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General News · 25th September 2017
Bridget Holtom
Find some friends and bring your family for a potluck feast to share stories and dance together!

This event will take place on the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Homalco and Tla’amin First Nations and is a fundraiser for grassroots resurgence initiatives led by Indigenous people in BC (more details below).

Come celebrate the changing of the seasons by cooking up and sharing some goodies from your garden. Slow down and digest while we listen to tales from local storytellers. Stand up and share a story of your own. Draw your visions of hope and reconciliation for the future in our Children’s Corner. Speed up and sweat it all out in a big knees-up contradance with the Merry McKenty’s!




The theme of the event is SUSTENANCE. How do you take care of yourself while you care for other people, the planet or the non-human beings that inhabit our wonderful world? How does this island support us and what do we do in return to ensure the land, trees and sea are here for many generations to come? What soul-food does your spirit need in order to show up fully? How does mother nature feed you while you fight for her? Get creative or ask permission to tell a story to a captive audience of all ages.


Dive headlong into your imagination to meet the mysterious creatures of the ocean-deep or spiral upwards to encounter mythical beings from the air. Perhaps we will witness fire-breathing dragons that never burn-out or snakes that transform from the inside-out. What lessons can we learn from the caterpillars whose imaginal cells decompose into butterflies or the phoenix whose flight takes her far beyond the skies when she realises she is no longer afraid to die. There will be selkie-seals, squirrels and douglas fir fairies, for sure. Maybe there will be more than we bargained for…


Get in contact in advance if you want to tell a story, or be brave and stand up at our Open Mic Session to speak straight from your heart as you dare to share your vision of the more just and beautiful world we want to live in, today.


This evening is also a farewell offering to the people and more-than-human beings of Cortes. Bridget Holtom has spent the last six months cocooned (marooned?) on this island and will be leaving on the 1st of October to return to her beloved Scotland. After spending the summer harvesting soulful conversations about self-care and activist burn-out from residents and visitors on Cortes Community Radio, Bridget is taking Sustenance Radio on the road. The pilot series of 5 podcasts will be published online at the end of September. Thank you for all of your support so far! Come along or get in contact to find out how you can do more to support the project (in terms of stories, mentorship, sponsorship, collaboration, promotion) to help spread these seeds out to sea…


So, what are you waiting for?

Everyone is excited!
Everyone is invited!


Doors open 5.30 pm
Opening Ceremony 6.00 pm
Bring a dish and join us for Dinner 6.30 pm
Storytelling 7.00 pm
Silent Auction and Raffle 8 pm
Merry McKenty’s Contradance 8.30 pm


Sliding scale donations of $15-$50.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Raffle and Silent Auction donations welcome in advance.

Please consider what you can afford to give, dig deep and donate!

All funds will be split between the Unist’ot’en Camp, and Lax U’u’la Camp (Lelu Island). These groups are working tirelessly to re-occupy and protect their traditional lands and waters, revitalize their cultural practices, and reconnect people with the land.
Unis'tot'en Camp: https://www.unistoten.camp
Lax U’u’la Camp: https://www.laxuula.com/