Camas Books & Infoshop Mission Statement
To promote anti-authoritarian and non-hierarchical activism through the distribution of radical publications and artwork (clothing, crafts, DVD’s, posters, etc.).
To provide a space for groups that agree with our Principles of Unity and Mission Statement to organize and meet in.
To promote critical analysis of and advocate for alternatives to the exploitative practices of capitalism, colonialism, imperialism and all other forms of exploitation.
To work cooperatively in association with other anti-authoritarian groups to educate, organize and strengthen our social commitments, both globally and locally.
We do not support political parties or candidates for political office: party members are not allowed to join the Camas Books and Infoshop Collective nor may the Infoshop be used for electoral agendas.
We envisage our venue as a powerful tool for social transformation, community building, control over local economies, and the ongoing development of radical alternatives.
We operate non-hierarchically, utilizing consensus and egalitarian methods of organization.
Camas Books & Infoshop Principles of Unity
Our Collective is committed to creating an environment free from harassment, bigotry, and discrimination of all kinds.
The Collective recognizes the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples throughout the entirety of ‘British Columbia’ and the northwest 'United States.'
The Collective supports a woman’s right to choose and opposes patriarchy and misogyny.
The Collective stands in solidarity with those incarcerated or otherwise shackled by the State and supports the abolition of all prisons.
The Collective supports the self-liberation of all people from poverty and believes that socio-economic equality is integral to this goal.
The Collective does not recognize the authority of a State entity to deem people illegal.
In accord with the values of anti-authoritarianism, the Collective supports the freedom of people to determine their own destinies and opposes imperialist-driven wars.
The Collective is dedicated to overcoming the systemic ecological devastation caused by global industrial capitalism, which is predicated on an exploitative world view with deep roots in Western civilization.
We support the liberation of all people from social discrimination due to age, ability, class, race, gender or sexual preference. We strive to create a space that celebrates and respects diversity.
The Camas Infoshop is a not-for-profit, collectively-run bookstore and autonomous space located on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Camas opened its doors in September 2007 to provide a voice for anarchist, anti-authoritarian, and Indigenous perspectives, and to foster a spirit of solidarity within social struggles locally, regionally and globally.
Camas distributes pamphlets, books, zines, cds,videos, and art focusing on anti-imperialism, Indigenous peoples, black power, queer/trans, feminism, radical and local ecology, health and food security, DIY/self-sufficiency, and anarchism. Many items are community donated and all revenues generated from sales go towards sustaining the store's function as a place for people to meet, organize projects, hold events, engage in discussion groups, and build non-hierarchical networks and communities of mutual aid, autonomous from State or corporate dependency.
The collective is named in honour of the camas plant, which is cultivated and harvested as a root vegetable by the local Lekwungen people. With the advent of European colonialism, regional camas meadows were largely destroyed by cattle grazing, agricultural activity and urbanization. Recently, however, the Lekwungen have begun renewing their traditional harvest practices. By naming our store after the camas flower, we are acknowledging the history of the territory on which our project is situated and the contemporary imperative for settlers to join the struggle against colonialism. The collective envisions the camas flower flourishing on this land once again, as ecological renewal, local sustenance, and food security are central to creating a world free of capitalism and colonialism.