5th Annual Walbran Convergence

It’s that time of the year again! Time to get stoked for the 5th Annual Walbran Valley Convergence!

Taking place in the unprotected heart of Kaxi:ks (the Walbran Valley) in unceded Pacheedaht territory, this annual gathering is a celebration of forest activism and the ongoing fight to protect the Walbran and all threatened ancient forests on the westcoast. This event is to build unity towards the protection of endangered rainforests and a just transition to sustainable second-growth forestry that prioritizes Indigenous rights and title and local communities.

Hosted by the Friends of Carmanah Walbran and the Wilderness Committee, this multi-day event will feature speakers, the official opening of the new Emerald Pool Boardwalk loop trail, community meals, informally guided hikes, workshop offerings, an evening performance by our favourite west coast folk singer Luke Wallace and more, and will include members of the Pacheedaht Nation, grassroots environmental justice groups, elected officials, business and labour leaders and many more!

Transportation:

The Convergence is a family friendly community event for people of all ages, with transportation options available including:

– Day-trip transportation from Victoria and Duncan via the Community Action Bus at a sliding scale of $25-$50; or pay what you can. We are asking those who can afford to pay the high end do so to help ensure that nobody will be left behind for lack of funds.

Bus seats can be set aside for you through etransfer at friendsofcarmanahwalbran@gmail.com

Community meals:

-will be prepared for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. A vegetarian dinner of Greek cuisine will be available on a sliding scale of $15-30 and breakfast on the Sunday morning) will be by suggested donation of $10-20. Meals can be arranged by etransfer to friendsofcarmanahwalbran@gmail.com or through cash-drop at Wildfire Bakery or the Wilderness Commmittee office.

Musical entertainment and circle time:

West coast eco-troubador Luke Wallace will be back in the Walbran with us again this year to share his inspirational tunes of hope, community and resistance at the evening circle, followed by a free-flowing rainforest jam session

This event is being held in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht Nation, and the organizers promote efforts to decolonize environmental activism in the fight to protect Kaxi:ks and all ancient rainforests

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