The BCMA is proud to announce the third installment in our monthly professional development webinar series!

Join colleagues from around the province on June 19 (please note this is on a Monday, not our usual Tuesday) for “We Speak Translate,” a special training workshop presented by Kate Longpre of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.

Webinar Description:

In advance of World Refugee Day (June 20), join the BCMA in a very special We Speak Translate training workshop, presented by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA). The We Speak Translate project is a first of its kind collaboration between Google Translate and the ICA utilizing the Google Translate App for refugee resettlement and new immigrant inclusion in communities.

The BCMA recognizes the role – and potential role – of museums, art galleries, cultural centres, and other memory institutions such as libraries and archives in creating welcoming, safe, and engaging communities for refugees, immigrants, and locals. We are excited to provide this opportunity for institutions to increase their capacity and accessibility, and to share the positive community development initiatives of the ICA.

Upon completion of the 40-minute training, participants receive a We Speak Translate decal, a visible symbol of inclusion and commitment to promoting diversity and communication across language barriers. Familiarity with the Google Translate app establishes a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English language skills.

This webinar will be facilitated by Kate Longpre, the Community Integration Coordinator at ICA. Kate works strategically across sectors to ensure that resettled refugees entering the Greater Victoria area are successfully integrated into welcoming communities. Kate approached Google Translate in September 2016 with the idea for the We Speak Translate project. In April 2017 the project launched in Victoria, BC, the first location worldwide to initiate the project.

Webinar Details:

Time and Date: June 19, noon-1pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for future members
Registration and more information:

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We hope you’ll join us for this webinar!  Feel free to invite your colleagues and share on social media.  If you have any questions about this or future webinars, please email