Are you looking to join the leadership of our Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) committee?
The goal of the WIC initiative is to create communities where all residents and visitors enjoy a sense of belonging, where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community, and improves the quality of life for all residents.
We encourage faith leaders, educators, cultural community leaders, Indigenous community members, and youth leaders to consider joining this committee!
Understanding begins with all of us looking inward, reflecting on our own attitudes, and of course, having difficult conversations with family and friends.
- Greensboro-Based Organization Teaching People How to Talk About Race | WUNC
- Understanding Implicit Bias
- Resources for Race, Equity, and Inclusion
- Teaching tolerance: How white parents should talk to their kids about race.
- Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life
- A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources
- 5 Things Allies Can Do to Sponsor Coworkers from Underrepresented Groups
- About White privilege
- Key concepts in Social Justice (full book)
- Books for Children about race and racism
- Anti-Racist Organizational Change booklet
- Ten Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race
Orange Shirt Day Awareness Campaign
On Wednesday, September 30, Canadians across the nation commemorated Orange Shirt Day.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Orange Shirt Day Awareness Campaign by submitting your photos and thoughts!
The following participants who will receive a special thank you gift are:
- Marla Forth
- Grace, Thea and Finn McKenna
- Shivani Lal
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The ‘orange shirt’ in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia.
When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned.
To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”
Chestermere residents were encouraged to wear an orange item of clothing on September 30 in the spirit of reconciliation, and to stand in solidarity with survivors and all those impacted by residential schools.
The project is sponsored by the Alberta Human Rights grant for Multicultural Education.
Dialogues for Diversity - Series 4
"The Opposite" - POSTPONED until further notice.
September 20 to 26, 2020 - Gender Equality Week!
This year’s theme, #BecauseOfYou, celebrated the many trailblazers, activists and advocates who are working to advance gender equality in their communities.
Residents were asked to tell us about the inspiring advocates and activists in their own family, workplace, and community who are strengthening the women’s and equality-seeking movement using #BecauseOfYou
The City of Chestermere’s office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to furthering the message of equity and equality. The City was 1 of 2 recipients in Alberta, and 1 of 20 in Canada to receive the Federation of Canadian Municipalities grant (Toward Parity for Women). This grant has been used to engage women in our community on crucial topics such as leadership, mental health, diversity and inclusion, body image and resiliency.
We will continue to elevate women’s voices and acknowledge the various intersections that exist within our community. Learn more about Gender Equality Week here:
Women, Leadership & Mental Health
About Megan K Hunter
June is #PrideMonth in Chestermere and June 22-28 is #PrideWeek!
Resilience, Women, and Leadership:
Helping Strengthen Your Commitment, Stamina and Skills to Lead
Women, Body Image and Leadership - How are these related?
In this webinar, Cinder Smith, a Registered Psychologist in Calgary talked about the power and influence body image has on women in society these days, as well as women in politics and/or leadership positions.
Style for Leadership - Women, Wardrobes and Winning
As part of the Toward Parity project, Julie Murrell, certified image consultant, joined us on June 4 for an online webinar about Style for Leadership.
Celebrating Black History and Culture in Chestermere
Black History Month is observed across Canada every February. Black History Month in Canada provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry.
More than 70 Chestermere residents and special guests joined us to celebrate in this colourful, fun filled evening with performances, music and food!
Daring Leadership Workshop
Attendees joined facilitator, Nicole Owen in part two of our conversation about empowering women to engage in municipal politics.
Conversation Café: Engaging women in municipal politics
A conversation about empowering women to engage in municipal politics. Attendees were encouraged to share their perspectives and any current barriers they are experiencing.
Dialogues for Diversity Series 3
A FREE Paint Night with the theme of ’Belonging’
Dialogues for Diversity Series 2
The Dialogues for Diversity series presented: “But where are you REALLY from?” an exploration in to unconscious bias and microagressions. For more information visit the following links:
The City of Chestermere, in partnership with Rocky View Immigrant Services, the Chestermere Foodbank and the Latinas en Chestermere group invited the community to participate in a potluck style Fall Feast.
Dialogues for Diversity Workshop
The first Dialogues for Diversity workshop was hosted on August 9 and featured a deep dive into the exploration of colonization with guest speaker Ryan "Gitz Crazyboy" Derangé
Pride in Chestermere
June was Pride Month & and June 24-30 was Pride Week in Chestermere!
Our Pride Committee worked hard on some really cool community events including a film screening, discussion group and the Pride in the Park event! They also recruited a bunch of volunteers to paint the crosswalks at City Hall with a couple’a rainbows!
Faces of Chestermere
Most often we do not understand what diversity means, or the discriminations that people in our community might be experiencing. Faces of Chestermere aims to bring awareness to Chestermere’s diversity by photographing residents faces, and displaying those photographs with statistics throughout the City.
Photo booths will displayed at special events like Canada Day and Water Festival. We invite residents to join together in publicly proclaiming their personal choices, characteristics, or beliefs and showcase that differences are not to be feared.
The following papers were prepared by Dakota Rickman, Diversity and Inclusion Intern for the City of Chestermere:
- The Everyday Harm of Microaggressions
- Unconscious Bias
- Cultural Awareness in the Workplace
- Equality, Equity and Reducing Barriers
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
USC’s Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power, and Privilege
Courtesy of The MSW@USC, the online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California
“Oskaya Ayamichikewak” Young Readers Program - Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA)
This program promotes early literacy and paves the way for a lifelong love of reading. Simply fill out the form at albertametis.com/programs-services/cfs or pick up a hard copy at your local MNA office, fill it out, and mail it in to start receiving your books.
Parent/Guardian applicant or child must be an MNA citizen. Children must be 0 – 5 years old to qualify.