DocuAsia Pop-Up 2019: The Ecology of Connection

DocuAsia Pop-Up 2019: The Ecology of Connection

We acknowledge that these events take place on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

These events are part of Cinevolution’s DocuAsia Forum, a signature program that uses documentary film as a platform for bringing together artists, researchers and community organizers to explore sensitive and relevant social issues concerning contemporary Asia and beyond.

The Ecology of Connection

Workshop, Installation, and Talk

Date: Saturday November 30
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Doors 12:30 PM
Place: Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
Cost: Free

Workshop | Registration Required: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Installation | Drop in. No registration required: 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Talk | Drop in. No registration required: 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


(*Registration Required) 1:00pm – 4pm
Click Here to Register Now! 

Join us for a lovely afternoon of tea and creativity! Facilitated by local artist-educators Lori Snyder and Pia Massie, this workshop contains three hands-on activities:

Seed Bomb Making

Learn to make ‘seed bombs’ from native wildflowers and plants! Discover how you can increase biodiversity, improve the soil, and help the bees, butterflies and birds in your neighbourhood with this simple do-it-yourself project.

Apple Cider Tincture Making

Tinctures are a wonderful way of preserving fresh herbs and making natural remedies from plants. Learn about the healing properties of local plants, and find out how to make apple cider vinegar tinctures from the leaves, roots, flowers or seeds of your favourite herb. 

Worm Composting

Home composting has never been easier! Whether you live in a large house or a small apartment, worms can help you reduce garbage, improve your garden, and help the environment. Start your own ‘worm compost’ in a few simple steps, and get tips for keeping your worms happy and healthy for best results.

Come meet new friends, learn about native plants, and reconnect with nature. No prior experience or knowledge needed. This is a family-friendly, free event that welcomes all. Doors open at 12:30pm. Come early to settle in and enjoy a cup of tea. 

The workshop is limited to 20 participants, so please register early to avoid disappointment. If you have registered but are no longer able to attend the workshop, please notify us as soon as possible, so we can offer your spot to other participants. Click Here to Register Now! 

*Notes for Participants: The workshop will include a tour of the medicine garden at Moberly Arts Centre, so please dress warmly and be prepared for rain. Please bring a glass jar with a lid for your apple cider vinegar tincture and a yogurt container for your worm compost. 

About the Facilitators

Pia Massie

Pia Massie is a multi-media artist, environmental activist, and teacher. In the new year, she will be setting up a studio with Moberly School, as an artist in residence for the Vancouver School Board. Pia’s work has been exhibited in museums, festivals, and galleries throughout North America and Europe, including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; and the grunt gallery in Vancouver, BC. – receiving international awards, including: the American Film Institute’s Independent Filmmakers award (LA), Prix St. Gervais (Geneva), and Prix de l’Institut de Design de Montréal. Her writing has appeared in DAMP: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art, Foret-Frontiere : Une Action Art /Nature, TheBulletin, Adbusters and Ricepaper magazines. She is deeply grateful to work and live in the Pacific Northwest unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Lori Snyder

Lori Snyder is a Métis herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of medicinal and edible plants. Through Lori’s eyes our immediate surroundings take on new life and offer a wealth of untapped nutritional resources. Lori offers opportunities to reconnect to the land, and leads us to tap in to wisdom of ancestral knowledge of healing plants and how to use them to create and connect community. She loves honouring the plants and their medicines which are growing all around us.



(Drop in. No registration required) 12:30pm – 5:00pm

Selected Videos from AMES

About AMES

AMES is a small but powerful organization in the Salish Sea. AMES programs take a community-based approach to cultural production and outreach. They result in concrete skills development, and the creation of works that prompt critical dialogue, expand horizons, and foster imaginative visions for change.

AMES programs primarily engage young people with lived experiences of various forms of oppression. Connecting with youth also means engaging the adult allies– artists, educators, activists, mentors and community workers– who support them. 

Guided by community-based artists and mentors, AMES programs provide young people with open and supportive spaces to reflect on issues affecting their lives, develop concrete skills, and produce media artworks that spark conversation and create conditions for change.

About the Projects

Climate Matters

Climate Matters is a media production and outreach program that uses digital media and geo-mapping to spark dialogue about climate justice. In addition to workshops in schools (facilitated by indigenous youth, and featuring videos created by them), the dissemination activities included the creation of, an interactive web-map that enables users to the Climate Matters videos and other stories of environmental struggle and stewardship ‘in context’. The story markers indicate where the featured videos were made, while the ‘industrial markers’ map out adjacent resource development.

Digital Forage

In 2012 we began building, mending and deepening relationships with our Penelakut neighbours through our Digital Forage program. Digital Forage is an intergenerational digital storytelling and media mentorship project that involves the reciprocal sharing of knowledge between artists, elders, and youth living in and around the ‘Salish Sea’. Some of the knowledge shared and generated can be found on


Talk: Amanda Bird

(Drop in. No registration required) 4:00pm – 4:30pm

An Indigenous Herbalist from Ayapaskaw, Northern Alberta and a Contributor (2016)  to AMES’s SalishHarvest project, Amanda will share her experience learning from local plants and medicines.

About the Speaker

“My name is Amanda Bird, I’m a Mikisew Cree Herbalist with a passion for land based healing and community building.  I practice medicine as an act of social justice, teaching in the spirit of health sovereignty, and connecting with the natural world as the path to the Self and Creator.  My vision is to inspire healing for humanity, our relatives, and our Mother Earth, for a spiritual awakening and remembrance of who we are.”

Our Partners

The Ecology of Connection is supported by the City of Richmond and presented in partnership with Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre and Access to Media Education Society.

Illustration by: Jenniffer Tai