Time for Reflection

An ongoing series of informational entries to learn what is and what has happened. 

AGM - Has It Been a Year Already?

January 15, 2018

Our AGM is being held at the Library.  Come and join our community Change Makers to discover what we have been up to over this past year, we will share with you some of our plans and goals for the year ahead and invite you to help us envision the future.  Since June, we have been in partnership with Hecate Strait Employment Development Society offering literacy services to Work BC clients, we offer weekly computer classes where learners can discover the basics about computers and receive assistance to create emails, develop cover letters and resumes or conduct job searches.  We have been offering bi-monthly workshops with a focus on community connections, resources and services.  You can find our head office on the ground floor at Hecate Strait Employment Development Society. 

What's Love? Juggle Club?

February 14, 2018

Okay, many of you may know that we have received an Imagine Grant from Northern Health; with this grant we have started a weekly juggling club happy hour on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5-6 at the Brilliant Experience Studio in the museum building downtown.  In addition to these free weekly juggling sessions, we have ordered 2000 juggling balls so that we can offer juggling workshops and outreach at various schools and locations around town.  If you are interested in having a workshop please be in touch, Karen loves juggling and she would love to share that joy with you. . 

It's tax time...

March 15, 2018

With the assistance of the Canada Revenue Agency Community Volunteer Tax Clinic program and the Unemployment Action Center we were able to assist learners to submit their taxes.  Throughout the month we also offered computer literacy tutoring and tenant rights and responsibilities workshops at the Fishermen's Hall.

Mine Collective came to Town

April 15, 2018

Artists from mine, an inter-disciplinary project that explores consumption, identity, fast fashion, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us came to Prince Rupert to offer a residency at Charles Hays Secondary School.

The Third Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture and Dance!

May 15, 2018

This years Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture and Dance was great. Change Makers and Brilliant Experience teamed up to present an experimental showcase which explored the power of imagination to overcome environmental pollution, in their collection, there were several outfits made from plastic recycling!

Bike to School and Work Week was a Success!

June 15, 2018

Bike to school and work week 2018 was a success, the winning bike to work team this year was The City of Prince Rupert while Roosevelt Elementary School remained the leader of the pack for the school teams! A total of 3398km was biked throughout Prince Rupert - well done everyone. See you next year!

Summer Student Post!

July, 2018

Hi everyone! My name is Shveta and I am the summer student for Change Makers' Education Society. I was born and raised in Prince Rupert and left after high school as I was to go to college in Vancouver to pursue a career in the medical field. I have many  hobbies including cooking, baking, dancing, volunteering etc. I will be teaching Bhangra dancing starting on all Wednesdays from July 18 to August 8 from 3:00-4:00pm for girls of all ages. I am helping with the juggling workshop and will also be helping with storytelling starting in August. 

Home Our Way

October, 2018

On October 13th, Olivia Davis is travelling to the Lester Centre to share her performance of “Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone” “Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone” offers an intimate portrayal of women’s experiences of transition from life to death, togetherness to solitude, and form to spirit. Witness a journey of transition from this side to the other as told through women’s friendship. This is the story of two friends from the street who have navigated their way through life at the edge of society. Contemporary choreography and storytelling are woven together through an Indigenous lens. The work draws inspiration from woman’s stories taking place presently and those stories of women past that take up space in our hearts and in our legends.

Prior to her performance in our community, she will be offering community based residencies on the afternoons of October 9, 10, 11 from 1-4 at the Lester Center. The community engagement project, “Home: Our Way” is a creative movement workshop. I have attached a pdf describing the Home: Our Way residency. The residency is free and is designed for mature women and two-spirited persons, especially those who are navigating or have experience navigating transitions. A shorter community residency will also be available October 13 from noon-1:30, open to members of our community at the Lester Centre.  

New Programming Space!

December, 2019

We are so excited to share with you that we will be opening a new programming space!  With the support of M'akola Housing Society, we have a townhouse at 661 McKay Street! We invite you to join us at our open house during the solstice, December 21.  


We are one of several community organizations in BC who will be providing literacy support with the support of Coast Mountain College and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.  We will be delivering both a Community Adult Literacy Program and an Indigenous Community Adult Literacy Program providing Cultural Learning Connections from our new programming space and at various locations in the community including the Work BC Centre at Hecate Strait Employment Development Society and the Unemployed Action Centre at the Fishermen's Hall.  

Health Literacy!

February, 2019

We are offering a Healthy Lifestyles Workshop with facilitator Janice Muir.

Are you concerned about your health?

Want to make better choices?

Come join our group for a FREE 6 week program

Everyone welcome

Two groups, one daytime and one evening

Meet once a week to discuss lifestyle issues using SMART goals

Let’s take the next step towards a brighter future!

Initial planning meetings:

Tuesday Feb. 19th, 2019 at 7 PM

Thursday Feb. 21st, 2019 at 11 AM

Please join us for a relaxed and fun-filled time

Program period: Feb. 19th-Apr.4th 2019

Location: 661 McKay Street, Prince Rupert

Call to Register: 250 627 4100

Or email: [email protected]

Times: Tuesdays 7 PM-8 PM

Thursdays 11 AM - 12 PM

20 participants welcomed

Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture and Dance!

March, 2019

Every Monday evening we are hosting a drop-in Make and Mend evening in preparation for Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture, and Dance.  We have loads of fabric, notions and tools available to help you create a masterpiece to share in the exhibit.  We always have a number of cultural pieces from our Indigenous and multicultural communities plus independent designers and contemporary artists. The Northern View did a short interview with some of our models which can be found here.


Kaien Fusion: A Community Coming Together to Celebrate Culture and Diversity Through Fashion and Dance


Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture, and Dance seeks to bring Prince Rupert residents together in a celebration of culture and diversity. Hosted by North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society and Change Makers Education Society, this show will highlight the different people and cultures in Prince Rupert through an exposé of fashion, dance, and art.

An art show will be set up in the front foyer displaying pieces of all mediums that highlight the themes of culture, fashion, and dance. Local and regional dance groups will perform traditional cultural dances as well as contemporary dance on the main stage. Prince Rupert residents will model local handmade fashion, wearable art, and the traditional dress of local First Nations and Immigrant groups.

Kaien Fusion will provide an evening of celebration and entertainment at the Lester Centre of the Arts in Prince Rupert on April 6, 2019. The art show opens at 6pm with the dance performances and fashion show beginning at 7pm.

Admission is by donation and benefits the community groups participating.


This is the fourth annual Kaien Fusion show. We hope to build on our previous success by opening up participation to the northern region allowing an even wider range of cultures and artists to be represented.

Last year, the show featured First Nations dance groups including the Nisga’a dance group and a multi-nation dance group. The Punjabi community presented a Bollywood fashion show and Gidha and Bhangra dances. The Friendship House submitted a group collection celebrating First Nation Designs and the fashion of contemporary designers Cecilia Grayson from Tribes and Laurie Gray of No Roads Studio, and Alexa Gamble of Mist. Karen Buchanan of Brilliant Experience displayed fashion made from recycled plastics and a contemporary dance piece exploring environmental pollution and water.

Workshops at the Unemployed Action Centre!

April, 2019

This month we are hosting a variety of workshops at the Fishermen’s Hall located at 869 Fraser Street; all workshops are free of charge!

April 8-12 Financial Literacy Workshops Monday – Friday 9 AM – noon.

A special evening workshop with Toni from Northern Savings Credit Union on Monday April 8 at 6:30 pm

Topics covered during these Workshops include:

Monday April 8th: Financial Literacy 101

Monday April 8th evening session - Planning for Wealth with NSCU

Tuesday April 9th: Budgeting and Spending an Overview

Wednesday April 10th: Banking Basics

Thursday April 11th: Credit and Borrowing

Friday April 12th: Saving and RESPs

Participants may attend all workshops or any individual workshop. Refreshments will be provided and pre-registration is recommended and can be made by e-mail: [email protected] or phone Karen: 778-645-0262.

Saturday April 13th we are hosting Tenants Rights and Responsibilities Workshop and on April 14th a Landlords Rights and Responsibilities Workshop.

These workshops will be facilitated by Paul Lagace, the legal advocate for the Unemployment Action Centre. During these workshops, tenants and landlords will learn about their legal rights and responsibilities, changes in the residential tenancy act, the proper documents and procedures to use when entering a tenancy, to communicate during a tenancy and when ending a tenancy. 

For the remainder of the month we will be offering our basic computer workshops Monday - Friday from 9-12. 

Awakening the Warrior Woman Within!

May, 2019

We are hosting a writing workshop Awakening the Warrior Woman Within every Wednesday afternoon from 10am-1pm at our Change Makers space at 661 McKay Street. This program is part of a Giving Voice Initiative and is designed for woman who have experienced violence. We offer a safe and supportive space for women to gather and build skills for assertive communication.

We hold Writing Out Loud Workshops where women are guided to write through a series of prompts and exercises. The exercises are positively focused and designed to increase women's confidence, trust and self-esteem; reminding us of our strength and resilience and providing reassurance that we are the heroines of our stories. Women will be creating a portfolio of work which they will be welcome to share in an upcoming publication of our zine "Within Our Grasp" which is focused on stories and experiences of social justice.

As our group develops and identifies their goals, we will invite guest speakers in to share their experiences, knowledge or resources. Join our facebook event page here.

Bike to Work and School Week!

June, 2019

We are inviting you to participate in Bike to Work and School Week in Prince Rupert. The celebration of Bike to Work and School Week is scheduled to happen from May 27- June 2. We are asking for your support to participate and encourage your colleagues and students to bike to work or school. Bike to Work and School week is a province wide initiative to encourage biking and celebrate cycling. It is a free, fun, week-long celebration of biking taking place May 27 - June 2, 2019.

There are several ways in which you can get involved; you can register as a team, a school or an individual online through Bike to Work BC

Health literacy is an important part of creating workplace culture and promoting learning. Riding to work or school builds physical activity into our daily routine, supports concentration, and provides a foundation for healthy lifestyles and a lifelong love of cycling. More people cycling reduces traffic congestion and makes our community a safer place. Plus, it's fun and helps the environment!

Every workplace, school or team can participate by having a local champion or team leader to co-ordinate efforts, encourage participation and log the team's kilometers cycled to enter them into prize draws and track how much greenhouse gas the team saves.

We wish you happy cycling and will be happy to assist you. If you would like more information or help to register online, you will find us every morning on your commute to work or school at our Bike to Work Celebration Station in the JavaDotCup’s court yard. We will have fresh fruit, snacks, water and coffee available to fuel up your riding. You can also join the fun and submit photos or stories locally on our Bike to Work facebook page.

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival

July, 2019

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival (RTSR) is a program for youth ages 15 to 30. We are looking for energetic youth interested in theatre, writing plays, performing and creating weekly vlogs. Skill Building goals: Effective Oral and Written Communication, Critical and Creative Thinking, Time Management, Leadership and Self-Confidence, Team work and Self-Discipline. Multimedia Training: work with video and audio equipment, record edit and post on social media, learn how to edit and enhance video quality. Click here to see our event and join or invite others to join.


This is an exciting Canada Youth Services Corps. project that Change Makers is facilitating over the next year. Through the project, youth will connect with elders, learn about traditional legends and work with mentors in theatre and film making to develop and share their own stories.

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival is a project encompassing Canada’s past, present, and future of First Nations culture and its resilience.

The end goal is for the group to produce their very own written play, and document the experience with video. The group will perform the play to the community at different planned events.


Raven Tales Storytelling Revival/ Theatre Production

Thus far, the youth of the Raven Tales Storytelling Revival program have brainstormed (Click here for video) ideas for a play, and engaged in various workshops to gain new knowledge and skills. The youth's idea for a play involves dealing with cultural issues of oppression from colonization. The youth also took part in workshops to help give them more insight about the importance of First Nation culture, theatre, video editing and creative writing so that they can utilize these skills not only for the programs production though, also for their own lives and well-being. The youth were also fortunate to be guests of a presentation on Residential School from Residential School Survivor, Arlene Roberts. Click here for residential school video.


We invite all youth ages 15 - 30 to join our program. Office hours are 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday at 661 McKay Street. 

Check out this site, our Facebook page or our office for activities and scheduling.

Monday Nights; from 6-9 during Make and Mend at Change Makers, we will be working on the costume pieces. Planning, cutting and piecing.

Saturdays; from 10am - 4pm is exclusively for RTSR activities.

Week One- Brainstorming Ideas for Play's Story line

Week Two- Created Comic Book Hero

Week Three- Monologue Writing/Presentations, Sensible Writing (writing using the senses).

Week Four- Created Poster and Logo Design

July 23- Artistic Advice From Artist John Wale.

Schedules are subject to change.       

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival

August, 2019

We started August with a Cultural Awareness presentation entitled Bringing Tradition Home from Duane Jackson, Gisgaast (fireweed), of Gitanmaax. His message was inspiring and well worth listening to. Here is a short video clip of his presentation, Bringing Tradition Home.

On August 6th we had highly respected Gitxsan mentor , Marlene Clifton, from the house of Hagbegwatku of the fireweed clan, come in to talk about culture, and truth and reconciliation. She stresses the importance of cultural protocols, continuing traditions and the  passing down such knowledge from generation to generation. Here is a her video

We started our WORD OF THE DAY using the local indigenous language, Sm'algyax, the language of the Tsimshian Nation whose land we reside on. Join our group, Raven Tales Storytelling Revival, to find out more.

Our Community Literacy Outreach Worker, Alfred Harris, attended youth conference Don’t Dream it Be it, organized by Tricorp, which was a success with about 63 Indigenous youth in attendance. We attended the Friendship House’s annual block party. Also, we ended our month with a meme workshop and a photo/voice- project as mediums for storytelling. In the fall we are starting a new cohort and hope to continue developing our play, story telling, and to spread awareness of truth and reconciliation. Our cultural knowledge and stories continue to expand.   

International Literacy Day

September, 2019

We are looking forward to an exciting upcoming year!  The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training announced that we are the recipients of both a Community Adult Literacy Project and an Indigenous Adult Literacy Project.  

MLA, Melanie Mark announced, “Our government is investing in programs that break down barriers to empower people to be more active members in their communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “We know that it’s critically important for people to have literacy and numeracy skills to complete simple daily tasks like cooking, attending medical appointments and applying for work. I applaud these community organizations that are the unsung heroes that open doors and create pathways for all British Columbians.” 


On September 8th we also celebrated International Literacy 

Day with an Open House, this year's theme was Literacy and Multilingualism. Thank you to everybody who came in to check out our programs and share the amazing food! T'oyaxsut nüün!  You can read about it and watch the video from Black Press here. 


Health Literacy Month 

October, 2019

October is Health literacy month! Health Literacy is the ability to find, understand, and use health information and services to promote and maintain good health. Health literacy can help us prevent health problems and protect our health, as well as better manage those problems and unexpected situations that happen.


It is fitting that the second annual Go By Bike Weeks happen during Health Literacy Month October 21 - Nov 3! Making exercise part of our everyday routines lifestyle decision that is one of the best ways to promote health and ensure life-long wellness.  Active transportation is a great way to get our bodies moving, stay healthy and connect with our environment.  

If you want to know about some of the benefits that cycling offers, you can check out this article that details 27 benefits of cycling at bikeradar.


  

Financial Literacy Month 

November, 2019

November is Financial Literacy Month.  Throughout November, Canadians are encouraged to take charge of their finances by making a budget, having a savings and debt reduction plan, and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities.


There is a Financial Literacy workshop planned for November 28, 2019 at the Fisherman's Hall in conjunction with the Unemployed Action Centre & Northern Saving Credit Union.  



A Time for Giving

December 2019

Youth from our Raven Tales Project put their hands to work making cards, block prints and ornaments.  


We were able to learn about Ojibway legends as the youth constructed beautiful dream catchers and explored their relationship to mathematical concepts. Maybe you were lucky enough to receive one, if not, you can see some of them on our Instagram page.


These hand crafted items were given as gifts to share in our community and also sold by youth from our Raven Tales Storytelling Revival program at various markets as a fundraiser over the Holiday season.  



Table Time

January 2020

Postponed until September

Table Time is an “Honour Your Health Challenge” program funded by Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (ISPARC).


The Honour Your Health Challenge (HYHC) is an 8-week community-based program that encourages innovation and needs-based approaches to promoting healthy, active lifestyles in First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, and Friendship Centres throughout the province.

This program will take place at Change Makers’ Education Society (661 McKay Street) every other Tuesday and is open to all adults. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. (Sorry, childcare not provided). To join our fb event, click here.


Participants will meet every 2 weeks for 1 hour and gain knowledge on healthy eating on a budget.

You will get information on food share programs and what they have to offer. Recipes will be provided based on the foods they provide. We’ll discuss the health benefits of each recipe, and have one of the recipes ready for tasting. We will also cover rewards programs offered by various local businesses and other budgeting ideas. Participants will be offered a journal to track their experience.


Guest speakers will be invited to share their knowledge on dietary issues.


Each day a participant attends the program, they will receive tickets to enter into our prize draws. There will also be chances to gain tickets by completing certain tasks throughout the program.

There will be small monthly prizes such as swim tickets, gift certificates, gym tickets etc. There will also be a final grand prize and a few consolation prizes at our wrap up party.

Tax Time!

Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinics are Here

February 2020

This is the time of year that you will start receiving the information slips you need to prepare your 2019 tax returns. Through our Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, we offer free assistance to anyone with simple tax return who need help and would like to learn how to file their taxes.  We are able to help you find the information on your tax slip and complete your tax returns online, then file them electronically directly to the Canada Revenue Agency.  


Filing taxes is easy and we will help eliminate the stress from this filing.  Give us a call to set up your appointment, if you are wondering what information you need, you can find out from the Canada Revenue Agency Website.

Helmet Safety

Imagine that!

March2020

Northern Health has been supportive of our Easy Riders Program to make cycling mare accessible and safe in our Prince Rupert Community.  


This means that we will be purchasing helmets for distribution and installing some bike racks so you can store your bike safely.   Check out our Bike to Work Week Prince Rupert facebook page for updates and to claim your helmet!

COVID-19!
Program Updates and more...

April 2020

Well, it's been a couple months. A very interesting couple of months at that. We've been here the whole time, helping people when we can (by appointment only). 


Are you looking for help? 

We look forward to continuing to help those in need. We are offering essential services include scanning documents to be emailed or printed, as well as faxing. 

Our main focus of services during this time include helping with applications, for CERB, Employment Insurance reporting, tax filing. 

If you need help with something that isn't listed here, call us and let us know. We may still be able to help.


CRA Income Tax Returns

We are still helping people get their taxes done. The deadline for getting taxes done was extended to June 1st this year. 

You will continue to get your benefits until September but we suggest getting your taxes done sooner rather than later. 

For more info on how the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program works, click here. Change Makers has volunteers who can help you with your taxes year round.


Sadly, some programs are postponed until we can figure out how to continue with COVID-19 health measures in place. The Honour Your Health Challenge is postponed until September. The Women's Writing Workshop is postponed until further notice. Make and Mend is postponed until further notice. 

Please bear with us while we find ways to continue this programming.  


In the meantime, take Dr. Bonnie Henry's advice stay home, wash your hands, and be kind, be calm and be safe, we're all in this together. 

Welcome!
Collaborating and dreaming... what is the "New Normal"? 

May 2020

Would like to introduce Lori Hamar, an intern with Ecotrust's North Coast Innovation Lab.  Ecotrust Canada is a registered charity with mandate to: design economic solutions that benefit people in place; support economic initiatives that demonstrate triple-bottom-line outcomes; and advance policy and practice that ensure adjacent communities benefit directly from development. They bring deep experience and commitment to Prince Rupert, a local office serving the community, and experience with place-based social innovation lab processes and social enterprise development. The North Coast Innovation Lab is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert, allowing them to work together on tangible projects and initiatives that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being. In the linked text, you can watch of video of Lori and her fellow cohorts who are making a difference through Eco Trust's North Coast Innovation Lab


Lori is a Master's student from the University of Victoria studying Child and Youth Care, in addition to being a well established contemporary dance artist and producer with a commitment to moving toward reconciliation through artistic practice and strengthening relationships and understanding.


We are delighted to welcome her to share her specialized

performing arts skills and academic learning to enhance the social and artistic capacity of the Raven Tales Storytelling Project which aims to provide a platform for young voices contribute to artistic collaborations that move our community towards Reconciliation. 


During the month of May, we became virtually acquainted through zoom and through our many meetings and emails we tried to re-envision what Raven Tales could look like in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are looking forward to this new adventure with the youth in our program and learning how best to collaborate on line and in person through social distancing. 


If you know any youth (15-30) who may be interested in joining us please refer them. New volunteers are always welcome!


Give us a call at 250-627-4100 to set up an appointment,

or by email at [email protected]



We're still here!
Program Updates and more ...

June, 2020

We've updated our program with this beautiful new summer logo!

And, we are Back in Business! Well, after shutting down for a couple of months, we will continue with artistic explorations exploring Truth and Reconciliation while working with youth via Zoom meetings and, if they're on site, social distancing.


We look forward to this new adventure with the youth in our program.  Check out our Raven Tales Storytelling facebook page to keep updated with all of the live and virtual events we are hosting. 


If you know any youth (15-30) who may be interested in joining us please refer them. New volunteers are always welcome! 


Give us a call at 250-627-4100 to set up an appointment,

or by email at [email protected]

Or, you can engage directly from the comfort of your home by joining Raven Tales Storytelling - Interactive Group.

Summertime Fun!

Program Updates and more ...

July, 2020

Change Makers' Education Society

We continue to help our clients by appointment only!

We're sorry for any inconvenience.

Call us at 250 627 4100 to find out if we can help you. You can also send an email to:

[email protected]


Raven Tales Storytelling Revival

We will continue with artistic explorations exploring Truth and Reconciliation while working with youth via Zoom meetings and, if they're on site, social distancing.


On site - In sight was one of the weekly events in June and it will continue in July! It's so much fun!

On site-In sight explores outdoor places and spaces and ways you might choose to interact with them. 

Through a three-part series that photographs and videos outdoor sites in different ways, we will play with what it means to inhabit physical space. How does our work as artistic collaborators, change the meaning of spaces for people who come upon them?


This series is open to a broad range of ideas that we may have about space and place, and we are eager to dig into multiple ways of inviting the public to experience them.


It's all about you and your views. Creative Storm will also continue! 

Creative Storm Drop-in is a series of open-ended sessions that welcomes everyone to drop-in and explore creative ways to express their Raven Tales Storytelling project experiences. 


All explorations are entirely your own, and they may take one of many expressive forms, such as photos, poems, videos, comics, dances, raps, sculptures, monologues, sand art, and chalk drawings.


You are invited to post your expressions on the Raven Tales Storytelling Facebook page and Instagram accounts, although it is not required. We are also here to help you set up your own social media accounts and to give voice to your creativity through other online platforms such as TakingITGlobal.


Memorial Pole for Mom project with Lyle Campbell

We are invited to drop-in throughout the month of July where we will witness teams of carvers working on the totem pole.


Lyle extends a generous invitation to have us connect with the carvers’ ways of knowing, being and doing. We will open our hearts and minds to ask questions and share our thoughts as we learn about what the process of carving means culturally. 


Our deeper understandings will be shared through photographs, text, and video creations that we craft in the moment and outside of the carving site (some of our other drop-in sessions will offer technical and creative support to make this happen).


About Lyle Campbell

Lyle Campbell is of the Sta-Sta-aas, Songalth Tribe of the Kaighani People of Haida Gwaii. He is a member of the Eagle Clan of the Edenshaw family. 


He started drawing at the age of eight, and carving at the age of fourteen. Lyle spent two years studying formal design, and one year at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art at K’san in Hazelton, BC. He has had the privilege of working with many talented artists, including Haida artist Robert Davidson and Tsimshian artist Henry Green. Lyle now lives and works on his craft in Prince Rupert.


Following a 10-year hiatus from the art world, Lyle reinvented himself as an artist and carver. His newfound inspiration originates from his connection to the natural world, the power and beauty of Haida Gwaii, and the cultural songs and dance of the Haida People. During this time, he has also developed a new style, using more free-flowing design, applying bright colours and incorporating a playful and contemporary perspective.


About the Memorial Pole for Mom project    by Lyle Campbell  


This Haida Memorial Pole is to honour the life of a beautiful Haida Woman. Not just because she was my Mother but rather, some things just have to happen. I believe people in the world should know about her and her life. Perhaps to be inspired, maybe even a little kinder and accepting of one another. She was one who had faced so many challenges in life, yet displayed such graceful love, dignity and generosity.


Lighting the Fire: Sparking Change

Lighting the Fire: Sparking Change is a series that explores some of the ways humans use and understand fire. 

In this series we will meet with a traditional helper, silver carver, and performance artist to experience how they work with fire. Fire safety measures will be 


Time for Reflection

An ongoing series of informational entries to learn what is and what has happened. 

AGM - Has It Been a Year Already?

January 15, 2018

Our AGM is being held at the Library.  Come and join our community Change Makers to discover what we have been up to over this past year, we will share with you some of our plans and goals for the year ahead and invite you to help us envision the future.  Since June, we have been in partnership with Hecate Strait Employment Development Society offering literacy services to Work BC clients, we offer weekly computer classes where learners can discover the basics about computers and receive assistance to create emails, develop cover letters and resumes or conduct job searches.  We have been offering bi-monthly workshops with a focus on community connections, resources and services.  You can find our head office on the ground floor at Hecate Strait Employment Development Society. 

What's Love? Juggle Club?

February 14, 2018

Okay, many of you may know that we have received an Imagine Grant from Northern Health; with this grant we have started a weekly juggling club happy hour on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5-6 at the Brilliant Experience Studio in the museum building downtown.  In addition to these free weekly juggling sessions, we have ordered 2000 juggling balls so that we can offer juggling workshops and outreach at various schools and locations around town.  If you are interested in having a workshop please be in touch, Karen loves juggling and she would love to share that joy with you. . 

It's tax time...

March 15, 2018

With the assistance of the Canada Revenue Agency Community Volunteer Tax Clinic program and the Unemployment Action Center we were able to assist learners to submit their taxes.  Throughout the month we also offered computer literacy tutoring and tenant rights and responsibilities workshops at the Fishermen's Hall.

Mine Collective came to Town

April 15, 2018

Artists from mine, an inter-disciplinary project that explores consumption, identity, fast fashion, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us came to Prince Rupert to offer a residency at Charles Hays Secondary School.

The Third Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture and Dance!

May 15, 2018

This years Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture and Dance was great. Change Makers and Brilliant Experience teamed up to present an experimental showcase which explored the power of imagination to overcome environmental pollution, in their collection, there were several outfits made from plastic recycling!

Bike to School and Work Week was a Success!

June 15, 2018

Bike to school and work week 2018 was a success, the winning bike to work team this year was The City of Prince Rupert while Roosevelt Elementary School remained the leader of the pack for the school teams! A total of 3398km was biked throughout Prince Rupert - well done everyone. See you next year!

Summer Student Post!

July, 2018

Hi everyone! My name is Shveta and I am the summer student for Change Makers' Education Society. I was born and raised in Prince Rupert and left after high school as I was to go to college in Vancouver to pursue a career in the medical field. I have many  hobbies including cooking, baking, dancing, volunteering etc. I will be teaching Bhangra dancing starting on all Wednesdays from July 18 to August 8 from 3:00-4:00pm for girls of all ages. I am helping with the juggling workshop and will also be helping with storytelling starting in August. 

Home Our Way

October, 2018

On October 13th, Olivia Davis is travelling to the Lester Centre to share her performance of “Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone” “Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone” offers an intimate portrayal of women’s experiences of transition from life to death, togetherness to solitude, and form to spirit. Witness a journey of transition from this side to the other as told through women’s friendship. This is the story of two friends from the street who have navigated their way through life at the edge of society. Contemporary choreography and storytelling are woven together through an Indigenous lens. The work draws inspiration from woman’s stories taking place presently and those stories of women past that take up space in our hearts and in our legends.

Prior to her performance in our community, she will be offering community based residencies on the afternoons of October 9, 10, 11 from 1-4 at the Lester Center. The community engagement project, “Home: Our Way” is a creative movement workshop. I have attached a pdf describing the Home: Our Way residency. The residency is free and is designed for mature women and two-spirited persons, especially those who are navigating or have experience navigating transitions. A shorter community residency will also be available October 13 from noon-1:30, open to members of our community at the Lester Centre.  

New Programming Space!

December, 2019

We are so excited to share with you that we will be opening a new programming space!  With the support of M'akola Housing Society, we have a townhouse at 661 McKay Street! We invite you to join us at our open house during the solstice, December 21.  


We are one of several community organizations in BC who will be providing literacy support with the support of Coast Mountain College and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.  We will be delivering both a Community Adult Literacy Program and an Indigenous Community Adult Literacy Program providing Cultural Learning Connections from our new programming space and at various locations in the community including the Work BC Centre at Hecate Strait Employment Development Society and the Unemployed Action Centre at the Fishermen's Hall.  

Health Literacy!

February, 2019

We are offering a Healthy Lifestyles Workshop with facilitator Janice Muir.

Are you concerned about your health?

Want to make better choices?

Come join our group for a FREE 6 week program

Everyone welcome

Two groups, one daytime and one evening

Meet once a week to discuss lifestyle issues using SMART goals

Let’s take the next step towards a brighter future!

Initial planning meetings:

Tuesday Feb. 19th, 2019 at 7 PM

Thursday Feb. 21st, 2019 at 11 AM

Please join us for a relaxed and fun-filled time

Program period: Feb. 19th-Apr.4th 2019

Location: 661 McKay Street, Prince Rupert

Call to Register: 250 627 4100

Or email: [email protected]

Times: Tuesdays 7 PM-8 PM

Thursdays 11 AM - 12 PM

20 participants welcomed

Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture and Dance!

March, 2019

Every Monday evening we are hosting a drop-in Make and Mend evening in preparation for Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture, and Dance.  We have loads of fabric, notions and tools available to help you create a masterpiece to share in the exhibit.  We always have a number of cultural pieces from our Indigenous and multicultural communities plus independent designers and contemporary artists. The Northern View did a short interview with some of our models which can be found here.


Kaien Fusion: A Community Coming Together to Celebrate Culture and Diversity Through Fashion and Dance


Kaien Fusion of Fashion, Culture, and Dance seeks to bring Prince Rupert residents together in a celebration of culture and diversity. Hosted by North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society and Change Makers Education Society, this show will highlight the different people and cultures in Prince Rupert through an exposé of fashion, dance, and art.

An art show will be set up in the front foyer displaying pieces of all mediums that highlight the themes of culture, fashion, and dance. Local and regional dance groups will perform traditional cultural dances as well as contemporary dance on the main stage. Prince Rupert residents will model local handmade fashion, wearable art, and the traditional dress of local First Nations and Immigrant groups.

Kaien Fusion will provide an evening of celebration and entertainment at the Lester Centre of the Arts in Prince Rupert on April 6, 2019. The art show opens at 6pm with the dance performances and fashion show beginning at 7pm.

Admission is by donation and benefits the community groups participating.


This is the fourth annual Kaien Fusion show. We hope to build on our previous success by opening up participation to the northern region allowing an even wider range of cultures and artists to be represented.

Last year, the show featured First Nations dance groups including the Nisga’a dance group and a multi-nation dance group. The Punjabi community presented a Bollywood fashion show and Gidha and Bhangra dances. The Friendship House submitted a group collection celebrating First Nation Designs and the fashion of contemporary designers Cecilia Grayson from Tribes and Laurie Gray of No Roads Studio, and Alexa Gamble of Mist. Karen Buchanan of Brilliant Experience displayed fashion made from recycled plastics and a contemporary dance piece exploring environmental pollution and water.

Workshops at the Unemployed Action Centre!

April, 2019

This month we are hosting a variety of workshops at the Fishermen’s Hall located at 869 Fraser Street; all workshops are free of charge!

April 8-12 Financial Literacy Workshops Monday – Friday 9 AM – noon.

A special evening workshop with Toni from Northern Savings Credit Union on Monday April 8 at 6:30 pm

Topics covered during these Workshops include:

Monday April 8th: Financial Literacy 101

Monday April 8th evening session - Planning for Wealth with NSCU

Tuesday April 9th: Budgeting and Spending an Overview

Wednesday April 10th: Banking Basics

Thursday April 11th: Credit and Borrowing

Friday April 12th: Saving and RESPs

Participants may attend all workshops or any individual workshop. Refreshments will be provided and pre-registration is recommended and can be made by e-mail: [email protected] or phone Karen: 778-645-0262.

Saturday April 13th we are hosting Tenants Rights and Responsibilities Workshop and on April 14th a Landlords Rights and Responsibilities Workshop.

These workshops will be facilitated by Paul Lagace, the legal advocate for the Unemployment Action Centre. During these workshops, tenants and landlords will learn about their legal rights and responsibilities, changes in the residential tenancy act, the proper documents and procedures to use when entering a tenancy, to communicate during a tenancy and when ending a tenancy. 

For the remainder of the month we will be offering our basic computer workshops Monday - Friday from 9-12. 

Awakening the Warrior Woman Within!

May, 2019

We are hosting a writing workshop Awakening the Warrior Woman Within every Wednesday afternoon from 10am-1pm at our Change Makers space at 661 McKay Street. This program is part of a Giving Voice Initiative and is designed for woman who have experienced violence. We offer a safe and supportive space for women to gather and build skills for assertive communication.

We hold Writing Out Loud Workshops where women are guided to write through a series of prompts and exercises. The exercises are positively focused and designed to increase women's confidence, trust and self-esteem; reminding us of our strength and resilience and providing reassurance that we are the heroines of our stories. Women will be creating a portfolio of work which they will be welcome to share in an upcoming publication of our zine "Within Our Grasp" which is focused on stories and experiences of social justice.

As our group develops and identifies their goals, we will invite guest speakers in to share their experiences, knowledge or resources. Join our facebook event page here.

Bike to Work and School Week!

June, 2019

We are inviting you to participate in Bike to Work and School Week in Prince Rupert. The celebration of Bike to Work and School Week is scheduled to happen from May 27- June 2. We are asking for your support to participate and encourage your colleagues and students to bike to work or school. Bike to Work and School week is a province wide initiative to encourage biking and celebrate cycling. It is a free, fun, week-long celebration of biking taking place May 27 - June 2, 2019.

There are several ways in which you can get involved; you can register as a team, a school or an individual online through Bike to Work BC

Health literacy is an important part of creating workplace culture and promoting learning. Riding to work or school builds physical activity into our daily routine, supports concentration, and provides a foundation for healthy lifestyles and a lifelong love of cycling. More people cycling reduces traffic congestion and makes our community a safer place. Plus, it's fun and helps the environment!

Every workplace, school or team can participate by having a local champion or team leader to co-ordinate efforts, encourage participation and log the team's kilometers cycled to enter them into prize draws and track how much greenhouse gas the team saves.

We wish you happy cycling and will be happy to assist you. If you would like more information or help to register online, you will find us every morning on your commute to work or school at our Bike to Work Celebration Station in the JavaDotCup’s court yard. We will have fresh fruit, snacks, water and coffee available to fuel up your riding. You can also join the fun and submit photos or stories locally on our Bike to Work facebook page.

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival

July, 2019

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival (RTSR) is a program for youth ages 15 to 30. We are looking for energetic youth interested in theatre, writing plays, performing and creating weekly vlogs. Skill Building goals: Effective Oral and Written Communication, Critical and Creative Thinking, Time Management, Leadership and Self-Confidence, Team work and Self-Discipline. Multimedia Training: work with video and audio equipment, record edit and post on social media, learn how to edit and enhance video quality. Click here to see our event and join or invite others to join.


This is an exciting Canada Youth Services Corps. project that Change Makers is facilitating over the next year. Through the project, youth will connect with elders, learn about traditional legends and work with mentors in theatre and film making to develop and share their own stories.

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival is a project encompassing Canada’s past, present, and future of First Nations culture and its resilience.

The end goal is for the group to produce their very own written play, and document the experience with video. The group will perform the play to the community at different planned events.


Raven Tales Storytelling Revival/ Theatre Production

Thus far, the youth of the Raven Tales Storytelling Revival program have brainstormed (Click here for video) ideas for a play, and engaged in various workshops to gain new knowledge and skills. The youth's idea for a play involves dealing with cultural issues of oppression from colonization. The youth also took part in workshops to help give them more insight about the importance of First Nation culture, theatre, video editing and creative writing so that they can utilize these skills not only for the programs production though, also for their own lives and well-being. The youth were also fortunate to be guests of a presentation on Residential School from Residential School Survivor, Arlene Roberts. Click here for residential school video.


We invite all youth ages 15 - 30 to join our program. Office hours are 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday at 661 McKay Street. 

Check out this site, our Facebook page or our office for activities and scheduling.

Monday Nights; from 6-9 during Make and Mend at Change Makers, we will be working on the costume pieces. Planning, cutting and piecing.

Saturdays; from 10am - 4pm is exclusively for RTSR activities.

Week One- Brainstorming Ideas for Play's Story line

Week Two- Created Comic Book Hero

Week Three- Monologue Writing/Presentations, Sensible Writing (writing using the senses).

Week Four- Created Poster and Logo Design

July 23- Artistic Advice From Artist John Wale.

Schedules are subject to change.       

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival

August, 2019

We started August with a Cultural Awareness presentation entitled Bringing Tradition Home from Duane Jackson, Gisgaast (fireweed), of Gitanmaax. His message was inspiring and well worth listening to. Here is a short video clip of his presentation, Bringing Tradition Home.

On August 6th we had highly respected Gitxsan mentor , Marlene Clifton, from the house of Hagbegwatku of the fireweed clan, come in to talk about culture, and truth and reconciliation. She stresses the importance of cultural protocols, continuing traditions and the  passing down such knowledge from generation to generation. Here is a her video

We started our WORD OF THE DAY using the local indigenous language, Sm'algyax, the language of the Tsimshian Nation whose land we reside on. Join our group, Raven Tales Storytelling Revival, to find out more.

Our Community Literacy Outreach Worker, Alfred Harris, attended youth conference Don’t Dream it Be it, organized by Tricorp, which was a success with about 63 Indigenous youth in attendance. We attended the Friendship House’s annual block party. Also, we ended our month with a meme workshop and a photo/voice- project as mediums for storytelling. In the fall we are starting a new cohort and hope to continue developing our play, story telling, and to spread awareness of truth and reconciliation. Our cultural knowledge and stories continue to expand.   

International Literacy Day

September, 2019

We are looking forward to an exciting upcoming year!  The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training announced that we are the recipients of both a Community Adult Literacy Project and an Indigenous Adult Literacy Project.  

MLA, Melanie Mark announced, “Our government is investing in programs that break down barriers to empower people to be more active members in their communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “We know that it’s critically important for people to have literacy and numeracy skills to complete simple daily tasks like cooking, attending medical appointments and applying for work. I applaud these community organizations that are the unsung heroes that open doors and create pathways for all British Columbians.” 


On September 8th we also celebrated International Literacy 

Day with an Open House, this year's theme was Literacy and Multilingualism. Thank you to everybody who came in to check out our programs and share the amazing food! T'oyaxsut nüün!  You can read about it and watch the video from Black Press here. 


Health Literacy Month 

October, 2019

October is Health literacy month! Health Literacy is the ability to find, understand, and use health information and services to promote and maintain good health. Health literacy can help us prevent health problems and protect our health, as well as better manage those problems and unexpected situations that happen.


It is fitting that the second annual Go By Bike Weeks happen during Health Literacy Month October 21 - Nov 3! Making exercise part of our everyday routines lifestyle decision that is one of the best ways to promote health and ensure life-long wellness.  Active transportation is a great way to get our bodies moving, stay healthy and connect with our environment.  

If you want to know about some of the benefits that cycling offers, you can check out this article that details 27 benefits of cycling at bikeradar.


  

Financial Literacy Month 

November, 2019

November is Financial Literacy Month.  Throughout November, Canadians are encouraged to take charge of their finances by making a budget, having a savings and debt reduction plan, and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities.


There is a Financial Literacy workshop planned for November 28, 2019 at the Fisherman's Hall in conjunction with the Unemployed Action Centre & Northern Saving Credit Union.  



A Time for Giving

December 2019

Youth from our Raven Tales Project put their hands to work making cards, prints and ornaments.  The ornaments were given as gifts to share in our community and also sold as a fundraiser at various markets over the Holiday season.  


We were able to learn about Ojibway legends as the youth constructed beautiful dream catchers and explored their relationship to mathematical concepts.   

Table Time

January 2020

Postponed until September

Table Time is an “Honour Your Health Challenge” program funded by Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (ISPARC).


The Honour Your Health Challenge (HYHC) is an 8-week community-based program that encourages innovation and needs-based approaches to promoting healthy, active lifestyles in First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, and Friendship Centres throughout the province.

This program will take place at Change Makers’ Education Society (661 McKay Street) every other Tuesday and is open to all adults. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. (Sorry, childcare not provided). To join our fb event, click here.


Participants will meet every 2 weeks for 1 hour and gain knowledge on healthy eating on a budget.

You will get information on food share programs and what they have to offer. Recipes will be provided based on the foods they provide. We’ll discuss the health benefits of each recipe, and have one of the recipes ready for tasting. We will also cover rewards programs offered by various local businesses and other budgeting ideas. Participants will be offered a journal to track their experience.


Guest speakers will be invited to share their knowledge on dietary issues.


Each day a participant attends the program, they will receive tickets to enter into our prize draws. There will also be chances to gain tickets by completing certain tasks throughout the program.

There will be small monthly prizes such as swim tickets, gift certificates, gym tickets etc. There will also be a final grand prize and a few consolation prizes at our wrap up party.

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival

Volunteer Youth Leadership program

June 2020

Updated with Summer Logo

Back in Business! Well, after shutting down for a couple of months, we will be working with the youth via Zoom meetings and, if they're on site, social distancing.


We look forward to this new adventure with the youth in our program. If you know any youth (15-30) who may be interested in joining us please refer them. New volunteers are always welcome! 

We're still here!
Program Updates and more...

July 2020

Well, it's been a few months. A very interesting few months at that. We've been here the whole time, helping people when we can (by appointment only). 


Are you looking for help? 

We look forward to continuing to help those in need. Services we offer include scanning documents to be emailed or printed, as well as faxing. 

Other services include helping with applications, resumes, taxes, and setting you up with an email account so that you can access a variety of online services. 

If you need help with something that isn't listed here, call us and let us know. We may still be able to help.


CRA Income Tax Returns

We are still helping people get their taxes done. The deadline for getting taxes done was extended to June 1st this year. 

You will continue to get your benefits until September but we suggest getting your taxes done sooner rather than later. 

For more info on how the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program works, click here. Change Makers has volunteers who can help you with your taxes year round.


Sadly, some programs are postponed until we can figure out how to continue with COVID-19 health measures in place. The Honour Your Health Challenge is postponed until September. The Women's Writing Workshop is postponed until further notice. Make and Mend is postponed until further notice. 

Please bear with us while we find ways to continue this programming.

Give us a call at 250-627-4100 to set up an appointment,

or by email at [email protected]

We're still here!
Program Updates and more...

Mid July 2020

Raven Tales has been busy creating events for our program. 

We've been having a Creative Storm Drop In every Tuesday since June and we have one more this month on July 21st. If you would like to join this session, click here to join our Zoom meeting at 3:30pm.


Creative Storm Drop-in is a series of open-ended sessions that explores creative ways to express your Raven Tales Storytelling project experiences. All explorations are entirely your own, and they may take one of many forms, such as photos, poems, videos, comics, dances, raps, sculptures, monologues, sand art, and chalk drawings.


You are invited to post your creations on the Raven Tales Storytelling Facebook page and Instagram accounts if you so desire. We are also here to help you set up your own social media accounts and to give voice to your creativity through other online platforms such

as TakingITGlobal.