Priorities & Projects
#3 Social Inclusion of Newcomers
Social connections of newcomers to their community is an important measure of their sense of belonging and affects health outcomes. To support newcomers in fully participating in their community, stakeholders can identify actions on how to reduce barriers to inclusion.
- Tri-Cities newcomers feel connected to their community and have increased opportunities to connect with other residents.
One of the barriers to inclusion is racism. Using an equity, diversity & inclusion lens, the Tri-Cities Together: Coalition against Racism & Hate is a Resilience BC spoke that engages community leaders and stakeholders to plan and direct anti-racism activities in the Tri-Cities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated social inequities and highlighted the need to address the systems that enable these inequities to persist. In order to gain a deeper understanding of these issues, TCLIP is collaborating with community partners, residents from diverse communities and facilitators on creating safe spaces to learn, discuss and co-design solutions that will address racism in our communities.
Addressing Racism: Virtual Community Dialogues
TCLIP presented a series of Virtual Community Dialogues on Racism between June 24th – July 20th, 2020 and was honoured to have guest speakers Dr. Ismaël Traoré and Priscilla Omulo for the series of dialogues that addressed three important questions:
What Does Racism Look Like?
In the first dialogue, held on June 24th, Dr. Ismaël Traoré and Priscilla Omulo talked about the manifestations of racism and the impacts of systems of oppression that enable racism to persist.
Why Does Racism Still Exist?
In the second dialogue, held on July 9th, participants were able to learn about how psychological defense mechanisms can play a role in the existence of racism. Dr. Ismaël Traoré and Priscilla Omulo spoke about strategies to combat these mechanisms.
How do we address racism in our communities?
In the third and last dialogue, held on July 20th, Dr. Ismaël Traoré and Priscilla Omulo talked about allyship principles that can empower us to stand in solidarity to address racism in the Tri-Cities.
The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership endeavours to develop safe spaces for our communities to learn together to address racism. Education is a key component in building the capacity of our community to grow together and to embrace empathy, respect and inclusion to strengthen our community. Join us at one our many events! Read more on our events page.