NSIIP Community Connections & Intercultural Relationships Working Group
North Shore residents are engaged in building intercultural relationships and connections based on mutual trust & reciprocity.
- 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.
The North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership honors and recognizes that our collective work is carried out on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Peoples.
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