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A database of local volunteer job opportunities maintained by NSCR. Pick from the list of highlights or search by keyword or topic.
Have your say in what kind of community you live in! Ways citizens of West Vancouver can get involved in meaningful and positive ways, including participation on committee and working groups and in public consultations.
Recent changes to temporary layoffs means BC employees and employers have more options for support. Using this portal created by BC Ministry of Labour, employers and employees can apply to extend temporary layoffs due to COVID-19.
Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Newcomers, Temporary Residents and Refugees
If you live in Canada, even temporarily, and are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be support for you. Some of the information on this page is available in multiple languages.
This site from the BC Centre for Disease Control lists flights, cruises and places or events with a confirmed case of COVID-19. There are also links to sites from BC’s Regional Health Authorities that list local public exposure information.
A great post from British Columbia’s Clicklaw, with resources on legal topics related to Black Lives Matter including human rights, police accountability, protest rights, and getting legal help.
An up-to-date portal from CBC with articles and videos on “Being Black in Canada”, with highlights from arts, sports, books, streaming video, and CBC’s archives.
A national helpline available to Black youth to support their health, mental wellbeing, education, and communities. They are available toll-free at 1-833-294-8650.
This article about the Library’s Mason Bee Tree was published in Vol 8 (2016) Issue 3 of BCLA Perspectives.
Resources and actions to support varying levels of learning and engagement, curated by community activists and academics.
The Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization committed to highlighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. HAS adopts a research-driven approach to community development that seeks to preserve and promote the historical, cultural, societal, and economic contributions made by Black Settlers and their descendants to Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada.
A great educational resource building awareness of the history of Blacks in B.C., and celebrating their historical and current achievements in the arts, education, government, sports, science, etc.
This manual is edited by law students at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Topics covered include family law, human rights, consumer protection, motor vehicle law, and a number of other legal subjects.
A fantastic online portal that provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles, and multi-media resources for educators, parents, caregivers, and individuals committed to racial equality. Curated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Learn more about re-opening your business safely and how you can support local business on the North Shore.
An excellent collection of resources for all ages, curated by a librarian for the School Library Journal blog. Includes recommended books, podcasts, movies (including those available from our Library streaming service Kanopy), articles, social media accounts, and more.
Cineplex has made 45 titles by Black creators or about Black lives free to stream in Canada: “In a time when many are turning to movies to become informed and empowered, we want to help. This collection of important films was curated to elevate Black stories, artists and filmmakers and spark discussion. These films are available to view at no cost.” You must sign up for an account, then you can rent the titles for $0.
For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List. The 95 titles on the list represent books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward.
Most of the #Schomburg95 books are available digitally for free via The New York Public Library’s SimplyE e-reader app on iOS and Android. Many are also available from the Schomburg Shop, along with a dedicated array of books and materials chronicling global Black culture.
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. It is now an international human rights movement originating from within the African American community, which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards Black people.
Here is the link for our local chapter, Black Lives Matter Vancouver.
Information for amateur sport organizations to support them in developing their own explicit plans to guide the step-by-step safe return of their sport in B.C. The RTS Guidelines provide general information on a number of topics and include links to additional information and resources that can support decision-making and communication with boards, clubs, members, and other sport partners.
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