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New to Canada Upcoming Events

Check-Ins

Our dedicated staff will be checking in with you weekly to provide peer support, guidance, and coaching. The staff member who will be checking in with you is a Queer immigrant, who is here to listen to your struggles, stories, dreams, and plans. She will be there to guide you through your integration journey, in finding community, navigating systems, and self-advocating. These sessions will be offered in any language you prefer!

Weekly Events

Our weekly events are every Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Events will be offered in a range of languages and language supports.

What we will do:

  • Build a community where 2S-LGBTQIA+ newcomer youth can meet and support one another

  • Have fun at social events like games, crafts, and arts nights

  • Exchange key settlement and integration information in a safe(r) space through an Anti-Oppressive lens

  • Learn and practice key skills that allow you to navigate systems, access resources and advocate for yourself and others​​


If you would like to suggest an activity or topic for a session, or if you'd like to co-plan a session with us, contact us.

Community Kitchens

Our monthly Intergeneration Kitchens (Mother Tongue) are a space to connect within and across communities! These social events are a chance to connect with other 2S-LGBTQIA+ newcomers, 2S-LGBTQIA+ elders, racialized 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth in the community, as well as allies from different cultural and linguistic groups. Mother Tongue will be offered in many different languages, with language supports/interpretation provided when requested. 


Join us to:

  • Share and exchange cooking skills, stories, and laughs

  • Build community and expand your network

  • Speak your mother tongue in a safe, affirming space

  • Learn to facilitate group sessions

  • Receive an ingredients kit before each event


Want to lead a Mother Tongue session? Contact us

All 2S-LGBTQIA+ newcomer youth can also sign up for any speqtrum general programs, which are open to all 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth. If you are a newcomer looking to access our programs please email newcomer@speqtrum.ca or call 289-439-6154 to book an appointment!

Please note that these events will not always be offered in English, but an interpreter can be provided if one is required.

Upcoming New to Canada Events

 
  • New to Canada Weekly Event
    Tue., Apr. 27
    Zoom
    5-6 pm. From skill-building to social events, we'll be covering a lot at our weekly events! Open to: 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth who are new to Canada.
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  • New to Canada Weekly Event
    Tue., Apr. 20
    Zoom
    5-6 pm. From skill-building to social events, we'll be covering a lot at our weekly events! Open to: 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth who are new to Canada.
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  • Mother Tongue
    Tue., Apr. 13
    Zoom
    6-7:30pm. Find yourself missing a dish from back home? Let’s make it together! We'll send you a recipe and chat while we eat. This kitchen is open to 2S-LGBTQIA+ folks new to Canada, 2S-LGBTQIA+ BIPOC, and BIPOC allies.
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  • Intergenerational Kitchen
    Mon., Apr. 12
    Zoom
    7-8:30pm. Hosted in collaboration with Compass Community Health. We'll send you a recipe to follow, then join our Zoom call for some great conversation over the tasty meal you just made. If you need help accessing the ingredients, let us know. Open to: 2S-LGBTQIA+ folks of all ages
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  • New to Canada Weekly Event
    Tue., Apr. 06
    Zoom
    5-6 pm. From skill-building to social events, we'll be covering a lot at our weekly events! Open to: 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth who are new to Canada.
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