The word ‘diversity’ is unclear until you place it in context: ‘Society and Culture’.
Even then many people use this word simply to refer to OTHERS who seem DIFFERENT from the majority. This is misleading and reinforces stereotypes and the view that our society has ‘people’ and ‘other people’.
A more accurate definition of this word might be:
“All the ways in which we are the SAME, SIMILAR, and DIFFERENT.”
All of these details make up what we can call ‘our diversity’.
Have you ever wanted to clear up what these terms really mean?
Make people feel welcome, respected
Our Cultural Diversity Program promotes the understanding of the unique cultural and ethnic heritage of newcomers and contributes to the development of a culturally responsible and responsive society.
Our goal is for the city, school districts, employers, and community partners to work together to build a more inclusive environment where newcomers feel accepted, succeed in the workplace, and make progress towards their personal settlement goals.
This program is facilitated by KIS volunteer and diversity outreach coordinator who maintains an ongoing presence at Kamloops events and meetings, and meets with service providers promoting multicultural identity, respect and inclusion within the annual cycle of life in the city. An impactful program since each year we observe public institutions, community agencies and private enterprises begin to highlight their own aspects of social and cultural identity outwardly. People begin to realize the value of the cultural mosaic within our community and behaviours towards various ethnic groups inevitably shift to be more understanding, patient and empathetic.
Our program spearheads events that highlight both international and Indigenous cultural perspectives, which is in line with our efforts to provide newcomers with a vision of Canada that includes Indigenous people. Relationships are cultivated with clients who became established members of the local multicultural community. Many local and regional partnerships originate from these community connections.
A Canadian Multicultural Awareness Magazine focusing on Art, Culture, Heritage
Canadian Immigrant is a national print and online magazine reporting on news, issues, policies, programs and services of relevance to immigrants.
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Canada’s leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism in the country.
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)
The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) is a made-in-Canada solution designed to help employers, and diversity and inclusion (D&I), Human Rights and Equity (HR&E) and human resources (HR) practitioners effectively address the full picture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace.
Canadian Human Rights Commission
The Canadian Human Rights Commissions (CHRC) offers protection against discrimination and harassment under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The CHRC website provide an overview of human rights obligations and protections, how to file a complaint, resources, links, etc.
British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal is an independent, quasi-judicial body created by the B.C. Human Rights Code. The Tribunal is responsible for accepting, screening, mediating, and adjudicating human rights complaints. The Tribunal offers the parties to a complaint the opportunity to try to resolve the complaint through mediation.
Welcome BC is a no-nonsense, one-stop website for newcomers, the agencies that serve them, and the communities they select as home. If you haven’t arrived here yet, or are looking for ways to join us, this website can help you too. Anyone thinking of living, working, studying or investing in B.C. can find what they need from this reliable provincial government website.