WHO WE ARE
Visionaries’ Gathering is an interactive convergence and a holistic event that aims to bring people of diverse perspectives and experiences together to reconstruct and heal our relations with the earth, each other, and ourselves. From this reconstruction we intend to co-create and build a community that advocates for the sovereignty of all interrelated entities of earth, including the waters, lands, forests, and peoples.
Through interactive workshops and talks, as well as ceremonies, dance, and music, Visionaries Gathering aims to facilitate the following:
the making spaces for visions, voices, bodies, lives and ways of being historically suppressed by dominantly Euromerican structures and institutions;
the deconstruction of hegemonically reinforced conceptions of place, space, body, and self through the resurgence of Indigenous epistemologies, knowledges, and methodologies through stories told by the elders themselves;
the re-empowerment of our collective selves through interactive engagement with these and other global perspectives and voices, which aims to ignite inspiration in students and community members to learn, teach, and act towards creating restorative and reciprocal shared presents and futures that honour the past
the co-creation of relational conscientizations of old and new knowledges and the sharing of experiences through community connection and collaboration;
We hold particular care in honouring the peoples of the ancestral and unceeded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh lands, waters, winds and fires within and with which we gather for this event by following land-based teachings and making sure that the host nations are consulted, represented and put at the forefront. We are doing our best to abide by the protocols and traditions that have had place on these places for millennia, and we encourage all participants to bring their presence in such a manner too.
WHAT WE DO
We bring diverse communities together.
As a student volunteer organization, we are now transitioning into a non-profit, where we will expand our reach further than a once a year event and will take on conscientization campaigns, community impact projects and advocadcy for the protection of the sacred.
We recognize not only human beings as peoples, but plants, animals and elements as peoples.