Cascadia was on full display at the 2016 VancouFur convention in Richmond, British Columbia
Come and celebrate with Cascadians from around the region!
May 18th was chosen by Cascadian bioregionalist David McCloskey, as a way to celebrate the unique dynamism of our region, and is a wonderful way to get involved, learn more about Cascadia, and meet many others also interested in the idea :)
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Several folks came in from around South-West British Columbia for the first ever Vancouver BC meetup that took place in Richmond earlier this month. Right now is a great time to be involved, and BC seems to have a great group of folks helping make Cascadia a reality, including in Victoria, Vancouver BC, Richmond, a Kwantlen Polytechnic Chapter, and a South of the Frasier Valley group.
For fans of football from around the Pacific Northwest, there is now an organizational push for the establishment of a Cascadian Soccer Federation, created jointly through the efforts of fans from the Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, and with the potential of supporting regional teams, awareness, charities and eventually fielding a Cascadian national team at the VIVA world cup (for federations not officially recognized by FIFA) in 2014 or 2016. To begin, federation organizers are investigating the steps necessary to form an official Cascadia Association Football Federation as a 501(c) nonprofit organization for the purposes of participating in friendlies and competitions as part of the NF-Board. The NF-Board is an organization founded in Brussels in December of 2003 that is similar to FIFA, the primary organization which governs football/soccer worldwide. As such, the NF-Board governs new federations belonging to several categories which are not recognized by or affiliated with FIFA : Peoples, Nations, Minorities and Isolated Territories populations. The NF-Board’s primary aim is to organize international football games, regardless of political or religious factors. It is not opposed to FIFA but rather complementary to it. It sees itself both as a “waiting room” for new nations wishing to become part of FIFA and a home for micronations, communities and peoples not officially recognized or represented in international football.
Every two years the NF-Board organizes the VIVA World Cup, which one of its 27 member Football Associations (FAs) hosts. Cascadia as a distinct cultural entity, bioregion and growing social movement with common interests across international lines can and should be represented in the sport which we in Cascadia are passionate about; football connects us to other similar communities, cultures and peoples around the globe, and can be a great way to help foster a sense of place and regional identity.
For that reason the organizers' aim is a simple one: To have Cascadia participate as a member FA in the 2014 or 2016 VIVA World Cup.
Those interested can read the full letter of incorporation below, or get involved by contacting organizers on twitter @CascadiaSoccer or at email@example.com.
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Join us as we begin a series of Cascadian Gatherings throughout the Pacific Northwest, beginning in Portland on June 29th, Seattle on the 30th, and ending with a regional convergence with others from Vancouver and around British Columbia on July 1st at the Peace Arch, on the Canadian/US border. Music, food, speak outs, T-shirt, bandana, patch and flag making! Many other events (maybe a game of 'Capture the Doug'?). We'll also have a series of collaborative art projects that everyone will be encouraged to help us create as we travel.
The Peace Arch remains the last place in the Northwest where citizens of any country can come together without any identity papers and affirm their love of place, not as merely Canadian or US, but as Cascadian. Rising to a total of 20.5 meters, 67 feet it is inscribed with "Children of a Common Mother" on the United States side as well as "Brethren dwelling together in unity" facing Canada and underneath both, within the arch itself it reads "May these gates never be closed".
July 1st is Canada Day, July 4th US Independence Day, and so we have chosen this weekend, and the symbolically important Peace Arch to celebrate the things that make the Pacific Northwest unique. An inter-dependence that transcends national and state boundaries and unites us together.
- Portland: June 29th
- Seattle: June 30th
- Peace Arch: July 1st
Details will be added as soon as we get them confirmed. If you can't make the events in Portland or Seattle, hold a gathering in your city or region and join us at the Peace Arch. Show your support, and we'll get you added to our list of events. We are also looking for organizational partners to help us put on this event. If you, or a group you work with would like to help contribute in any way, please just contact us and let us know.
We will be working to try and provide everyone with ride-shares and crash space if they need it, so just leave a comment or message us directly and we'll try to get to you. Also, if you are planning to attend and have extra room in your vehicle please contact us.
So, come meet your fellow Cascadians, no passports necessary.
Join us for the first Vancouver BC CascadiaNow meetup, to be held at Steamworks Brewery in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, April 28th at 4pm. It should be pretty informal, so feel free to join if you are interested in the idea of Cascadia, or would just like to swing by for a beer.