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PPP IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR 21 ST PACIFIC NETWORKING CONFERENCE: Celebrating Indigenous Knowledge and Leadership--35 Years of Action and Solidarity November 10th to 13th, 2010 | Victoria, BC Canada

The Pacific Peoples' Partnership is celebrating 35 years of work with communities and organizations in the South and North Pacific. We are inviting the Pacific Wayfinders and Changemakers to gather and reflect on the exciting innovations taking place throughout the Pacific. Together, we will inspire future directions for renewed partnerships and solidarity action.

This will be the 21st Pacific Networking Conference hosted by PPP. Drawing from PPP's mandate the conference topics will examine peace, human dignity, cultural integrity, social justice, and environmental sustainability. We envision the conference as a tool to review and reflect upon 35 years of partnership throughout the Pacific. Being a landmark year for the organization, we seek to renew old partnerships, strengthen current ones, and unfold new opportunities for the future. Looking beyond the discourse of problems, the conference will be an interactive forum that profiles community leadership and innovation that has emerged in the Pacific context. As a meeting place, it will provide a unique opportunity for dialogue and exchange between the Indigenous Peoples from all over the Pacific, North and South, together with other civil society actors, academics and organisations. Collectively, the event will serve to inspire renewed partnerships that steer towards horizons of increased local resilience and community wellbeing.

The conference will be held from November 10-13, 2010 at the University of Victoria and upon the Coast Salish territories. The session formats will include round table discussions, key note presentations, moderated panels, workshops and break out groups.

Confirmed Conference key Note Speakers

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Dr. Vilsoni Hereniko, Professor of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Fiji; award winning filmmaker; author and playwright

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Chad Kalepa Baybayan, Navigator-in-Residence, Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii; Pwo (master navigator in the Micronesian tradition)

Cultural & Celebrations Components

A wide range of cultural celebrations, events and activities are being planned for the delegates and the public. This will include arts and cultural events, such as:

* A night of films from the Pacific including a screening of "The Land has Eyes";

* Postcards of the Pacific (message project);

* Special 35th Anniversary Edition of Tok Blong Pasifik;

* Honouring Feast for PPP champions and supporters;

* Showcase of PPP history and testimonials from interns, board members, volunteers, partners and supporters.

Pacific Currents: An exhibition featuring a cross-cultural collaboration by Solomon Islands artist Ake Lianga and Coast Salish artist John Marston. Drawing from their respective traditions, the artists explore cultural themes from both sides of the Pacific, by means of wood sculpture, painting, lino printing and serigraphy. The opening celebration at Alcheringa Gallery will also see the blessing of a completed seventeen-foot ceremonial war canoe. This magnificent work was initiated by Sepik carver Claytus Yambon working together with John Marston during last fall's Hailans to Ailans international exhibition.

A special ceremonial reception will be held at Alcheringa Gallery, 665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC Canada on November 10th, 2010 from 7-9 pm www.alcheringa-gallery.com

Conference Opportunities

Pacific Wayfinders: Celebrating Indigenous Knowledge and Leadership will provide an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the work of historical PPP friends and partners. While engaging the next generation of Changemakers, through an examination of innovative solutions and best practices taking place within Indigenous communities.

Delegates, speakers and participants representing the South Pacific, the First Peoples, Metis and Inuit Peoples of Canada, Academia, Students, Faith Based organizations, NGOs and impassioned friends; will together chart the future and reenergize PPP's work into the current networks to face issues relevant to our stakeholders.

Together we will reflect on the past, celebrate the successes and inspiring innovations of today and plan for solidarity in our actions for tomorrow.

watch our website www.pacificpeoplespartnership.org for Conference updates, program details, additional confirmed speakers and registration information.

Special thanks to our partners: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Museum of Anthropology--UBC, Development and Peace, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), University of Victoria, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), The United Church of Canada, Primate's World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF), First Peoples' Cultural Foundation, First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Cultural Council, Rights & Democracy, Alcheringa Gallery, Travel with a Challenge, VIDEA and VanCity Credit Union.

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Artist Ake Lianga from the Solomon Islands now residing in BC Canada, is the designer of PPP's logo and a multi-talented Artist. This artwork "Changing Current" is part of his upcoming exhibition "Pacific Currents" at Alcheringa Gallery

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