On March 25th, Pacific Peoples’ Partnerships in collaboration with the Tonga Women and Children’s Crisis Centre, SAGE, and CIRCLE UVIC held a 4-hour summit on Gender Based Violence.
PPP has partnered with Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre to facilitate knowledge sharing between Indigenous Peoples across Canada and South Pacific Islanders in order to raise awareness around gender based violence and culturally appropriate interventions. This virtual summit was available online globally and aimed to unite a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural and multi-generational community of Indigenous leaders, academics, community organizers and creative thinkers to explore critical issues surrounding women’s rights, gender equity, and gender based violence.
1) To provide an engaging experiential conference that provides a valuable platform for dialogue, and multilateral knowledge sharing between the Indigenous Peoples of the north and south Pacific together with other civil society actors, academics, creatives, and organizations.
2) To build a community of practice amongst Indigenous Peoples of the North and South Pacific.
3) To raise awareness around gender based violence, working collaboratively to shift the narrative, end the stigma, and support women in accessing resources that empower them.
The summit included 2 panel discussions, one on culturally appropriate healing modalities, and one on decolonizing partnerships. The following Live graphic recordings by Adriana Contreras Correal, beautifully encapsulate the conversations had during the panel discussions.
We want to express our deepest gratitude for our partners who made this summit and the development of our Pacific Resilience Fund possible.
A big thank you to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) at UVIC, Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education (SAGE), and ‘Ofa and the Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) in Tonga.
Of course a big thank you to our amazing moderators, Dr. Jeff Corntassel and Dr. Jacqueline Quinless, and our incredible panelists and those who shared ceremony with us.