Announcing the BC Centre for Diversity and Innovation

NSIIP​ is proud to support the North Shore Multicultural Society​ that will soon be launching the BC Centre for Diversity and Innovation.   The centre will offer customized diversity workshops for public, private, and non-profit organizations, continue the award-winning Neonology​ Program that supports youth to make their school and communities more welcoming and inclusive, and lead innovative engagement methods to build a sense of belonging, inclusion, and trust. Stay tuned for our official launch!

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This is Us: Diverse North Shore Photo Contest

January 23, 2019

What does ‘place’ mean to you, and what does it mean to belong to a community?  How has your understanding of place and belonging changed over time?  In recognition of March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) and the Centre for Diversity and Innovation (CDI) invites you to tell your story of place and belonging through original photography. Select works will be printed and displayed for exhibition at the North Van City Hall to celebrate March 21 International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination. A digital reel of ALL submitted works will be displayed at municipal halls across the North Shore! The contest builds on the North Shore Community Conversation Series, where more than 60 newcomers and long-time residents shared their aspirations for inclusive communities. In honour of these conversations, this photo contest aims to turn up the volume on diverse and intersectional voices in our North Shore community. To participate,... Read More

Brave Conversations: Shifting Systems Towards Inclusivity

January 14, 2019

We are grateful to host this event on the ancestral, traditional, unceded territories of the Sḵw ̱xwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George will be present to welcome us into the space as we move into the day’s conversations. How can we engage more effectively across differences? How can we begin to shift our systems – education, labour, legal, health, and others – towards more inclusive policies and practices? Join the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) and the Centre for Diversity and Innovation (CDI) to learn and strategize tools for cultivating inclusive diversity on the North Shore and collectively working towards positive systems change. Hear from Kamala Todd, Cicely Blain, and Natasha Aruliah, who will lead workshops on topics of reconciliation, unconscious bias, and barriers to systems change. Date: Wednesday, January 30th Time: 1:00PM – 5:00PM (Registration opens 12:30PM) Location: 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, V7M 2K6 Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited! Remember to register.... Read More

Plain Language Workshop

September 4, 2018

Learn how to make ease of reading a top priority when you write and format your program’s communications. Put Clear Language and Design (CLAD) into practice by balancing fonts, white space, and images, and choose clear wording and know that your message will be read and understood at a glance. When: Tuesday, October 16 from 10am to 12:30pm Agenda:  Training session with Kate Longpre (ICA) on how to use the Google Translate app; please bring your smartphone or tablet with the Google Translate app installed Discussion on policy and procedure considerations for incorporating the Google Translate app in service delivery The event is free. Please RSVP at: https://nsiip-plain-language.eventbrite.com You can also download the event poster here. Read More

Warm Welcome Tea Circle

September 4, 2018

OPEN SPACE: GENERATING COMMUNITY – A CONVERSATION SERIES WARM WELCOME Join the Tea Circle and talk about the idea of welcoming – ranging from how one shows an act of welcoming, the feelings associated with being welcomed (or unwelcomed), and cultural protocols of welcoming across spaces like home, work, communities and public spaces.Two Conversation times: – First conversation: 3PM – 4PM – Second conversation: 4PM – 5PM.Event registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/warm-welcome-tea-circle-tickets-49395399971 or contact minorii@nsms.ca (604-973-0457)   Please note: In case of rain, we will be holding the conversation circles inside the “Youth Lounge” in John Braithwaite Community Centre (JBCC), 145 W 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC. Thank you to Cafe by TAO for their generous support; and to NSIIP, which is supported by 30+ North Shore organizations. We are grateful to host this community event on the traditional, unceded ancestral territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Read More

We Speak Translate: Introduction and Policy Discussion

May 24, 2018

On June 18, NSIIP and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) will be inviting managers and  supervisors of frontline staff from the North Shore to come and learn about the Google Translate app. There will be a discussion around policy/procedural considerations for those interested in incorporating the app into their service delivery model. As our communities grow, the app can offer a way to bridge communication barriers with newcomers who are still developing their English language skills. Please see our event page to learn more and register. Learn more about ICA’s We Speak project here. Read More

North Shore Community Conversations

May 23, 2018

On June 14, 2018, the Centre for Diversity and Innovation will be hosting the North Shore Community Conversations at the Presentation House Theatre to explore our diverse and collective understanding of place. What is place to you? Newcomer immigrants and long-time residents of North Shore are invited to engage in this unique conversation circle to share their aspirations, concerns, and ideas for moving forward as an inclusive community. Space is limited, so please register for a time slot by June 8, 2018 by contacting Minori at minorii@nsms.ca or 604-973-0457. Read more about this event here. Read More

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May 1, 2018

Learn more about what we’ve been working on, our latest resources, and more. Read our Newsletter. Receive quarterly updates from us – sign up here.   Read More

Announcing the BC Centre for Diversity and Innovation

March 21, 2018

NSIIP​ is proud to support the North Shore Multicultural Society​ that will soon be launching the BC Centre for Diversity and Innovation.   The centre will offer customized diversity workshops for public, private, and non-profit organizations, continue the award-winning Neonology​ Program that supports youth to make their school and communities more welcoming and inclusive, and lead innovative engagement methods to build a sense of belonging, inclusion, and trust. Stay tuned for our official launch! Read More

Happy Norooz!

March 5, 2018

Norooz is on Wednesday, March 21! Download a copy of our Norooz Info Guide a printable resource that introduces the traditions and various celebrations of Norooz – including Chaharshanbe Suri (Fire Fest) and Sizdah Bedar (Nature Fest). For optimal printing results, print double-sided on legal sized paper, then fold in half. Read More

Happy Lunar New Year!

February 14, 2018

The Lunar New Year falls on Friday, February 16. Download a copy of our Lunar New Year Info Guide: a printable resource that introduces the traditions and celebrations of the Lunar New Year across cultures. For optimal printing results, print double-sided on legal sized paper, then fold in half. Read More

Cultural Holidays Posters

December 12, 2017

Download a copy of these two posters highlighting a few cultural celebrations in the winter and new year. Produced by the North Shore Multicultural Society. Read More

Project triples immigrants on North Shore committees

December 4, 2017

North Shore News |  Brent Richter The volunteer boards and committees that help guide the North Shore’s non-profits and local governments have almost tripled the number of immigrants in their ranks. After a 2016 survey found only seven community groups out of 37 on the North Shore that included at least one immigrant voice, the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership launched a campaign this summer to recruit, train and match recent immigrants with organizations across a swath of sectors. According to the latest census, 36 per cent of North Shore residents were born outside of Canada. Today, NSIIP is celebrating the addition of 19 immigrants prepared to volunteer, 15 of whom have been paired with local government, arts and culture, social services and health care boards or committees ready to welcome them on pending their own formal processes. Another four are still in search of a position. “I’m absolutely delighted with the positive response we’ve had to this project,” says... Read More

West Van’s immigrant population up

November 3, 2017

North Shore News | Jeremy Shepherd   The North Shore continues to be one of the most attractive regions in Canada for new immigrants, according to Statistics Canada’s recently released 2016 census figures. Since 2001, West Vancouver’s population has grown by 259. However, the municipality’s immigrant population rose by 3,840, bringing West Van’s overall percentage of immigrants from 36 to 44 per cent. The City of North Vancouver’s population jumped by almost 8,000 between 2001 and 2016, buoyed in part by an immigrant population that now accounts for 38 per cent of the city’s population, a four per cent hop since 2001. The District of North Vancouver was comparatively steady, as its population grew by 2,570 from 2001 to 2016 and its immigrant population nudged up from 30 to 31 per cent. Overall, approximately 36 per cent of the North Shore’s population is comprised of immigrants. For Hamed Ranapour, a telecommunications specialist from Tehran, Iran, living in North Vancouver was intended... Read More

Canada to admit nearly 1 million immigrants over next 3 years

November 1, 2017

CBC News  |   Kathleen Harris, Chris Hall, Peter Zimonjic Canada will welcome nearly one million immigrants over the next three years, according to the multi-year strategy tabled by the Liberal government today in what it calls “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.” The number of economic migrants, family reunifications and refugees will climb to 310,000 in 2018, up from 300,000 this year. That number will rise to 330,000 in 2019 then 340,000 in 2020. The targets for economic migrants, refugees and family members was tabled in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon. Hussen said the new targets will bring Canada’s immigration to nearly one per cent of the population by 2020, which will help offset an aging demographic. He called it a historic and responsible plan and “the most ambitious” in recent history. “Our government believes that newcomers play a vital role in our society,” Hussen said. “Five million Canadians are set to retire by 2035 and we have fewer... Read More

21.9% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest share in 85 years: StatsCan

October 25, 2017

CBC News |  Éric Grenier The share of immigrants in Canada has reached its highest level in almost a century, according to 2016 census figures released Wednesday. The Statistics Canada data also shows the Indigenous population is growing at more than four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population, reaching nearly 1.7 million in 2016. These are some of the findings of the latest data set from the 2016 census, focusing on the population related to immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Indigenous people. The numbers come just days before the annual immigration levels are set to be tabled in the House of Commons by the Liberal government. The levels were set at 300,000 per year in 2017.​ The census figures show 21.9 per cent of Canadians report being or having been an immigrant or permanent resident, nearly matching the high of 22.3 per cent in 1921 and up from 19.8 per cent in 2006. The number was slightly higher than 21.9 per cent in 1931 too.... Read More

How asylum seekers make refugee claims, and why they take so long

August 25, 2017

By Andrea Bellemare, CBC News | A look at how the refugee process normally works, and how its been affected by the sudden increase in demand. Asylum seekers who come to Canada are often able to make their claim for refugee status on the same day they arrive. But in Quebec the process has been disrupted by the recent influx of asylum seekers from the U.S. Here’s a closer look at how that process normally works and how it’s been affected by the sudden increase in demand. Eligibility interviews Asylum seekers crossing the border illegally at Roxham Road are met by the RCMP, and then taken to a Canada Border Services Agency office where they fill out a Basis of Claim form. In the past, an eligibility interview would usually take place on the same day to determine if the seeker is able to proceed with their refugee claim in Canada. But because of the massive influx this summer, asylum seekers could have to wait up to... Read More

Minister Hussen announces major step forward in gender equality by making changes to passports and immigration documents

August 24, 2017

News Release From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada August 24, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights is an imperative for governments and individuals alike. This includes gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support LGBTQ2 rights and advance the Government’s agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion. An “X” will make it easier for people who do not identify as female (“F”) or male (“M”) to acquire passports and other government-issued documents that better reflect their gender identity. Starting August 31, 2017, IRCC will be the first Government of Canada department to introduce interim measures, which include allowing individuals to add an observation to their passport stating their sex... Read More

Racist confrontation on Vancouver train caught on camera

August 24, 2017

By Jackie Dunham, CTV News | Metro Vancouver transit police are investigating a racist confrontation between a white woman and a senior Filipino couple aboard the city’s SkyTrain this week that was captured on camera by multiple witnesses. The three passengers involved in the heated exchange were travelling on the Millennium Line train heading towards Brentwood Town Centre at approximately 2 p.m. local time on Monday. The disturbance began when the woman told the Filipino couple they were speaking too loudly, according to Paula Correa, a witness who filmed the argument on her phone. The woman can be heard hurling offensive language at the Filipino couple in the videos. “One of the first things I heard her say was, ‘Oh, you’re just a stupid [expletive] Filipino,’” Correa told CTV Vancouver on Wednesday. “There was swearing.” In the video Correa later posted to Facebook, the woman can be heard hurling offensive language at the Filipinos. “Go back to the f—ing Philippines,”... Read More

A Supreme Idea

August 23, 2017

Editorial, North Shore News | A supposed rally by white supremacists in Vancouver failed in spectacular fashion over the weekend. The organizers were planning to decry immigration, Islam and multiculturalism but they evidently chickened out and instead stayed in their basements where no sunlight could disinfect their festering thoughts. In their place, came 4,000 anti-racism protestors preaching love, tolerance and diversity. Aside from a few skirmishes, it was more of a love-in than hate-fest and for that, we’re very proud of the people who marched, including a great many from the North Shore. But these twerps, with their overt hatred for others were the easy targets. We would argue the more insidious form of racism is the kind that hides in plain sight: The racist comment made at the dinner table that goes unchallenged. The condescending and unfounded assumptions made about an Indigenous person. The frustration over housing costs spilling over into anger at people of Chinese descent generally. The refusal... Read More

Q&A: Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on being the country’s gatekeeper

August 21, 2017

BY MALCOLM JOHNSTON , Toronto Life | As a boy, he fled Somalia for Canada. Now he has the unenviable job of deciding who gets in and who doesn’t In January, you became immigration minister. Two weeks later, Donald Trump signed an order banning visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, the country of your birth. Was this a travel ban or a Muslim ban? Neither. My U.S. counterpart, John Kelly, the head of Homeland Security, told me that it was a pause to allow them to deal with travel document integrity and analyze their refugee resettlement program. I have to take him at his word. The Canadian government has committed to admitting 300,000 permanent residents in 2017, and right now you’re deciding what the number will be in 2018. What can we expect? I don’t have exact numbers yet, but I can assure you it won’t drop. It’s a matter of finding the right mix. Kellie Leitch, the former Tory leadership contender,... Read More


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