Acknowledging Our Shared Territory
AMES is a bi-regional organization.
AMES was born in 1996, on the asserted, unceded, and shared traditional territory of the Penelakut peoples, as well as 12 other Hul’qumi’num speaking nations, and others who hold rights and responsibilities in and around what has come to be known as Galiano Island.
This is also the overlapping and ceded territory of the Tsawwassen First Nation.
Much of the work that AMES does also takes place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.
DisPLACEment centres the stories, creative visions, and perspectives of indigenous and newcomer youth, models peer-education and helps build motivation for change by delving into timely and critical equity issues.
Not only was the workshop interactive and engaging, it lit a fire under my students for days. We feel really lucky to have been able to create a space for connection and story-telling. It was inspiring for the students … to see how people who have shared similar or challenging experiences are empowered through social justice work and art. I would strongly recommend this workshop to other teachers and schools.
The workshop reopened my understanding of system racism and barriers long built into the fabric of society, that unfortunately take an incredible long time to change.
Lush Workshop Participant
Running workshops with younger youth is more challenging because you face a wider range of experiences and knowledge levels, but its also incredibly rewarding. The youth often surprise you with their insights and willingness to learn, and are more open to hearing new perspectives and exploring different points of view on important issues.
Tanvi Bhatia – DisPLACEment Facilitator
I enjoyed learning and understanding the concepts of privilege and identity, empathy with those who have faced many challenges.
Participant of the EQUITY program at John Oliver
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Access to Media Education Society (AMES)
141 Sturdies Bay Road, Galiano Island
BC V0N 1P0, Unceded Coast Salish Territory