ALIVE Condemns Police Spying and Harassment at Circles Festival
(August 29, 2021) Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE) based on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples – Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh is calling for an end to surveillance and intimidation of urban Indigenous peoples.
On Saturday, August 28, 2021, ALIVE co-hosted the Circles Festival along with Decolonial Clothing Co., and the Northwest Indigenous Council Society. The festival took place in Andy Livingstone Park in the Downtown Eastside and brought together traditional, cultural and artistic activities including workshops to empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from the Downtown Eastside (DTES).
The Festival uplifted and empowered youth in the DTES with Salish tradition and culture, music, potlatch, and speeches from youth leaders. The event was subjected to surveillance and intimidation by undercover cops who refused to identify themselves and officials from Vancouver Parks who circulated throughout the event intimidating and harassing organizers and youth volunteer workers.
The mandate of ALIVE (Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society) is to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural, health, and general well-being of Indigenous Peoples within the Vancouver area. Working with a place-based framework to develop inclusive strategies to support Indigenous individuals, families and extended families. ALIVE creates opportunities for urban Indigenous Peoples in Vancouver to be fully engaged in their neighbourhoods and in the city as a whole.
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