Working Group 2

Community Connection and Intercultural Relationships

Goal:  North Shore residents are engaged in building cross cultural relationships and mutual trust

Actions

2017/18

  • Developed an info resource on Lunar New Year in partnership with the West Van Memorial Library, North Van City Library, and North Van District Library.
  • Piloted the Cultural Ambassadors project at the Iranian-Canadian Congress’ Chaharshanbe Suri (Fire Festival) at Ambleside Park
  • Hosted Acting Against Racism: Strategies for Moving Forward.
    September 14, 2017  – An anti racism forum with over 400 participants hosted at the Kay Meek Centre.  See complete details here.

2016/17

  • Created a Calendar with important celebrations/events on the North Shore
  • Developed an information resource on Norooz in partnership with the West Van Memorial Library, North Van City Library, and North Van District Library
  • Engaging faith leaders on opportunities for collaboration
  • Hosted conversations across the North Shore as a part of the Inclusive Inquiry Community Conversations. Read more about the findings of our community conversations here.

 

  • Newcomer Stories: BC Multiculturalism Week Display 2016
    November 2016 – We compiled 9 newcomer stories and poems into a series of posters celebrating
    the diversity that exists on the North Shore. The posters were displayed in community spaces on the North Shorethrough BC Multiculturalism Week. See them all here.

 

  • Weaving Our Humanity: An Evening of Story
    November 19, 2016 – The North Shore community was invited for an evening of story and music at Presentation House Theatre. We had 3 community storytellers, 2 musical performances, a keynote speaker and a spoken word artist create a warm welcoming space for the last day of BC Multiculturalism Week. Attendees heard about belonging and missed connection, vulnerability and courage. They also heard about what friendship and humanity across cultures means in our diverse community.2016woh-collage-wtitle

See photos from the event here.
Read the final poem written during the event here.
See news coverage of it here.
The event was a partnership between NSIIP, the North Shore Multicultural Society, and Presentation House Theatre. Weaving Our Humanity was the final event in a series of  community conversations that was held on the North Shore as part of NSIIP’s Inclusive Inquiry Project.

Resources from this Group

  • Cultural Celebrations
    • Calendar – Days of celebration/observance on the North Shore (2016 – planning resource)
    • Norooz – Info Guide (2018 – printable handout)
    • Lunar New Year – Info Guide (2018 – printable handout)
    • Festival of Lights – Celebrations across cultures (2017 – poster by NSMS)
    • New Years Celebrations – Celebrations across cultures (2017 – poster by NSMS)
North Shore Demographics

15.5% of immigrants

in the City of North Vancouver are Muslims.
Source: 2016 Census

13.5% of immigrants

in the City of North Vancouver speak Farsi most often at home.
Source: 2016 Census

12.2% of immigrants

in the District of North Vancouver are recent immigrants (landed in Canada between 2011 and 2016).
Source: 2016 Census

58.1% of recent immigrants

in the District of North Vancouver were between the ages of 15 and 44 years when they arrived in Canada.
Source: 2016 Census

54.5% of recent immigrants

in the City of North Vancouver speak non-official languages most often at home.
Source: 2016 Census

15.8% of immigrants

in West Vancouver are recent immigrants (landed in Canada between 2011 and 2016).
Source: 2016 Census

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