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TASTES OF TERRACE SET FOR AUG 9
Tastes of Terrace 2014Maps for the 8th annual Tastes of Terrace culinary tour has been printed, folded and delivered. Pick up yours from Misty River Books, George Little House or Skeena Diversity's Centre. $15/map

We have 8 locations for you to sample from.

Enjoy!

 

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Skeena Diversity Centre Hours
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4617 Lazelle Ave, Terrace
Tel: 250-635-6530

(effective July 10, 2010)

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Resources

Terrace Community Guide
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SURVEY: Welcoming and Inclusive Terrace
Thanks to everyone who filled out our survey. We have compiled yor answers into a report.
Download the Report (.pdf) and let us know what you think
 

For older events visit the Events Archive

 
news reports
Join Skeena Stories Group on Facebook

CFTK TV news story on Skeena Stories posted on Facebook
aired on Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Terrace Standard on Skeena Stories
published on Wed, Sep 16, 2008

reports

Tastes of Terrace 2008

Successful and tasty event.
Photo Gallery

AGM 2008 Report available online

AGM slide show

A Dialogue to Develop Community Potential
held on Feb 9, 2008
Community Dialogue Report (pdf)
 

"My Story" Writing Contest - A Huge Success

We received over 50 entries from as young as 6 years old all the way to experienced 73. The stories were just as diversed.


Find out who the winners are and read their stories.



Grade 7 Forum
Team of students from Terrace/Thornhill elementary schools meet to discuss diversity, make new friends and be heard. Grade 7 Forum Report
 
 
 

PARTNERING FOR A CROSS-CULTURAL STREET FEST - Aug 9
Street Fair MedleyMark your calendars for a new street festival during the upcoming Riverboat Days. It combines local talent from any different cultural backgrounds, artists and musicians of all ages.

Street festival on the 4600 block of Lakelse Ave in downtown Terrace. There will be art, family activities, demos, dance and bands.

Schedule:
2-4:30 pm: Chalk & Paint
3:00 pm: Kiddie Parade
4:30-7:30 pm: Youth Health in Art Walk
5-9 pm: Music & Dance - Main Stage

Contact us if yu would like to perform or setup a booth (only $10)
We welcome volunteers for setup/takedown and helping to run activities throughout the event.

Bring a chair if you can

Partners: Terrace Downtown Improvement Area (TDIA), The Family Place, Greater Terrace Healthy Communities Committee, Make Children First Network, The Art of Human Learning Project

The event follows 8th annual Tastes of Terrace - a culinary tour of Terrace downtown eateries. Get your tickets at Misty River Books, George Little House or Skeena Diversity. Limited number of maps available. Cost $15/map.

 

SUMMER 2014 SCHEDULE UNVEILED AND CHANGED AS WE BRAINSTORM WITH PARTNERS
Skeena Diversity CentreSkeena Diversity is pleased to unveil its summer community events schedule but we are in discussion with other partners to offer a better and bigger event during Riverboat Days. Stay tuned

Terrace Medley Night Market is back at George Little Park on Wednesdays, July 2
On July 2, we are partnering with Terrace Artists again to bring the Artist Boardwalk

Best Western Terrace Inn is hosting Bollywood Night - dinner & entertainment on July 4. Tickets are $15 and available from Misty River Books

Sat, August 9 is the date for the 9th annual Tastes of Terrace - tasty tour of Terrace's restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries. Make sure to get your maps early as this even sells out every year. We ae looking at including the2nd Medley Night on the main street during this event. We will let you know.

We have included Culture Days and the Amazing Human Race - planned for Saturday, Sep 27 in the afternoon.

Now, over to you - we are always open to new performers and vendors, artists and ideas. Would you like to partner with us?
Contact us by phone: 250-635-6530 or email

JULY 2: ART IN THE PARK KEEPS ON GROWING
Skeena Diversity Centre
July 2, 2014 - place to be: George Litle Park
The Artist Boardwalk returns for its 4th time - better each year. This event is organized by the dynamic grass-roots group simply called Terrace Artists, initiated by Matthew Daratha. Get your board - $5/each from Matthew - online or from Skeena Diversity.

The Family Place is also back hosting Painting Party for the really litle artists and their families between 1 and 3 pm

And the evening will be crowned by Skeena Diversity's very popular Terrace Meley Night Market. The event features Artists Showdown live, Satya Devine, Denis Gagné, DSR and more.

The evening will finish with an auction of all the art pieces at 8:30 pm with any proceeds going towards future Terrace Artist events.

PARTICIPATE:

  • Vendors - $5/spot
  • Performers - we will be happy to include you
  • Artists - $5/board

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - WED, MAY 7 AT 7 PM
Skeena Diversity Centre
Skeena Diversity is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 7th at 7 pm at Skeena Diversity Centre, 4617 Lazelle Ave in Terrace.

Join us for a Year in Review and learn about upcoming initiatives. We value your input.
You can also become a member and run as a director for the Board of Directors.

Become a member:

IMPACT OF RECENT CHANGES IN TERRACE
Skeena Diversity CentreAs we spent two days at the trade show this past weekend, we have been capturing visitor's perspectives abou their experiences of the recent changes in our community, both positive and negative. We would like to give you an opportunity to add your perspective.Skeena Diversity Centre

Take a moment to fill out our online survey. No personal or contact iinformation is collected. You can email us separately if you would like to stay connected.

Summary of the impacts will be shared with the communityand at our AGM on May 7.

We believe that regular communication and community engagement during times ofsignificant change are critical to building and managing a healthy community.

TUESDAYS YOUTH PROGRAM: until May 27, 2014

Skeena Diversity Society will be hosting weekly children's program connecting youth through arts and culture, leadership and community engagement.

Age groups: 8-10
Space is limited

REGISTRATION
Online registration (please fill out one for each child)*
Event poster
Phone: 250-635-6530
Email: info@skeenadiversity.com

SKEENA DIVERSITY ON CITYWEST COMMUNITY CHANNELSkeena Diversity Centre

Tune in to Citywest's Channel 10 at 7 pm April 24, 25 and 26 to see the first episode of WELCOME - a show about building a welcoming and inclusive communities in the NW part of BC.
We have started with Terrace, the people of Terrace and Skeena Diversity. We will be including Kitimat and Prince Rupert as well.
Let us know what you think and what would you be interested in watching, topics covered, etc.
Thanks to everyone who was brave enough to star in the show! We will have more time next time.

SKEENA DIVERSITY AT TRADE SHOW - APRIL 25-26, 2014Skeena Diversity Centre
We would love to see you at the Chambers Business Expo (Trade Show) booth #7. We have an information about our programs and services, particularly our settlement services for newcomers.

Come say hello, share your ideas and experiences. We encourage new ideas and may be able to help you get them realized. If you are a newcomer to Canada or Terrace, or if you have lived here for many years, we would like to hear from you.

Skeena Diversity CentreANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - WED, MAY 7 AT 7 PM
Skeena Diversity will be hosting its Annual General Meeting on Wenesday, May 7th at 7 pm at Skeena Diversity Centre.

Join us for a Year in Review and learn about upcoming initiatives. We value your input.
You can also become a member and run as a director for the Board of Directors.

Become a member:

SPRING BREAK YOUTH PROGRAM: March 24-26, 2014

Skeena Diversity Society will be hosting a special spring break youth program connecting youth through arts and culture, leadership and community engagement.

Two age groups: 6-10* and 11 and up
Free program
Lunch provided
Space is limited

REGISTRATION
Online registration (please fill out one for each child)*
Event poster
Phone: 250-635-6530
Email: info@skeenadiversity.com

*Update March 19, 2014: We have added a second session for ages 6-10: 12 - 2:30 pm, the morning session is full. There are still some spaces available in the older group. Register now!

STORYTELLING IMAGES PROJECT

Storytelling Images ProjectHow do others see us? How do we see others? Get a glimpse in to the though process of a few community members. We have paired up people from different backgrounds with local artists. Each storyteller met with the artist, told their story and inspired an image. The artist then goes off to pain and create.

Join us on Friday, March 21 at 7 pm to see the result of these encounters and learn about the process. We are also planning to add singers and poets.

We will also celebrate Naw Rúz, Persian New Year and the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (wow, what a busy day worth of a significant acknowledgement)

JOB POSTING: PROJECT ASSISTANT - apply by January 31, 2014

Join the creative team of Skeena Diversity Society that strives to make Terrace a more welcoming and inclusive community. We are seeking a self-motivated, respectful person who is organized, flexible, willing to learn, be flexible, work alone as well as part of a team, with good communication and computer skills. The applicant must be aware of human rights issues and support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Download detailed job description.

EVENING OF LOCAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Skeena Valley Rotary Club in partnership with Skeena Diversity Society invites you to a special evening of great entertainment "Warm up the winter with an evening of local talent from around the world."
$15 at Uniglobe Travel

Saturday, February 8, 2014
REM Lee Theatre
7 pm

Check back in to learn about the lineup

 

SKEENA DIVERSITY CENTRE HOLIDAY HOURSSkeena Diversity Centre events

Skeena Diversity Centre will be open during the holidays:
Tue, Dec 24: 11 am - 4 pm
CLOSED - Dec 25 and 26
Fri, Dec 27 and Sat, Dec 28: 11 am - 4 pm
Mon, Dec 30 and Tue, Dec 31: 11 am - 4 pm
CLOSED - Jan 1
Thu, Jan 2: 11 am - 4 pm
Fri, Jan 3 - back to regular hours 11 am - 6 pm
Sat, Jan 4 - 9 am - 4 pm

GATHERING OF NATIONS IN TERRACESkeena Diversity Centre events

Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30 pm at Skeena Diversity Centre,
4617 Lazelle Ave in Terrace

Find out who is living in Terrace and meet others from your home country or province. Bring something that represents your birthplace. We hope this to be a start of more such gatherings.

Contact us for more info:
250-635-6530 or email

JUSTICE THEATRE MAKES A STOP IN TERRACESkeena Diversity Centre events

We had the pleasure of hosting the Justice Theatre troupe on Wednesday, November 27th. We started with a delicious dinner for newcomers together at the Best Western Terrace Inn followed by the Justice Theatre presentation.

The Justice Theatre is a troupe of professional actors who perform dramatizations of criminal trials. We certainly learned about the Canadian justice system in this interactive informative way. It was brought by the People’s Law School in Vancouver.

The case was online bullying and harassment. Skeena Diversity Centre events

Know your rights in Canada:

  • The right to be presumed innocent until found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction
  • The right to be informed of the evidence
  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to be represented by a lawyer
  • The right to an interpreter
NOVEMBER 2013 PACKED WITH GREAT EVENTS FOR NEWCOMERSSkeena Diversity Centre events

We have put together an exciting calendar of events for November and beyond. I hope you will find something that you and/or your family can take part. We would like to highlight a few:

Friday, November 8th at 7 pm at Skeena Diversity Centre
FILM AND DISCUSSION: DEFINING DIVERSITY, CREATING COMMUNITY
film by Tony Papa and Powell River Community 2010  48 min. 
We will have an opportunity to discuss how this film was made, used, learn from diversity work in another community and explore ideas for creating our own film. Everyone welcome.
Watch the film trailer

Wednesday, November 27th at 6 pm – location will be confirmed at a later date
JUSTICE THEATRE COMES TO TERRACE
Learn about Canadian justice system from this interactive troupe of professional actors from the People’s Law School in Vancouver.
Skeena Diversity Society is hosting dinner prior to the performance for newcomers to Canada. Please register today as space is limited.

Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm at Skeena Diversity Centre
GATHERING OF NATIONS IN TERRACE
Find out who is living in Terrace and meet others from your home country or province. Bring something that represents your birthplace.  We hope this to be a start of more such gatherings.

Everyone welcome!

WORLD COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL IN TERRACE – NOV 15-17World Community Film Festival

Skeena Diversity Society is very pleased to support this year’s World Community Film Festival again. Tickets for the three day event are now on sale – at Misty River Books and Skeena Diversity Society:
$5 - Friday Pass
$10 - Saturday Pass
$5 - Saturday Evening Price (after dinner)
$5 - Sunday Pass
$15 - Weekend All-Access Pass (Best value!)

Visit the World Community Film Festival website to learn about the schedule and description of films.

The event takes place at Skeena Middle School, Drama Room Theatre, 3411 Munroe St., Terrace

INTRODUCING NEW PROJECT ASSISTANT

We are pleased to welcome Christine Parkin to the Skeena Diversity Team. Christine is new to Terrace moving here from southern Alberta. She brings vast and diverse work experience. She will be a great addition to our team. Come say hello to Chrsitine.

We have been sad to say good bye to Joice Qualizza but happy that she is able to pursue her career in accounting. Mathew Daratha is currently on a medical leave. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back before the end of November.

I would like to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to wonderful volunteers who helped out tremendously during the past four weeks during our staff shortage. I kept my sanity thanks to you!

We are brainstorming new ideas how we can serve our community, particularly newcomers in better ways. We welcome your input. Email us or stop in.

Saša Loggin, Project Director

JOB POSTING: PROJECT ASSISTANT - apply by October 16, 2013

Join the creative team of Skeena Diversity Society that strives to make Terrace a more welcoming and inclusive community. We are seeking a self-motivated, respectful person who is organized, flexible, willing to learn, be flexible, work alone as well as part of a team, with good communication and computer skills. The applicant must be aware of human rights issues and support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Download detailed job description.

AMAZING HUMAN RACE - Sun, Sep 29Amazing Human Race

You have never seen Terrace this way! Amazing Human Race is back for its third year as part of Culture Days 2013. What is a culture? We believe it can be our heritage, our family traditions, our workplaces, public art, people and their great accomplishments, our humour and creativity.

Take part in this year's event:

This is a family-friendly fun event - no cost. Challenge your friends and co-workers.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON FUTURE OF BC ECONOMY:
Mon, Sep 30 at 6:30 pm


Take part in SFU Public Square initiative of hosting 100 Community Conversations across BC.
Register online

Hosted and facilitated by Skeena Diversity Society
Find out more about SFU Public Square Conversations
TASTES OF TERRACE 2013 WRAP UPTastes of Terrace 2013

We are wrapping up the 7th year of Tastes of Terrace. Another very successful year. We would like to express our warmest appreciation to the participating businesses. 
Thank you also to all those who purchased maps. The 200 available maps got snapped up in less than a week!

We have purchased gift certificates from each of these great places and will be awarding 33 lucky winners. You would have heard from us by now, Xanders Coffee winners will be notified when the newest coffee shop is open.

Thank you for your feedback. We will be addressing some of your questions on our Facebook page. Make sure you 'Like' us.

TERRACE MEDLEY NIGHT MARKET - Aug 7, 2013
Terrace Medley Night MarketIt was a most amazing evening on August 7th at the George Little Park in Terrace during the Terrace Medley Night Market. The evening started with a vsiting folk siger Brett Wildeman and continued with one incredile performance after another:

  • Brett Wildeman
  • Cassandra
  • Gitlaxdax Nisga'a Dancers
  • Brielle Dorais-Fleming
  • Amy Spencer
  • Terrace Bhangra Club
  • Northwest Latin Group
  • Krystyna Piper

Thank you to Denis Gagné for his help on the stage. Visit our YouTube Channel to see more.

TASTES OF TERRACE - Sat, Aug 10Tastes of Terrace 2013

The Tastes of Terrace is the tastiest tour of downtown Terrace you will ever experience. Take a trip around the participating eateries and sample their great dishes, drinks and desserts.
This event which returns for the seventh year has become a staple of the Riverboat Days festivities.
How can you participate? Purchase a map and on Saturday, August 10th between 2 and 4 pm join other lucky map owners visiting each participating restaurant, bakery of a coffee shop. It's that easy.
This year's event takes place in downtown Terrace only.

Walk, taste and enjoy!!

MOVIE NIGHT & DISCUSSIONMovie Night & Discussion
Title: Indecently Exposed
Date: Thursday, July 25th at 7 pm
Location: Skeena Diversity Centre, 4617 Lazelle Ave, Terrace, BC

Indecently Exposed, an award-winning Westwind Pictures production is a documentary film featuring world-renowned facilitator Jane Elliott as she challenges Canadians' attitudes towards First Nations Canadians.

Screening of Indecently Exposed with a panel discussion with associate producer Phil Saunders and special invited guests.

All welcome, no cost to attend, Space is limited to 50 only.



CALLING ALL PERFORMERS: August 7 - Terrace Medley Night Market
Skeena Diversity is hosting Terrace Medley Night Market on Wed, August 7th from 6 till 9 pm. This is an evening of performers from all ages, genre and cultures held in George Little Park with vendors selling anything from food to jams, jewellery and more. Contact us if you would like to perform or call 250-635-6530.
Photo Gallery of July's event.
SURVEY: Suggestions for Programs for Immigrants: Online survey
Skeena Diversity is getting ready to submit a proposal to CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to support settlement of recent immigrants. We would like to invite you to share your experiences to help us design most meaningful programs.
Your answers are collected anonymously and will help inform our work.

If you are not a newcomer yourself, we still appreciate your suggestions, observations and comments. Thanks!

3rd DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR
Terrace Diversity Health FairSaturday, May 25, 2013 from 11 am till 4 pm

Thank you everyone for participating in this year's Diversity Health Fair. It was a huge success! We were pleased to welcome nearly 300 people to visit many of the 36 exhibitors, take part in exercise or cooking demonstrations. Let us know if you have any suggestions or questions.

Download Diversity Health Fair Program if you need contact info for any of the exhibitors.

3rd DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR
Terrace Diversity Health FairSaturday, May 25, 2013 from 11 am till 4 pm
at the Terrace Arena Banquet Room


Skeena Diversity Society is hosting Diversity Health Fair again this year. Find out more about health services and resources in Terrace - it will include a variety of exhibitors, offering on-site health screening, exercise demonstrations, and cooking demonstrations. Admission is free and this is a family friendly community event.
The event is specifically designed for newcomers to Canada but is open to all
This year's theme: Prevention of Chronic Illness

EXERCISE DEMOS IN MULTIPURPOSE ROOM
12:00 pm              Zumba with Iliana Perez
1:00 pm                T'ai Chi Ch'uan with Peter Dickson
2:00 pm                Fitness Demo with Sue Springer
3:00 pm                Bhangra with Inder & Terrace Bhangra Club

COOKING DEMOS IN THE KITCHEN
11:30 am              Hot House - Vegetable Jafrezi
                           Ulysses Venegas – Ceviche
1:30 pm                Jean - Michel  LeBlanc:
                            Tofu stir-fry and Bulgogi
WOKSHOPS
12:30 pm              Daily Breathing Practice with Ewa Luby
3:30 pm                Reflexology with Frances Birdsell

Skeena Diversity Centre SKEENA DIVERSITY AT TRADE SHOW - APRIL 19-21
We would love to see you and hear your ideas and experiences at the Chambers Business Expo (Trade Show) this coming weekend - booth #7. Come say hello and fill out our survey as we collectively define what we understand the term 'welcoming and inclusive' community and workplace. If you are a newcomer to Canada or Terrace, or if you have lived here for many years, we would like to hear from you.
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Skeena Diversity Team at Business Excellence Awards 2012Skeena Diversity takes home an award: Contributor to the Arts sponsored by Astral Media. Very exciting! Thank you to all who have made 2012 colurful, creative and so much fun.

Congratulations to all other nominees and winners, and to all who contriute every day to making Terrace a better place without ever waiting for any gratitute. Thank you!

Find out who else was recognized at the Terrace Standard article on all winners
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
We are very honoured to have been nominated and making the top three finalists in the Business Excellence Awards category of Contributor to the Arts in Terrace.
Vote online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012TerraceBEA in any or all categories. Forms are available at George Little House. One vote per person. Voting closes on November 14.

We are the sponsor of the Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces award. Last year's winner was Cafenara. Tell us if your workplace is welcoming and inclusive.

Thanks for your amazing support!
TERRACE TRAVELING WORLD COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL
November 16-18, 2012
Skeena Middle School (former Skeena Jr. Seondary School)

Skeena Diversity is pleased to support the 4th annual Traveling World Community Film Festival. This is a festival of documentary films dealing with issues of social justice, environment and community development from all around the world.
Check out this year's line up at the Film Festival website.
Purchase tickets at Skeena Diversity Centre or at the door.
Cost: Fri and Sun: $5/each, Sat: $10, Weekend Pass: $15

CULTURE DAYS 2012 IN TERRACE
International Fashion ShowAmazing Human Race
Saturday, Sept 29 at 2 pm
at Skeena Diversity Centre
The clues are in! Thank you to all the individuals, clubs, organizations and businesses who submitted one. We have assembled an independent team of highly cultured, creative and clever community members who will design this year's race based on the submitted clues for your enjoyment.

Register your team NOW to play and explore Terrace's culture.
- teams of 2-4 people
- teams will be expected to walk, not drive
- some clues may require taking digital photos
- open to all ages
- no cost to enter

CULTURE DAYS 2012 IN TERRACE
Amazing Human RaceInternational Fashion Show
Saturday, Sept 29 at 2 pm

Skeena Diversity Society is pleased to invite you to help design the 2nd Annual Amazing Human Race which will be held in Terrace on Saturday, September 29th starting at 2 pm. The event is part of Canada’s Culture Days celebrating arts, culture and traditions from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We are proud to put Terrace on the Canadian map again this year.

The concept of this game is for teams of 2-4 people to complete approximately a dozen of challenges moving from location to location between 2 and 4 pm on Saturday, September 29th.  This year’s theme is Exploring the Unexpected.

Submitting a Clue:
We invite you or your business/organization to submit a clue which will give participants an opportunity to take on a challenge about an aspect of you or your product/services people may not know about.
Event organizers will review all the clues on Friday, Sept 28th to design the most appropriate route for this year's event. You can still participate even if you submit a clue.

This is a FREE event friendly for all ages. Some of the challenges will require the use of digital camera so make sure that your team has one. Walking and running will be involved.

Thanks for playing!

Contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

TERRACE MEDLEY NIGHT MARKET: International Fashion ShowInternational Fashion Show
Clothing doesn't just play the obvious practical role of our daily choices; it is a statement, an expression, an art piece or a link to our culture and heritage.

Skeena Diversity Society is very pleased to kick off the summer 2012 season of Terrace Medley Night Markets with a colourful event of International Fashion Show celebrating the diversity of our expressions. The evening will include cultural dances and spectacular traditional costumes, contemporary and heritage fashion. Would you like to be part of the event - as a designer, performer or a model? We want to hear from you!

CONTEST:
Design a unique headpiece which represents Unity in Diversity for you. You can use any type of material and your imagination. The only condition is that your masterpiece has to be wearable. Our audience will get a chance to admire all submissions and choose a winner.

Call us at 250-635-6530 or email us for more info or to participate.

ARCHITECT DOUGLAS CARDINAL VISITS TERRACE Douglas Cardinal in Terrace, June 2012
June 2012: Douglas Cardinal will be giving a public presentation on his work as an architect and share his thoughts on future architectural potential in Terrace. The presentation will take place on Tue, June 19th at 7 pm at Northwest Community College, Terrace Campus' Waap Galts'ap Longhouse. This presentation is open to the public free of charge.

Douglas Cardinal, one of Canada’s renowned architects and an Officer of the Order of Canada, has won numerous awards from the Honour Award from the Alberta Association of Architects in 1969 to the Gold Medal of the Union of Architects of Russia in Moscow in 2009 and the International Property Awards, Essex, United Kingdom in 2010.

His philosophy is based on sustainability, ecologically designed community planning. His architecture springs from his observations of nature and his understanding that everything works seamlessly together.

Visit Douglas Cardinal website

BEYOND LUMBER, ART FROM NATURE: Conference & Art ShowBeyond Lumber, Conference & Arts Show
Friday, June 29 & Saturday, June 30, 2012
June 2012: Skeena Diversity is pleased to partner with Skeena-Nass Center for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE), Northwest Community College to plan a unique conference and art show.
Register online

Beyond Lumber has two parts: a conference for artisans and a public art show. The Conference on Friday, June 29 is a full day of workshops including:

  • Working with galleries
  • Marketing your work
  • Photographing your work
  • Business start-up
  • One professional artist's journey

*To eliminate potential barriers for artists to attend, the Conference organizers will be happy to negotiate the registration fee in exchange for donation of an art piece for door prizes. Please indicate it on the Registration Form.

At the Public Art Show on Fri evening and Sat, June 30, participating artisans will show their work. Artists and workshop presenters will also give short talks and demonstrations. Everyone is welcome!

SPECIAL EVENT: Luncheon & Keynote Speaker Alano Edzerza on June 29
"My Journey - Becoming a Professional Artist"
Open to public $20/person Register online

YOUTH DIALOGUE: SAT, JUNE 2, 2012Youth Dialogue
Join the youth of Terrace for a dialogue during which youth will share their stories and talents, discuss stereotypes, bullying and racism; what needs to be changed in their school, community and/or the world, and how to make it happen.

Sat, June 2 at 6 pm
Cafenara coffee shop

refreshments will be provided
All youth welcome!

Let us know what you would like to change in your life, school or community and why.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012
May 2012: Skeena Diversity Society welcomes all to its AGM which will take place on Monday, June 4th at 6:30 pm at the Skeena Diversity Centre, 4617 Lazelle Ave.

The evening will include all the usual business of reporting and elections of Board of Directors. Contact us if you are interested.

We will review last year's activities - it's been a year busier than ever. We will discuss ideas for future work.

Join our dynamic team!



BEYOND LUMBER - CONFERENCE & ART SHOW June 29 & 30, 2012
April 2012: Skeena Diversity is pleased to partner with Skeena-Nass Center for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE),Northwest Community College to plan a unique conference and art show.

The purpose of this event is for artists and artisans who work with natural fibres – such as wood, bark and other natural materials - to gather, share, and learn from industry experts and business leaders how to succeed in the art world.

Registration info coming soon. Visit the event's website.

click on the image to see a large view

DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR - April 13 & 14, 2012 *updatedTerrace Diversity Health Fair 2012
April 2012: The second annual Diversity Health Fair starts TONIGHT at Terrace Sportsplex

April 13: 7 - 9 pm Terrace Sportsplex, Multipurpose Room

  • presentations
  • music
  • light refreshments

April 14: 11 am - 4 pm Terrace Sportsplex, Arena

  • cancer prevention info
  • health screening
  • massage
  • WelcomeBC
  • AMSSA
  • exercise demos
  • kids corner
  • lots more

Free event. Read more

HOW IS SKEENA DIVERSITY DOING?
April 2012:We would like to hear from you! Please tell us what Skeena Diversity is doing well, what we can improve and where we should focus our energies and resources on the road to making Terrace a more welcoming and inclusive community for newcomers and Terrace residents.
Thank you for take a few moments to fill out the online survey.

TASTE OF CULTURE: bridging Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal partnerships

Taste of Culture workshops
Tuesdays
April 3 - May 8, 2012

at 7:00 pm

at the Skeena Diversity Centre

Series developed and facilitated by Peter and Dorothy McKay

Workshops will include:

Understanding family structures, protocols, feasts, regalias, language, history, arts, impacts of residential school and more

The program is open to all
designed particularly for newcomers and immigrants
It’s offered at no cost
space is limited

Register by email or call Skeena Diversity Centre: 250-635-6530

Terrace Diversity Health Fair 2012 DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR - April 13 & 14, 2012 *updated
March 2012: The second annual Diversity Health Fair is almost here.
It will be held in an new venue: Terrace Sportsplex

April 13: 7 - 9 pm - Opening and Presentations
Multipurpose Room
Keynote speakers on the theme of Cancer Prevention & Early Detection
Musical performances
Light refreshments

April 14: 11 m - 4 pm - Health Exhibitors
Arena

Would you like to be an exhibitor? Download Exhibitor's Application 2012
Contact Jolene Wesley for more info:
Email: healthfair@skeenadiversity.com or phone: 250-635-0314

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: March 29 - April 1, 2012
Storytelling Festival

March 2012: Schedule of events is released. It includes something for everyone and is still open to more.

Download the Schedule of Events in colour or black & white

See detailed schedule here

MARCH 21: FINDING OUR WAY FILM & DISCUSSION

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It commemorates 1960’s massacre of peaceful protestors against South Africa’s apartheid laws. In 1966 proclamation of this day, the United Nations calls on the international community to increase its efforts to eliminate all forms of racism.
Much has changed over the last 50 years and many countries have eliminated racist policies but there is still more to be done. In Canada, the Indian Act and the legacy of residential schools are those that need to be understood and dealt with.
Skeena Diversity is pleased to host a very special evening on Wed, March 21 at 7 pm. We will be screening Finding Our Way – film by Leonie Sandercock (2010), 90 min. at the Skeena Diversity Centre

This documentary film with and about the Burns Lake band and the Cheslatta Carrier Nation explores the history of colonization and relationships of First Nations and non-First Nations people. Is there a way forward? Is reconciliation possible?
The film will be followed by a discussion. We are very pleased to welcome a special guest, Rob Charlie, Burns Lake Band featured in the film. Rob will share his experience and journey.

JOB POSTING: YOUTH DIALOGUE COORDINATOR
Part-time Contract Position: now until August 2012
March 2012:
Skeena Diversity is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic person experienced in working with youth to help organize local and regional youth dialogues in collaboration with youth champions. Valid driver’s license and criminal record check are mandatory. Download detailed description.

Submit cover letter, resume and references by Fri, March 16th, 2012
by email: job@skeenadiversity.com
in person: Skeena Diversity Centre, 4617 Lazelle Ave. in Terrace
or by mail: PO Box 665, Terrace, BC V8G 4B8

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL - March 29 - April 1, 201Storytelling Festival2
January 2012: Skeena Diversity is also starting to plan Storytelling Festival during the last weekend of March plus taking advantage of the magic of April Fool's day for the imagined stories :)

  • We would like to invite anyone to help us shape the weekend:
  • What does storytelling mean to you?
  • How are stories told in your part of the world?
  • How do you share your ideas and dreams?
  • Can we build a better, more inclusive community through sharing and listening to stories?

Contact us if you have an idea, would like to help plan or participate.
From the traditional to digital - stories that are true or made up - let's inspire each other!

DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR - April 13 & 14, 2012
January 2012: Skeena Diversity is starting to plan Terrace's 2nd Diversity Health Fair.
Proposed dates:
April 13 & 14, 2012
Terrace Sportsplex

Theme: Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

Would you like to be an exhibitor? Download Exhibitor's Application 2012
Contact Jolene Wesley for more info:
Email: healthfair@skeenadiversity.com or phone: 250-635-0314

FEBRUARY'S POTLUCK DINNER POSTPONED
January 2012: The Skeena Diversity Centre has been affected by the recent cold weather. One of the pipes froze and developed a slow leak which damaged the flooring in our kitchen. Unfortunately, it needs to be replaced.
We have decided to postpone February's potluck dinner till Sat, March 3rd to allow time for us to get things fixed.
Thank you for your understanding and support!

JOB POSTING: DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR COORDINATOR
December 2011: Skeena Diversity is gearing up for its second Diversity Health Fair to be held in April 2012. We are looking for an energetic person(s) who can help us organize this year's event.
Download Job Posting (pdf)

Please submit your resume, cover letter and two references no later than Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Emailinfo@skeenadiversity.com
Mail:  Skeena Diversity Society, P.O. Box 665, Terrace, BC  V8G 4B8
Drop off: Skeena Diversity Centre, 4617 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace

TERRACE MEDLEY NIGHT MARKET WRAPS UP FOR THE SEASONGitlaxdax (Terrace) Nisga'a Dancers
September 2011: It was another spectacular night on Wednesday, September 28th for the last Night Market event of the summer season. Second time in a row, we were rewarded with a nice weather - the sun peaked throught the clouds to watch the dancers and musicians. The start was delayed as the organizers franticaly tried to contact the Kitsumkalum's Xbishuunt Dancer's who were to open the evening on Tsimshian territory. It turned out that many of the dancers were away due to family emergency. It highlighted the strong cultural tradition of family committment. Sharon Bryant opened with a Welcome song. She was followed by the Gitlaxdax Terrace Nisga'a Dancers and Metis fiddler Rene Therrien with a number of young dancers. The evening was very peaceful, calm and beautiful with no wind and perfect ending to an incredible series.

The Terrace Medley Night Market exceeded any of our expectations. The idea for the event came from participants of the Leading Communities BC leadership program hosted and sponsored by Skeena Diversity Society earlier this year. The team of 5 put their leadership skills to test. It was quite a test – dealing with what seemed like the worst summer ever, scheduling and contacting performers, learning about power circuits in the park, vendor preferences and much more. But it all came together very well.

It is confirmed: residents of Terrace are most amazing people! They came out despite the elements, cultural groups practiced hard for weeks to make sure their performances were top notch, audiences of all ages participated while vendors shared delicious foods and sold their creations. Thanks go out to our neighbouring communities of Kitimat and Prince Rupert who drove in to perform and watch. We are very appreciative of the financial support from the Terrace and District Arts Council and a generous discount we received from Sight & Sound for sound equipment rental.

TERRACE JOINING CULTURE DAYS
September 2011: Terrace is going to be part of the Pan-Canadian celebration of art, culture and creativity – Culture Days which takes place in many communities in Canada from coast to coast to coast between September 30th and October 2nd.
In Terrace, Skeena Diversity has mobilized the community to create events and become part of the celebration: See the list of activities.
We are pleased to present a diversity of events which are all free, participatory and open to all ages.
So what have we come up with? Read more

TERRACE MEDLEY NIGHT MARKET
June 2011: The weather which was very miserable that evening seemed to be testing the strength and dedication of the Night Market planning team as well as vendors, performers and audience. We can confirm that Terrace has the most amazing people who don't get easily chased away by bad weather. The evening opened with music by the amazing new band King Crow and the Ladies from Hell. They were followed by the Fil-Can Association performing everything from contemporary hip hop number to traditional Filipino dances.

The idea for this project came from participants of the Leading Communities BC Leadership Program sponsored by Skeena Diversity Society. Participants learned and explored different aspects of leadership from personal to community to collaborative and finally transformational leadership. The Terrace Medley Night Market has been selected as one of two community class projects where participants have opportunities to put the skills they've learned to the test and to expand the skills they are working on.

The next Night Market Medley will be held Wed. July 27, 2011 starting at 6pm at George Little Park (rain or shine ;)) featuring the PUNJABI Community.

If you are interested in being involved or performing please contacting the Skeena Diversity Centre.


DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR PRESENTS HEALTH CHOICES TO COMMUNITY Click on the image to open a slideshow of the event download a slideshow of photos from the Diversity Health Fair
June 2011:
Skeena Diversity Society hosted its first Diversity Health Fair on June 18 at the Skeena Mall. Over 30 exhibitors presented their services. The Fair had a lot to offer for the whole family as well as variety of interests or concerns. Visitors to the Fair were able to get a blood pressure check or vision screening by Northern Health. We created a special location for massage and acupuncture demonstration; mental health and service organizations were also present to connect with visitors. Three chefs prepared healthy ethnic dishes and served samples from cuisines of India, Mexico and Japan.
Children's activities included face painting, health games, origami, art, a bouncing castle and gymnastics exercise demonstrations. The Community Room was transformed to a fitness demonstration area which included cultural dance groups and interactive fitness demonstrations (Dancing, Drumming, Martial Arts & Gymnastics) Instructors encouraged the public to join in on the fun in the following areas; Yoga, Tai Chi, Belly Dancing, Zumba, Taekwon-Do & Gitlaxdax Nisga'a Dancing.

Diversity Health Fair was made possible thanks to funding from AMSSA. Organization & planning was done by Skeena Diversity Society in Terrace. We would like to thank to the event sponsors: Aqua Clear, Creative Zone, Dynamic Health, Fiori Design, Gemma's, Kids Quest, Praxx Air, Skeena Mall, Save-on Foods. This event wouldn't have been possible without the amazing generosity, dedication and hard work of the event sponsors, volunteers and steering committee members. THANK YOU!

We are already thinking of next year's event. Let us know what you liked the most and what we can improve.

DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR STARTING TONIGHT
Skeena Diversity Society is hosting its first Diversity Health Fair tonight with opening ceremonies and Panel of Local Experts:

Fri, June 17th at 7 pm and the Evangelical Free Church
PANEL:  Accessing Local Health Care & Services

  • Lise Luppens, Northern Health Authority Dietician
  • Vanessa Williams, Service B.C.,
  • Dr. Lindsay, Spinefit (Chiropractor)
  • Roger Carling-Kelly, Massage Therapist
  • Noreen Spence, B.C. Schizophrenia Society 

Sat, June 18th 11 am - 4 pm at Skeena Mall
This health fair will feature nearly 30 exhibitors with a variety of health-related information and activities, health screenings and food demonstrations. Families with children will appreciate an interactive hands-on family corner. Exercise/dance demonstrations will take place very half hour in the Community Room. There is no cost to attend.

SKEENA DIVERSITY MEMBERS ELECT A NEW BOARD FOR 2011-12
Diversity Health FairSkeena Diversity Society's members came together on Monday, May 30th for the Annual General Meeting on the night of Canuck's first game in the finals. After the usual business of approving minutes of 2010 AGM and accepting Financial Statement, the audience was treated to a video montage of last year's events as well as discussion about the key projects and events undertaken during the past year.

The Society is working hard towards the goal of making Terrace a more welcoming and inclusive community connecting with many people in the community, primarily immigrants. The work of the Cultural Advisory Committee was discussed and acknowledged. The benefits of the Leadership Program and the commitment of its participants to the community projects were also noted.

At the end of the evening, nine directors (out of 10 nominated) were elected by secret ballot. The new Board of Directors is passionate, energetic and compassionate about their community and the work and vision that Skeena Diversity works towards. 2011-2012 is promising to be another exciting year.

If you are interested in learning more about Skeena Diversity, becoming involved or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.


DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIR NEEDS VOLUNTEERSDiversity Health Fair
Skeena Diversity is seeking volunteers who would like to help out at a fun, hands-on, active and informative Health Fair on June 18th.

Volunteer positions include: • interpreters/translators • Hosts • workshop assistants • snack bar assistants • set-up, take down of site • decorating • runners • registration/welcoming table • coat/bag check

Terrace's Diversity Health Fair will take place on 18 June 2011. If you have any questions, suggestions and comments, please call Skeena Diversity Centre at 250-635-6530 or email: healthfair@skeenadiversity.com.

MARCH 21: NAW RÚZ, VERNAL EQUINOX &
INTERNATIONAL DAY TO ELIMINATE RACISM

download the slideshow
March 21
is a very special day for many - it is the first day of Spring when we experience the balance between night and day.

March 21 is also celebrated as Naw Rúz (New Day) also known as Norooz or Nowruz - New Year celebrated by ethnic groups such as Persians, Kurds, Azeri, Baluch, Afghans and Turks, and religious groups such as Zoroastrian, Baha'is, Ismailis and Sufis.
It is a time to celebrate inclusiveness, peace, light, family and rebirth.

March 21 is also designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It's a day observed all around the world to focus attention on the problems of racism and the need to promote racial harmony. The UN made this designation in 1966 to mark a tragic event that took place on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa when 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed during a protest against apartheid.

Canada was one of the first countries to support the UN initiative and launched its first annual campaign against racial discrimination in 1989. In 1996, the Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition became a key event in that campaign. Watch the winning videos of the past four years.

TERRACE'S FIRST DIVERSITY HEALTH FAIRDiversity Health Fair
Skeena Diversity Society is planning a Diversity Health Fair. This Fair will be open to all but will primarily focus on reaching people coming from diverse countries and cultures, and those who may speak other languages than English. The Fair will help to navigate local health services in a variety of languages and offer healthy activities and choices.

Terrace's Diversity Health Fair will take place in early June 2011. If you have any questions, suggestions and comments, please call Skeena Diversity Centre at 250-635-6530 or email: healthfair@skeenadiversity.com.

HOLIDAY GREETINGS
Skeena Diversity Holiday Greetings


Thank You!
2010 has been the busiest and most exciting year in the ten-year history of Skeena Diversity Society. We very much appreciate your ideas, support and commitment as we move towards a more welcoming and inclusive Terrace for all.

Ever since opening the Skeena Diversity Centre in downtown Terrace, we have met so many incredible people like yourself. Thanks for making Terrace a better place!

LEADING COMMUNITIES BC: Leadership Program ESL for Employment NWCC
Skeena Diversity is pleased to bring Leading Communities BC leadership program which will be facilitated by BC Healthy Communities and Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL) in the new year. This unique collaborative leadership program will bring together both experienced and emergingleaders
few seats still available, register soon!

ESL for Employment NWCC ESL FOR EMPLOYMENT
This is an incredible opportunity to improve your English, connect with employers and with the community.  This brand new course is designed primarily for immigrants who are currently unemployed or their foreign credentials have not yet been recognized in Canada.
The course is offered in partnership with NWCC and Volunteer Terrace
spaces are still available, registration required

CO-OP PROPERTY DIALOGUES
Skeena Diversity is providing ongoing support for the community engagement process
working groups have been established to research possible “anchors” for the site
Summary Report of Dec 4, 2010 (pdf)
- targeting the next community dialogue in February or March 2011

Faces of Terrace FACES OF TERRACE: NEW BOOK PROJECT
Submit a photo and a brief story of someone else in the community
This is a time for get-together, why not write about your family and friends
there is still time to contribute your submissionJanuary 11, 2011

TRANSFORMING THE CO-OP PROPERTY: community dialogue
Nov 30, 2010: The City of Terrace and Skeena Diversity Society are pleased to provide Terrace residents with two opportunituies to come share their ideas and help shape the future of our community.
Graffiti Fest
Thursday, December 2, 2010
7 - 9 pm

Sportsplex Banquet Room
organized and facilitated by City of Terrace
visit City of Terrace website for details

Saturday, December 4, 2010
10 am - 4 pm

Sportsplex Banquet Room
organized and facilitated by Skeena Diversity Society with the facilitation assistance of Nathan Edelson and Norma-Jean McLaren
lunch will be provided, RSVP appreciated
Tel: 250-635-6530 | email

TERRACE’S 1ST GRAFFITI FEST
Oct 5, 2010: We are working on a brief story of the event. In the meantime, you can view photos of the event on Facebook.
Email us your thoughts of the event or ideas for more...

Sep 20, 2010
: Terrace & District Arts Council and Skeena Diversity Society are very pleased to have Graffiti Festreceived permission from the City of Terrace to use the exterior of the former Co-op building and parking lot for Terrace’s first ever Graffiti Fest to be held from Friday, Sep 24th till Sunday, Sep 26th.

The community and especially graffiti artists are invited to come out and express themselves. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own paint supplies and safety equipment – limited amount of spray paint, masks and gloves will be available. We do encourage collaborative pieces and those artists will have a first choice in selecting a space but as you can imagine the building is large enough and I’m sure we will have space for everyone. For insurance purposes, every artist will be expected to sign a memorandum of understanding. And of course, no profanity, racial slurs or nudity will be tolerated and will be promptly painted over.

If you are not a graffiti artist, you will be able to practice and learn on-site. Who knows, you may discover a hidden talent!

We are very thankful to the neighbouring businesses who have endorsed the idea of the graffiti fest as well as some of them donating power for the event, tables, chairs and tents (George Little House). We would also like to express our gratitude to businesses that are providing supplies and discounts: Terrace Interior, West Point Rentals, Astral Media and number of others.

We would like to encourage everyone to come and paint or to stop by to support the event and Terrace’s youth. Skeena Diversity Society is sponsoring a free BBQ on Saturday evening from 6 till 8 pm.

Useful Links:

TASTES OF TERRACE SOLD OUT
August 7, 2010: Congratulations to all 200 ticket holders who are about to embark on the 4th annual Tastes of Terrace culinary tour of downtown businesses this afternoon. We hope you have a wonderful time!

We apologizes to all who left the ticket purchase till the last minute. The event sold out on Friday, faster than in the previous years. If all goes well, we plan to hold this popular event again next year.

New this year is the addition of the Skeena Diversity Centre in addition to the nine downtown restaurants. We will be offering a homemade lemonade. The Centre was only open in February 2010 and serves as a place to meet other people, share ideas, get into interesting conversations and plan how we can make Terrace even more welcoming and inclusive community for all. We look forward to meeting you all.

Skeena Diversity particularly focuses on reaching immigrants - long-time residents and newcomers, to help them to better connect to the community, overcome any barriers and help develop services that are needed here.

RIVERBOAT DAYS PARADERick and Matthew getting the float ready
July 31, 2010: Skeena Diversity will be taking part in this year's Riverboat Days Parade. This is the first time that Skeena Diversity will be submitting an entry. We are looking forward to seeing you all.

Thank you to the amazing crew of artists and helpers who created the wonderful entry.

Visit the Centre later tonight for the monthly potluck dinner and presentation - learn about the history of the First Nations' territory.

IDEAS: youth arts show opening on Canada Day
July 1, 2010: Over 35 people visited the special Canada Day art opening reception to become inspired by the art of Terrace's young artists who are displaying their works at the Skeena Diversity Centre, 4617 Lazelle Ave.

The art show features artists:
Gillian Robertson
Mykee Laird
Meagan Watson
Martin Loggin
Chase Hamilton.

All artists are art students of Caledonia Secondary School (number of them from the graduating class of 2010) off to enter the world with their fresh creative ideas.
Youth Art Show Opening
Thank you to Ms. Amy Warner, Practicum Teacher at Caledonia for organizing the art show which will be on display at the Centre until the end of August.

Visit the opening reception Photo Gallery.
IDEAS: youth arts show

Skeena Diversity Holds its AGM
June 21, 2010: Skeena Diversity Society (SDS) membership was treated to a exciting evening of Skeena Diversity Board of Directors
information, idea sharing, tasty food and great company. Colleen Austin, Society Chair facilitated the meeting which covered the usual business of approving agenda and minutes, presentation of financial report and election of the Board of Directors for 2010-2011.

Three new members were elected to make a nine member Board which will lead the Society through its exciting community development projects. Read more.


Photo of Skeena Diversity Board of Directors 2010/11

Back row from left: Nirmal Parmar, Ginny Hawkshaw, Arjunna Miyagawa, Audrey Bennett, Colleen Austin. Front row from left: Peggy Gilliard, Shylo Gerritsen with son River, Jane Dickson. Missing from photo Chayo Nyawello.

Skeena Band Shares Their Memories of Cuba
It was a treat for many sense during the May potluck dinner evePotluck Dinner Cuba tripning at the Skeena Diversity Centre. Skeena Band students with their music teacher, the amazing Ms. Brower were the guests that evening. After sharing a meal, the audience were taken on a trip back to Cuba where the students spent an incredible week this May.

The students spent two years fundraising and saving money to be able to make the trip to this intriguing country. Read more.


Community Mapping Project

Community Mapping Survey PackageApril 25: Amongst all the mail and newspapers in your mailbox, you may find a brown envelope  from Skeena Diversity Society this coming week. We urge you not to chuck it but open it. We at Skeena Diversity would like to ask for a few moments of your time to participate in the attached Terrace-wide survey. 

Skeena Diversity Society is mapping the community to better understand who we are – our cultural experiences and backgrounds, skills, talents and interests; ideas and dreams. Read more.

Latin Night Provides Tasty Treats While Helping Families in Latin Night for ChileChile

March 27: What could be better than getting together with friends, meeting new people, enjoying great food, helping an important cause while dancing the night away. That briefly sums up the Latin Night for Chile event that took place on March 27th. Read more

March 21: International Day to Eliminate Racism
March 21 has been declared a day to raise awareness about racism and discrimination around the world. It serves as a commemoration of victims of a peaceful demonstration against apartheid on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa.

The world is different since that time 50 years ago today but we know that racism, prejudice, ignorance and intolerance are still alive preventing us from living in a truly equal respectful society. There are many changes that the systems we live in need to undertake but what can we do as individuals? Let's look within and ask "What can I do to be more respectful? What are my fears and prejudices?".

I find that the best way to overcome these is to meet people that come from different cultures. Those that have had different experiences and speak to those with different points of view. Diversity is a struggle but it makes us and our communities so much richer, creative, colourful and more prosperous. Let's make our vision and thoughts world-embracing!

EmbraceBC website

 

Skeena Diversity Centre Opens Downtown Terrace
Welcome. Bienvenue. Welkom. Bienvenido. Vítejte. Bem-vindo. Willkommen. Maligayang pagdating.
Feb 25, 2010: Skeena Diversity completed renovations of a downtown office space on 4617 Lazelle Ave. Open House Skeena Diversity Centre Feb 2010which will become a new Centre for the community. There is space for meetings, workshops, presentations, celebrations and dialogues.

Members of the Skeena Diversity Society and staff were on hand to welcome people through their doors. The opening went well and few ideas are already in the works for the use of the space. "The purpose of this centre is for us to provide a place where the entire community can collaborate on the important issue of making Terrace more welcoming and inclusive," said Colleen Austin, Skeena Diversity Society Chair. Visit the photo gallery to see few photos of the event.

Open House Skeena Diversity Centre“Our Program is based on linking the four pillars of sustainability: economic viability, social equity, environmental responsibility and cultural vitality to ensure a balanced sustainable future of a community that is inclusive and diverse, a community that is prosperous and creative,” said Saša Loggin, Program Coordinator.

The Centre will be open from Tuesday to Saturday 11 am till 2 pm and during special events in the evenings. Contact us to suggest an event, book the space for a workshop or a gathering of your group.

Skeena Diversity is planning a number of projects and activities such as new book project: "Faces of Terrace: Starngers No More". Find out more.

Skeena Diversity Society Plans to Make Terrace a More Welcoming and Inclusive Community

Jan 7, 2010: CULTURAL ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERSHIP IS STILL OPEN
Dec 16: Skeena Diversity Society has been awarded funds to launch a Demonstration Project as part of the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Workplaces Program. The Project will focus on citizens’ engagement in shaping the future of Terrace.

The Society is currently seeking candidates to form the new WICWP Cultural Advisory Group that will work in collaboration on making Terrace a more welcoming and inclusive community. Read more.

Community Dialogue
Nov 11: UPDATE: Registration remains open as spaces are still available

Saturday, November 14, 2009

9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Arena Banquet Room in Terrace

Event poster | Registration form

Join us at the second Community Dialogue to share your story and experience. We will explore:

  • How are we all connected?
  • How do we build a welcoming and inclusive community together?

The event is free but registration is required. Snacks and lunch will be served.
Space is limited. Register before November 10. Contact us if you have any questions.



Spring Break Youth Program
- March 24-27, 2009

Mar 15, 2009: Connecting youth through the Arts: join us during spring break for a series of four unique sessions:

  • Tue, March 24 noon till 4:30 pm
    Theme: Photo Scavenger Hunt and Self Portraits
    Location: Arena Sportsplex Multipurpose room (new arena second floor)

  • Wed, March 25 noon till 4:30 pm
    Theme: Dance – learn basics of ethnic dances such as breakdancing, bellydancing, Scottish dancing and maybe more. Bring comfortable clothing.
    Location: Health Unit Auditorium, 3214 Kalum St.

  • Thu, March 26 noon till 4:30 pm
    Theme: Culinary Arts and First Nations Arts - Learn to prepare ethnic foods such as sushi at one station; learn from Freda Diesing School of Arts students about First Nations Arts
    Location: Health Unit Auditorium, 3214 Kalum St.

  • Fri, March 27 noon till 4:30 pm
    Theme: Music – learn to drum and turn everyday objects into instruments
    Location: Health Unit Auditorium, 3214 Kalum St.

Each session will be led by local "experts" and youth workers. Young people between the ages of 13 and 18* can register for any day or all four. This is a free event and lunch will be provided.

* Please do contact us if you are a bit younger or older but interested to attend.

'Skeena Stories: Strangers No More' Available for Sale

Dec 21, 2008: Thank you all for coming to the book launch. It has been such a moving event that helped us realize what an important project this book is. We certainly have incredible people living in this community now and in the past.

To all authors: Thank you for your courage sharing your story!!

You are probably wondering how to get your hands on a few copies of this unique book. Here is how:

  • directly from Skeena Diversity Society
    by calling 250-631-2352 or by email: story@skeenadiversity.com.
  • at Misty River Books, 4700 Lazelle Ave., Terrace
  • at George Little House, 3100 Kalum St., Terrace
  • at Gemma's Boutique, 4627 Lakelse Ave, Terrace
  • at House of Sim-Oi-Ghets, Kitsumkalum

The book is selling for $20. We will be happy to mail your order to you if you live outside of Terrace.

Book Launch held on Wed, Dec 17

Dec 4, 2008: After six weeks of intense editing, proof-reading, formatting, designing and last-minute changes, we are very pleased to give you an update: Skeena Stories: Strangers No More has been submitted to the publisher in Victoria.

This paperback book has 300 pages containing nearly one hundred local stories. The Launch Party will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at the Terrace Art Gallery. we are putting together a program of storytelling and celebrating our local authors. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The book is selling for $20. Peek inside the book.

Contact us if you would like to pre-order your copy today.

Story Deadline Extended to October 15, 2008

Sep 30, 2008: Thank you everyone for submitting your amazing stories as well as interviewing people with stories. We would like to inform you that we are going to be accepting your stories until October 15, 2008.

Read more - we have added answers to some of your questions

Story Tent at the Farmers Market

Sep 13, 2008: The sun was shining, the Farmers Market was packed as usual. Our SkeenaStories & friends set up a tent next to a great group of young musicians. We started handing out bookmarks and talking to people about the project. It was such a great morning!

It certainly appears that most every Terracite has heard about the project. However, some people are not feeling very confident about having any interesting stories to tell. Nonsense! As they say: Everyone has a story to tell!

We are looking for personal stories of arrival, growing up, most memorable events, dreams for our community, etc. It can be a paragraph or full 3,000 words story. Just give it a try, don't be shy!

Read more...

Stories are to be submitted by September 30, 2008*
*email us if you are planning to submit your story but need a little more time

Skeena Stories on Facebook.

CFTK TV news story on Skeena Stories posted on Facebook
aired on Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Part-time Coordinator (Contract Position) Available

Sep 3, 2008: Skeena Diversity Society is seeking a motivated person for a contract position of Coordinator. The successful candidate will have:

  • broad experience in the field of multiculturalism and anti-racism
  • good knowledge of the local region
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • good working knowledge of Word, Excel and computer usage generally
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • ability to multitask
  • provide leadership and coordination to projects as well as participate in implementation
  • ability to relate to youth
  • good listening and facilitating skills
  • a willingness to learn

Current Projects:

Please email your resume with two references to: job@skeenadiversity.com or by mail to P.O. Box 665, Terrace, BC V8G 4B8. by Monday, Sept. 15, 2008.

Skeena Stories 150 launched - What’s Your Story?

June 21, 2008: Skeena Diversity Society is proud to present the Skeena Stories 150 Project. We are collecting stories from past and present residents of Terrace and area from all backgrounds to create a book in celebration of British Columbia’s 150th anniversary.

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2008. We encourage stories in a variety of styles, including poetry, or song lyrics.  You may also submit artwork or photos that visually tell a local story.

Read more...

This is a project funded by Welcome BC and BC150.

We look forward to your stories.

Annual General Meeting - Wed, May 21 2008
Skeena Diversity Society is hosting its second AGM on Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Suwilaawks Community School, Clarence Michiel building (follow signs).

2007-08 was a quite a year for the Society - with renewed funding and energy, we engaged in many exciting projects:

  • Community Dialogue on Multiculturalism and Diversity: A Dialogue to Develop Community Potential
  • Grade 7 Forum - youth engagement project
  • Taste of Terrace - ethnic culinary tour of downtown Terrace
  • Anti-Racism Training:
    • Safe Harbour Program
    • Youth Ambassador Program
    • Anti-Racism Response Handbook

Everyone welcome. Opportunity to get involved or to share ideas.

Skeena Diversity is awarded BC150 Mosaic Grant
April 2008 - SDS is one of 33 communities in BC receiving $10,000 for a community project called "Skeena Stories 150" will broaden the community’s understanding and appreciation of the diversity and similarities of its citizens through gathering of more stories.
  • The main focus of “Skeena Stories 150” is given to the active search for stories from a broad spectrum of residents in Terrace and area through the unifying art of storytelling, the wide distribution of the final publication, while creating a network of literacy professionals.
  • We will actively collect stories from local people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences – specific themes such as
    • How I came to be in Terrace
    • Growing up in Terrace and area
    • My Family
    • My Journey
    • The best thing that ever happened to me
    • My dreams for this community.
  • Request stories be submitted in different media – print, audio, video, photography, digital format. The intent of the collection is to encourage diverse responses from a wide population.
  • Publish stories and photos in a book accompanied by a DVD.
  • Host a Book Launch Party and a community gathering of contributors and readers.

Contact us if you would like to be part of this project.

 
 
 
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