Diversity Kamloops

Diversity Kamloops Diversity Kamloops is the page operated by the Kamloops Immigrant Services Diversity program coordinator. Diversity Kamloops is part of the (social, cultural) Diversity program at Kamloops Immigrant Services.

KIS is a service agency administered by the Kamloops-Cariboo Regional Immigrants Society, a registered non-profit society and charity. Our office is located in the North Shore area of Kamloops, BC. While our target demographics include immigrants, naturalized Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, visible minorities, etc., the Diversity program is not exclusive to those groups and applies time and energy to issues, causes, programs, services and events involving ALL facets of social and cultural diversity in our society.

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Educational bursary available! The Kamloops Immigrant Services Educational Bursary Fund was created in memory of Paul La...
05/28/2021

Educational bursary available! The Kamloops Immigrant Services Educational Bursary Fund was created in memory of Paul Lagacé, the agency's Executive Director from 2011 to 2018. To honour Paul's passion for education, the fund will help Newcomer, Naturalized Citizen and First Generation Canadian students who reside in the Thompson-Nicola region. The fund is fed by donations from generous supporters, and provides TWO bursaries of $1000. Application deadline is June 15th. To apply, please submit an application form by email to [email protected]. Information and application form are available at https://immigrantservices.ca/about-kamloops-immigration-services/kis-educational-bursary/

05/27/2021

Our Korean event is coming up very soon! It will be taking place this Friday from 5-6 PM and is open for everyone who is wanting to celebrate the ending of Asian Heritage Month by learning about Korea, its language & culture. We will end this event off by teaching everyone how to write their own names in Korean, so we recommend you come prepared with a piece of paper and pencil! 😆 Make sure to invite a friend who would be interested as well 😍
Zoom link for our Korean event ➡ https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/88954503890?pwd=QjN4L2R6c2N3RExveWNHVDl1RkFhQT09

5 British Columbians share their experiences of being 'mixed race'. This is a topic close to my own heart as our family ...
05/27/2021
Being mixed race in B.C.

5 British Columbians share their experiences of being 'mixed race'.
This is a topic close to my own heart as our family is what we call a 'cross-cultural family'. We don't talk about our child being 'mixed' or 'half something' or really being a particular race at all. We do talk about social and cultural aspects of identity that make up 'who we are' as a family and as a person, as Canadians and Kamloopsians.
https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1899564099635?fbclid=IwAR3x3LRcsz7xmHNbsjTqLT8_xeF7VYmUwdG5essP0FeyxiYBCl2MebBFkwE

5 British Columbians share their experiences of being mixed race.

As buzzwords like social justice, equity, and inclusion permeate our collective consciousness, it’s essential for advoca...
05/27/2021
Ableism 101 - What is Ableism? What Does it Look Like?

As buzzwords like social justice, equity, and inclusion permeate our collective consciousness, it’s essential for advocates of progress to remember another ‘ism,’ one that is frequently left out of conversations: 'Ableism'.

The world wasn’t built with people with disabilities in mind, and because of that, the world we live in is inherently “ableist.” https://www.accessliving.org/newsroom/blog/ableism-101/?fbclid=IwAR1gTzY4UxdTabc0Ajdfesiz1geQKsdzgCxhmmPbWn-UC71lp7_yiKk6-Wg

As buzzwords like social justice, equity, and inclusion permeate our conversations, it’s essential for advocates of progress to remember another ‘ism.’

#A#asianhistorymonth2021: in Kamloops our culturally rich and diverse population of 'Kamloopsians' includes Chinese cult...
05/20/2021

#A#asianhistorymonth2021: in Kamloops our culturally rich and diverse population of 'Kamloopsians' includes Chinese culture! At KIS we have an embroidery workshop this month, so it's fitting to share traditional Chinese craft of Shu Embroidery. For anyone who has not yet discovered Li Ziqi's YouTube channel, it contains beautiful, practical and interesting depiction of traditional Chinese ways living, making and doing things. The videos are largely non-verbal, and very well-made. I must admit, I have watched these for hours. What I have noticed: It is largely what you might call farm life, she is a very hard worker, and absolutely nothing goes to waste. The focus is 'everything from scratch', much of it amazing foods and meals, and the accompanying music is beautiful and meditative as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmEXbJUnFG0&list=PLF-q-IGQQb1tXQ45-RsEnaXGP4u_dgcmW&index=6

#asianhistorymonth2021 in Kamloops and across BC: Kamloops Immigrant Services is part of the #ResilienceBC network. This...
05/19/2021

#asianhistorymonth2021 in Kamloops and across BC: Kamloops Immigrant Services is part of the #ResilienceBC network. This month we have a network event open to interested community members, the Anti-Racism Awareness Week and Asian Heritage Month Panel Discussion on May 25th, 3!5pm PST. The topic: 'History and Struggles: Identifying and Eliminating the Roots of Anti-Asian Racism in BC'. To register, please refer to the image information or click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SGRZUe1VSa6Srrpg15p2IA

Event details, panelists and moderator:
--------------Panelists--------------
Prof. Ann Kim is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University. She is a scholar of migration, race and ethnicity, and
urban sociology, and has a long-standing interest in the Korean diaspora. Her past research in the area includes the
examination of Korean transnational families and education migration, Korean seniors, ethnic entrepreneurship, and
Korean ethnic identity and Asian pan-ethnicity. She has also studied the experiences of North Korean migrants in Canada
and is currently engaged in research on the racialization experiences of Korean and Asian university students.

Judy Hanazawa’s community focus has been in human rights education and community development. She served in
past as Vice President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and Chair of the NAJC Human Rights
Committee. Since receiving her federal Redress payment in 1989, she has been an active member of the Greater
Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) and the GVJCCA Human Rights Committee. She was
GVJCCA president in 2000, served again on the GVJCCA board from 2014 to the present, and is the current president of
the Greater Vancouver JCCA.

Sarah Kim is a passionate advocate for systems change and racial justice. She works as a community developer at
Collingwood Neighbourhood House in East Vancouver on anti-racism and civic engagement initiatives using a systems
change lens. Sarah also has a background in food security, food justice, and arts and culture. She is the daughter of South
Korean immigrants and is grateful to be living and working as an uninvited guest on the ancestral and un-ceded lands of
the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Ravi Saxena is the Executive Director at Immigration & Multicultural Services Society of Prince George. Having resided in
Prince George for nearly 12 years, Ravi has been promoting positive change and community growth in Northern BC. He
founded "The Unsung Heroes of Northern BC" to celebrate people who have made extraordinary contributions to their
communities in the north. He completed the MBA program at the University of Northern British Columbia and holds a
strong track record of effective leadership and management style.

---------------Moderator---------------
Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal is Assistant Professor in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and
incoming Interim Director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies at the University of British Columbia. A first generation
migrant Filipinx Canadian scholar, his research, teaching and community engagement work is concerned with
the cultural production and community organizing efforts of migrant, racialized and LGBTQ communities, particularly in
sexual health, social services and education. JP is co-editor of "Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility" (University of
Toronto Press, 2012) and a member of the editorial collective for ACME International Journal for Critical Geographies.

This event is organized by the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network. The Network is funded by the Province of British Columbia
and offers a province-wide approach to identifying and challenging racism.

#asianhistorymonth2021 in Kamloops and across BC: Kamloops Immigrant Services is part of the #ResilienceBC network. This month we have a network event open to interested community members, the Anti-Racism Awareness Week and Asian Heritage Month Panel Discussion on May 25th, 3!5pm PST. The topic: 'History and Struggles: Identifying and Eliminating the Roots of Anti-Asian Racism in BC'. To register, please refer to the image information or click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SGRZUe1VSa6Srrpg15p2IA

Event details, panelists and moderator:
--------------Panelists--------------
Prof. Ann Kim is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University. She is a scholar of migration, race and ethnicity, and
urban sociology, and has a long-standing interest in the Korean diaspora. Her past research in the area includes the
examination of Korean transnational families and education migration, Korean seniors, ethnic entrepreneurship, and
Korean ethnic identity and Asian pan-ethnicity. She has also studied the experiences of North Korean migrants in Canada
and is currently engaged in research on the racialization experiences of Korean and Asian university students.

Judy Hanazawa’s community focus has been in human rights education and community development. She served in
past as Vice President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and Chair of the NAJC Human Rights
Committee. Since receiving her federal Redress payment in 1989, she has been an active member of the Greater
Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) and the GVJCCA Human Rights Committee. She was
GVJCCA president in 2000, served again on the GVJCCA board from 2014 to the present, and is the current president of
the Greater Vancouver JCCA.

Sarah Kim is a passionate advocate for systems change and racial justice. She works as a community developer at
Collingwood Neighbourhood House in East Vancouver on anti-racism and civic engagement initiatives using a systems
change lens. Sarah also has a background in food security, food justice, and arts and culture. She is the daughter of South
Korean immigrants and is grateful to be living and working as an uninvited guest on the ancestral and un-ceded lands of
the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Ravi Saxena is the Executive Director at Immigration & Multicultural Services Society of Prince George. Having resided in
Prince George for nearly 12 years, Ravi has been promoting positive change and community growth in Northern BC. He
founded "The Unsung Heroes of Northern BC" to celebrate people who have made extraordinary contributions to their
communities in the north. He completed the MBA program at the University of Northern British Columbia and holds a
strong track record of effective leadership and management style.

---------------Moderator---------------
Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal is Assistant Professor in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and
incoming Interim Director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies at the University of British Columbia. A first generation
migrant Filipinx Canadian scholar, his research, teaching and community engagement work is concerned with
the cultural production and community organizing efforts of migrant, racialized and LGBTQ communities, particularly in
sexual health, social services and education. JP is co-editor of "Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility" (University of
Toronto Press, 2012) and a member of the editorial collective for ACME International Journal for Critical Geographies.

This event is organized by the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network. The Network is funded by the Province of British Columbia
and offers a province-wide approach to identifying and challenging racism.

#asianhistorymonth2021 in Kamloops: Our culturally rich and diverse population of 'Kamloopsians' includes Korean culture...
05/19/2021

#asianhistorymonth2021 in Kamloops: Our culturally rich and diverse population of 'Kamloopsians' includes Korean culture! Hangul (한글) is the alphabet and system of reading and writing of Korean language. Before Hangul was created, Koreans used Chinese characters to record their words. Since Chinese language and Korean language share few similarities, borrowing Chinese characters proved to be inefficient to reflect the spoken language.
Koreans are proud of having their own language and alphabet. Korean people celebrate ‘Hangul Day’, Oct 9th, a national holiday in Korea. It was originally called Hun-min-jeong-eum, which means ‘correct sounds for the instruction of the people.’
Hangul is a phonetic language, where one letter always represents the same sound. It was created by King Sejong in 1443 and contains 24 letters: 14 consonant letters and 10 vowel letters.
14 consonant letters:
ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ ㅁ ㅂ ㅅ ㅇ ㅈ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ g n d l m b s ng j ch k t p h
10 vowel letters:
ㅏ ㅑ ㅓ ㅕ ㅗ ㅛ ㅜ ㅠ ㅡ ㅣ
a ya eo yeo o yo u yu eu i
in order to read 한글, ㅎ ㅏ ㄴ ㄱ ㅡ ㄹ = h a n g eu l
Now, you can read Hangul!

For more information about this story, there is a movie about Hangul: 'The King’s Letters' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYT9VagKJQQ

#AsianHistoryMonth2021 in Kamloops: Our culturally rich and diverse population of 'Kamloopsians' includes Peranakan cult...
05/18/2021

#AsianHistoryMonth2021 in Kamloops: Our culturally rich and diverse population of 'Kamloopsians' includes Peranakan culture!
Peranakans are people descended from marriages between Chinese or Indian men and Malay or Indonesian women from around the Malay Archipelago. As such, the Peranakan culture is a rich hybrid of these ethnic traditions together with a touch of Portuguese, Dutch and Indonesian influences. The word Peranakan means ‘locally born’ in Malay. In the Peranakan culture, men are referred to as ‘baba’ and women as ‘nonya.’

The Kebaya Sarong is a significant form of cultural and individual expression for the Peranakans. Apart from a whole repertoire of exquisite ornaments, jewellery and intricately beaded footwear, the Peranakans are famous for their nyonya kebayas, a traditional blouse-dress combination of intricate costume embroidery.

The Peranakan cuisine is imaginative and creative. Infused with delicate flavours, Peranakan or ‘Nonya’ food is a blend of Chinese and Malay culinary traditions made with a wide range of indigenous herbs and spices. You can try cooking the Nonya Laksa at home with the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssOi5GudOX0

#AsianHistoryMonth2021 in Kamloops: Our culturally rich and diverse population of 'Kamloopsians' includes Peranakan culture!
Peranakans are people descended from marriages between Chinese or Indian men and Malay or Indonesian women from around the Malay Archipelago. As such, the Peranakan culture is a rich hybrid of these ethnic traditions together with a touch of Portuguese, Dutch and Indonesian influences. The word Peranakan means ‘locally born’ in Malay. In the Peranakan culture, men are referred to as ‘baba’ and women as ‘nonya.’

The Kebaya Sarong is a significant form of cultural and individual expression for the Peranakans. Apart from a whole repertoire of exquisite ornaments, jewellery and intricately beaded footwear, the Peranakans are famous for their nyonya kebayas, a traditional blouse-dress combination of intricate costume embroidery.

The Peranakan cuisine is imaginative and creative. Infused with delicate flavours, Peranakan or ‘Nonya’ food is a blend of Chinese and Malay culinary traditions made with a wide range of indigenous herbs and spices. You can try cooking the Nonya Laksa at home with the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssOi5GudOX0

05/18/2021
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FB messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, mail, Skype, WhatsApp, all these are old fashioned to the youth of today. Discord is ...
05/17/2021

FB messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, mail, Skype, WhatsApp, all these are old fashioned to the youth of today. Discord is the 'chat-form' used by the gamer-generations nowadays. Little do they know, Discord is similar to how online communication was when this new thing called 'the internet' became accessible to the general public, the first 'internet cafes' went up, and in the universities we could learn/use basic command-line instructions to 'log on to a server', learn text-commands to use this new thing called 'e-mail', create/enter a 'chat room' and communicate by typing with people far away. With NO LONG DISTANCE PHONE CHARGES!!!

⚡️Our Discord Game Night is back by popular demand!⚡️ Join us on May 22nd (this Saturday) from 6-7pm for a fun night of chatting with new people and playing interactive online games together. All ages are welcome!

Not familiar with Discord? Don't worry, it's easy to make an account!: https://support.discord.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033931551-Getting-Started
And become familiar with Discord by watching this tutorial!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnYGrq95ezA&ab_channel=HowfinityHowfinity

#AsianHeritageMonth in Kamloops includes: a bit of Korean Language! Tune in with Motion of Colour Kamloops -next- Friday...
05/17/2021

#AsianHeritageMonth in Kamloops includes: a bit of Korean Language! Tune in with Motion of Colour Kamloops -next- Friday May 28th at 5pm.

We have got a VERY exciting event happening on May 28th from 5pm to 6pm PST, where you'll get a chance to learn about Korea, and its culture & language as well as learn how to write your name in Korean! This is a great way to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. You're welcome to invite a friend 😊 We hope to see you all there.
Join us using this Zoom link : https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/88954503890?pwd=QjN4L2R6c2N3RExveWNHVDl1RkFhQT09

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Press Release Urgent: March 12th, 2020 Dear people of Kamloops, Kamloops Hindu Cultural Society has decided to cancel the Rang Barse Holi event on 14th March, at riverside park, as a precaution against COVID 19. We have bought all the colors, all food vendors/ restaurants were ready, DJ was paid, Insurance at place. But we in our own good conscience can’t proceed with this event knowing the health and safety of our community is at a high risk. The safety and health of our beautiful city is paramount to us. Most Holi events in the mainland, including surrey Brampton Burnaby etc. have been cancelled, NBA season has been cancelled, NHL has been cancelled, concerts, conventions etc. At this point one has to put everything aside and do what’s right for the community and the country. Even in India where Holi is originally from, its cancelled in most communities. Nobody is taking the risk at this time. We have considered all the other options on how this is an open event, with young attendees etc. but at the end of the day if even one person has COVID others will get infected, they will come in touch with people with compromised immunity and it will start a chain reaction and that’s what we don’t want. Going ahead with this event will be extremely selfish and this goes against our Hindu faith, where we believe “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, which means the “the world is one family” So we apologize if this will cause any disappointments or inconvenience to anybody in the community, but we cannot hold this event in good conscience. Mukesh Sharma President Kamloops Hindu Cultural Society.
Save the date. The biggest Holi festival Kamloops has ever seen. With various Indian local restaurants selling over 6 authentic Indian delicacies for only $5/plate. Holi by the community for the community. 14th March, Riverside park, 11:30-3:00 pm. Live DJ bring your family & children
Kamloops, Here's what MARCH 21 is all about... ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 Last year, Downtown Kamloops and Kamloops Holi Committee organized Kamloops Holi: Festival of Colours. The event was attended by almost 1000 people from Kamloops and nearby areas and received a lot of positive reviews.🙌 This year, on Mar 21 2020 (Saturday) its coming back as way to thank the community for their support. ❤ There will be live DJ featuring DJ Aftershock (Harp Sohal), street style Indian food from us, Maurya's Rest.Bar.Banquet, a lot of dancing, fun and obviously lots and lots of colours. It is a FREE public event FREE colors will be there, however, you will have to pay for food. Maurya's Rest Bar Banquet has introduced a Fun Coupon ($10) that will get you a full plate tasty of Indian street style food😋 + chai tea + a big pack of COMPLIMENTARY colours. Food is limited, so the coupon will ensure that you get your food even if 2000 people show up👍🏻 There will be PLENTY OF COLORS GIVEN OUT during the event as well.
Subjest: Kamloops Hindu cultural Society announces Holi Festival of colors “Rang Barse” on 14th March 2020 in riverside park 11:30 pm-3:00 pm For Immediate release: Kamloops Hindu Cultural Society announces and invites the whole city of Kamloops to the Festival of color, “Rang Barse” to be celebrated on 14th March, 2020 at riverside park from 11:30am-3:00 pm. it signifies the arrival of Spring, the end of winters, a day to meet and celebrate with friends/family, to eat, to play and most importantly to celebrate with colors Kamloops Hindu Cultural Society is a Not for Profit society, a charitable organization which was formed by several Kamloopsians of Indian origin back in the early 1990’s. Just like HOLI is celebrated by all Indians, irrespective of religion, caste, creed, etc we would like to invite all our fellow Canadians to come down to Riverside park, on 14th March 2020, 11:30am-3:00 pm to celebrate this auspicious occasion with us. This event is totally free for all fellow kamloopsians, colors are free, food is fixed $5/plate, no entry fee etc. Some of the food items: Samosas, pakoras, Idli Sambhar, Chole Bhature and many more. All for $5/plate. Live DJ with Bollywood/punjabi tunes. This is a coupon free Holi. We don’t sell colors. Please help us make this event a success. Happy Holi, Holi hai!!!!!!! Rang barse 2020 Kamloops Hindu Cultural Society Estb 1991
TRU Homestay Program is looking for families to host short term students this summer. Different programs/camps run July and August. Duration: 2 to 4 weeks l Different ages & countries.To apply, please click on here: https://www.tru.ca/forms/truworld/host/interview/ Or e-mail: [email protected] This is a great time to get to know the program and welcome a student in your home this summer. Remuneration is provided.
TRU Homestay Program is recruiting hosts for the upcoming busy summer season! A complete schedule is posted online here (all groups): https://www.tru.ca/forms/truworld/host/shortterm/ If you would like to host this summer, please apply online https://www.tru.ca/truworld/host-families/become-a-host-family.html or e-mail us: [email protected] if you need more info! Remuneration is provided. Thank you!
celebrating diversity is absolutely wonderful , i`m open minded to this , as a person with diverse interests in many of my lifestyle choices . i stand up for human rights all lives matter and we are a diverse people from far away as well as our personal views on different ideas that concern everyone of the human population.
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The Learning at Intercultural Intersections conference at TRU is coming soon, and the lineup of featured speakers is awesome!