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 Left Coast Events - Lower Mainland - Jan 16th 06

2. NPA take culture and art out of Vancouver parks - YOU CAN SPEAK OUT AT THE MEETING JAN.16
3. Information Picket for Haiti - Jan 17th
4. WORLD PEACE FORUM 2006 - dialogue - Jan 18th
5. You are invited to a gathering of the 'IMAGINE Community' - Jan 19th
6. THE TIES THAT BIND - Jan 19th
8. The Coalition of Progressive Electors - Jan 19th
10. FOR THE SAKE OF DARFUR - benefit concert - Jan 22nd
11. LEFT FILM NIGHT - Jan 22nd
12. Greening Sacred Spaces - Jan 24th
13. January Gathering of The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada - Jan 26th
14. Invitation to 11th Annual Dances With Dragons - Jan 29th
15. Talking Stick Festival-Jan29th-Feb 5th
16. Pickton Trial Demonstration - Jan 30th
17. How to Use the ABLLS as an Assessment and IEP Development Tool- Feb 24 & 25th
18. Join Grassroots Women for International Women's Day 2006 - March 5, 8th



Monday January 16, 2006
7 pm
Hewett Centre - Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 W. 49 Ave Vancouver
(corner of 49th Ave and Oak St.)

Updates on the Campaign and how you can be involved.

More women and men of conscience who refuse to serve in the illegal and immoral war on Iraq([search]) are arriving in Canada all the time. There are 5 currently in B.C. This number will only increase as the tragedy of occupation drags on and will turn to a flood if the draft is reinstated in the U.S.

Canadians must demand that our government provide sanctuary in this country for those service people who recognize what the Canadian government itself asserted: that this was, and remains, an illegal war.

Meet with other activists and concerned citizens to discuss how to strengthen and broaden the campaign here. We need to expand the support committee in order to meet the needs for legal and physical support for the current war resisters and the many who are likely to arrive. We also need to broaden our efforts to raise awareness of the campaign to let the resisters stay.

Discussion topics include Campaign Updates, Outreach and Fundraising.

War Resisters Support Campaign - Vancouver
Tel: 778-837-1475

StopWar.ca - Vancouver Peace Coalition

From: Sarah Bjorknas


2. NPA take culture and art out of Vancouver parks.


An NPA motion to cut the Vancouver Park Board's Culture and Recreation Committee will effectively take arts and culture out of Vancouver parks, said COPE Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert.

"This decision sets culture back to the role of an afterthought," said Herbert. "As the only
arts person on the board I'm disappointed about the signal this sends to Vancouver's vibrant arts community."

The motion to cut the Culture and Recreation Committee is being moved by NPA Park Board chair Heather Holdon and will be heard by the Board at its January 16 meeting.

Over the last three years the Culture and Recreation Committee has made big strides in establishing culture as a form of recreation.

From the Monsters in the Meadow family film screenings in Stanley Park, to internationally
acclaimed artist Liz Magor's LightShed in Coal Harbour, to the Olympics of Arts International Sculpture Biennale, to senior's story telling in neighbourhood parks, the Culture and Recreation Committee has been instrumental in furthering arts and culture as part of an exciting, and inclusive city parks system.

The Culture and Recreation Committee, along with Planning and Environment, and Finance, were created by the former COPE Park Board in 2002 in order to focus Park Board attention on culture, arts and environment issues. The Committees also allowed for greater public input into park decision-making.

"With one of the biggest capital development plans in Park Board history facing the Planning Committee, there is a real risk that culture and arts will be forgotten." said Herbert. "When decisions are made between the bricks and mortar of building new facilities and cultural projects like community murals, or a local festival, I'm concerned that without a Culture and Recreation Committee, arts and cultural initiatives will be ignored."

Herbert is a professional artist who has organized community cultural and arts events in Vancouver.

Info: Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) 604-255-0400
Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert 778-859-4905

From: ewoods (at) vcn.bc.ca


3. Information Picket for Haiti

Tuesday, January 17, 6:15 PM to 7 PM
950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Jewish Community Center, Oak and 41st

All Candidates Forum
Join Haiti Solidarity BC on Tuesday 17th, to challenge the candidates to take up Canada?s participation in the betrayal of democracy in Haiti and our government?s ongoing role in the illegal occupation and funding of Haitian rightists.

Join HSBC to demand:

For justice and democracy in Haiti!
Yes to free elections, no to sham elections!
End the repression of popular forces, free all political prisoners!
Free Father Gerard Jean-Juste!
Canada, US, United Nations: Out of Haiti now!

Haiti Solidarity BC
Contact: haitisolidaritybc (at) yahoo.ca
Ph 778-858-5179 604-338-7450

Project-x (at) lists.resist.ca
Project-X list:
initiated for the (re)building of the Left.

From: Phil Lyons



Peace Dialogue Series

Wednesday, January 18
7 to 8:30 pm Kitsilano Secondary School Auditorium
2550 W.10th Ave Vancouver

Keynote speaker: Mel Hurtig

Mel will address important issues such as Canada's role as a peacekeeper and our global image as such.
Please note the NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

Keziah McCrystal Rothlin, Executive Asst. Vancouver and District Labour Council #140 - 111 Victoria Drive Vancouver, BC V5L 4C4
604-254-0703 Phone
604-254-0701 Fax office (at) vdlc.ca Email

From: "VDLC"


5. You are invited to a gathering of the 'IMAGINE Community'

January 19th 2006
6:OO pm
at the Discovery Room
Burnaby Village Museum
6501 Deer Lake Avenue

The organizers of the IMAGINE Conference invite you to join in an evening of food, connection,
inspiration and dialogue.

We are reaching out to people who are dedicated to supporting others.

Whether you are an educator, health practitioner, work in the fields of community or assisted living, or if you have a loved one who lives with a disability, we invite your participation.
This evening will also be of interest to 'community-minded' individuals who are concerned with how we might rekindle greater caring within our communities.

The IMAGINE Conference is evolving. It is more than just a conference. Come learn about our vision, values and plans for the future over a simple meal and a chance to meet like -minded others. We are widening our circle of connection and inviting your ideas and contribution.

For more information please contact Cheryl Hughes at (604) 542-4817 or at heartwork (at) telus.net

Please R.S.V.P. by January 16th to the above email address.

From: "Coalition News"



a co-production of the National Film Board of Canada and Force Four Entertainment

ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 at 9pm, KCTS and Vancity will present the acclaimed NFB documentary, The Ties That Bind, followed by a special televised discussion forum to be broadcast at 10pm.

The film features Chris Jordan, a 28 year old man living with multiple disabilities and an independent spirit that fuels his dream of moving out of the family home. In response, his parents set out to create a personal network of caring friends and relatives-based on the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network model-to support their son in living on his own. Through this process, they discover the importance of future planning: creating a safe and secure environment so Chris can survive and flourish long after his parents are gone.

Award-winning filmmaker John Ritchie follows the Jordan family for almost three years. The result is an extraordinary, intimate film that examines one family's struggle to let go when every instinct compels them to hang on. With great sensitivity, the film reveals the complexity surrounding one person's transition toward a more independent life.

Don't miss Beyond the Ties That Bind at 10pm. Award-winning producer/reporter, Enrique Cerna, invites further dialogue on these issues with an update on the Jordan family, and a discussion forum featuring a studio audience of film participants, people with disabilities, families and other community members from British Columbia and Washington state.

Visit the Ties That Bind website to follow the Jordan family's journey.


From: "Coalition News"





Drawing on case examples of transformations in Bogot?, Greater Vancouver, and the Philippines,
Nola-Kate Seymoar, PhD, President & CEO of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities will talk about how cities can strengthen human security and community resilience.

Followed by discussion and refreshments.


Thursday, January 19, 2005 at 7:30 pm


Unitarian Church Centre, 949 W.49th Ave. at Oak St., Vancouver.
All welcome. Free Parking. No charge.


Or to add your name to the meeting reminder e-mail list,
contact Larry Kazdan at (604) 874-9982,
or e-mail: lkazdan (at) shaw.ca.

The World Federalist Movement Canada - Vancouver Branch meets at this location the third Thursday of every month. The general public is cordially invited to attend.

World Federalists support the development of a global community based on the rule of law and democratically accountable international institutions.

World Federalist Movement Canada - Vancouver Branch
e-mail wfcvb (at) vcn.bc.ca

URL: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/wfcvb

From: Larry Kazdan


8. The Coalition of Progressive Electors

Stop NPA cuts to child care and social housing at South East False Creek

Sam Sullivan and his NPA dominated city council want to slash affordable housing, child care, community centre space and park facilities for dragon-boaters, kayakers and other non motorized water craft at the new development in South East False Creek.

Vancouver City Council?s Budget Committee will be deciding on changes to the plans for South East False Creek at 9:30 am on Thurs, Jan 19, at Vancouver City Hall. For details of the meeting go to:


These changes to plans for a truly sustainable community at South East False Creek would not only move away from the previous COPE Council policy of creating a full-service community, but it could impact future developments slated for the False Creek flats and other areas in the city by setting a negative precedent.

Changes also negate the work of housing groups, child care advocates, environmental organizations and hundreds of concerned citizens who since 1997 have devoted considerable time and effort in creating a progressive and forward looking plan for South East False Creek.

Now that plan could be scrapped by the new NPA council with little or no public input or consultation.

To get on the speakers list and tell Sam Sullivan and the NPA to protect existing levels of social housing and child care at South East False Creek, contact Denise Salmon at the City Clerk?s office at 604-873-7269 denise.salmon (at) vancouver.ca.

What: NPA plan to cut housing and child care at SE False Creek
When: 9:30 am, Thurs, Jan 19, 2006
Where: Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12 Ave, Vancouver

From: "The Coalition of Progressive Electors"



** Benefit in solidarity with the communities of CIPO-RFM in Oaxaca, Mexico.

On January 21st 2006, starting at 7pm and until our bodies hold up... Saint Michael's Church, 409 East Broadway (across from Kingsgate Mall)

Let us join happiness with rebelliousness, tenderness with solidarity and celebration with struggle. There will be exhibitions of Capoeira and Indigenous dances from Oaxaca, film, crafts and photo exhibitions and lots of traditional Oaxacan food. And finally, dancing for all tastes.

Join us in the support the Indigenous community projects of the Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magon" (CIPO-RFM), as well as the legal defence of the political prisoners of our organization.

We will be informing you about the current situation of the Indigenous movement, what is happening with the EZLN's "other campaign", the path of "delegate no one" (Subcomandante Marcos), and the refugee process of Raul Gatica - given that his IRB hearing will soon be taking place and he is asking for people to accompany him. Also, we will present the work plan of the Comuna of CIPO in Vancouver and how you can get involved in the Comuna as well as promote the selling of the products made by the women's co-op.

For More Information, please contact : noii-van (at) resist.ca, cipo.van (at) gmail.com, cipocanada (at) yahoo.cao
604-876-5384, 778-862-6955, 604-255-2474,604-736-0345
Let us make with our smile, a space of dignity,resistance and tenderness.

Sincerely, For the reconstitution and free association of our communities Many hands and one heart in the struggle

Comuna of CIPO in Vancouver No One Is Illegal - Vancouver Ecumenical Task For Justice in the Americas

**LUCHAR SIN PERDER LA TERNURA** Fiesta de solidaridad con las comunidades del CIPO-RFM en Oaxaca, M?xico.

Este 21 de enero de 2006 a partir de las 7 de la noche y hasta que el cuerpo aguante, en la iglesia de San Miguelito, ubicada en 409 Est Brodway St., frente al mall de Kingsgate: juntemos alegr?a con rebeld?a, ternura con solidaridad y fiesta con la lucha.

Habr? exhibici?n de Capoeira y de bailes ind?genas de Oaxaca, cine, exposici?n artesanal, fotogr?fica y mucha comida tradicional de Oaxaca- M?xico, y baile para todos los gustos.

Vengan a contagiarse con nosotros y acompa?e con su cooperaci?n los proyectos de las comunidades ind?genas integrantes del Consejo Ind?gena Popular de Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Mag?n" CIPO-RFM, y para la defensa legal de los ahora expresos pol?ticos de la misma organizaci?n.

Informaremos sobre la situaci?n actual del movimiento ind?gena, de lo que va pasando con "la otra campa?a" con el recorrido del delegado zero y del proceso de refugio de Ra?l Gatica, dado que en breve se realizar? su hearing y requiere se le acompa?e. Tambi?n se expondr? el Plan de Trabajo de la comuna del CIPO e Vancouver y la forma de participar en ella, as? como promover la comercializaci?n de los productos elaborados por la cooperativa de mujeres.

Mayor informaci?n: noii-van (at) resist.ca, cipo.van (at) gmail.com, cipocanada (at) yahoo.ca, y a los tel?fonos: 604-876-5384,
778-862-6955, 604-255-2474, 604-736-0345,

Hagamos de nuestra sonrisa un espacio de dignidad, resistencia y ternura. Atentamente Por la reconstituci?n y libre asociaci?n de nuestros pueblos Muchas manos y un solo coraz?n para luchar

Invitan: Comuna del CIPO en Vancouver No One is Illegal Ecumenical Task For Justice in the Americas
No One is Illegal-Vancouver To subscribe to low-traffic email annoucement list email noii-van (at) resist.ca

web: http://noii-van.resist.ca email: noii-van (at) resist.ca
(604)682-3269 x 7149 Office 714, 207 West Hastings, Vancouver BC V6B 1H7

The No One is Illegal campaign is in full confrontation with Canadian colonial border policies, denouncing and taking action to combat racial profiling of immigrants and refugees, detention and deportation policies, and wage-slave conditions of migrant workers and non-status people.

We struggle for the right for our communities to maintain their livelihoods and resist war, occupation and displacement, while building alliances and supporting indigenous sisters and brothers also fighting theft of land and displacement.

From: Phil Lyons



A Benefit Concert

Nancy Newman Quartet
Featuring Richard Green on guitar,
Yvonne Green on guitar and vocals, and
Brian Harton on bass

Jeni Wright

Rick Keating
One of Vancouver's most renowned acoustic-folk songwriters

David Granirer
Counsellor and stand-up Comic

Phoenix Wisebone
Singer-songwriter and guitarist
performing original cross-genre folk
in over a dozen altered tunings

Special Mystery Guest

MC Charles Kaplan

January 22, 2006/7:30-10:00p.m.
Or Shalom Synagogue
710 East 10th Avenue (corner Fraser Street)
For further information, telephone 604-872-1614
Admission by donation



From: Larry Kazdan



Sunday, January 22, 7 pm

Dogwood Centre, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver (corner of Clark & E. Georgia) - check out our new giant screen movie system!

"BURN" (Italy, 1969, 132 minutes)

Director Gillo Pontecorvo's earlier film The Battle of Algiers is an all-time classic. His lesser-known film, Burn (titled Queimada in its original version), is enjoying a newfound popularity due to its highly pertinent content. A bitter indictment against 19th century colonialism, Burn begins when Sir William Walker (Marlon Brando) is sent by the British government to a Caribbean island run by the Portuguese who slaughtered the native population and then imported slaves from Africa. The slaves work the lucrative plantations, and the British seek to usurp the Portuguese as masters of the sugar trade. When Walker arrives as the British agent provocateur, a slave revolt is brutally squashed and its leader executed. Sir Walker was supposed to fuel this revolt and ensure its successful conclusion, so he casts around for a new rebel leader, charismatic slave Jose Dolores (Evaristo Marquez). Sir Walker manipulates circumstances, and soon a slave revolt takes place, the slaves are "freed" and the British take over the sugar trade... but that is not the end of the story.

Left Film Nights are co-sponsored by the Young Communist League (YCL), Centre for Socialist Education, and Vancouver East Club (Communist Party of Canada). Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be available. For details, call 255-2041.


"WAR NO MORE" - On Saturday, March 18, the third anniversary of the illegal war against Iraq, millions of people will take part in world-wide peace actions. In Vancouver, we urge you to join the StopWar.ca rally at the Art Gallery, starting at 1:00 pm.

From: Kimball Cariou


12. Greening Sacred Spaces

Adam va-Adamah is excited to announce the third session of the Thecology Caf? evening discussion series. Please join us as Paige Dampier of the Multifaith Action Society leads us in a discussion about multifaith dialogue around creating health environments.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Pini?s (729 West 16th Avenue)
7:15pm to 9pm
Suggested Donation of $5

This discussion is part of Adam va-Adamah?s Thecology Caf? Discussion Series. The discussions are designed to allow you to explore your own ideas and hear new perspectives! After a short introduction to the topic, participants will engage in a lively exploration of the environmental topic from a Jewish perspective.

The first session of this series, on Eco-Kashrut, proved to be a captivating discussion. Participants came away with a deepened understanding of how to eat according to the laws of kashrut, while still being mindful of environmental concerns. The second session explored the threat of peak oil. Participants were asked to imagine what the world would look like if peak oil becomes a reality and to think about what the Jewish community can start doing now to help deal with problems associated with peak oil.

We hope to see you at this third session of the series!

The dates, topics, and presenters for future discussions are as follows:

Greening Sacred Spaces: January 24, 2006
Paige Dampier, Multifaith Action Society

Sustainability and Judaism: February 21, 2006
Motti Essakow, One Step Beyond

Salmon in BC: March 21, 2006
Michael Barkusky, Adam va-Adamah and Celia Brauer, Salmon Celebration

Jewish Perspectives on Evolution: April 25, 2006
Peter Ballin, VCC Science Department

Israel?s Environment Today: May 23, 2006
Yossi Daar, Jewish National Fund

For more information, please contact Adam va-Adamah at www.av-a.org.

Becca Siggner and Susanna Haas
Co-directors Thecology Cafe
Adam va-Adamah
rebecca_siggner (at) yahoo.ca
susanna (at) haas.ca

From: Susanna Haas


13. January Gathering of The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada

You are warmly invited to the first gathering of the Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada in 2006, which will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm in the third floor classroom of the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings streets in downtown Vancouver.

This gathering will have three components: an educational event, a Truth Commission business meeting, and an open circle for local aboriginal and non-aboriginal people.

The evening will begin with a reading by Kevin Annett from the just-published second edition of his book on Indian Residential Schools, "Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust". This new edition is packed with updated evidence of genocide in Canada, and is causing big ripples of concern in church and government circles.

Next, Truth Commission members will be discussing upcoming public actions aimed at making the churches and government of Canada publicly disclose what happened to more than 50,000 aboriginal children who died in residential schools and were buried in secret. There will also be reports about solidarity actions with our work happening around the world.

After these events, an open talking circle will he held, for anyone who wishes to share their story or other concerns.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Kevin Annett at 1-888-265-1007, and listen to Kevin's popular radio program, "Hidden from History", every Monday from 1-2 pm on Vancouver Co-op radio, CFRO 102.7 FM, which he hosts with Haida elder Wilf Price.

And also, see the new website of the Truth Commission
at: www.hiddenfromhistory.org

Bring a friend and we'll see you on January 26!

From: Kevin Annett


14. Invitation to 11th Annual Dances With Dragons


Dear friends from the First Nations:

For the last 10 years, you might have been part of the annual Dances With Dragons, a celebration of a new relationship between Chinese-Canadians, Canadians & Aboriginal set amidst the colorful Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown. For those of you further away, you might have seen it on TV or in the newspaper.

This past year has been a special year. 2005 started off after the horrific Tsunami, the generous response to which put our Mount Currie native friends on national news. Then in early spring, the Premier?s office initiated and drafted a document called ? A New Relationship? to implement the Supreme Court of Canada decisions. In May, the new BC government surprised us with a new name: Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. Why I said surprise is that those highlighted words are the words within our mission statement found at the bottom of every CFR email. While I am thankful to God that things appear to be moving after years of crying in the wilderness, there is a big need for us to monitor the government so that those words would not remain words on paper. The reality in various First Nations (http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/ ) remains a constant challenge. My last email reported on Jo Jo found frozen to death by the Highway near Hope and on Bruce Clark, the lawyer disbarred because of his stand for aboriginal sovereignty. Thanks to your response, I have collected just over a thousand dollars and every penny has been sent to those two parties before 2005 ended.

Now you and your people are invited to celebrate the 11th annual Dances with Dragons, which was started ten years ago by students from Mount Currie (see background below). This is not a performance but a genuine celebration of another year of journey with the First People and one more step towards reconciliation. To that end, please share the following invitation with your elders and friends:

Event: 11th annual "Dances with Dragons" (set inside the Chinese New Year Parade)
Organisers: Chinese Christians In Action
Canadians For Reconciliation
Date: 29 January 2006 (Sunday)
Time: 10:45 am to 1 pm (with simple lunch to follow)
Meeting Place: 375 East Pender Street, Vancouver (Chinese Mennonite Church)

Since 1990, members of CCIA through visiting and listening discovered the true history between British Columbia and the indigenous people. To foster understanding and respect, CCIA has conducted numerous bus tours up to Mount Currie Reserve, has organized different forums and gave birth to Canadians for Reconciliation in 2001. Thousands of Canadians and media personnel have journeyed with us on this road towards reconciliation.

Ten years ago through their teachers, the Mt. Currie students initiated their first visit to Vancouver's Chinese New Year parade. We gladly did the local organizing & reception of some 50 young students. Amidst the sights and sounds of the colorful celebration, they seemed to be most fascinated with the dragon dance. After their second trip, they built a fourteen feet long dragon out of paper mache and sent us the memories of their encounter with the dragons in a picture book (Thus the name of the event).

This Province relationship with the First Nations has to match the nice words on paper. Furthermore after roused to demand for certainty and finality to their self-interests, very few British Columbians are asking for certainty of a restored relationship between the two people groups. "Dances with Dragons", the first March for Reconciliation in 2002, and the historic banquet in 2004 are people's efforts to reconciliation. By inviting you and your children to join the Chinese New Year Parade, we wish to affirm the respect and dignity that you all deserve, and the friendship your forefathers and our forefathers once shared in Chinatown and in BC. By encouraging others to walk along side and listen, we may finally live out what life was intended to be. If our minds be like those children again, we too can have something to look forward to; we too may want to believe in dragons.....

We will be honored if you can extend this invitation to First Nation friends young and old to participate in the parade. Wherever possible ask them to bring their drums and songs. Please ask them to wear regalia and bring a small banner to identify their group (not mandatory. Changing room is available at the church). Please note afternoon agenda is still under consideration pending amount of interest received from out of town student groups. So if you have/know of such a group coming, please let me know as soon as possible.

Through the participation, together we can send a different message to the rest of the country. We look forward to your participation.

with warm New Year wishes,

Bill Chu
Canadians For Reconciliation

CANADIANS FOR RECONCILIATION is a peaceful non-partisan grassroots movement committed to developing a new relationship with aboriginal people, one that signifies a deep apology for past injustice, a willingness to honor truth now and a resolve to embrace each other in the new millennium

The UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

This page and all other News Releases can be found here.

From: "UBCIC Current Events"


15. Talking Stick Festival-Back again Jan29th-Feb 5th

Marnie Wilson at 604.685.5575 / mwilson (at) theartsbiz.com

For Immediate Release / Photos, B-Roll & Interviews Available Upon Request

Talking Stick Festival ? Celebrating the Diversity and Talents of Aboriginal Artists

Event: Talking Stick Festival
Venue: Various Venues throughout Vancouver - More Details to Follow Shortly
Dates: January 29th ? February 5th, 2006
Times: Varies
Admission: Tickets $9 - $18 / Festival Passes $55 until December 31st only (plus applicable taxes)
Tickets: Available at Festival Box Office at 604-257-0366 or www.festivalboxoffice.com
Information: http://www.fullcircle.ca/tstick/tstick.html

Vancouver, BC...From January 29th ? February 5th, Vancouver plays host to a citywide celebration of extraordinary Aboriginal Performance and Art. Featuring some of the best emerging and established Aboriginal artists, the Talking Stick Festival honours and celebrates the diversity and talents of Aboriginal artists through a variety of performances including theatre, storytelling, reading, writers, music and dance by local, national and international Aboriginal artists.

In Aboriginal gatherings, a talking stick, stone, or eagle feather is passed around the circle so that anyone who wants to speak has a chance to be heard, with respect and without interruption. Full Circle Artistic Director Margo Kane?s eight-day festival features one of Australia's pre-eminent Aboriginal artists, Fiona Doyle. Ms. Doyle, born in 1969, was raised in Weipa's Napranum community on Western Cape York Peninsula. A graduate of James Cook University (2002) and the National Islander and Skills Development Association, Sydney (1991), she continues to freelance in theatre and dance performance. In 2003 she won the national David Unaipon Award for her entry, which was developed into a book. She recently moved to Brisbane with her three daughters and husband. Ms. Doyle has been critically acclaimed for her unique artistic practice that includes theatrical performance, dance and writing.

The Talking Stick Festival was created in 2001 by Full Circle: First Nations Performance to present a unique showcase and forum for talented emerging and professional Aboriginal artists and to introduce both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences to contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice. Full Circle was established in 1992 to create opportunities for Aboriginal artists, writers and performers to express the reality of First Nations experiences and to work in harmony with First Nations traditions while engaging modern, interdisciplinary theatrical techniques. Full Circle provides an environment that fosters the development of skills, ideas, exploration and collaboration.

talking stick runs January 29th ? February 5th at various locations throughout the city. A detailed schedule can be found at www.fullcircle.ca/tstick/tstick.html. Tickets are available through Festival Box Office at 604-257-0366 or www.festivalboxoffice.com.

"Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never been in bed with a mosquito." ~ Dalai Lama

From: "Sienna G.G MacMillan"


16. Pickton Trial Demonstration

I want to pass on this important event to you, and hope you can attend. If not, especially for our supporters across Canada and the U.S., please send your positive energy to the families and to those still living and working in dangerous conditions.

Feel free to pass this message on . . .

In Solidarity

Marika Sandrelli, Consultant
Community Mobilization
Suite 103- 1996 East 36th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V5P 1C8
(604) 687-1175 marikas (at) shaw.ca


The Committee planning the Valentine's Day Women's Memorial March met January 5 and decided to show our support for the families of the murdered women when Willy Pickton goes to trial at 9:00 a.m. on January 30. We don't intend to try to enter the courthouse.

We want to represent our community, and honour the women and their families with our presence, Elders, drums and the Memorial Quilt with over 90 names, that was created in the DTES last year as a lasting memorial.

Please Join Us. All Welcome, Men and Women.

January 30, 2006, 9:00 am
BC Supreme Court at Begbie Square
651 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster

The New Westminster Courthouse is easily accessible for anyone with a bus pass; just take the Skytrain to the New West Station, it's right across the street.

For those wishing to go out in the van, we will be leaving at 8:00 a.m. from the DTES Women's Centre, at Cordova and Columbia Streets.

From: "Marika Sandrelli"


17. How to Use the ABLLS as an Assessment and IEP Development Tool

For free ABLLS Kit - Register by January 16, 2006

ACT - Autism Community Training in partnership with North Vancouver School District 44 &
The Consortium for the Advancement of Child Health-Simon Fraser University

Presented by Suzanne Jacobsen, Ed.D., BCBA

Friday, February 24 & Saturday, February 25, 2006
Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University - Downtown Campus
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Why Use the ABLLS?

Many teachers and parents are frustrated by the challenge of understanding which skills a child with special needs has and what building blocks they are missing in order to progress. Underestimating or overestimating a child's skills can lead to a child failing to progress. The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (The ABLLS) is an assessment, curriculum guide, and skills tracking system for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The ABLLS contains a task analysis of the many skills necessary to communicate successfully and to learn from everyday experiences. It is appropriate for professionals and para-professionals working with students who have not developed the skill levels that are achieved by typical children by age 5 to 6 in communication, language and other areas. Using this tool effectively allows teachers to more easily understand what they need to teach in order that their student can make more rapid progress and enjoy learning. The ABLLS enables IEP goals and objectives to be clearly defined and to strategically target the learning needs of the student.

The Workshop

This workshop will provide participants a tool to analyze and track learner skills and to guide the development of a comprehensive language-based curriculum for the students. Information on scoring and interpreting the ABLLS and on using it to measure and monitor student achievement will be covered. Also covered will be a brief overview of Verbal Behaviour, an approach to Applied Behaviour Analysis, as an approach to develop a child's language skills. Individuals who have already done workshops on Verbal Behaviour will find this workshop particularly helpful.

The Presenter

Dr. Jacobsen is well known to many professionals and parents across BC for her exceptional range of expertise as a diagnosti-cian, educator, psychologist and behaviour consultant. She is a tireless advocate for the rights of children with special needs to have effective educational and therapeutic programs, regard-less of diagnosis. Dr. Jacobsen, a registered psychologist and certified teacher, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a certification which is becom-ing increasingly valued in the autism field. She has provided services to children with complex developmental disabilities and autism in education and health care settings for 30 years. Currently she is in private practice providing assessment and diagno-sis and behaviour consultation. She is a member of the Advisory Council of ACT.

The ABLLS Introductory Set - Important Information!

All registrants for this workshop, for whom ACT receives payment by January 16th, will receive a free ABLLS Introductory Set, including the ABLLS Protocol (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skill) and the ABLLS Guide (ABLLS Scoring Instructions and IEP Development Guide). This will be distributed at the workshop. Those who register after January 16th will be responsible for ordering their own set from www.behaviouranalysts.com at a cost of $59.95 U.S. plus shipping, handling & duty as it will be too late for ACT to do so. Please note that ACT cannot insure that sets you order directly will arrive in time for the workshop - this is your responsibility! It is strongly recommended that participants have the ABLLS set.

The ABLLS Guide provides instructions for scoring The ABLLS Protocol and for completing the skills tracking grids for an individual student. The ABLLS Guide also provides strategies to assist parents, educators and other professionals to use the information obtained from the completed assessment protocol to develop an effective Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the child.

The ABLLS Protocol provides both parents and professionals with criterion-referenced information regarding a child's current skills, and provides a curriculum that can serve as a basis for the selection of educational objectives. The ABLLS Protocol also includes a set of grids that comprise a skills tracking system that make it possible to observe and document the child's progress in the acquisition of critical skills. The ABLLS Protocol is only available as part of an introductory two-book set (The ABLLS Guide and The ABLLS Protocol), and to registered owners of The ABLLS Guide.

Accommodation, Parking and Information about The Wosk Centre for Dialogue

The Wosk Centre at 580 West Hastings Street, is not part of Harbour Centre. The entrance is from Seymour Street, adjacent to the Delta Suites Hotel. Parking is plentiful in the area but can be expensive. Parking is available at the Delta Suites Hotel, for $8.50 a day, if you arrive before 8:30 am. The Centre is close to Waterfront Sky Train Station in Downtown Vancouver. Please check our website for hotel information.

Registration & Costs (GST & a simple lunch are included)

To Register and for full information including schedule, see the attached PDF document or go to http://www.actbc.ca/act_wkshop_pdfs/ABLLS_Bulletin_Feb06.pdf to download or contact ACT at the info below.

Please note that regular and late registrants are responsible for ordering their own ABLLS kits - see above.


? Early Bird Rate = $300 (includes ABLLS Kit) - postmarked by January 16, 2006

? Regular Rate = $325 - postmarked Jan. 17 - February 15, 2006

? Late Rate = $350 - postmarked after Feb. 15, 2006 & at the door

Para-Professionals, Parents, Students

? Early Bird Rate = $250 (includes ABLLS Kit) - postmarked by January 16, 2006

? Regular Rate = $275 - postmarked Jan. 17 - February 15, 2006

? Late Rate = $300 - postmarked after Feb. 15, 2006 & at the door

Method of payment: Cash, Cheque, Mastercard, VISA. You may also telephone in your registration using a credit card. Registrations are accepted only when accompanied by payment or with a written request to invoice your school district or community agency. North Vancouver School Board staff must register through their student services office. Parents may use up to 20% of their MCFD autism funding for training costs. A limited number of bursaries for low-income participants are available. Group rates are available for groups of four or more if they are covered by one payment. Refunds for registration, less a $25 handling charge, are available if ACT is informed one week before the workshop date. Cheques that are not honoured will result in a loss of registration status. Cheques or money orders should be made out to: ACT - Autism Community Training. Mail to: Suite 240 - 2250 Boundary Road, Burnaby, BC Canada V5M 3Z3. To register or confirm your registration, e-mail info (at) autismcommunitytraining.bc.ca or telephone 604-205-5467, toll-free 1-866-939-5188.

To be removed from this email list please email: info (at) autismcommunitytraining.bc.ca, type "remove" in the subject line.

From: Deborah Pugh - ACT


18. Join Grassroots Women for International Women's Day 2006:

Sunday, March 5 from 10-4
IWD conference including panels and workshops

Wednesday, March 8, 5:30
IWD Rally

More details to follow. Contact Grassroots Women at 604.682.4451 /
grassrootswomen (at) telus.net if you'd like to get involved in organizing the

Grassroots Women
#304 - 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 1H7

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