Supporting Colleagues During Ramadan

A text Ramadan Mubarak written on top of a teal background with a gold line art representing a mosque

The Islamic month of Ramadan is considered the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar and is observed by billions of Muslims worldwide. Each year the month begins depending on the sighting of the new crescent moon. For Halifax, the first Suhoor (the last meal before dawn) started in the early morning of March 23rd.…

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The Importance of Recognizing and Supporting Females within the Neurodivergent Community

Neurodiversity refers to the concept that individuals perceive and interact with the world in various ways. Rather than viewing differences in thinking, learning, or behavior as deficiencies, neurodiversity celebrates these differences as inherent to human diversity. While it includes all forms of diversity, it is often used in discussions about conditions like autism spectrum disorder…

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Happy Lunar New Year from ISANS

Happy Lunar New Year from ISANS graphic consists of people from various countries in their traditional outfit along with Happy New Year messages in their languages

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays for billions of people around the world. In China, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, Tibet, and many Asian countries and diasporas worldwide, Lunar New Year is a special time to bring friends and family together for feasting and festivities. Each country and culture celebrate in their own…

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Statement from ISANS

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) has been affected by a cybersecurity incident. Some of ISANS’ IT systems may be affected in the coming days as we assess the incident and get our systems back online. We continue to provide most of our services to clients, and our offices are open. We ask for…

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Pathways to Community: ISANS Open House 2022

On Tuesday December 6th, we held our first in-person open house since the onset of the pandemic. We’re thrilled at the number of people who attended, and we’re grateful we were able to share our work, and the work of our partners, with the community at large. At ISANS, we understand there are many pathways…

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ISANS Wins Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award from Digital Nova Scotia

We’re thrilled to announce that, last Thursday evening, November 17, ISANS’ Digital Navigation Team was presented with the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award from Digital Nova Scotia at their 2022 Tech Forward Awards. Annually, the Tech Forward Awards recognize a company or organization who are making a difference in Nova Scotia’s technology sector. Of the…

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ISANS Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards 2022

On October 18, we were proud to host our third annual ISANS Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards at Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall. We want to thank everyone who came out to support the positive impact immigrant business have on the prospering Nova Scotia economy. We also thank our sponsors, every business that was nominated, and…

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New Mural – Mi’kmaki, by Lorne Julien – Adorns the Walls of ISANS’ Office

Lorne Julien working on his mural Mi'kmaki

Artist Lorne Julien in front of his mural at ISANS For Mi’kmaq History Month 2022, ISANS commissioned Mi’kmaw artist Lorne Alexander Julien to create murals for our Mumford office with the theme of “Welcome.” We installed this painting, titled Mi’kmaki, just past our reception desk in our atrium. We’re so excited that this art will…

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Celebrating Mi’kmaq History Month

Mi'kmaq History Month art by Chelsea Brooks

Mi’kmaq History Month art, “We are all Treaty People,” by Mi’kmaw artist Chelsea Brooks No matter where you live, the land you call home has its roots in Indigenous history. Indigenous peoples were the first to live and hunt on it, to forage it and cultivate it, to fish in the rivers and seas, and…

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Commemorating Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

We are all treaty people

Just last year, the Canadian government declared September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour the children who never returned home from residential schools, the Survivors of those schools, as well as their families and communities. This day coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which is an Indigenous-led, grassroots, commemorative day that…

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