We build inclusive communities by helping newcomers to Canada successfully integrate into the Cowichan Valley.

Are you an immigrant or refugee in Canada? Do you want to learn English? Do you want to learn about Canadian culture? Do you want to mix with other newcomers and make friends? Read more about the LINC Program!

We are here to help immigrants and refugees adjust to a new life in Canada. We know which questions you need to ask and we have the resources to get you started on the path to integration.

We envision a future with equity and inclusion for all in the Cowichan Valley and beyond. There are many ways to support us in our mission, including supporting our settlement services, anti-racism work, and youth leadership programs.

Culture
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‘We’ve known all along’: uncovering the pain of colonization

The disclosure of a mass, unmarked grave of 215 Indigenous children has shocked Canadians from coast to coast. But the Canadian genocide is not new. Survivor stories and archival evidence has been available for decades — so why are people reeling now, and not then? What can be done to bring justice to all missing and murdered Indigenous children?

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The Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) is a Canadian registered charitable organization.

We have been serving the Cowichan Valley Region since 1981. Currently, CIS has 18 active community service programs, 12 board members, 26 staff members, and over 150 volunteers. CIS is the leading community resource for immigrant settlement services, and for education and awareness in developing welcoming and inclusive communities.

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