Media release: The Inclusion Project

Cowichan Intercultural Society is proud to present The Inclusion Project:

When people come together to create positive change, adversity is transformed. And this phenomenon is happening right here in the Cowichan Valley!

In December 2017 a group of Cowichan Secondary students made headlines after a videoed fight went viral. This incident served as a flash point within our community, surfacing racial tensions and biases, as well as highlighting the seriousness of youth to youth violence.

In the aftermath of this event, leaders from all levels of the community responded in clear and decisive ways. The below excerpt from a joint statement released on December 7th conveys this well, “Together we are developing a plan…that will help our schools and our community on our journey towards providing every citizen with more tolerant, safe, and inclusive places to live, work, learn, and play in”.

The Inclusion Project (TIP) is Cowichan Intercultural Society’s contribution to this effort. In collaboration with SD79 staff, Quamichan School (QS), and many community partners, TIP will provide a participatory welcome for the 2018/19 QS students and staff. TIP is utilizing the Inclusive Leadership Protocol, a community development framework that promotes cultures of belonging, where people are valued for their unique community enriching identities.

And, TIP is inviting community to get involved! By working together, we can TIP the scales towards a more inclusive society! Everyone can play a part: partake in the inclusion building workshops/activities, and/or host an activity station, and, share with us you ideas! What might you contribute to the TIP table?

To learn more about TIP, who is already involved, and how you can get on board, check out our website at or contact Linda McDaniels at linda@cis-iwc.org or call 250-748-3112

The Inclusion Project has been generously funded by Coast Capital Savings