Welcome to NL’s Vital Signs 2018

In the five years since the first Vital Signs report, many of the issues facing our province have remained the same – aging population, economic uncertainty and an increasing shift from rural to urban. But when you listen closely around kitchen and boardroom tables, many of the conversations are changing. There seems to be a…

POPULATION: Essential Supports for Newcomers

Essential Supports for Newcomers Transitioning to a new home, a new community or a new country is not always easy. In order to support newcomers in this transition, the Association for New Canadians (ANC) has been delivering a range of settlement and integration services throughout NL for nearly 40 years. Recently, the ANC has expanded…

DIVERSITY: Sharing & Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

Sharing & Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21 – the summer solstice – is many things to many people. It’s also National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples in Canada. “A decade ago, celebrations on Indigenous Peoples Day were…

DIVERSITY: Harmony of Diverse Voices

Harmony of Diverse Voices In music, harmonies gain their beauty from the simultaneous closeness and disparity of different sounds playing together. Lauda (from the Latin laude, or ‘praise’), one of the ensemble choirs of the award-winning Shallaway Youth Choir, is a symbol of the importance of diverse voices. Lauda is a choir grounded in the…

EDUCATION: Open Book, Open Doors

Pictured here with new graduate Josiane Umunyurwa, Linda Richards (right) delivered an inspirational address at the Stella’s Circle 2018 ABE graduation ceremony.                                Photo Credit: The Telegram Before attending high school equivalency classes, Stella’s Circle participant Linda Richards was withdrawn and increasingly isolated….

DIVERSITY: Supporting Trans & Gender Diverse Youth

Supporting Trans & Gender Diverse Youth In 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador announced it will allow gender-neutral birth certificates – one of the first provinces in the country to do so. It’s just one of the ways the province is learning to support transgender and gender-nonconforming Canadians. “I think interest in how to better support trans…