Vancouver-Area University offers Full-Time Program in Endangered Aboriginal Language

The Skwomesh language as seen on signs along the Sea to Sky Highway

The Skwomesh language as seen on signs along the Sea to Sky Highway

Only seven people on the entire planet can still fluently speak Skwomesh, the language of the Squamish peoples, whose traditional territory covers large parts of Metro Vancouver. But a new program at one of the city’s top universities is aiming to change all of that.

Starting in September, Simon Fraser University will offer a groundbreaking full-time immersion program in Skwx̱wú7mesh sníchim, or the Skwomesh language. Students will study seven hours a day, five days a week, in a unique effort to bring the language back from the brink of extinction.  Continue reading:
Vancouver-Area University offers Full-Time Program in Endangered Aboriginal Language

Featured Vancouverite: Cheryl Kwok

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Hometown: Hong Kong

How long have been a Vancouverite?
 I’ve been here since Grade 6.

Occupation:
I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Applied Legal Studies program at SFU and am studying to become a Notary Public in British Columbia. I also work part-time as a conveyancer at a Notary Public’s office in Vancouver.

Even with your busy work and grad school schedule, you are very active in the volunteer community in Vancouver. Can you tell us a bit about the organizations that you collaborate with and what you feel are the biggest benefits of volunteer work?
I am currently the President of the Vancouver Diamond Lions Club (VDLC), and was a committee member for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation 20th Anniversary for Children We Care Gala this year.

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Featured Vancouverite: Cheryl Kwok

Attention Hopheads: Vancouver-Area University Launches Craft Beer Certificate

Photo credit: Evil Sivan | Flickr

Photo credit: Evil Sivan | Flickr

Know your hops from your malts and your ales from your lagers?  A new degree program at Metro Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University may be for you.

The university has announced that it will be offering a special certificate in Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials, starting this October at its Surrey campus.  The five-course, part-time program promises a “comprehensive approach to the art, science and business of craft beer” and is targeted to individuals eager to cash in on Vancouver’s craft beer boom.

Students will be immersed in a rigorous course load.   Continue reading:
Attention Hopheads: Vancouver-Area University Launches Craft Beer Certificate

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Doors Open Vancouver, Hawker’s Market, Water’s Edge Days and Toronto Raptors basketball game are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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December is here! Start off the beginning of a new month with a weekend full of activities! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It feels like winter, so let’s celebrate! With one month to go, Vancouver is kicking off it’s Christmas festivities! There is lots in store this weekend – theatre, dance, comedy, markets, festivals, skating, soccer, and more! Enjoy the sunshine and snowy mountain-tops and read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Where to get a free education in Vancouver

581125_10151263830296759_1732833805_nWhile Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia are two of the city’s best-known schools, there’s a little-known place of learning that’s been attracting scholars, academics and people who are interested in challenging their minds. Every Monday since February, the Or Gallery has been host to The Free School, a free lecture and discussion series organized by two PhD students.

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Where to get a free education in Vancouver