Suzanne Jay Keynote, Stingray Sisters fight fracking, Šxʷʔam̓ət (home)

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

TODAY’S SHOW Host: Irwin Oostindie @DutchPhoto

2:00 Introduction and welcome

3:00 News: Margaret Mitchell RIP

Margaret Mitchell, passed away March 8 at the age of 92yrs. Margaret was the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East from 1979 – 1993.  It is appropriate that Margaret passed on International Women’s Day. She was a strong advocate for women in Canada and internationally and received national attention when she was raising concerns about violence against women in the House of Commons and when male MPs started joking about it she called them out. In addition to her advocacy on women’s issues Margaret was known for being a strong voice for housing, fighting poverty and multiculturalism.  Margaret was also the first MP to raise the issue of the disgrace of the Chinese Head Tax in parliament.  

Margaret led a life of community service. First with the International Red Cross and then being the innovator to bring the community development model to organizing in Vancouver neighbourhoods. Margaret was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2000.

09:00 IWD EXTRA!! Keynote Speech by Suzanne Jay at the March 3, 2017 talk ‘After Trump & Pussy Hats’ which she shared with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Suzanne is a CoFounder of the Vancouver-based group, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP). Suzanne raises the issues solutions to prevent violence against women must address systemic racism, sexism and social and economic disadvantage in order to be effective.

44:00 David Ng, Theatre for Living discussing:  Šxʷʔam̓ət (home)


The title of this production, šxʷʔam̓ət, is based on a hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (a local Indigenous dialect) word used to reference home. This word has so many different meanings to all of us who are living on this land. Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre) has a 36 year, multi-award winning history of creating cutting-edge, interactive theatre that challenges perceptions and creates social change. This year, TfL’s legacy continues with šxʷʔam̓ət (home), for 11 performances at the Firehall Arts Centre. Created and performed by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast and production team, šxʷʔam̓ət (home) weaves together stories based on real life and challenges us to make reconciliation real and honourable.

52:00 Alice Eather and Noni Eather of the STINGRAY SISTERS

We preview this powerful film and story of the magnetic Eather sisters who, with stubborn humour, resist the fracking of indigenous territories in Australia. The work not only explores what it means to live in a mixed family, but how to unite communities despite youth who lose hope and elderly who pass away, redefining what it means to truly lead. This is an inspirational and timely documentary that manages to trace beauty in the madness. The screening will be attended by Alice Eather, Noni Eather, and director Katrina Channels,

Women In Film + Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member driven not-for-profit society.  Our main objectives are: to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community; and to recognize and promote the artistic and professional contributions of women in the Canadian screen-based media community and in the community at large.

Weekend Announcements:

1. IntersAction at TD Bank. Vancouver, BC (Action 2 of 2)

2. Stop the Pipelines; Start the Music – 2017
Big music night in solidarity with the front line defenders of the Unist’ot’en Clan. Big raves about last year’s event. This one should be just as good.
Saturday, March 11, 7:30, Imperial Room
Line up: The Boom Booms, Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron, David Beckingham (of Hey Ocean) and Dave Morin plus news from the front lines of Indigenous sovereignty and pipeline opposition from the Chiefs of the Unist’ot’en Clan.

3. This Is Not A Conversation by Itai Erdal, Dima Alansari, and Ker Wells premieres March 14 at the SPARK Festival (Victoria, BC) || OPEN DRESS REHEARSALS in VANCOUVER on March 10 @ 6PM and March 11 @ 5PM at SFU Woodward’s in Room 4270 || RSVP to

4. Amazonia Opening Party: Museum of Anthropology, FREE ADMISSION
We invite you to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, which explores the creative ideas that inspire Indigenous resistance to threats facing the world’s largest rainforest.
Cash bar. Remarks at 7:15 pm.

5. MLA Mable Elmore BC NDP #TeamMable Social: Saturday, March 11, 5-7pm at our brand new campaign office at 5854 Fraser Street.  Together we’ll check out our new place over some drinks and snacks.

6. Peabody Award Winner Scott Carrier Comes to UFV: Sunday, March 12 at 5 PM – 7 PM

LOCATION: UFV Abbotsford Building A, Room 229, 33844 King Road


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