Tri-Cities LIP Connects | October Events: Truth & Reconciliation, Inclusion
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This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support their inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
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Opening the door to Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

As one of many events to commemorate the new National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, The Tri-Cities Seniors Action Society (TCSAS) presents Opening the Door to Truth and Reconciliation in Canada on September 30th from 10am to 12pm (PT).

Derek Thompson - Thlaapkiituup, of the Ditidaht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, will present this dynamic educational workshop. Opening the door to Truth and Reconciliation is an expression of wanting to understand our individual and collective roles in the redress between Indigenous peoples - First Nations, Métis and Inuit - and Canadians. This event is also the second to last event in TCSAS week-long event for the International Day of Older Persons on October 1. 




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Orange Shirt Day: Honouring the Children

Tk‘emlúps te Secwépemc of Kamloops has called on people across BC, Canada and even the world to join them on Sept. 30 at 2:15 pm to honour all the missing children of former residential schools. Gather with us and sing to honour those children. There will be arts and crafts available. Please wear your masks and gather safely.




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From Structural Racism To Personal Practices: Embodying Anti-Oppression For Reconciliation

The Taking Action! Lecture series launches this fall with speaker Dr. Eva Jewell, Research Director for the Yellowhead Institute and Assistant Professor at Ryerson University.

The first Taking Action! lecture will provide participants with insight on how racism is a design element of settler colonial states like Canada. Canadian citizens (and those subjected to its power), unwittingly carry behaviours that reify the structure, which can become personal stakes in a settler colonial system that continues to harm Indigenous peoples, Black people, and racialized peoples more broadly. Knowledge of the structure without behavioural change can lead to apathy and immobilization so this lecture encourages the personal embodiment of anti-oppressive practices as preparation for reconciliation.

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Past and Present: A Conversation about Race in BC (Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre Branch)

A five-part speaker series to educate participants on how to better understand the struggles of everyday society. Each 90-minute session will focus on a particular cultural group. You can participate in each of these events either in person or via Zoom.

Indigenous Peoples

Wednesday, October 06 6:30 - 8:00pm | The first session in the speaker series. You will learn about the history of the Kwikwetlem First Nation and other Indigenous Peoples in BC, including their experiences, the legal rights they had, discrimination they face, residential schools and the lasting impacts. We will also discuss the current situation. 

Early Immigrants

Wednesday, October 27 6:30pm - 8:00pm | The focus for the second session is on the Early Immigrants in BC, specifically focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Punjabi immigrants. You will learn about their year of arrival and why they came, what industries they worked in when they arrived, and what experiences they dealt with, including legal rights and discrimination. 

Sessions 3,4, and 5

The focuses for these sessions will be: Black History;  Human Rights, Systemic Racism & Discrimination under B.C.'s Human Rights Code; and Community Conversations, respectively. More information on their website and we will also include these events in the newsletter for the month they are in.




Coquitlam Library Personal and Community Safety Series


Fraud Prevention

Oct 5 @ 7:00pm - 8:00pm |  An information session on how to recognize the most prevalent scams today, how to protect yourself from falling victim, and how to report fraud when it does occur. 


Personal Safety & Reporting

Oct 19 @ 7:00pm - 8:00pm |
Learn how to protect yourself, be aware of your surroundings,  & when and how to report a crime.

Presented in partnership with Coquitlam RCMP Community Policing Services (CPS)


Crime Prevention & House Safety

Nov 2 @ 7:00pm - 8:00pm |
Come join the library for a session  about steps you can take to protect your property from crime.

Presented by CPS.

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Library Champions Information Session (Port Moody Public Library)

Oct 12, 12:30pm to 1:30pm | NewToBC offers volunteer opportunities for new and recent immigrants to help other new immigrants. Become a Library Champion volunteer to improve your confidence and communication skills, make new friends, and gain a better understanding of the services available at your library and in your community.


Pathways to Permanent Residency for International Students (MOSAIC)

Are you an international student looking to stay longer in Canada after your studies? This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the ways you could achieve that and get your questions answered! Join this webinar to learn all the programs that can accelerate your pathway to becoming a permanent resident. October 7, 6:00-8:00 PM


Settlement Mentoring Program (ISS of BC) 

Are you a newcomer who: 1) Has lived in BC, Canada for less than 3 years?; 2) Wants to learn more about the support in terms of navigating your community?; 3) Wants to practice communication skills and gain more confidence? You can be a mentee and be matched with a mentor who can provide support and guidance as you aim to reach your short and long-term goals, and as you settle here in Canada. If you think you can learn & benefit from this program, register online! Flexible schedule. 

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Canada Child Benefit Info Session 

Oct 6 @ 2:00pm to 3:30pm | Are you a work-permit or study-permit holder in BC and have questions about child care benefits? Join our info session to learn about what it is, who can apply, how to apply, and how much you can receive.


Express Entry and BC PNP Info Session (Hindi)

Oct 14 @ 10:30am to 12:30pm | Hear the latest information about immigration options for work permit holders and international students. Topics include application requirements, Express Entry and the BC Provincial Nominee Program.


Personal Empowerment: Managing your Mental Health in Uncertainty

Oct 13 @ 3:30pm to 5:00pm | Join us and get informed about the stress response cycle that your body faces, and how to release stress healthily. This webinar will also provide resources, so you can create or expand your support system! In Partnership with Richmond Public Library.

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Multicultural Women’s Peer Support Group (ISS of BC)

October 7 6:30 – 8:30 PM | If you are a newcomer woman interested in making new friends, sharing your experiences with others and gathering information on services and resources join this support group. 

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Teenage Parenting Workshop: A Neuroscience Approach

ISS of BC, October 2 @ 11:00am to 12:30pm | Get some tips on how to handle being a parent of a teenager. Provided on Zoom in Persian. To register, email Zohreh at




Financial Literacy & Investment Planning Free Korean Webinar Series

Session 1: October 12 @ 10:30am to 12:00pm
Presented by ISS of BC with Steve Park as the speaker. Learn about Canadian financial literacy and systems/taxation, how to best use tax-advantaged accounts, and other financial investment/planning matters. For registration, email

Session 2: October 19 @ 10:30am to 12:00pm
Presented by ISS of BC with Steve Park as the speaker. Learn about taxation on mutual fund, ETF, and other investment funds; and the differences Korean and Canadian estate planning. For registration, email








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Creating Inclusive Workplace Policies & Strategies

October 14 (Thurs) | 3:30 - 4:30 pm | In this workshop, organizations will learn about key components and strategies to building inclusive policies and how to embed inclusion into practice. The workshop will use intersectionality and equity, diversity and inclusion lenses in developing policies and embedding practices.

This workshop will be facilitated by Ismaël Traoré, PhD, who is a racial diversity, equity and inclusion educator, researcher and specialist. At the heart of his work is cultural and organizational change through evidence-based practices. He is interested in issues of power and privilege, cultural competency, and multicultural organizational development. Dr. Traoré has co-produced a documentary with Dr. Lisa Watt titled “Hamilton‘s Ugly Underbelly: Racism” (2015). This educational film documents contemporary forms of racism, activism, and community healing in Hamilton, Ontario.

For more information on other workshops during the Workplace Inclusion Forum, visit 





Employment Support for Youth Newcomers

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society. Be one step ahead in the job search, find Canadian work experience with the appropriate job search training and documents, and connect with other youth to expand your network. Register by emailing


H.E.A.L. for Work Program for Women

DIVERSEcity. Gain new skills and work experience to build the life you want in Canada with this online training. This program is informed by an empowerment approach to career services for women survivors of violence or trauma. Register by emailing 

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Career Prep Workshops – Preparing for Job Interviews

October 14, 2:00pm to 3:30pm | Join this online presentation where you will learn basic strategies to answer interview questions. With the assistance of a Career Advisor you will get information that will help you structure answers and place your skills at a higher level! All job seekers are welcome.

Presented by Coquitlam Public Library in partnership with WorkBC Centre.

Career Prep Workshops – How to Network  

November 16, 2:00pm to 3:30pm | Also in the same series as Preparing for Job Interviews. Learn the importance of networking your way to a successful job search, as well as strategies to create connections face-to-face and through LinkedIn. 

Presented by Coquitlam Public Library in partnership with WorkBC Centre.




Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – Construction and Engineering 

ISS of BC will hold two virtual info sessions about the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants. This session is for those with Construction or Engineering work experience trying to return to their field in BC. The relevant occupations include: Construction Managers, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Will be held on Zoom on Oct 19, 6:00 to 7:00pm. 

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – Trained Technology Professionals 

ISS of BC. Nov 2, 6:00pm to 7:00pm | If you have 1-3 years pre-arrival work experience in 1 of the 4 occupations below and want to return to work in your field in BC, you may be eligible for Career Paths. Occupations include: Computer Network Technicians, Information Systems Analysts & Consultants, Software Engineers & Designers, Computer Programmers & Interactive Media Developers. 





Digital Skills Upgrading for Job Seekers Aged 55+

October 18 - November 5, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm | 3 Weeks of free Online Group-Based Skills Training on career planning, job search skills, digital skills, essential skills, soft skills, job maintenance skills, and workplace health, safety and wellness. 

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Na’tsa’maht Shqwaluwun, One Heart, One Mind

Vancouver Island University Online | The Integrated Learning Series, titled “All My Relations” is designed to share promising practices and teachings that are emerging from the programs and activities run by the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement. Sharing the teachings they have received from Indigenous learners, communities, learning partners, and families is a way to be accountable to these groups and honour the responsibility to be transparent and authentic while working together. Many workshops offered for the 2021-2022 academic year. More information here

The workshops coming up the soonest are EleV Learning Dialogues throughout 2021-2022 and EleV – Taking Flight Together occurring on October 20 @ 11:30am – 1pm. Register for the Learning Dialogues by emailing

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Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

University of British Columbia Online | A 6-week open online course, starting September 30th. This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples. Register here by clicking on the Register button at the top right side and then creating an edx account if you don’t already have one.

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COVID-19 Journal Archives 

The Port Moody Station Museum is inviting you to submit your Covid-19 pandemic journal. Send in your stories, dreams, journals, pictures, and photos. These submissions can be in other languages as long as there is a translation, which S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will assist in providing. This will be a great way for immigrants to engage with Canadian culture and it would also be a beautiful way for anyone else to learn what immigrants have to offer to Canadian society and culture. If your submission is already in English just send it to 
but if it requires translation first send it to and we will find the right person to translate it. 


Ioco Ghost Town Day Festival

The Port Moody Heritage Society will be giving tours of the Ioco Townsite on Saturday, October 2nd. This is a free tour but you will need to register on Eventbrite. There will be three starting times 1:30,2:30 and 3:30pm. The guided tour will be followed by the Ioco Ghost Town Festival on October 3rd from 12pm to 4pm, at Ioco Road and 1st Avenue. It will look a bit different this year with a focus on performers throughout the day and all PHO guidelines will be followed. 

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City of Coquitlam Environmental Sustainability Plan

Coquitlam is now hoping the public can come forward with its ideas, thoughts and input on how they'd like to see the city's environment preserved for the future. A draft environmental sustainability plan (ESP) has been set and is seeking feedback on if it provides a flexible outlook on the community's expectations. A pop-up event will be held on Oct. 6 at the Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre Branch from 3 to 7 p.m. Interested residents can also review the ESP online and participate in the survey up until Oct. 15 on the city's website.




Port Coquitlam Community Centre Grand Opening

Head to downtown Port Coquitlam on Oct 2nd to celebrate the opening of a brand new Port Coquitlam Community Centre with an afternoon of live music and performance, food trucks and local craft beer, and a variety of free recreation activities. Everyone welcome and PHO guidelines will be followed. The TCLIP will have a table so come say hi!








Settlement 3.0 Project: Innovation is in our DNA

This report comprises PeaceGeeks‘ final recommendations to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regarding the Settlement 3.0 Project.

Immigrant Retention in New Brunswick

This report explores whether the Government of New Brunswick's current policies on immigration are effective or need to be altered and examines retention rates of immigrants arriving in New Brunswick and which factors influence these rates.

Many employers failing to follow through on DEI plans: Report

Canada invests $100 million to support newcomers‘ integration.

Taking the Long View: Options for Inclusive Post-Pandemic Labor Markets

More than 3,000 Evacuees Arrive in Canada from Afghanistan 

Immigrant nurses in B.C. say language proficiency tests a barrier to practice

IRCC holds Parents and Grandparents Program 2021 sponsorship lottery




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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