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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, September 2023
This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support newcomer inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
Events & Community Information | Career Resources for Newcomers | Settlement Information | Volunteer Opportunities | Immigration Research & News Publications
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Photo Credit: Reconciliation Pole, Hereditary Chief 7idansuu (James Hart), Haida
Hover Collective / UBC Brand & Marketing  changes.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30th

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. 

We acknowledge that the work of the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership takes place on the unceded traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, which lies within the shared territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Squamish, and Sto‘:lo Nations. On this day we encourage you to learn more about, advocate for and reconcile with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, now known as North America.  We commit our work to greater understanding of the calls to action in Truth and Reconciliation and to facilitate Indigenous- newcomer relationships in our communities.





Held by the Land: A Conversation with Styawat 

Thur, September 21th| 6:00pm - 7:30pm| Online

Join the library for a very special event featuring ethnobotanist, researcher and community activist Leigh Joseph. Leigh, who‘s traditional name is Styawat, is from the Skwxwú7mesh First Nation.

She will be discussing the role of plants in her own cultural reconnection and how she shares her love of plants and the land with wider audiences through her film, book and company. As we move into harvest season, this conversation with Leigh will speak to the significance of native plants and their role in Indigenous culture both past and future.

Leigh, who‘s traditional name is Styawat, is from the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) First Nation and both a business owner and writer. She uses traditional Squamish harvest techniques to gather plants for her company, Sḵwálwen Botanicals, and recently published a book on essential Indigenous plant knowledge called Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness.

This is a virtual program conducted through zoom, and will not be held in person. There will be time for discussion and a Q and A session with Leigh following her presentation. Register here!





Community Conversation: Add your voice to BC's Upcoming Anti-Racism Legislation

September 26th| 6:00pm-8:00pm| In person at the Coquitlam Public Library [or] online via Zoom  

Join us on September 26th for an evening of conversation around the current challenges and ideas of addressing systemic racism in B.C. The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is hosting a community conversation on a new Anti-Racism Legislation that will be released by the provincial government in Spring 2024. 

B.C. is introducing this new legislation to develop broader anti-racism legislation that builds on the Anti-Racism Data Act (ARDA), which became law in June 2022. This legislation will address the broader challenges of systemic racism, inequity and discrimination within B.C.   

The legislation's key is to ensure support is provided to community members who have been and might be negatively and adversely impacted by systemic racism. 

All Tri-Cities residents are invited to join the conversation on September 26th. You do not need to be allowed to vote in Canada to participate in this consultation.  

The event is free! But registration is required. Light refreshments and food will be served.

Register Here!




Car Free Day in Port Coquitlam

Sun, September 10| 12:00pm - 8:00pm| Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot

Port Coquitlam first Car Free Day will be an amazing street fest with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and games, great local food and beverages, community booths, electric vehicle displays, and more. Presented by Translink, in partnership with Downtown PoCo BIA!

For more information click here!

Terry Fox Hometown Run

Sun, September 17 | 8:00am | Hyde Creek Recreation Centre

Join the Terry Fox Foundation on their annual  Terry Fox Hometown Run and support them in raising funds for cancer research. You cana either participate on the run or donate to the foundation.

Registration starts at 8:00am and the run at 10:00am at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre in Port Coquitlam

For more info and registration click here!





Music in the Square with Joan Bessie

Fri, September 8|7:00pm -8:30pm|Coquitlam Heritage

Join Coquitlam Heritage at Heritage Square as Canadian radio darling and songwriter Joan Bessie performs her soulful rock anthems with her band. Enjoy an art activity with Place des Arts during the performance! Snacks & drinks will be available for purchase. A free, fun & family friendly event. Everyone welcome! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket, some chairs are provided on a first come first serve basis.
Free. No Registration Required. Rain or Shine. (All ages)
For more information please click here!








Get Artistic in August - Tri-Cities Family Challenge Booklet

TCLIP is hosting a 12-month family challenge where every month, families do an activity together and capture their memories through using the Tri-Cities Family Challenge Booklet. There will be a monthly draw for families to submit their drawings, photos, or stories for a chance to win prizes!

September marks the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation to remember and acknowledge the difficult history and legacy residential schools have on Indigenous communities. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists have produced many works of art that reclaim cultural practices and traditions. As part of the In the Presence of Ancestors Project, visit the house posts carved by First Nations artists along the Port Moody Shoreline Trail. 

How did you and your family feel about being in the presence of the house posts? Submit your drawing, story, or photo to us for a chance to win this month's prize by September 30, 2023! Stay tuned for October's activity challenge!

For more information on how to participate in the challenge, Download a copy of the Booklet.
This initiative is part of the Tri-Cities Wrap Around Model of Care for Mental Health in Immigrant Families project. For more information about this project please click here!




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Voice Employment Program 

Tue, September 5th| Douglas College Surrey

Join Douglas College Training Group at the 8-weeks in-class/in-person VOICE (Vocational Opportunities, Inclusion, and Career Empowerment), a transformative program dedicated to supporting BIPOC individuals with disabilities on their path to meaningful employment or self-employment.

Their mission is to enhance economic participation and foster independence for BIPOC persons with disabilities while promoting inclusive work environments that embrace diversity and accessibility. Through comprehensive hands-on support and training, we strive to bridge the gap between employers, BIPOC employees with disabilities, and their support networks.

Tri-Cities' residents are welcome to register.

For more information on the program, and eligibility please click here

If you are interested in the program, please contact Adriana, their Program Assistant at 604-777-6321 or via email at ttg@douglascollege.ca.





Coding in Colour: Ai, Web3 and Full-Stack Developer Course and Job Support - Foundation for a Path Forward

Fri, September 15th| Online

Explore the world of coding and unlock your potential as a full-stack developer. This course offers comprehensive training in fundamentals of artificial intelligence (Ai) and Web3 technologies.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced programmer, this course is designed to cater to all skill levels. Learn from industry experts who will guide you through the fundamentals of coding, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more. Gain hands-on experience with Ai and Web3 tools, and discover how these cutting-edge technologies are transforming the digital landscape.

This is a fully funded, 6-months (September 15th, 2023 - March 31, 2024f), full time (40 hours per week) program. The goal of this program is to get you the skills, certification, and support to get started in a new career (or for those who want to start their own business, we can help with that too!). Basic Computer and English skills required

For more information and registration please click here!




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Financial Planning for Retirement - Coquitlam Public Library

Thu, September 7th| 7:00pm - 8:00pm| City Centre Branch - Room 136 and 137

Join the Coquitlam Public Library to gain a clearer picture of retirement plans and a better understanding of all your income streams at retirement, including when and how to use them.  Learn how to navigate the uncertainties while maintaining a lifestyle you have earned. In partnership with RBC 

Registration required. 

For inquiries, please contact:

Young Ae Kim
at 604-937-4142 ykim@coqlibrary.ca

Shirley Chan
at 604-554-7345 schan@coqlibrary.ca

Dementia Tips Families Need to Know- Coquitlam Public Library

Tue, September 19th|1:00pm - 2:30pm| City Centre Branch - Room 136 and 137

Join the Coquitlam Public Library  for an informative and supportive program designed to help family caregivers of individuals with Dementia. In Partnership with Adult Cognitive Wellness Center.

This program will help to maintain independence and reduce isolation, all while maintaining the individual's current level of cognitive and physical. At the same time, this program assists caregivers with respite and offers caregiver support.

Registration is recommended

For inquiries, please contact Shirley at schan@coqlibrary.ca





Preparation for Citizenship Workshop - MOSAIC

September 11th - 14th| 5:00-7:00pm| Online

Studying to become a Canadian Citizen? Don’t worry, you’re not alone on this journey! MOSAIC invite you to join their comprehensive workshop, where they will delve deep into various aspects of Canadian history, government, regions, and much more.

If you are interested please contact Judy at jlee@mosaicbc.org. 




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Volunteer Peer Facilitator - Pain BC

Wednesdays from October 4 to November 8| 9:30am| Online
Pain BC is looking for volunteer facilitators to co-lead/facilitate virtual Pain Support & Wellness Groups in communities across British Columbia. Pain Support and Wellness Groups offer an opportunity for people living with persistent pain to meet on regular basis to learn about self-management of pain, receive support and provide support by sharing knowledge, experiences, coping strategies, and offering understanding. 

For more information click here!

Career Mentoring for SUCCESS

Ongoing Activity
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s Immigrant Settlement and Integration Program’s Career Mentoring for SUCCESS Program provides newcomer skilled professionals with the opportunity to successfully navigate the Canadian labor market, industry-specific information and meet Canadian professionals who currently work in their chosen field.

They are currently recruiting volunteers to join the Career Mentoring Program for SUCCESS team as a Mentor. To apply for this position you need to have minimum 2 years of Professional experience in Canada and in total minimum 3 years of Canadian work experience.

For more information please click here!




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For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit www.tricitieslip.ca

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