What We Do
The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) offers services for immigrant and refugee newcomers, including settlement and integration counselling, translation and interpretation, English classes, mentoring, job search assistance and guidance, volunteer matching, and peer support. We also provide outreach and education in the community through arts programming, as well as community development workshops on anti-racism, multiculturalism, diversity awareness, immigration, and human rights.
ICA illuminates cultural connections through community arts. Founded in 1971 as an organization to produce FolkFest, ICA has evolved over the years to encompass many different strategies for the creation and support of a welcoming community for newcomers to Canada. Luminara Inter-Cultural Arts events are local celebrations that encourage community-focused artistic innovation and collaboration among diverse cultures.
The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria is a non-profit society that:
- Encourages sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for individuals of all cultures in our changing community
- Assists newcomers to settle in the Greater Victoria area and facilitates their inclusion and full participation in the community
- Advocates for the human rights of people of all cultures
- Animates cultural awareness by promoting public multicultural events within Greater Victoria