Education with a touch of empathy and compassion

In Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, Alim Fakirani met with a local teacher during his work at the Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development. Although from different cultural backgrounds, a sense of understanding gradually sparked between them. “Even though we came from different contexts, we were still able to relate to one…

The Irish community – feeling at home and celebrating

Vancouver’s Irish community has established itself on many platforms through Facebook, websites and real-life events that coexist in the great diverse cultures found in the city. According to Statistics Canada, approximately 250,000 Irish Canadians live in Vancouver. To Irish residents, the annual CelticFest, which runs from March 10–18, may sound like familiar name. The festival,…

A milestone year for Canada

As Canada celebrates 150 years since Confederation, Amnesty International Canada calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this year to take decisive action on human rights at home and abroad. Significantly, 2017 is also the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Don…

Gender equality initiatives support minority women

MOSAIC, one of the largest settlement organizations in Canada, is currently holding gender equality training workshops for young women. Chany Chea, is the project coordinator for innovative projects at MOSAIC. Her work covers a variety of areas such as domestic violence counseling, victim services work and relationship violence prevention. While completing her Master’s degree in…

Historic tour of Gastown details roots of Jewish community

Organizers of a historic tour, focusing on the Jewish community who lived in Gastown, hope people will walk away with a better understanding of how culturally diverse Vancouver has been from its earliest days. “This is not to say that it has always been accepting of diversity. That’s definitely something that has improved over time,…

Yazidi Discussion Circle hopes to affect change

All levels of government should do more to help the Yazidi women and children heal and recover from trauma, say the Remember Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) organization. The Yazidi Discussion Circle will be held at VIVO Media Arts Centre (Feb. 24). “If you don’t care for people, you can hurt them for seven generations. There’s…

A neglected history: Hogan’s Alley

Hogan’s Alley has played a significant part in Vancouver’s history, yet is one aspect of this city’s past often ignored that goes unacknowledged by its citizens. The documentary, Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley, will be showcased by the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Seniors Lifelong Learning Society at SFU’s Vancouver campus on Feb. 18. Secret…

Garden becomes symbol of homecoming

For just over a month the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will host Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year, which will both educate and allow visitors to experience the traditions and customs surrounding this important celebration. The celebration kicks off on Jan. 17 at the Garden. Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, one…

Volunteering provides opportunities to create global impact

The Kitsilano Library will be holding a monthly speaker series where speakers will share their personal experiences with global development. The series titled Together: Stories about the Impact of Global Development, is presented in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada and runs until May. Tina Parbhakar is slated to be a future speaker. Parbhakar is…

Giving voice to our history

A panel of Japanese-Canadians will share their firsthand experiences of losing their homes, internment and separation from their family. Landscapes of Injustice (LoI) will present “Memories of Internment and Dispossession” on Jan. 14 in the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL). Stanger-Ross, professor of history at University of Victoria and project director of…

Questioning boxes, borders and invisible lines

Curators spend time collaborating with communities to ensure each object accurately reflects the community of origin’s national history.  “The public doesn’t question the ways in which objects are displayed in museums – visitors don’t see how borders of identity are fluid, and not always divided into neat little boxes,” says Allison Adler, a UBC graduate…

Teaching children human rights through play

The Britannia Community Services Centre recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of Play It Fair!, an educational program developed by Equitas, a Canadian non-profit organization whose mandate is to promote equality, social justice and human rights throughout Canada and the world. The Play It Fair! Toolkit aims to teach children aged six to 12 human rights…

Greek Christmas traditions focus on family and food

Unlike North American Christmas traditions, Greek Christmas traditions are rooted in religion, and it continues to be a heavily religious holiday today. Christougena, which translates to “time of Christ,” is the second most important religious holiday in Greece after Easter. The holiday is a month-long celebration and starts on Dec. 6 (St. Nicholas Day) and…