CELEBRATE AND EXPLORE
OCEANS WEEK VICTORIA
JUNE 7-14, 2020
The ocean means many things to many people. Oceans Week Victoria is a new collaboration among organizations in our community to foster greater understanding and positive action for our local and global ocean, by providing educational and recreational events around World Oceans Day in June.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures across BC, Oceans Week Victoria 2020 will be hosted virtually! Check out our Calendar for a collection of online learning and entertainment activities from Sunday, June 7th to Sunday, June 14th organized by Action Themes throughout the week. There are lots of opportunities there for you to get involved from home!
WORLD OCEANS DAY
The celebration of World Oceans Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit. Here, a team from Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) proposed an annual Oceans Day to create a voice for the oceans, to empower those who live and work in coastal communities, and to strengthen the management and stewardship of the oceans.
What is Oceans Week Victoria?
Oceans Week Victoria is a volunteer initiative to bring communities together around World Oceans Day (WOD) to celebrate our big blue backyard.
This means businesses, non-profits, schools, scientists, Indigenous groups, youth, residents and visitors, all taking part in a variety of events including film, art, music, exhibits, paddling excursions, beach clean-ups, and more.
The goal is to raise awareness and turn it into positive actions to protect and restore our shared ocean.
The United Nations’ theme for World Oceans Day 2020 is Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean. For us on the planning committee, innovation means thinking outside the box, and bringing together different ideas and perspectives to benefit our world’s oceans and the life within them.
We encourage everyone to participate and share through our social media channels or the contact form here.
This year, please join us online for daily “live” events and recommended learning activities! There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
We acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples on whose traditional and unceded territories we work, plan and play, and the Songhees, Esquimalt, T’Sou-ke, WSANEC and other First Nations peoples whose historical relationships with the land and ocean continue to this day.
We hope and intend that this shared Oceans Week Victoria initiative will grow and develop in ways that are respectful and inclusive of all peoples and cultures who come together on the southern end of Vancouver Island.
We thank the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers for opening Oceans Week Victoria 2020 with these wonderful videos of their Running In - Paddle Welcome Dance and their beautiful Prayer Song. We will post two closing dances on Sunday, June 14.
Running In - Paddle Welcome
The ocean means many things to many people. We eat from it.
We work and play on and in it.
It supplies most of our oxygen.
We get our weather from it,
no matter where we live.
And it contains somewhere between
500,000 and 10 million marine species.
We, and all life on this planet,
need a healthy global ocean.