The Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society Of British Columbia (TTCS) is a non-profit society based in the Vancouver, BC, Canada area dedicated to preserving and sharing Caribbean culture through social services and community events featuring food, art, music and more.
The TTCS of BC is an organization dedicated to providing cross cultural understanding, acceptance and interaction between peoples of diverse nationalities and heritage through their art, their music and their respective talents and abilities.
Three of the main purposes of the Society as set out in our Constitution are:
- To foster among members of the community mutual understanding, appreciation and awareness of the multicultural nature of Trinidad & Tobago.
- To generate interest and participation in activities that would provide for better cooperation and understanding among members of the community, nationals of Trinidad & Tobago, and the wider Canadian community, and with other organizations with similar aims and objectives.
- To promote amicable relations between the people and Government of Trinidad & Tobago and the people of Canada, especially those resident in British Columbia.
Membership is open to people of all nationalities, color and creeds. This is similar to what one would expect to find in the makeup of the people of Trinidad & Tobago, and in many of the other islands of the Caribbean.
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Over the years, the TTCS has sponsored a number of social and cultural initiatives, such as Senior’s outings, Youth development workshops, and provision of bursaries, aid, computers and supplies to schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean.
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The Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of B.C. is or has been a member of the following organizations:
The British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations (BCOCCA)
An umbrella organization designed to serve the collectives needs of all Caribbean organizations in British Columbia, without impinging on their individual Constitution and Aims and Objectives. The member organizations have included:
- Antigua & Barbuda Cultural Association of BC (ABCABC)
- Barbados Cultural Association of BC (BCABC)
- Grenadian Cultural Association of BC (GCABC)
- Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC (GCCABC)
- Hearts, Hands, Minds for Haiti (HHMH)
- Jamaican Canadian Cultural Association of BC (JCCABC)
- St. Kitts/Nevis Cultural Association of BC (SKNCABC)
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines Association of Greater Vancouver (SVGAGV)
- Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC (TTCSBC)
National Council of Trinidad & Tobago Organizations in Canada (NCTTOC)
This organization was established in Toronto in 1989 to advocate on behalf of nationals, and former nationals of Trinidad & Tobago, on a broad range of social and cultural issues.
Vancouver Multicultural Society
An umbrella organization representing ethnocultural communities in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, Vancouver Multicultural Society is the oldest multicultural society in BC. VMS coordinates public-education and advocacy projects that increase knowledge and acceptance of diversity issues, human rights and anti-racism.
Ethno Business Council of British Columbia
Established in 1988, the purpose of the Ethno Business council of British Columbia is:
1) To recognize and celebrate the achievement-, of New-Canadian entrepreneurs;
2) To provide a forum: a) that creates an awareness of the opportunities and programs available for New Canadians and immigrant entrepreneurs; b) where community and business organizations may come together to network, share information and coordinate their activities that support New Canadians and immigrant entrepreneurs; and
3) To encourage and support entrepreneurs who are New-Canadians and immigrants to British Columbia in the establishment and development of their businesses.