SHUSWAP INCLUSION PROJECT

Shuswap Settlement Services received funding through EmbraceBC to lead the three year initiative to organize against racism and hate (OARH) locally entitled the Shuswap Inclusion Project.

Step One entailed engaging diverse community partners willing to be part of the project and the mapping of community resources.

Step Two involved hosting events that would engage the community in dialogues concerning racism and hate. “Immigrants Who Needs Them” was a public forum assessing the historical and contemporary role immigrants played and currently play in the story of Canada’s social, economic and political development. “Embracing Diversity” was a student completion involving elementary students drawing posters, middle school students writing stories, and senior students making video clips. “Truth and Reconciliation Interim Report” was a public forum looking at the history and effect of Indian Residential Schools on the First Nations community and the nature of the recommendations included in the interim report. The Interfaith Symposium included a public presentation by the Interfaith Amigos concerning the prerequisites to cultivating authentic dialogue between and among faith communities followed by a workshop.

Step Three involved initiating community events/practices that are sustainable and will continue to work to reduce instances of hate and racism into the future. The Shuswap Inclusion Protocol is an affirmation by local governments of the importance of embracing diversity and developing a welcoming community founded on compassion.

SHUSWAP INCLUSION PROJECT
COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The Shuswap Inclusion Project was part of the Organizing Against Racism and Hate Program funded by EmbraceBC. The program required the development of community partnerships, community resource mapping, the promotion of community dialogue, and the completion of a community response protocol.

Upon completion of the Shuswap Inclusion Project, Shuswap joined other Thompson / Okanagan communities in the Thompson Okanagan Respect Network. For details go to: www.respectnetwork.ca.

In March of 2014, Shuswap Settlement Services hosted the "Respect Lives Here" Symposium. The symposium was centered on the work of Peter Block and his book "Community: The Structure of Belonging." The event was moderated by Charles Holmes and included a public presentation and workshop. Work is now underway to organize gatherings and opportunities for small conversation groups structured in accordance with Block’s criteria.