Breaking down stereotypes, exploring gender identity, and welcoming newcomers are just a few of the topics on the agenda at The City of Red Deer’s Fostering Diverse Communities Conference next Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13.
The conference is open to everyone interested in developing a more welcoming and inclusive community. People from organizations across the province will come together to celebrate their achievements in diversity and inclusion, highlight their challenges, collaborate on solutions and build on their successes.
The event is being held at Westerner Park and features keynote speakers Ahmed Knowmadic, Somali-Canadian slam poet, and Tanya Kappo, to speak on Idle No More and Walking With Our Sisters. An evening session on Islam will be presented by Zarqa Nawaz, the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie. The conference will also feature wisdom circles, breakout sessions and entertainment.
“We’ve brought together a range of speakers and sessions to help communities look at diversity and explore practical ideas to apply to both the personal and professional spheres,” said Tymmarah Zehr, The City’s HR Specialist – Diversity and Inclusion. “As part of our commitment to a more welcoming organization, The City hopes to lead by example by starting these conversations and facilitating some awareness and understanding in the greater community.”
The City of Red Deer is hosting the event as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. The City has formalized and publicly demonstrated its commitment to combat racism and discrimination through becoming a signatory to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination. Other efforts include diversity training for staff, the hiring of a Diversity and Inclusion specialist, and the formation of a corporate Diversity Team.
The City also helped launch the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Network, a group designed to help assess the diversity needs in the community and promote collaboration for further understanding and respect.
Those interested in attending the conference can register here by Friday, May 6. View the Fostering Diverse Communities Conference Agenda (pdf) . Media are welcome.
For more information, please contact:
HR Specialist – Diversity and Inclusion
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer