Spring 2013. The work is based on the original production
    commissioned and produced by Presentation House Theatre.

    In 1930, photographer Edward Curtis’ landmark series, The North American Indian, recorded
    for posterity what he termed a “vanishing people”. Decades later, Metis/Dene playwright Marie
    Clements and Canadian documentary photographer Rita Leistner went in search of those
    same First Nations peoples and communities. Their three-year journey has become a visually
    stunning, thought-provoking drama. Present-day Aboriginal journalist Angelina – traumatized by
    chronicling the freezing death of three Native children – interacts with Curtis’ photo images and
    the controversial man himself, questioning the ethics of her work and assessing the collateral
    damage of being a witness.

    Marie Clements, is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, performer, director, and producer,
    and is Simon Fraser University’s Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence for Fall-Winter
    2012-13.

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    ||||||||Friday, Dec 14: 2nd Annual Holiday Hustle, Doors 9:30pm

    Some of Vancouver’s most celebrated electronic musicians and bands come together for this
    Beatroute Magazine fundraiser for W2 Community Media Arts Society. Lots going on including
    photo booth, artisan market, with performances by: Mandai, Vandettas, Bastet, Cherchez La
    Femme, Drugzndreamz, Frank Grimes, Andrew Van Hassel, Krusha vs Expendable Youth,
    Willisist vs Dubconscious, Woodhead, The Librarian vs Self Evident, HxdB vs Cure. $15
    advance, low-income DTES residnets receive discounted entry by calling 604-689-9896.

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    ||||||||Saturday, Dec 15: Lifeskills’ PHS DTES Market is taking place adjacent to the Market, 12-5pm

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    ||||||||Saturday, Dec 15: VIMAF presents Charlie Zone feature film with short, 7-9pm.

    Sunday, Dec 16: VIMAF Children’s Program in the NFB Studio Cinema, 12-2pm

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    ||||||||Sunday, Dec 16: Community Carolling, 4-5pm with complimentary hot chocolate, cider and
    treats.

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InDigital Tech Conference at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

August 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The  InDigital: Tech Your Life Career Camp, put on by W2 Community Media Arts Society in partnership with the First Nations Employment Society, is an innovative four day technological programme that will expose Indigenous youth, and those interested, to the essential and emerging technologies sector.

 

Indigital: Tech Your Life Career Camp at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

August 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Indigital: Tech Your Life Career Camp

EVENT DETAILS

Indigital: Tech Your Life Career Camp

Time: August 23, 2012 to August 25, 2012
Location: W2 Media Cafe
Street: 111 West Hastings Street
City/Town: Vancouver
Event Type: showcaseconference
Organized By: W2 Woodwards sponsored by FNES

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

Showcase | Conference
August 23 – 25
W2 Media Cafe/Woodward’s Atrium
111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Indigenous@creativetechnologies.org – @indigitaltech – 604.689.9896

An Aboriginal technology showcase offered in Unceded Coast Salish Territories; an unparalleled summer experience designed to youths’ interests and passion.

The Indigital: Tech Your Life Career Camp, the first Aboriginal youth digital technology showcase of its kind to be offered in the Lower Mainland, is an intensive three-day technology experience for Coastal Indigenous youth designed to foster discovery and interest in ICT, creative, broadcasting and green-tech technologies and provide exposure to education and career possibilities within the tech-sector. Youth will participate and engage in a series of introductory-level skill building workshops, site visits to leading industry and post secondary program locations, and a conference facilitated by leading Indigenous tech employers, green technologists and industry professionals. Upon successful completion of the three-day Camp program, participants will receive a Certificate of completion, along with incentives/prizes.

For more information visit: www.indigitaltech.ca

You can also visit our facebook page

 

Grand Opening of Skwachàys Residence and Healing Lodge in Vancouver

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Affordable homes with Aboriginal supports open in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Skwachàys Healing Lodge has officially opened to provide affordable housing for thosewho are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, as well as healing lodge apartments for Aboriginal individuals travelling to Vancouver for medical treatment.

“Our government is proud to invest in this important community infrastructure project that will have a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal people and their families,” said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. “We will continue to support initiatives like this to strengthen communities, help protect those most vulnerable and promote the health, safety and well-being of Aboriginal people and all Canadians.”

“The Province is working in partnership with other levels of government and communities to help end homelessness and to create housing that helps people move off the streets permanently,” said Rich Coleman, British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing. “This new building is now a safe home for 24 individuals and will provide interim housing for people seeking medical treatment.”

The recently completed housing development provides 24 affordable housing apartments for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The building also provides 18 healing lodge apartments for Aboriginal individuals and their immediate family who need to travel to Vancouver from rural and remote communities for medical services. The building also includes a commercial kitchen, an art gallery and a basement workshop as well as culturally-appropriate services, such as a sweat lodge and smudge room, which provide space for spiritual cleansing and healing.

The building, located at 31 W. Pender St. in Vancouver, is on the site of the former Pender Hotel, one of 24 single-room occupancy hotels the Province purchased in Vancouver to preserve existing housing stock. The hotel was demolished with care to preserve the heritage façade of the original building.

Funding for Skwachàys Healing Lodge comes from a variety of sources. Federal funding includes $2.7 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund as well as $451,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Province of British Columbia provided a $4.32-million grant, as well as land equity valued at approximately $2.8 million.

The City of Vancouver provided $490,000 and has waived development cost charges valued at approximately $156,000. Vancouver Native Housing Society is fundraising and contributing in kind funds of $261,000 and will be financing the remaining capital budget.

“Collaborative projects like the Skwachàys Healing Lodge demonstrate the remarkable progress that can be achieved to tackle homelessness when the community and all levels of government come together in creative partnerships,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver. “Vancouver’s population is only three per cent Aboriginal, but the 2012 Vancouver homeless count recently confirmed that over 30 per cent of Vancouver’s homeless population is of Aboriginal heritage. This important project helps to address the urgent need for new affordable housing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in a manner that supports Aboriginal peoples and embraces their rich cultural traditions.”

“The Skwachàys name was given to the building by Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation. It reflects the traditional name for this area, which Chief Campbell referred to as a place of transformation.” said David Eddy, CEO of the Vancouver Native Housing Society. “We placed a traditional longhouse – the first longhouse built in downtown Vancouver since before contact – on top of the building for use as a healing lodge. The longhouse and 40.5-foot story pole make a unique statement of the value and importance of the first peoples that have inhabited this area for millennia. It will not only provide appropriate housing and services to those without a home, but it will also provide affordable, culturally appropriate housing for Aboriginal people travelling to Vancouver for health care during a time when they may be vulnerable and in need of support.”

Vancouver Native Housing Society manages and operates Skwachàys Healing Lodge and the adjacent site located at 27 W. Pender St., which provides 98 affordable apartments. For 20 years, the society has been dedicated to providing housing for the urban Aboriginal community. They also provide programs that enrich the lives of their tenants and others in the community.

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