March 2020

PPP Spring 2020 Update

April Ingham, PPP's Executive Director, experiencing a LÁVVU (Sami teepee)

Talofa Lava Friends,

Happy International Women’s Day!  Spring is starting to show itself here on Vancouver Island.  The days are getting longer, blossoms are slowly revealing themselves and a buzz of excitement is in the air as Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP) grows ever nearer to our 45th Anniversary on April 8!  This is a special time of celebration and reflection for PPP, and we are thrilled to mark this milestone by embarking on a Wayfinding 2020 mission.

With the support of funder Tamalpais Trust, a San Francisco-based organization supporting Indigenous-led projects, PPP will connect with former, current and potential future partners throughout the South Pacific in a deep listening and learning mission. Ironically this mission recently began with a trip to Sápmi Territories (Swedish Lapland, Arctic Circle) where we witnessed Pawanka Fund’s transformative approach to philanthropy through global Indigenous solidarity and self-determination.  This incredible initiative is highlighted in the enclosed article.

Findings and inputs from Wayfinding 2020 will inform PPP’s strategic plans for 2020-2025 to ensure they support South Pacific Islanders’ stated priorities and self determined solutions. It is anticipated this will lead to strengthened partnerships, more impactful programming and the transformation of our Pacific Resilience Fund (PRF) into an Indigenous led fund.  So, watch for our continued updates on social media and through Pasifik Currents.

These have been busy and productive days here at PPP with lots of exciting programs in the works or just completed.  Want to learn more? Check out our 2018-19 Annual Report and Audited Statements and our recent articles about our activities including the Climate Connect Indigenous Youth Workshop in November 2019, plus check out the touching outcomes of our recent PRF Samoa Campaign as experienced first hand by our President Muavae Va’a in December 2019. You will also see our recent solidarity statement for Wet’suwet’en; and our newest feature Pacific Pulse, a curated and synthesized selection of emergent Pacific news, plus lots of other great updates!

Our Board, Volunteers and small team of Staff are working hard to be of service to the Peoples of the South Pacific.  To this end, we also work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples worldwide alongside many strong allies.  As we near our 45th Anniversary we urge your continued engagement and expanded charitable support of our mandate – Please donate today!  We look forward to celebrating this amazing milestone with you throughout 2020!

Yours in Solidarity for Peace,

April Ingham

Executive Director


Pacific Peoples Partnership and the Pacific Resilience Fund Help with Samoa Measles Outbreak

Muavae Va’a (left) and the CEO of SSWFT, Theresa Asiata (right), present the Lalomanu district hospital with a washing machine. Head nurse, Lani, received the gift on behalf of the hospital’s director.

By David Williams, PPP Board member, with Muavae Va’a, PPP President

Photos courtesy of Muavae Va’a.

When Pacific Peoples’ Partnership initiated a special fund to deal with emergent situations, little did we realize how valuable and timely this idea would be.  A tragedy, one brought about by human folly, makes our recent use of this fund particularly poignant.

The Pacific Resilience Fund (PRF) arose out of the observation that to fulfill our mandated role properly as the one Canadian NGO linking the peoples of Canada and the island nations of Oceania, we would require the means to respond quickly and appropriately to needs brought about by climate change and other problems. Our goal was for communities to be able to apply directly to the fund to finance small to medium scale initiatives that increase social, cultural and physical resilience.

The Samoa measles outbreak was not the first use of the PRF. It had already been used in both Fiji and Vanuatu, but this came very close to home for PPP president Muavae (Mua) Va’a because Samoa is his home country and he has many relations there. Indeed, Mua had already experienced tragedy when he lost seventeen family members in the 2009 tsunami. At that time he also assisted with relief efforts, returning to Samoa from his home on Vancouver Island with volunteers to help rebuild the village of Aleipata. READ MORE

Reindeer, kick sleds, toboggans and snow angels… Pacific Peoples’ Partnership?

By Art Holbrook

Greta Thunberg and April Ingham in Sápmi Territories

Why are we writing about a winter gathering in Northern Sweden when the focus of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership is the people of Oceania, mainly the tropical island nations of the Pacific?

We’re writing because April Ingham, Executive Director of PPP, received an unusual invitation. She was invited to observe the guiding committee meeting of Pawanka Fund, to witness this relatively new global Indigenous led fund in action.  April formed part of their 20-person delegation, which included respected Indigenous leaders’ representative of the seven geographic regions of the world, plus many of their funding partners. The meetings were held in Jokkmokk located in the Swedish province of Lapland.  Jokkmokk is just north of the Arctic Circle and is a center for the Sami people.  READ MORE

Climate Connect Workshop for Indigenous Youth

By Kori Stene

Climate Connect educational workshop for Indigenous youth at the LÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School in Brentwood Bay near Victoria.

In November 2019, not-for-profit organization ECO Canada, had the honour to partner with the Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP) through an exciting 3-day climate action workshop, delivered to 80+ Indigenous youth of the Tsawout, Tsartlip, Tseycum and Pauquachin First Nations Groups near Victoria, British Columbia. Youth learned from Indigenous Knowledge Holders, Elders, Leadership and Climate experts from across the province and the country, while they engaged in activities and discussions that increased climate literacy, taught the importance of protecting our water and oceans, and instilled environmental stewardship among the younger generations.

It was rewarding to work alongside such a passionate group (PPP), connected through a common motive: protection of this planet Earth. The curriculum content for the Climate Connect Youth Workshop was built with the inspiring words of Elder Albert Marshall’s in mind:  Etuaptmumk: Two Eyed-Seeing – “learning to see from your one eye with the best of the strengths in the Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing … and learning to see from your other eye with the best or the strengths in the mainstream (Western or Eurocentric) knowledge and ways of knowing … but most importantly, learning to see with both these eyes together, for the benefit of all”.  READ MORE

Peoples & Passages

Edmund Kundi Senjiku a talented Sepik River carver recently passed away, as reported by former PPP Board Member Elaine Monds. Edmund was a young father based in the middle Sepik region of Papua New Guinea.  He was a talented carver who was represented at Elaine’s former business the Alcheringa Gallery.  Edmund died on February 20th, 2020 and his uncle (also a Master Sepik Carver and PPP Friend) Edward Dumoi is taking a collection to help Edmund’s four kids aged 9-3 years old who are mourning for their father.
In December 2019, PPP was delighted to welcome two talented new Board Members at our recent AGM this includes HR Professional Tierra Madini and Dylan Sunshine Waisman, a Gladue Report Writer, currently studying to become an accredited lawyer in Canada.  PPP also welcomed Cedar Luke to our Team as our Intercultural Research Associate.  And we were sad to have Eli Enns and Jessica Rutherford retire from the Board.  READ MORE.

Pacific Pulse

A column of fast-breaking news reports from around the Pacific.


This new Pasifik Currents column is designed to share news and views about events currently happening in the countries of Oceania. In this issue, we bring you the latest information on four events together with resources to follow up on each one if it is of particular interest to our readers: These stories are:


Pacific Peoples’ Partnership Featured Partner:  Lifetime Member Melvin Moffat


I have enclosed a donation to your PPP Esmonde Endowment Fund.  It feels very “right” for me to make it a substantial amount at this time when I am “able” to do so.  I am now of an age when it is much more important to not put things off.  I think it was SPPF’s involvement in the south pacific anti-nuclear concerns that brought me to SPPF and my meeting Phil [Esmonde], I was greatly saddened when he died. Although I am by no means “wealthy” I felt able to give a bit to a worthy cause at this stage in my life, and the PPP Esmonde Endowment Fund felt very right to me when it was first established and I wanted to “add a bit” to it. – – Melvin Moffat

Since 1975, Pacific Peoples’ Partnership has supported the aspirations of South Pacific Islanders and Indigenous peoples for peace, environmental sustainability, social justice and community development.  

Based on Lekwungen territory in Victoria BC, Canada, we are Canada's only non-profit organization and registered charity focused specifically on the island nations of the South Pacific. Our programs reach members and supporters in more than 35 countries worldwide.

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