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BC Builds will deliver thousands more homes with Canada contribution

BC Builds, the Province’s new initiative to build more housing for people with middle incomes, will benefit from $2 billion in additional financing from the Government of Canada to help […]

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Facilitating integration of newcomer youth

Canada has far to go in providing adequate support to newcomer youth to ensure their success in the country. Ethiopian-born Abbas Kidane was mindful of the linguistic constraints and cultural […]

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Reversal of fortune: A self-advocacy primer

There can be little doubt that making your voice heard takes courage, especially when adapting to life in a new land. There are ways to make your voice heard, and […]

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The four types of Canadian citizenship ceremonies

For many newcomers arriving to Canada, their vision of the future includes one important experience: the day of their citizenship ceremony. Roughly 80% of eligible Canadian permanent residents chose to pursue […]

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Canada welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023

Recent data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada exceeded its target for the number of permanent residents it planned to welcome in 2023. According to the most recently […]

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The lesser-known benefits of being a Canadian permanent resident

For many newcomers the ability to become a permanent resident (PR) of Canada is one of the most attractive aspects of moving to the country. Permanent residence status gives individuals the ability […]

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Path to permanent residence: How to boost your express entry score in 2024

The path to obtain permanent residence is often filled with obstacles. Today perhaps the biggest obstacle is getting an opportunity to apply in the first place. And it’s all thanks […]

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Additional information about International Student Program reform

Further information is being provided to clarify the announcement of an intake cap on new international study permit applications and other changes. International students make important contributions to Canada’s campuses, communities […]

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Newcomers who came to Canada in second year of COVID-19 pandemic had better median entry wages than pre-pandemic: Statistics Canada

In a new report updating findings from 2022, a Statistics Canada (StatsCan) report released on January 22 reveals that there are many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect how […]

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New permanent residence pathway for former minors in protective care

A small number of individuals who came to Canada as minors never obtained permanent residence or citizenship while they were in the custody of child protection services. As a result, […]

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Surrey Action Plan aims to increase new housing by 27.8%

The City of Surrey is launching a three-year Action Plan to address the delivery of housing and support affordable housing projects that aims to increase the number of new housing […]

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Tech Horizons for Newcomers to Canada

There is an increasing demand for skilled tech talent as the world evolves into a digital-first economy. The tech sector can offer creative and rewarding career prospects for newcomers  looking […]

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How to immigrate to Canada as a healthcare worker

Amidst an alarming shortage of healthcare workers across Canada, this article from CIC News will provide an overview of how to immigrate to this country as a healthcare worker and […]

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Halal food industry growing to meet demand as Muslim population continues rising

Eleven years ago, the recipe for the McCain Deep’n Delicious cake — a decades-old Canadian classic — changed. To many Canadians, the removal of beef gelatin from the cake’s components […]

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Landed immigrants from Africa and Asia see highest employment rates in Canada

A recent study by Statistics Canada revealed that landed immigrants from Africa and Asia had the highest employment rates on average, compared to landed immigrants from other regions around the world. Note: “Landed […]

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The Power of Mentorship

January marks Mentoring Month. In a diverse country like Canada, mentorship becomes a crucial bridge for newcomers seeking assistance in carving out their career paths or settling into their new […]

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Over 300,000 people became Canadian citizens in 2023

According to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in 2023, more than 354,000 people became Canadian citizens in more than 3,000 citizenship ceremonies across the country. In 2022, 375,413 people became citizens of Canada, […]

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Statistics Canada: PNP candidates in Ontario, Alberta and BC have highest earnings

According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, newcomers who arrive in Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may earn more if they settle in Canada’s three most populous provinces. The […]

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New laws and regulations that will significantly impact Canadian newcomers in 2024

Throughout this year, Canadian newcomers can expect to see several new regulations and laws implemented at both the federal and provincial/territorial levels. These changes, ranging from employment and taxes to […]

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New immigrants’ incomes ‘improved considerably’ in recent years in Canada: report

New permanent residents’ incomes compared to the general population have “improved considerably” over four years in Canada, according to Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. The Office of the Parliamentary Budget […]

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What to expect from Canadian immigration in 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun initiating a variety of changes that will affect all newcomers to Canada in 2024. As announced in the Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026, Canada […]

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Celebrating Black Excellence this Black History Month 2024

For 2024, we’re kicking off Black History Month with our second annual event on February 1, presented by DIVERSEcity, in partnership with Surrey LIP. The free event features inspirational speakers, […]

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TransLink unveils new RapidBus service for Surrey and Delta

Metro Vancouver’s regional public transit authority says a new express bus service unveiled on Tuesday will get residents of Surrey and Delta around faster. TransLink announced their latest RapidBus route […]

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Save the Date for our next Surrey LIP Community Stakeholder Forum in February

Save the date! We are excited to host our second annual Surrey LIP Community Stakeholder Forum under the theme, “Unlocking Integration – Moving Beyond Inclusion,” on February 23, 2024, 9 […]

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Surrey LIP at seventh annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership will be at the seventh annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair, scheduled to take place on October 18, 2023, at Surrey City Hall. Held during […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers Workshop for Truth and Reconciliation

🌟Join us for a transformative one-day workshop based on the award-winning Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers. 🌟This guide, recognized with the prestigious 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award by the […]

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Toward building an inclusive British Columbia: Help fill gaps in BC government services!

DIVERSEcity is encouraging the people we serve, our staff, our stakeholders and the community to share their voices! We all deserve to live in a province where we have equitable […]

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World Refugee Day Celebration with

In recognition of #WorldRefugeeDay, the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership partnered with 17 community-serving agencies in the South Fraser region to celebrate and bring the community together through performance, food, and stories. […]

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National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Serving the community in #SurreyBC, we at Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, center our work with the knowledge that it takes place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, […]

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2nd Annual BCY Regional LIPs Networking Event

BCY LIP Networking 2 days Event on June 28, 29 and collaboration day with La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique on June 30, 2023. Attended by 15 of 18 […]

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Surrey Youth Newcomer Council Advisory Fellowship Graduates Cohort -1

Join us in congratulating our amazing Surrey Youth Newcomer Council Advisory Fellowship (SYNC-AF) Graduates. SYNC-AF is a project of the Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (SYNC), a Surrey LIP roundtable for […]

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Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (Information Session)

We are hosting an information session for youth interested in learning more about this opportunity. Join us on Friday, May 12, at DIVERSEcity Surrey Community Campus (13455 76 Avenue, Surrey, […]

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Applications open for Immigrant Women Advisory Table

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is looking for newcomer immigrant wmen to join the Surrey Immigrant Women Advisory Table (IWAT).   It’s a volunteer roundtable for immigrant […]

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Applications open for African and Caribbean Diaspora Table

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is seeking committed, enthusiastic members to serve on our African and Caribbean Diaspora Table.  The African and Caribbean Diaspora Table (ACDT) […]

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Applications open for Surrey Youth Newcomer Council

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is seeking committed, enthusiastic members to serve on our youth sector roundtable.  The Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (SYNC) is a community […]

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Applications open for Immigrant Advisory Table

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is looking for immigrants and newcomers interested in joining the Immigrant Advisory Table. If you are looking for ways to engage […]

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Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 20,2023

On March 20th community came together to mark the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  This was a day dedicated to learning and information sharing with which […]

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Youth invited to the first Newcomer Youth Forum “Belonging in Surrey-Newcomer Youth Forum”.

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership invited youth in the community for a Newcomer Youth Forum Belonging in Surrey; a space for youth – To Gather To Voice To Share; their experiences […]

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New Demographics Statistics in Surrey

  Check out our newly released demographics statistics in Surrey!  

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Community stakeholders invited to Surrey LIP Forum “Preparing the Community to Welcome Newcomers”

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership brings together over 80 community members representing 35 service providers from multiple sectors, community servicing organizations, and community members across Surrey, BC.  This was an […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Abdul Salehzai

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and employment […]

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Share your experience with us !

  The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership is undertaking a Needs Assessment and Environment Scan to learn more about the needs of newcomers in Surrey, the programs, services, and resources that […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Ravi Basi

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and employment […]

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SYNC Advisory Fellowship (SYNC-AF) is looking for participants !

ABOUT SYNC-AF  Surrey Newcomer Youth Council Advisory Fellowship (SYNC-AF) is a Fellowship program that will train newcomer youth to speak at public forums, serve at advisory boards, and advocate for […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Ewa Karczewska

  The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Devon Franklin

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and employment […]

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Prepare for Truth and Reconciliation Day

During the week leading to Truth and Reconciliation Day, Indigenous communities call upon peoples living on these unceded lands to honour survivors of residential schools and their families and remember the […]

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Surrey LIP: Welcoming Week 2022

A warm welcome to newcomers in Surrey, BC  Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) acknowledges that immigrants and refugees are a vital part of our community — bringing fresh perspectives and […]

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RFP for newcomer needs assessment and community environment scan

Request for Proposal for a Newcomers Needs Assessment and Community Environment Scan Content Development Consultant funded by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) DIVERSEcity, on behalf of the Surrey Local […]

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Are you a youth who wants to contribute to your community of Surrey? Join SYNC!

The Surrey LIP’s Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (SYNC) is now accepting applicants for the 2022–2023 year! Are you 14–28 years old? Passionate about making Surrey a better place to live […]

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Surrey LIP Contract Opportunities

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is looking for a qualified contractor to provide a quotation for the development and design of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit and curriculum: A […]

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CKSI Contract Opportunities

The Surrey LIP and DIVERSEcity’s Collaboration & Knowledge Sharing Initiative (CKSI) is looking for a qualified contractor to provide a quotation for the amplification of Ethical Engagement, Programming Framework Development […]

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Meet Lenya Wilks, manager of Surrey LIP

After a busy few months — which included hosting the first in-person Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) council meeting post-pandemic and organizing the very successful Surrey World Refugee Day! — […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Rosy Takhar

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of  cultural, business, academic, health and employment services, who […]

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Surrey LIP recognized with 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is extremely honoured to receive a 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award by the BC Achievement Foundation. The British Columbia Reconciliation Award recognizes individuals, groups […]

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Celebrating World Refugee Day in Surrey

Let’s come together to recognize World Refugee Day June 20 is World Refugee Day, an international day organized every year by the United Nations to celebrate and honour refugees from […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: UNITI’s Doug Tennant

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of  cultural, business, academic, health and employment services, who […]

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The Role of LIPs in Knowledge Mobilization Webinar

On February 28, 2022, AMSSA hosted a webinar around the topic of rising immigration levels and the growing need for “LIP/RIP providers to foster greater connections with their local communities […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Anti-Racism Through the Leaders of Christianism, Buddhism & Islam

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, took place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day had a different […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: White Fragility and White Moderacy

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, took place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day had a different […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Importance of Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice from Systems Change Lens

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, took place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day had a different […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Zero Racism, Zero Oppression

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, is taking place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day will have […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Indigenous Cultural Safety presented by Len Pierre

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, is taking place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day will have […]

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Survey To Help Create Upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit for Service Providers

DIVERSEcity, through the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, is creating a mental health and wellbeing toolkit for settlement, social and health service providers. This resource seeks to create an area specific […]

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Surrey LIP Launches New Racism Mapping Tool

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of the Racism Mapping Project (RAMP). RAMP is a community-led research project that gathers data around racism and hate incidents […]

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Surrey LIP Goes National

Mariam Bilgrami, who oversees the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), has been appointed as one of the members of the National LIP Secretariat’s first Executive Committee. The National LIP Secretariat […]

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Helping Clients with Surrey Libraries’ Chromebook Lending Project

Surrey Libraries has been helping to address the current digital divide by loaning Chromebook laptops to clients identified by partner agencies including DIVERSEcity, Options, Umoja, SUCCESS, and the Seniors Come […]

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Project manager opportunity with Surrey LIP

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for a regular, full-time position for the role of Project Manager to work with our Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) […]

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New contract opportunities with Surrey LIP

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, on behalf of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, is looking for qualified contractors to provide a quotation for four Surrey LIP projects, including the development of […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers Translated in Various First Languages

In advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is proud to announce the development of a Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers.

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Surrey LIP in the News

New Canadian Media‘s article, A Decolonized Citizenship Ceremony is a Step Towards Reconciliation, explores the wide gaps in knowledge most newcomers to Canada have surrounding the country’s dark colonial history […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers Release

The Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers has officially been released. You can read the full guide here.  The guide was created and compiled by Jeska Slater, Principal at Littlecrane […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers

In advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is proud to announce the development of a Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers.

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Co-Chairs Announced for Relaunch of Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)

Surrey LIP relaunches to make Surrey a place where immigrants and refugees thrive, becoming a recognized leader in building an equitable and inclusive city for all.

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Introducing the Surrey LIP Project Management Team: Mariam Bilgrami

With the Surrey LIP being re-convened by DIVERSEcity, the new Project Management team is being led by Mariam Bilgrami (She/Hers).

DIVERSEcity X Minerva Women's Leadership Forum 2024

Second annual DIVERSEcity X Minerva BC Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday, March 8, 2024 in New Westminster at the Anvil Centre.

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Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street
New Westminister, British Columbia V3M 1B6 Canada
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Community Event: Circle of Friends

Round circle gathering the 3rd Thursday of each month. Opportunity for consistent communication & networking in a safe space for our Kin brothers, sisters and their families to learn about […]

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Amplifying Your Voice: Speaking Up for Social Change – Town Hall for Youth

VIRTUAL Learn how to amplify your voice to help achieve a welcome and inclusive Surrey, where everyone can thrive. Do you want to be involved in decisions being made about […]

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Webinar: Role of LIP/RIFs in Knowledge Mobilization & Creating Community Connections 

Building community connections during pandemic restrictions can be challenging, this two-hour webinar will take time to learn about some successful projects undertaken by LIP/RIF providers and share promising practices. Discover […]

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SYNC Talks: Finding Opportunities for Youth in the Age of Covid19

Are you a young person living in Metro Vancouver? Are you a newcomer or an immigrant/refugee youth who wants to know how you can find job opportunities and volunteer postings […]

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How to Use the Racism Mapping Project Virtual Workshop

Join this this workshop to learn how to use RAMP, the new racism-charting online map which allows your voice to be heard by the community of Surrey. About this event […]

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How to Use the Racism Mapping Project Virtual Workshop

Join this this workshop to learn how to use RAMP, the new racism-charting online map which allows your voice to be heard by the community of Surrey. About this event […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Day 1

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue around anti-racism, will take place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Monday's event will include: Speaker: Len Pierre, Katzie Nation Theme: […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Day 2

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue around anti-racism, will take place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Tuesday's event will include: Speaker: Candace Knoll, Member of USW […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Day 3

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue around anti-racism, will take place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Wednesday's event will be an open discussion on the topic […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Day 4

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue around anti-racism, will take place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Thursday's event will include two themes: Theme #1: White Fragility […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Day 5

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue around anti-racism, will take place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Friday's event will include: Speakers: Tariq Tyab and Yusuf Siraj, […]

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