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Sanctuary Schools policy adopted by Central Okanagan trustees

June 23, 2022

By Kelowna Capital News Central Okanagan Public Schools is ready to identify itself as a Sanctuary Schools zone to support students living with a precarious immigration status. Following the example set by the New Westminster School District in May 2017, the Central Okanagan Board of Education is about to become the second school district in the province to adopt the Sanctuary Schools policy. The Sanctuary Schools policy effectively would bar...

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Canadian Multiculturalism Day returns to Maple Ridge!

June 21, 2022

By Maple Ridge News | Get ready for a fun-filled day celebrating the unique blend of cultures at home in our community! After two years as a virtual event, the Family Education & Support Centre is excited to welcome the community in person for Canadian Multiculturalism Day, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 25, at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge! “It’s very exciting to be back in person for this year’s event,”...

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Minister’s statement on World Refugee Day

June 20, 2022

By BC Gov News | Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs, has issued the following statement to mark World Refugee Day on Monday, June 20, 2022: “Most British Columbians can’t begin to comprehend the hardships and challenges that refugees have overcome to seek safety in our province. Sometimes, taking only the belongings they can carry, fleeing in the dead of night or leaving behind friends, family and life as they...

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Diversity and inclusion are Vancouver tech community’s ‘superpowers-in-waiting’

June 16, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Vancouver may have one of the fastest-growing technology sectors in North America, but one local tech leader believes that the city must become more diverse and inclusive if it wants to be a true global powerhouse in this space. “For all our success, we are only scratching the surface of potential for the city’s tech ecosystem in terms of growth and global influence,” says Mansur Mirani,...

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Vancouver teen who fled Iraq and then Trump heads to UBC with full-ride scholarship

June 16, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Ashki Shkur’s first glimpses of the Vancouver area came from the back of an RCMP cruiser after she and her family were arrested for walking across the U.S. border in search of asylum in 2017. Now the 18-year-old Britannia Secondary student, originally from Iraqi Kurdistan, is headed to the University of British Columbia in the fall with dreams of becoming a surgeon and of a scholarship that fully...

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New Canadian immigration program in the works

June 15, 2022

By CIC News | Canada is working on a new fast-track immigration program for temporary foreign workers and international students. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told CBC News the new program will be a permanent pathway for temporary residents. It will be similar but not identical to the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) program which opened the door to 90,000 essential workers and international student graduates last year. “We are looking right now at...

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