Photo Jen Holden @ Infinite Body Photography
The Koksilah Music Festival is organized in recognition and celebration of the sovereignty of Indigenous Nations throughout BC. The Festival is run by a volunteer collective of musicians, artists, elders, community leaders and organizers who aspire to belong to vibrant communities working towards social justice, Indigenous resurgence, reconciliation, decolonization, stewardship of local ecosystems, and community-driven alternatives to the status quo. We believe in the power of music and art with a purpose, and in the importance of gathering in numbers to build our strength and amplify our voices.
Unist’ot’en Camp is located on the Wedzin Kwah ( Morice River), in the territory of the Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en near Houston, BC. Coastal Gaslink Pipeline is currently attempting to build their project through unceded Unist’ot’en territory without their consent. The Unist’ot’en homestead is not a protest or a demonstration–the clan is occupying and using their traditional territory as they have for centuries. They are protecting and utilizing their hunting, trapping, fishing, and plant gathering territories to ensure that future generations will also have the opportunity to live close to the land. The Unist’ot’en have been blocking the pipeline right-of-way for the last 10 years, and have continued to expand their camp to include a traditional Wet’suwet’en pithouse, bunkhouse, permaculture garden, trapping cabins, and greenhouse. Despite being subject to a massive police raid this past winter, the Unist’ot’en continue to operate Center, offering a space for community members to return to their traditional teachings and land-based wellness practices.
The Youth Inclusion Project (YIP) is a crime prevention program that provides pro-social activities to youth in the Cowichan communities. The YIP facilitates programming for youth that are considered at-risk for criminal behaviour and need extra assistance to cope with the surrounding environment. YIP hosts various girl and boy groups within schools and provides youth with opportunities to access programs in the broader community. Their aim is to provide youth with fun, supportive and socially positive activities in hope to deter youth from the criminal scene.