PREVIOUS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES (1993 - 2002)
Our educational and social programs & activities included workshops and forums to help Filipino-Canadians, especially youth, to better understand their Filipino roots and the history and contemporary affairs (social, economic, political, cultural, environmental) of the Philippines. We organized the big successful conference in 1998 to commemorate the 100th Centennial of Philippine Independence which brought together over 200 youth from the Philippines, Canada and USA. Through forums, Edmonton schools’ workshops and visiting Filipino speakers, other Canadians also gained a wider perspective of the Philippines and were encouraged to show solidarity for the problems of human rights, social injustices and environmental destruction experienced by Filipino peoples.
We participated in co-organizing a study visit to the Philippines by Canadians who learned about the challenges, resiliency and hopes of Filipinos at the grassroots in urban and rural areas. We helped to promote conflict resolution skills and anti-racism so Filipinos can overcome discrimination in a multicultural Canada. LINGAP was a major partner in the campaign to protect the human rights of Filipino caregivers, such as the successful campaign for our dedicated member, Leticia Cables, to maintain her OFW status. Our organizing of the concert tour of Joey Ayala and Bagong Lumad to perform in Canada and the USA was not just to promote their musical talents, but also because their music integrated awareness of indigenous peoples and environmental issues in the Philippines.
CURRENT PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
Our forthcoming programs & activities will endeavour to build LINGAP as an active member and partner of the Filipino-Canadian community of associations and NGOs in Edmonton, Alberta and the wider Canada. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with groups, communities and concerned individuals, from youth to senior generations, who share the values and principles embedded in our vision and mission. LINGAP will also draw on its members’ extensive networks in the Philippine among NGOs, CSOs, professionals and educational and social institutions to co-sponsor activities and projects in which Filipino Canadians and other Canadians can contribute ideas and energies.
WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, & FORUMS
LINGAP-Canada is always organizing a number of workshops , seminars /webinars and forums which focuses on various themes relevant to our Vision and Goals. Themes include:
Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination
Historical, social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of Philippine society (eg. COVID-19)
Issues and concerns of Filipino-Canadian youth
Inter-generational Awareness & Understanding among Filipino-Canadians
Solidarity campaigns in support of the projects and programs of NGOs and CSOs(Civil Society Organizations) in the Philippines and Canada
Before the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is resolved, these workshops, seminars and forums will be held in a virtual format.
LIVING BOOK is a webinar series featuring stories and conversations on aspects of the lives of Filipino-Canadians who have settled or grown up in Alberta or other parts of Canada. The Living Book Program, inspired by the Human Library movement that began in Denmark in 2000, enables real people, who are called “Living Books”, to share interesting moments and specific themes in their life stories and experiences.
Readers arrange to listen to their selected “Living Book” tell their stories, after which they can engage in a conversation with the “book” through questions and reflections. The stories of LINGAP’s “Living Books” seek to raise awareness of the challenges, struggles and achievements of Filipino-Canadians before they arrive in Canada and/or during their life in Canada. The “Living Books” present life stories that will be inspiring and empowering and enhance the visibility of Filipinos in Canada’s multicultural society.
The series is planned to commence in October with a list of about six “Living Books” reflecting the life stories of Filipino-Canadians from different social, educational and occupational backgrounds.