DIVERSEcity and Surrey LIP at BC Reconciliation Awards

On January 12, 2023, the 2021 and 2022 recipients of the BC Reconciliation Award gathered at Government House in Victoria to celebrate the honour from the British Columbia Achievement Foundation and the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.  DIVERSEcity and Surrey Local Immigration Partnership were among the recipients.

The award recognizes individuals, groups and organizations who demonstrate leadership in furthering the Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report.

DIVERSEcity’s Neelam Sahota and Lenya Wilks were in attendance to accept the award, which recognized the Surrey LIP’s work in the development of the Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers.

The 46-page guide, led by Jeska Slater of Little Crane Consulting with design by Nahanee Creative, provides information on histories and current challenges of Indigenous, Métis and Inuit people in Canada.

The Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers is now translated in Punjabi, Hindi, Tagalog, Mandarin, Korean and French and is available for free download at

Photo: DIVERSEcity’s Lenya Wilks (left) and Neelam Sahota (right) with Premier David Eby.