Empowerment of Ethno-cultural Groups

Apr 10 2019

Empowerment of Ethnocultural Groups After the Waterloo Region Multicultural Connections Forum, organized in November 2018, together with the Immigration Partnership and the WR Volunteer Action Centre, we followed up on the top priority that the representatives of cultural communities shared: Empowerment of Ethno-cultural Groups. The empowerment includes: access to resources (funding, space, information, communication and mentoring); mutual understanding (common spaces and activities, dialogue building); equity (anti-racism, removal of barriers for participation and representation in decision-making).

Many immigrant and refugees, especially from racialized groups, experience exclusion and their leaders do not have access to resources to be of assistance. In the 2017 Immigration Partnership community survey, 59% of immigrant and refugee respondents said they felt isolated in Waterloo Region. The groups are convinced that only if working together, they can move the needle on the perennial challenges they have been facing. You can join us at the planning meeting in early May when we will prepare for the 2nd Multicultural Connections forum to transform the engagement and the energy into actions with tangible outcomes!