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AMSSA Lecture: Working with Newcomers on Unceded Territory

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Working with Newcomers on Unceded Territory
with Norm Leech- Part 1

Norm Leech, Executive Director of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre and a well-known speaker, facilitator, and storyteller, will engage IRCC funded Service Providers to talk about the experience of Indigenous people in Canada. Through this two-part presentation, Norm will engage with frontline workers and managers to reflect on the past and seek commonality for a future together. Norm will share the Indigenous way of learning and communicating, teaching the participants about Indigenous people’s relationship between genders, relationship with the written word, and their relationship to the land.

Part 1:
Smudge and/or prayer and guided meditation
Talking about Indigenous people: What have you heard?
History and statistics
Spiritual connection to land; relationship not ownership
Timeline of colonization and inter-generational trauma
Closing meditation

Date: Monday October 19, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (PT)
Location: Zoom | more details will be sent after registration


October 19
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Free Career and Educational Development Training for Youth
October 14 to November 10, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Effective Parenting in a New Country in the Time of Covid-19
Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugess (VICCIR)
Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am starting on October 22 till December 17

Reduce Stress through Mindfulness
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Oct 7th – 14th – 21st and 28th, 2020

Newcomer Youth Circle
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Wednesday, Sep 23rd – Dec 9th from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Learning about Canadian Heritage through Basic Sewing
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Sep 22nd to Dec 15th, 2020

Canadian Geography and People as entwined by Newcomers’ Arts and Crafts
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Sep 26th to Dec 19th, 2020

Canadian landscapes photography through Newcomer eyes
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Sep 25th to Dec 18th, 2020

Family Resource Programs
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
September to December, 2020

Advanced Literacy and Essential Skills in the Workplace Soft Skills Training Program
Tues/Thurs evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm- Sept 24th to Dec 10th

Preschool Learn and Fun
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Wednesdays 11-11:30 am

Baby and Me- Coffee Hour
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Mondays 9:30-10:30 am

Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am