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Community Events – February 9, 2018

17th Annual Talking Stick Festival 

As a registered non-profit Society, Full Circles Talking Stick Festival, now in its 17th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a full 2-week Festival held annually in February at locations across Vancouver. Now attracting over 18,000 attendees each year and still growing, we are noted as being the premier, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America.

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February is National Inclusive Education Month

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As Canadians, we value our diverse communities and the strength we draw from being an inclusive society. Research has shown us that inclusive education supports better outcomes for all students.

Children who learn together in welcoming, inclusive schools grow up to help build strong and diverse communities where we all belong.

Each February, we raise awareness of inclusive education: what it means, why it matters and how we can do better. This year we’re  focusing on the importance of collaborative partnerships and the many people who help to make our schools more inclusive.

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2018 National Inclusive Education Awards

This year Inclusion BC is excited to partner with the Family Support Institute of BC and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) to honour leadership, innovation and excellence in educational practice.

Our 2018 awards highlight different educator roles, teamwork and innovation that are key to supporting success for diverse learners. Leadership, school-wide culture, effective supports and collaboration are essential to advancing successful inclusion, from pre-school, through K-12 and post-secondary.

Do you know a great inclusive educator? We invite anyone to nominate candidates for the following awards:

  • Education Leadership: School, district, preschool and post-secondary leaders and administrators
  • Inclusive Teaching: Classroom and resource teachers, peer mentors, instructors, early childhood educators
  • Inclusion Support: Learning assistants, in-school support workers

Join us in celebrating the wonderful educators across Canada who are helping to make our schools more welcoming, supportive and inclusive so that all students can grow and thrive, knowing they truly belong and are valued.

Nomination deadline: April 10, 2018.

The 2018 awards will be presented at our annual event in Kelowna, BC, May 24-26.


Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

February 9th to 17th


VIMFF is an annual international 9-day community festival, featuring mountain film screenings, live multimedia presentations, photography exhibitions, workshops, seminars & other special events. We are also a travelling show with awarded films, visiting 50+ communities across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia each year, and offering additional 5-day Speaker Series program every Fall in North Vancouver & Vancouver.

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2018’s Chinese New Year is on February 16th. One of the best places to celebrate is Vancouver’s Chinatown, with the highlight being the parade that weekend.

In 2018 Vancouver’s Chinese New Year’s parade in Chinatown takes place on Sunday, February 18.


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Collingwood Lion Dance Celebration 

Saturday February 24

11:00 am to 2 pm

Boundary to Rupert on Kingsway and Joyce


How Do CLBC Employment Options Work

Transition from high school is a confusing, stressful time. One major hurdle is the application to CLBC.  Lessen the stress by demystifying the process. Join familyWORKs Vancouver’s February workshop where Joanna Brownridge, a CLBC Facilitator and employment lead, will walk us through the process from funding to obtaining a satisfying job.

Workshop Details:

  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
  • Barb Goode Training Space – 3223 Kingsway (at Joyce)
  • Transit – Bus #19
  • Parking – pay on Kingsway and free along side streets
  • Questions? and to RSVP  Contact Anne

Invite families and colleagues – Share the attached flyer

Link to Poster: Family Works February 13