TCLIP Updates
This newsletter provides updates on the projects TCLIP is working on and information about upcoming events that we will be hosting. It serves as a platform to inform you about our latest developments, initiatives, and opportunities. 








Community Building Dialogue: From Hate to Hope

On June 20th, TCLIP, in partnership with the B.C.'s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, hosted a virtual informational session to shed light on the Office’s Report, From Hate to Hope: Inquiry into Hate during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

B.C.'s Commissioner, Kasari Govender, presented to the participants in this session the outcomes of this inquiry, discussing why hate increased during the pandemic, where hate comes from, and what actions we can take to stop hate now and in times of future crisis. 

This was an opportunity for people to discover some underlying factors contributing to the rise in hate during the pandemic, learn about stories of hate and their impact on people and communities, and explore some proactive measures taken by the community to respond to hate.

Commissioner Govender concluded the session with some recommendations on responding to hate, including understanding hate and acknowledging the harm it causes, building safety and belonging, and fostering accountability and repair.

To access the full inquiry, please click on the button below.

From Hate to Hope Inquiry








Effective Employer Engagement

In 2023, TCLIP partnered with World Education Services (WES) in their national #ImmigrantsWork initiative. This initiative is rooted in community partnerships to activate local employers and facilitate the co-creation of practical and easy-to-implement community-driven solutions that help identify, recruit, hire, and retain local immigrant talent.

As part of this initiative, WES hosted two interactive virtual sessions on May 31st and June 7th, focusing on employer engagement and highlighting its crucial role in the success of community stakeholders and partners who provide employment-related services to immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers.

The two sessions were facilitated by Henry Akanko, Project Director at Hire Immigrants Ottawa, who discussed the concept of employer engagement and the barriers to achieving it. Akanko also shared insights with participants on:

  • What research tells us about employer receptivity to immigrant talent.
  • Proven strategies to engage local employers in supporting the employment services offered to newcomers.
  • How to make the business case for hiring and investing in immigrant and refugee talent. 








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The Resilience Blanket

At TCLIP, we continue working around the development of resources, tools, and training that address racism and hate, acknowledge the harm they cause, and focus on healing and building safety and belonging. That is why we have recently developed the Resilience Blanket. 

Inspired by the Witness Blanket, the Resilience Blanket is a collective story of strength and the power of community. Similar to a patchwork quilt, each story shares unique perspectives on strengthening confidence, empathy & community. The images used for the Resilience Blanket were made by community members and families with lived immigration experience who now reside in the Tri-Cities. They participated in several workshops offered by the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multicultural Early Childhood Development Program and Luna Aixin.

Over the past few years, the Tri-Cities has seen increased incidents of racism, which impact many Indigenous and racialized communities‘ health and sense of belonging. The idea for the Resilience Blanket was developed in response to the community‘s desire to support our diverse communities in amplifying their voices, to remind them of the strength in building connections and community, and to engage everyone in dialogue. We believe that by sharing stories of hope and resilience, we can reflect on our own privileges and how we can play a role in advancing equity and inclusion for all.

We encourage you to take the time to explore the stories, artwork and reflections on resilience represented in this interactive blanket. As you click through the blanket sections, watch for the reflection questions and think about what they mean to you and how they relate to your and others‘ experiences.

To access the Resilience Blanket, please click on the button below.

Resilience Blanket




Caring Spaces Guide

As part of the Anti-Oppression Capacity Building Project, we have also developed the Caring Spaces Guide, which is designed to foster compassion and understanding when starting a dialogue. This tool provides recommendations on how to create spaces that promote empathy and equity. As an experienced facilitator, Luna Aixin shares their experience and knowledge on engaging diverse perspectives and facilitating difficult conversations.

To access the guide, please click on the button below.

Caring Spaces Guide




Guide for English Language Instructors

Last but not least, we have created the Guide for English Language Instructors. This is a workbook for English language teachers on using Anti-oppressive practices, principles, and concepts to enhance learning experiences for students. The five modules featured in this course aim to support teachers to have a robust understanding of how anti-racism oppressive practices elevate the quality of education in inclusive, equitable, and non-oppressive ways.

To access the guide, please click on the button below.

Instructors Guide




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website







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