Keeping the spirit of Finland alive in the Lower Mainland

For over 50 years, the Vancouver Finlandia Club (VFC) has been an important point of cultural connection for the Finnish community in the Lower Mainland. Based out of the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby, the VFC hosts year-round activities to bring the community together and celebrate Finland and Scandinavian culture. They also offer Finnish language…

The building blocks of a good life

As a B.C. and Lower Mainland-based organization that has been providing Canadian newcomer-immigrants with settlement services for 45+ years, MOSAIC has had a long and storied history. Yet, the organization is still venturing to shuffle government priorities for improved support regarding immigrant welfare. On Nov. 17 2023, MOSAIC CEO Olga Stachova spoke to the House of Commons…

The rich history, isolated present and hopeful future of Vancouver’s Black community

Every February, people across Canada and the U.S. celebrate Black History Month to honour and uplift the legacies of Black communities. This year, advocacy groups, like Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) and University of British Columbia’s Black Student Union (BSU), are not only highlighting Black voices, but also Vancouver’s history of anti-Black racism. Hogan’s Alley, from…

Casey Mecija shares the sonic potential in Filipinx diaspora

Sounds are all around us, from conversation to music to the noises of everyday life. Critically thinking about sounds and going beyond our conventional perceptions could help us better understand experiences different from our own and spark healing and creativity within and between communities. One such community is the Filipinx diaspora, whom the media, academia…

Building bridges of empathy and understanding: Theatre Terrific champions inclusivity in performance art

Part 1 in a series highlighting the intersection between disability and arts in Metro Vancouver. For almost four decades, Theatre Terrific has been pioneering inclusivity through performance art. Through classes, workshops and productions, the Vancouver-based theatre group leads an inclusive approach to theatre performance, not just for its audiences, but for performers with a range…

“Willing the impossible”: SFU scholar looks to create greater understanding about Israel and Palestine

SFU scholar Nawal Musleh-Motut wants to “will the impossible,” and she’s hoping her recently published academic book, Connecting the Holocaust and Nakba Through Photograph-based Storytelling can help make it a reality. The SFU fellow in Social Justice and Decolonization borrows the phrase from late Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said, referring to the bridging what often feels…

Chinese Canadians tell ‘small stories that make up a big history’

Chinese Canadians make up a significant part of Canada’s history, but this fact is often forgotten when people talk about Canadian heritage. To remedy that oversight, the Chinatown Storytelling Centre exists to inform the public about this important part of our past and its contemporary legacies. Situated in the middle of Chinatown, the Storytelling Centre…

Belongings matter: Report highlights difficulties unhoused people face

Unhoused individuals have continuously been at risk of losing their belongings and, as the colder weather continues, many look for solutions. A report released last month by UBC, SFU and the University of Ottawa examines the issue and suggests potential remedies. According to the report, approximately 10 per cent of people in Canada can be…