Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria

Artwork: Blanketing by Jesse Campbell, 2019
Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria
Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 pm to Sunday, March 31, 2019, 9:00 pm

Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria
Dates: March 1 – 31, 2019
Location: Open Space Arts Society, 510 Fort Street (unless otherwise indicated)
Friday, March 1, 2019
5-7pm – Territory welcome and reception
(Bar Service Provided)
Saturday, March 2, 2019
2-5pm –  Discussion: Where are we at, Victoria?Moderated by Charles Campbell
Saturday, March 16, 2019
2-5pm - Discussion: Defining Our Terms – Moderated by Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier
Friday, March 29, 2019
10am - Lekwungen Welcoming, with Bradley Dick
11-5pm - Roundtable conversations + workshop
Saturday, March 30 2019
10-5pm - Roundtable conversations + workshop
Please register for the Sche’chulth Conversation Series here.
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (free/by donation)
Saturday, March 2, 2019
7-9pm – Panel Discussion: "Resurgence in the “Era of Reconciliation”
In partnership with the UVic Native Student Union
Saturday, March 9, 2019
7-9pm - "Wampum" Performance by Elisa Harkins
Thursday, March 14, 2019
7pm-11pm – “Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Fundraiser”
(Bar Service Provided)
Sunday, March 17, 2019
3-5pm – "Breaking Words" Performance by Arahmaiani
Friday-Sunday, March 22-24, 2019 - Kindling Writers Festival
Click here to see the full schedule.
Friday, March 29, 2019 - CANCELLED
7pm - Awalaskenis: The Journey Continues - performance by Alex Taylor McCallum
Saturday, March 30, 2019
8pm-11pm - Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz - IndigiFUNK band
Sunday, March 10, 2019
10am – 5pm – IEAP Workshop with Elisa Harkins (for IEAP participants)
Sunday, March 31 2019
10-4pm - IEAP Workshop with Whess Harman (for IEAP participants)
Sunday, March 31 2019
6pm-8pm - Community Feast (Family friendly, non-alcohol event)

We are honouring the Lekwungen language by using (with permission) the word, Sche’chulth, which roughly means “the empty space in between”. The principles of this empty space are to acknowledge it exists and that we have opportunity to fill that space with our gifts.
Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria is a series of curated events occurring throughout the month of March, that will address the centering of Indigenous artists and artists of colour in the local arts community.  
This program of events is a partnership among Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, the Indigenous Arts Collective, the ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria and Open Space Arts Society, along with other individuals and organizations.
The presence of Indigenous artists and artists of colour is increasing within Victoria’s Eurocentric arts organizations. Many presentations dealing with this cultural and racial diversity have taken place over the last year in various Victoria arts and academic communities. It is difficult, if not impossible, to appropriately address the myriad issues that arise with a one-off panel or keynote.
Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires and its partners will present a series of conversations, which use decolonized methodologies - new/old protocols: welcoming, witnessing, polyvocality; no keynotes or panels; planned improvisation; working with the 5 R’s - Respect, Responsibility, Relevance, Relationality, Reciprocity.
We have developed a series of discussions and events designed to build momentum towards a two-day Victoria arts gathering. This event will begin with an Indigenous welcoming ceremony and an orientation to the land. Places will be preassigned for advance registration for ProArts members and Open Space participants.