Indigenous Peoples Can Now Reclaim Their Traditional Names on Immigration Identity Documents

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

A person’s name is an integral part of their heritage and culture. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a process for Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples), residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their Indigenous names on the following immigration identity documents free of charge until May 30, 2026: replacement passports, travel documents, citizenship …

A Brief History of Canadian Pride

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information

June is Pride Month, in honour of the Stonewall Riots in the United States which happened on June 28, 1969. This event marked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ2S + Rights movement. Canada celebrates June as Pride Month too, but Canadian pride has its own history, struggles, milestones, and turning points. On May 14, 1969, Canada decriminalized homosexual acts between …

New PR Pathways for Hong Kong residents in Canada

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced today that eligible Hong Kong residents in Canada can now apply for permanent residence through two new pathways that will be available until August 2026. More information about this announcement: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/06/minister-mendicino-announces-opening-of-2-new-pathways-to-permanent-residence-for-hong-kong-residents.html To apply, eligible Hong Kong residents must: have valid temporary resident status be in Canada when they apply for permanent residence and …

About Inukshuk (Inuksuk)

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What is an inukshuk? Inukshuk, also spelled inuksuk, is a figure made of piled stones or boulders (large smooth) created by the Inuit — an Indigenous people, who are known to mostly inhabit the northern regions of Canada. The word “inukshuk” means “in the likeness of a human” or “to act in the capacity of a human”. The plural form …

Calgary Downtown Ambassador Program

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In the fall of 2020, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Downtown Association launched the Downtown Ambassador program as a way to connect Calgarians and visitors to resources, services and supports, while providing a friendly presence along Stephen Avenue and within the nine blocks that surround City Hall. “Downtown is for everyone and we’re here to make sure that …

What You Need to Know about the 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

A single dose of COVID-19 vaccine offers at least 80% protection against severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death. However, second doses are needed to get the best and most long-lasting protection. You should get their second dose as soon as you become eligible. Received Your 1st Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in March? You Can Book for the 2nd Dose Now. …

Received Your 1st Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in March? You Can Book for the 2nd Dose Now!

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Starting June 1, 2021, Albertans who received their 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine in March are eligible to book their 2nd dose appointment. Your will need the date of your first immunization and type of vaccine you received to book your 2nd dose appointment. Expect an automatic phone call and/text message, if you are eligible for the 2nd dose and …

Canada to Provide $25 million to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank Regions

Lisa C. Updates

The Government of Canada is supporting efforts to ensure that emergency relief quickly reaches Palestinian civilians facing urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza, as well as those affected by violence in the West Bank. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, recently announced $25 million in funding to support Palestinian civilians in the region, including an immediate $10 million for urgent food assistance, …

National Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This year, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools. Mark this National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) by exploring more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples: Read: …

National AccessAbility Week May 30 – June 5

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The National AccessAbility Week is this week: May 30 to June 5, 2021. This year’s theme is “Disability Inclusion 2021: Leaving No One Behind” and we will be celebrating. the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities made to our country the accomplishments of individuals, communities and workplaces to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion, and the ongoing work to counter …