2019 One Wave Gathering | Honoring Indigenous and Pacific communities

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) Co-Founder and Board Vice-President, MichaeLynn Kanichy pictured with Pacific Peoples’ Partnership Board President, Muavae Va’a, at the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) Co-Founder and Board Vice-President, MichaeLynn Kanichy pictured with Pacific Peoples’ Partnership Board President, Muavae Va’a, at the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

 

September 12, 2019 marked the beginning of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership’s (PPP) 12th annual One Wave Gathering. This month-long gathering offers several free community events with the permission and support of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nation.

Pacific Peoples’ Partnership has been supporting South Pacific Islanders and Indigenous peoples for over forty years. South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) was honored to receive an invitation from the gracious PPP leaders to join in this important community-building gathering.

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) Co-Founder and Board Vice-President, MichaeLynn Kanichy pictured with a community member at the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) Co-Founder and Board Vice-President, MichaeLynn Kanichy pictured with a community member at the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

This event brought together orgs working to support South Pacific Islanders and Pacific Northwest indigenous folks. The events featured communities showcasing stories and sharing knowledge. Throughout the entire month, they had an open exhibit at a local studio showcasing art from Pacific and Indigenous peoples. Three of them were projects focused on reviving traditional travel ways.

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) Co-Founder and Board Vice-President, MichaeLynn Kanichy pictured with a community member at the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) Co-Founder and Board Vice-President, MichaeLynn Kanichy pictured with a community member at the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

Other highlights from the gathering included films featuring Indigenous storytellers, digital art exhibitions, special guest speakers and cultural presentations.

SPIO Co-Founder and Board Vice-President, MichaeLynn Kanichy, shared: “I had an amazing trip to Victoria, BC to represent South Pacific Islander Organization. It was an invaluable experience to meet and learn about organizations that work hard in their Indigenous and Pacific communities.”

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) was honored to be invited to attend the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) was honored to be invited to attend the 2019 One Wave Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

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