Fostering Diverse Communities Canada

Fostering Diverse Communities Conference
April 30 & May 1, 2015 at the Stonebridge Hotel, Grande Prairie
Conference Agenda
Day Two, Friday, May 1, 2015

MC: City of Grande Prairie Councillor Chris Thiessen

8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome and Introduction to Day Two

8:45 - 9:30 am Multiculturalism: An Inclusive Citizenship: Grande Prairie Lived Experience Meets Federal Policy (Speakers: Lyle Carlstrom (KMSC LLP Law Office) and Augustine Ebinu (former member Grande Prairie & District Multicultural Association)


9:30 - 10:15 am Municipal Best Practices for Inclusive & Respectful Engagement of Urban Aboriginal Populations (Speaker: Lewis Cardinal, Cardinal Strategic Communications)

10:15 - 10:45 am Coffee Break & Mingling

10:45 - 11:45 am Breakout Session** (First Set) See Breakout Session Descriptions Below

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm Breakout Session** (Second Set) See Breakout Session Descriptions Below

1:30 - 1:45 pm Coffee Break

1:45 - 2:00 pm Closing Words - Councillor Chris Thiessen

2:00 - 3:00 pm Ahmed Knowmadic, Somali-Canadian Poet - Conference Wrap Up Entertainment

3:00 pm End of Conference


**Day Two Breakout Sessions (Delegates will attend 2 of these 3)

Culture Shock - What is it and How Can it be Addressed? (Elena Fuchilo-Gray from Pracura Counselling)

The presentation will discuss typical triggers, stages, manifestations, and the most common experiences of persons affected by this phenomenon. Its condensed content integrates theoretical material instrumental in formation of general framework for understanding of causes and course of culture shock, as well as practical coping strategies for preventing or overcoming this state. After attending this presentation participants will be able to recognize the signs of culture shock in themselves and others, pinpoint its stage and magnitude, and apply the necessary steps to reduce its severity and facilitate smooth cultural transition and adaptation.

Developing and Implementing a Welcoming Communities Plan (Jeny Mathews-Thusoo from City of Calgary and Sarah Amies from Lethbridge Family Services)

Local governments play a significant role in successful integration of immigrants to their communities. With the closest access to their residents, they are able to promote welcoming communities where immigrants can achieve their dreams.

Jeny Mathews-Thusoo will discuss how The City of Calgary is committed to enhancing the lives of immigrants through developing and implementing the Welcoming Community Policy. This policy positions The City to be proactive in attracting and retaining immigrants to their community by pursuing action in six key areas: (1) Economic Integration; (2) Social Integration; (3)Intergovernmental Affairs; (4) Service Access and Equity; (5) Advocacy, Communication, Public Awareness and Education; and (6)Special Populations. Sarah Amies will highlight the story of resettled Bhutanese refugees in Lethbridge and will describe the joint efforts made by the settlement sector and Lethbridge City stakeholders to promote and ensure a welcoming and inclusive reception into the City.

Engaging Ethno-Cultural Communities (Zenobia Jamal from Zenev & Associates on behalf of Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and Roy Pogorzelski from City of Lethbridge)

This interactive session will discuss inclusive practices and community initiatives and will be presented by Zenobia Jamal from Zenev & Associates and Roy Pogorzelski from Lethbridge CMARD (Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination). In this session, participants will have an opportunity to explore the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s recently developed resource, the guide for “Engaging Ethno-Cultural Communities,” to discuss how to best enhance citizen engagement, strengthen community consultation, and contribute to a more inclusive municipality.