The 11th Year of the Multicultural Leadership Group Begins This Week!

It’s an exciting time of year as our LINC classes and Youth Outreach programming begin this week! The Multicultural Leadership Group will begin its 11th season this Wednesday, at St. John’s Anglican Church (doors at 3:15). Find out more about MLG here, and read below for this week’s agenda.

When: Wednesday, doors open at 3:15, opening circle 4:00, wrap up 5:45
Where: St Johns Anglican Church Hall, 163 first Street Who: all ages, all cultures, all faiths, all identities, everyone is welcome!
Why: To have fun while creating inclusive and caring communities

In Project Coordinator Linda’s words: “This week is going to be all about the ripples! Yes, ripples! But first, Welcome to the beginning of MLG’s 11th season! We will begin as we do every year, welcoming each other, ourselves, and new MLGer’s too, back from the many summer adventures we’ve been on. Whether they be good or bad, great or sad, wonderful or ordinary, or some combination of that, we will take time to share a few stand out moments, as we find the differences and the common ground. This will begin to prepare us for hosting ‘Expanding Our Common Ground’, details will be shared about this amazing opportunity! In addition to warm welcomes, fun gathering activities with a purpose, and project info, we will also be visited by a few past MLG participants, who will demonstrate for us how the ripple effect works! I hope you can join us! And bring a friend, family member, elder…all are welcome!! “



Spanish Language Classes for Beginners: October 4 – November 8

The Cowichan Intercultural Society is excited to announce a new round of Spanish Language Classes for Beginners.  On Wednesday nights, from 6:30-8:30, come to our classroom to learn Spanish is a comfortable atmosphere with a small student-to-teacher ratio.  Six two-hour classes are only $100!  For more information or to enrol, please email Francoise or call 250-748-3112.

Closed Monday

The office is closed this Monday September 4 due to the Labour Day Holiday. See you when we come back for the long weekend on Tuesday 🙂

New Promo Video

Les Murales

Les Murales

Funded by La Société francophone de Victoria, and organized in Duncan by the Cowichan Intercultural Society, LES MURALES is a public art opportunity open to both older children (12+) and adults. All materials will be provided on siteMembers of the public are invited to each PAINT a tile commemorating the shared histories of French, English, and Indigenous peoples of the pacific northwest. The finished tiles are to be gathered together with those of ‘Les Murales’ events being held elsewhere on the Island, so that the collection as a whole can later go on display in each of the contributing communities. There are plans to install the finished collection as a permanent mural at a location in Victoria.

Activites kick off at 5PM with performances (stories and songs) about the history of French in the Pacific Northwest, followed by a discussion of Chinook, the one-time trade language of the west coast. Participants will then be provided with materials to make their own contributions to Les Murales art project.


August Newsletter

Childcare Support Worker

New job posting for Childcare Support Worker. Click HERE for job description and details

Connect Cowichan: Beverly Alexander Celebration

Come out to celebrate the neighbourhood! There will be free food, fun and games for all ages, live music, permaculture gardening workshops, build a cob chair, a road hockey tournament, and so much more. This is a family friendly alcohol-free event, so come out and meet your neighbours.

Last year, Social Planning Cowichan surveyed the Beverly Alexander neighbourhood about things that they would like to see happen in thier community. The most common answer was that people wanted to get to know thier neighbours. Because of the feedback, this event was built. Many have helped to plan this event to create a fun way for everyone to get to know each other.

Partners at Social Planning Cowichan, Warmland, Collective Space, Canadian Mental Health Association Cowichan Valley, the Cowichan Intercultural Society and Cowichan Housing Association have been colloborating with many others to organize this celebration of the neighbourhood. Along with many of the fun activities mentioned above, there will be a gardening workshop and a chance to make your mark on your community by creating a handprint mural.

Main Stage Schdeule from 4pm to 8pm!
– 4 :00: Opening Circle and Drumming by Robert George
– 4:30: Terry Wicks live looping instrumentals
– 5:00: MIKA drum and live electronic song creation with special guests
– 5:30: Storytelling and song by Cocokami Wing, local storyteller extraordinaire!
– 6:00: the Stay at Home Dads
– 6:30: Chemainus Community Band!
– 7:00: MATTERIC: Matthew Kinunen
– 7:30: the Stay at Home Dads
– 8:00: Closing circle and sound

Workshops and offerings starting at 4pm onwards:

– Clay chair and rocket stove building workshop with Pat Amos at Warmland Gardens
– Food Forest workshop at Warmland Gardens
– Social Permaculture Workshop on community connection!
– BikeWorks funky bicycle display and offering!
– Wind Chime and Tubular Bell making experience workshop
– Multiple art workshops, mural creations, for all ages!
– High-paced Floor Hockey Tournament!
– Free food by Warmland chefs and local farmers!
– Much more! Come and find out!

More activities and details will be added, so check back for more updates!

The location is from 2557 Beverly St, Duncan (School Board office on York). Parking is available at Quamichan Campus and Alexander Elementary School.

Office Coordinator Position

This is a part-time position and requires flexibility of scheduling. The position starts on August 28th, 2017. The hourly wage is $17.45 – 19.00/hour and includes holiday pay and sick leave.

Click HERE for full job description

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:00 pm, Friday August 11th, 2017. Interested candidates please provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Caro Martino, Director of Operations at

We Speak Translate

From: 11:00am-12:00pm.

*Do to high demand we are adding another workshop from 12:00pm-1:00pm!*

The We Speak Translate project is a first of its kind collaboration between Google Translate and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) utilizing the Google Translate app for refugee resettlement and newcomer inclusion in communities.

Upon completion of the 40-minute training, participants receive a We Speak Translate decal, a visible symbol of inclusion and commitment to promoting diversity and communication across language barriers. Familiarity with the Google Translate app establishes a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English language skills.

Google is humbled and excited to be supporting this project with the goal of helping new Canadians make the often challenging transition to life in Canada through language and engagement – Roque Silva, Interaction Designer, Google Translate

Training Goals & Benefits:

  1. Encourage welcoming communities that value diversity, inclusion and integration.
  2. Become familiar with the Google Translate app (free, downloadable app for smartphones and tablets).
  3. Establish a common platform for communication with newcomers while English language skills develop.

Workshop Format:

  1. Introduction and overview of project/objective
  2. Google Translate training presentation
  3. Explore the capacity of the Google Translate app
  4. Learn how to effectively use the Google Translate app
  5. Interact with the app
  6. Distribution of We Speak Translate decals

We Speak Translate Training Facilitator:

Kate Longpre is the Community Integration Coordinator at ICA. Kate works strategically across sectors to ensure that resettled refugees entering the Greater Victoria area are successfully integrated into welcoming communities. Kate approached Google Translate in September 2016 with the idea for the We Speak Translate project. In April 2017 the project launched in Victoria, BC, the first location worldwide to initiate the project.

Project website:

Project Instagram: wespeaktranslateica

Project Media:



What should I bring into the event?

Please bring your smartphone or tablet.

How can I contact the training facilitator with any questions?

Please feel free to contact Kate Longpre, ICA Community Integration Coordinator, or 250-388-4728 ext. 167.