Ocean

ABOUT

Read about our Purpose, World Oceans Day and Oceans Week Victoria History, and our Partners.

Our Purpose

Collaboration, Learning, Empowerment

Oceans Week Victoria was launched in 2020 to foster connection and engagement within the community by providing a platform to support ocean-inspired events on southern Vancouver Island. We help facilitate and promote inclusive and accessible community events, no matter how large or how small, with a focus on education, conservation, and fun!  

 

We invite residents, businesses, Indigenous groups, scientists, educators, youth… everyone to get involved!

In past years, Victorians have enjoyed 3 main WOD events hosted by the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (Sidney), World Fisheries Trust (on the Gorge Waterway) and Eagle Wing Tours with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (Fishermans Wharf). 

Due to COVID-19, much of our content will be virtual this year, but we will also be sharing small organized events offered by our partners with all safety protocols in place. We hope to expand to more live events in the future.

 
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Our Partners

Oceans Week Victoria is a collaboration among a variety of organizations in Greater Victoria. The planning committee is comprised of volunteers from the following partners:  
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History

1992
2020

1992  A team from Canada proposed the idea of an Oceans Day at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, followed by the first Oceans Day event in Halifax

2008  In response to growing participation and petitions around the globe, the UN General Assembly designated June 8 as World Oceans Day

2020  Over 2000 events were held in 140 countries in 2019, and inspired by Oceans Week Halifax, the planning was started for a full week of activities. Oceans Week Victoria was born in 2020!

2002  The Ocean Project began globally promoting World Oceans Day and launched the worldoceansday.org website to support event organizers; 25 events held in 15 countries

2011  World Oceans Day events started in Greater Victoria (possibly earlier!)