Many newcomers to Kingston have established organizations and cultural groups to support their communities and celebrate their cultural heritage. Following is a list of current ethnocultural organizations in Kingston. See also Places of Worship.
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The KIP aims to bring people and organizations together to create a Kingston where newcomers can successfully build their new lives as full members of the community. A yearly survey (in English) of immigrants to Kingston is held every fall to encourage newcomers to share their experiences of settling in Kingston.
A Kingston Immigration Partnership initiative, this group brings together ethno-cultural associations and interested community members with the aim of making Kingston a more diverse and welcoming community.
This religious organization provides religious and other social services for Muslims. As part of this it manages the Islamic Centre of Kingston, has a women’s group, youth group, mom’s and tots playgroup, a school, and a library with resources in English, Arabic and Urdu. A list of Muslim businesses and volunteer opportunities is also available on the website.
A once-a-week Immigration Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) after-school program for newcomer youth aged 8-12. Activities include movies, fun, games, and homework help, as well as newcomer orientation and settlement services.
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) have many programs to help people connect with and become active in the community. Includes a variety of social events, ethnic cooking classes, a sewing club and a senior’s group.
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) has many different programs — including a youth group and homework club — geared towards newcomer youth between the ages of 13-24. A video showcasing the program is available.
History and general information on KACC, an organization fostering awareness of the history, culture, and daily experiences of people of African descent in the Kingston area. KACC holds annual events and activities for Black History Month (February) and has a community calendar listing other events and activities throughout the year. African and Caribbean cooking demonstrations for events is available upon request.
Founded in 1996, this foundation actively promotes African and Caribbean culture and supports and showcases members of Kingston’s Afro-Caribbean community. Though various scholarships, bursaries, and awards it encourages academic and professional excellence in Afro-Caribbean students and recognizes the contributions of deserving individuals to the wider Afro-Caribbean community. Annual fundraising and community events include a November dinner-dance and awards fundraiser, a “Taste of Africa and the Caribbean” event, and a special opening ceremony event for Black History Month (February).
Queen’s University Alma Mater Society (AMS) Religious and cultural identity clubs listing. Includes links to full profiles of each club as well as to other club categories and the full club listing.
Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) has various associated clubs and organizations, each of which has membership open to international and Canadian students. Clubs are organized by geographic regions, religious groups, or social action interests.