Standing Up for Inclusion Initiative

WHO WILL YOU STAND UP FOR?

WHAT PEOPLE NEED STANDING UP FOR?

HOW WILL YOU STAND UP FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN’T STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES?

On a global, national, and local scale we are seeing a rise in discrimination, unjust practices, violence, and hateful behaviours that are targeted towards people based on differences such as race, faith, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and economic circumstances.  There is no time more relevant than now to seek ways to stand up, and stand together, so we can address these divisive and distressing issues.

Creating a community where all individuals are healthy (in body and spirit), safe, respected, valued, supported and included might seem like a daunting task, however, the Cowichan Valley has been working towards this for decades.  It has not been an easy task and yet we have made great strides towards reconciliation and inclusion of diverse identities because of the many efforts, both past and present, that organizations, schools, institutions, businesses, and community members have given.

The goal of Stand Up for Inclusion is to bring these champions together, to identify our strengths and assets, and working collaboratively, to build on this foundation by finding innovative ways to Stand Up For Inclusion in these challenging times.

We also launched an internet-based survey as part of gathering base line data and information about the assets and strengths in our community, the places, spaces and people who are champions for inclusion and who welcome people from all identities every day.  We were able to fact find and able to report discriminatory practices, normalized behaviours that are unjust, and incidents of discrimination and racism in our community.

We are proud to continue to work toward building a diverse and inclusive Cowichan Valley.

For more information please call 250-748-3112.