Resources for BIPOCs

Below are resources and information for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Colour.

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BC Black History Awareness Society 2023 Black History Month Programming

The BC Black History Awareness Society has released their 2023 Black History Month programming with 6 public events from February 1 – 27 including music performances and guided tours. All events are free to attend, but donations are recommended. There is a mix of in-person and virtual events. Please see the website for more details.
Website: https://bcblackhistory.ca/events/

Addictions Awareness week: Childhood traumas leading to Addiction

This free virtual talk will discuss how childhood trauma results in many forms of addiction, which can include an unhealthy bond with people, substances, risky behaviours, shopping, and more. This webinar will teach attendees why this happens and how to create healthier lifestyles. Webinar offered by Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour on Tuesday, November 8 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Websitehttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/addictions-awareness-week-childhood-traumas-leading-to-addiction-tickets-444358336747?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Indigenous Language Resources

The Woodland Cultural Centre has provided a collection of resources to support people in learning a variety of indigenous languages. These resources are free; most are available to the public whereas others require sign-in membership access.
Website: https://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/language/

Free QTBIPOC Dance Class

Booty Freedom is a QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) centred space. This dance class event is open to anyone who self-identifies as QTBIPOC. The event is free and pre-registration is required. The event is taking place on September 23 from 7-8PM.
Location: 1303 Broad Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2A8
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/booty-freedom-victoria-qtbipoc-sneakers-239-tickets-408107710147?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

Canadian Society for Asian Arts (CSAA)

CSAA is a non profit volunteer organization based in Vancouver, B.C. Its goals are to promote the understanding and appreciation of Asian arts through programs, exhibitions and publications. On their website, you can find their achieved exhibitions and programs under the “past programs” section.
Website: https://canadiansocietyforasianarts.org/

Parent tips for racial stress and self care

The RESilience Initiative has created a toolkit to help parents navigate racial stress and self care with their children. It explains the different effects that racism can have on the body as well as how it can impact parenting.
Website: https://www.apa.org/res/parent-resources/racial-stress-tool-kit.pdf

Indigenous Radio Podcast

W̱ILṈEW̱ Radio, which translates to Indigenous Radio, is a podcast that features different Indigenous musicians, story tellers, artists and more. This podcast was produced by Nick Henry as part of the CFUV radio station at the University of Victoria Student Union Building. You can listen for free using the website below.
Website: https://cfuv.uvic.ca/cms/?podcast=w%cc%b1il%e1%b9%89ew%cc%b1-radio

Immigration welcome centres of vancouver island

Vancouver Island is home to the Vancouver Island Immigrant Centre Alliance, which is composed by the island’s leading three immigrant settlement agencies. These immigrant welcome centres serve as a first point of contact for newcomers to Canada and can help them with documentation, language and employment all in one place.
Website for Immigrant Welcome Centre of Greater Victoria: https://www.icavictoria.org/
Website for Immigrant Welcome Centre of Cowichan Valley:
https://cowichanintercultural.org/
Website for Immigrant Welcome Centre of North Vancouver Island: https://immigrantwelcome.ca/

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) is an organization founded by former refugees for immigrants, refugees and new Canadian citizens. They offer services from housing, language, mentorship to employment.
Location: 1004 North Park Street, Victoria BC, Canada V8T 1C6
Contact: 250-361-9433 or info@vircs.bc.ca
Website: https://www.vircs.bc.ca/

Filipinos in Victoria facebook group

Filipinos in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a Facebook group for Filipinos community members. People from other parts of Vancouver Island are also welcome to join! This is a private group, please read the guidelines before requesting to join.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/163314590382215/

Rainbow Refugee

Rainbow Refugee is a charitable organization based in Vancouver that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status.
Contact: info@rainbowrefugee.ca
Website: https://www.rainbowrefugee.com

This is Table Talk

The Table is a community resource, and point of connection for self-identifying people of colour. The events take place in public places, (co-working, or event spaces). The goal of these gatherings is for folks to network and share lived experiences.
Contact: thisistabletalk@gmail.com
Website:
 https://www.thisistabletalk.com 

Healing in Colour

Healing in Colour is a directory of BIPOC therapists committing to supporting BIPOC in all intersections (gender, sexuality, etc.). Users can search for therapists based on categories such as other languages spoken, Indigenous identity, and option for video sessions.
Website: https://www.healingincolour.com

Royal BC Museum: 2023 “BC Black History & Heritage Day”

On February 11th from 1:00-4:00 PM PST the Royal BC Museum is hosting a heritage day event for Black History Month. This event is free to attend and is a great opportunity to meet and talk with direct descendants about their stories and family history. The exhibits include images, artifacts, and archival documents.
Location: 675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
Contact: 250-356-7226
Website: https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/events/calendar/event/110512/bc-black-history-heritage-day

BIPOC Written, Digital, and Visual Art Submissions Wanted

The Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) of the University of Victoria’s student society is hosting a call for written, digital, or visual art submissions. It is free to enter and open to all Victoria based artists who self-identify as indigenous, black, or as a person of colour. The deadline is on November 16th at 12:00 PM PST. Successful applicants will have their art featured in the PULSE zine, and will also receive a $100 honorarium.
Contact: socc@uvss.ca
Website: https://soccollective.com/pulsemagazine

 

SafeSpace Networks – Report Healthcare Harm

Safespace Networks works in partnership with the BC Association of Friendship Centres to provide a way for those who have experienced harm within the healthcare system to report it. The website provides a link that allows you to share your story or experience online, as well as a way to connect with virtual sharing circles.
Website: https://www.safespacenetworks.com/

The Collective: Telling the Stories of Women of Color Series

The Action Resource Center is hosting an online space for a collective series comprised of artists, actors, writers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Their goal is to share the stories of women from minority groups and uplift their voices. This is a free series that features new guests. There are two more dates left in the 2021 series: November 6th at 11:00AM PDT, and December 4th at 11:00AM PDT.
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-collective-telling-the-stories-of-women-color-series-tickets-143106616743?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1