Priority 2: Community Connections & Intercultural Relationships

Goal

North Shore residents are engaged in building cross-cultural relationships and mutual trust.

  • Only 25% of community service providers believe there is mutual trust between immigrants and long term residents, and that discrimination is not a problem on the North Shore. Only 34% believe “newcomers feel a strong sense of belonging to the North Shore.” Slightly fewer than half believe that newcomers are comfortable “attending community events.”
  • 48% of immigrant respondents reported that connecting with people in the community is the most important factor making them feel welcomed and included. Meanwhile, 66% said it is important to have connections with others from their own cultural group, and 81% felt that way about meeting people from outside of their cultural group.
  • Despite a high level of interest in connecting with local community, only 44% of immigrant respondents have been a member of a North Shore organization. More than 70% of those who do not feel welcomed and included also report dissatisfaction with their contact with neighbours.
  • Sport, fun and recreation were identified as powerful connectors and respondents indicated there are not enough activities and recreation opportunities, especially for kids and youth.
  • Immigrants say they find it easier to connect with others at events or festivals, and with those who share hobbies and interests.
Objective 1: Increase public awareness of immigrant settlement and integration barriers and the benefits of immigration to the community
Actions
  1. With the release of Census data and/or School District Data, update and widely distribute North Shore immigrant demographic snapshot.
  2. Conduct a public awareness campaign to increase awareness of the contribution immigrants and refugees make socially and economically and dispel myths.
 
Objective 2: Promote volunteerism and support the expansion of opportunities for immigrants to volunteer in the community and in workplaces
Actions
  1. Engage community partners and volunteer organizations to create and distribute materials to raise awareness of the value volunteerism has for immigrants.
  2. Support organizations to review and adjust volunteer application processes and practices to facilitate inclusive of immigrants.
  3. Promote National Volunteer Week with a focus on increasing the participation of immigrants volunteering throughout the community. (April 10th – 16th, 2016 / April 23 –29th, 2017 / April 15th – 21st, 2018)
 
Objective 3: Identify and promote events and activities that actively engage participation from across cultures
Actions
  1. As a part of the public awareness campaign highlight the importance of community connection and involvement.
  2. Identify means for NSIIP and the community to mark days such as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21st, 2016), Multiculturalism Day (June 27th, 2016) and World Refugee Day (June 20th, 2016) and Human Rights Day (December, 2016).
  3. Support the ongoing development, delivery and promotion of such immigrant focused community projects as Inclusive Inquiry, Neonology and Library Champions.
  4. Identify and catalogue the North Shore based ethno-cultural groups and organizations and promote their events and activities.
  5. Identify, catalogue and promote community and other small grants available to support community and neighbourhood level cross-cultural events and activities.
2019/20
  • Co-hosted “Weaving Our Humanity: An Evening of Storytelling” with the Centre for Diversity & Innovation (CDI) held at Presentation House Theatre
  • Co-hosted an “Unconference: Working Together to Build Inclusive Communities” with the Centre for Diversity & Innovation (CDI)
  • Collaborated with Reconciliation Canada to offer Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops (RDW) for immigrant youth and adults living on the North Shore
2018/19
  • Organized This is Us: Diverse North Shore Photo Contest in recognition of the March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [press].  
  • Co-hosted Unconference: Working Together to Build Inclusive Communities with the Centre for Diversity & Innovation (CDI)
  • Created policy recommendations and a community database resource on open & accessible community spaces on the North Shore 
  • Hosted Truth, Healing & Reconciliation oriented learning opportunities for NSIIP partners & community members: a KAIROS blanket exercise and a Decolonizing Practices workshop
2017/18
2016/17
  • Created a multicultural/multifaith calendar with important celebrations and events on the North Shore
  • Developed an information resource for Norooz in partnership with the West Vancouver Memorial Library, North Vancouver City Library, and North Vancouver District Library
  • Engaged with faith leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration
  • Developed an info sheet on best practices and resource links for volunteer coordinators
  • Hosted conversations across the North Shore as a part of the Inclusive Inquiry Community Conversations
  • Newcomer Stories: BC Multiculturalism Week Display 2016. Compiled 9 newcomer stories and poems into a series of posters celebrating North Shore’s diversity, which were displayed in community spaces on the North Shore through BC Multiculturalism Week.
  • Hosted Weaving Our Humanity: An Evening of Story at the Presentation House Theatre. 3 community storytellers, 2 musical performances, a keynote speaker and a spoken word artist created a warm, welcoming space for the last day of BC Multiculturalism Week. Attendees heard about belonging and missed connections, vulnerability and courage, as well as what friendship and humanity across cultures mean in our diverse community. [final poem, press]
  • Strategies and Actions Against Racism [PDF
  • Calendar – Days of celebration/observance on the North Shore (2016; planning resource)
  • Norooz – Info guide (2018) [PDF]
  • Lunar New Year – Info guide (2018) [PDF]
  • Festival of Lights – Celebrations across cultures (2017) [PDF by North Shore Multicultural Society]
  • New Years Celebrations – Celebrations across cultures (2017) [PDF by North Shore Multicultural Society]

NSIIP is grateful to hold its activities on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.

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