Building
Inclusive
Communities

Join a discussion to talk about multiculturalism, diversity and equity, immigration, and building a sense of belonging in our multicultural communities in the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast.

Get involved! Come together with a panel of community members at a series of four events to talk about building inclusive communities in the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast. 

This event developed from an idea to explore and share the experiences of immigrants and newcomers in our communities through meaningful conversations. However, these topics affect more people than just immigrants and newcomers. 
We invite Canadians from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds in the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast to participate in these important discussions.

Event 1

Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism is when we accept and encourage many cultures to thrive together. It can have great outcomes and it discourages hate, racism and discrimination. Canada is unique because by law, we all have a right to preserve, enhance, and share our cultural heritage. We must also respect each other’s right to do the same. 

Do we embrace multiculturalism? Or do we need to keep working towards more welcoming and inclusive communities?
Panel members for this discussion

Event 2

Diversity & Equity

Our communities in the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast are increasingly diverse. And it is well known that newcomers, immigrants and racialized people experience a number of barriers and inequities, such as access to appropriate employment opportunities and affordable housing, negative experiences and discrimination. 

What can we do about harmful biases, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination to make our communities more inclusive?
Panel members for this discussion

Event 3

Immigration

Our communities depend on immigration for our population, workforce and economic growth. Immigrants also have an important role in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Over the next three years, Canada plans to welcome over 1.2 million new immigrants. 

What does this expected increase of new immigrants mean for our communities in the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast?
Panel members for this discussion

Event 4

Belonging

A sense of belonging is important for our quality of life, physical health and social and emotional wellbeing. It is a feeling that we matter to one another and to a community. 

A strong sense of belonging among community members is also important for the wellbeing of the community itself. 

What should we be doing to make sure all of our community members feel that they belong?
Panel members for this discussion

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About the Whistler Multicultural Society

The Whistler Multicultural Society (WMS) supports immigrants and newcomers to grow social capital, skills, knowledge, and experience to ensure their success and participation in our community while fostering intercultural awareness, understanding, and interactions in the wider community of Whistler. Our programs build cross-cultural interaction and connections, develop awareness and understanding of our local diversity, and seek to grow equity and inclusion.  We aim to build the voice and profile of newcomers and immigrants in our local community, and to develop community inclusion initiatives.

The WMS is a key partner in the Whistler Welcome Centre, hosted by the Whistler Public Library, delivering federal and provincial immigrant settlement services. In September 2020, the Whistler Multicultural Society received funding to work as a local spoke in the provincial Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network.

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We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional and unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Lil̓wat7úl (Lil’wat) and shíshálh (Sechelt) Nations.