From the Prairies to the Pacific

By the time I turned 18, I was desperate to escape. Growing up in the blistering cold of Prairie Manitoba, my life was sheltered. My parents built a loving home, my grandparents were within walking distance and my friends, literally, lived next door. But I wanted experiences; I wanted adventure. I wanted a place where…

Preventative health as a lifestyle

Zili, a non-profit organization, will hold the Women’s Preventative Health or Zili Conference on May 26, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre to inform women about evidence-based preventative health, provide them with tools to take ownership of their health, and offer a platform to share ideas on how to make the healthcare system more effective.…

Indigenous food sovereignty – a way of life

What is Canada’s food policy and how does it represent Indigenous people? Food sovereignty in Canada has gained public interest as Indigenous groups reinforce their land rights and title. “Indigenous food sovereignty has become an important and distinct category in Canadian food sovereignty,” says Tonya Smith, a research graduate at the University of British Columbia…

The helping HIPPY

It’s not a drop in. The site works very hard with the family to establish a routine because we want the family to establish a routine for learning. Wazi Dlamini-Kapenda, director of Multicultural Programs at the Mothers Matter Centre The HIPPY program works with mothers and their children to help mothers gain the confidence to…

Putting the light on inequalities

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) introduces Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America in May. “It’s going to be an uncomfortable show,” says the curator, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, PhD, who believes that this is an exhibition that will turn heads and shed light on something that the community, nation and world need to start…

Story in a suitcase

The Evergreen Cultural Centre will host Suitcase Stories, a one-woman show about the journey of Maki Yi who immigrated to Canada from South Korea with nothing but a single suitcase, May 17–19. Suitcase Stories is a story of identity and of finding her way in a foreign land, which Yi relays with both humorous and thought-provoking anecdotes.…

Cultural Calendar

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Take your mom and the rest of the family out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, and attend some of the events and festivals happening around town this month. May Day Festival May 4–13 Various locations in Port Coquitlam www.portcoquitlam.ca/mayday Mark your calendar for May 4 to 13, when Port Coquitlam…

Gyoza

This delicious snack is a staple appetizer at every Japanese restaurant, and can be found in the frozen-food section of your neighbourhood supermarket… but it’s just as easy to make them from scratch at home. In fact, if you’re having company over, I suggest bringing the party into the kitchen and having everyone lend a…