Happy Eid in Vancouver

Muslim festival Eid ul-Fitr is little celebrated in Vancouver, but Sarah Zafar and her fellow volunteers are aiming to change that. On June 17, they are organizing Vancouver’s first ever Eid ul-Fitr Festival. It’s Muslim tradition with a Vancouver twist. “This is one of the Islamic celebrations [for] all Muslims around the world. It’s a…

Refugees each have unique stories to tell

Sina Yetbarek and her family arrived in Canada just over four years ago from Uganda. “World Refugee Day is a day to raise awareness of the aspects and challenges of what a refugee goes through before becoming a refugee, during, and when they arrive to the new country by starting a new life all over…

Autism finds its rhythm

“Rock for Autism is a concept found all over the world, and we need support to graduate to becoming a charity that supports as many of these folks as possible. Why? Because these are the people who remind us of our own humanity, and in our own humility we should work with them as we…

Speaking Russian in Vancouver

With its Cyrillic alphabet, the Russian language is one of the most complicated to learn. But, as Inna Mikailov and Stan Kriventsov explain, many Vancouverites speak Russian − and they’re not all from Russia. June 6th, Russian Language Day, marks the beginning of a summer of events designed to unite Russian language speakers in Vancouver.…

An Indigenous storyteller finds a new home

After competing with her fellow storytellers, T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss had more than her fingers crossed when applying for the Vancouver Public Library’s Indigenous Storyteller in Residence Program. Having survived the interview and panel process, she was honoured to be chosen and couldn’t wait to start sharing stories and redefining what people thought of storytelling. According to…

Chemically transformed through Soap for Hope

What is the fate of leftover hotel bar soaps? How could it possibly be linked to battling drug and alcohol addiction? Soap for Hope, a student-run non-profit project out of SFU has made the creative and bold attempt to bridge the two and has successfully helped both the environment and the marginalised people of society…

A lesson in cedar weaving

The cedar tree has been a familiar figure for First Nations communities for a long time. The tree, believed to be a gift from Mother Nature, provides people with tools for their survival. On June 3, Port Moody ecological society will hold a cedar weaving workshop with Tsawaysia Alice Guss at Port Moody Centre. Participants…

A Jewish history of Vancouver

Michael Schwartz is exploring early Jewish history, as well as other cultural histories, in Vancouver with the Historic Walking Tours, a program put on by the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia. “Jews have been in B.C. for over 150 years. Longer than Vancouver has been a city,” says Schwartz, a Vancouver native who…

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…

Providing youth and women with opportunities and resources

3E Organization is hosting Together Towards Tomorrow: Shaping the Future, a hands-on seminar that aims to engage youth and women to be proactive and learn from specialists in particular professions. It will take place on May 9 at the Surrey City Centre Library. “The 3Es mean to engage, enable and empower,” says Reena Singh, 3E…

Cohousing – a community of individuals

The concept of cohousing often generates a fair amount of skepticism. Can individuals retain their privacy and a sense of self within a community? Can cohousing accommodate the different needs of a diverse group? Does cohousing truly address issues such as isolation and loneliness? These are some of the issues that will be examined at…