“In MLG I found friends, a support group to look forward to each week, volunteer work, and I was introduced to Inclusive Leadership. I loved how everyone could make friends with anyone.”
Imagine young and old from different cultures, traditions and identities coming together in the spirit of giving to the community. The Multicultural Leadership Group (MLG) has been doing this since 2008 when MLG was formed as a way for youth to volunteer at the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. Youth and adults crafted gifts for visitors, learned about cultural traditions, kept the Cultural Village clean and, most importantly, learned inclusive leadership skills for welcoming the more than 20,000 indigenous athletes, performers and visitors who came to our wonderful warm land for the games. MLG has continued with these amazing traditions, and has expanded in many ways. Weekly, MLG provides opportunities for our community to gather and explore our differences, and find our common ground. The group hosts public events, workshops, and dialogues that help to develop the understanding, through experience, that our differences are gifts that enrich our community, not problems that need to be solved.
What’s MLG up to in the 2017/18 season?
This fall, MLG is hosting the Expanding Our Common Ground (EOCG) project. Join us on this journey into the heart of Inclusive Leadership, Cowichan Valley’s protocol for Addressing Racism and Hate (OARH). MLGers of all ages and identities will work together to identify the skills, tools, and activities, that are most effective at creating safe spaces and places where people can explore, with curiosity, the many differences we have, such as culture, race, language, faith, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and many other differences. Find out just how easy it is to shift our human responses to differences as something to defend against, to our other human response, to be curious, caring, and to seek and experience connection.
Working together we can create cultures of inclusion right here at home!
What will we you be doing?
We are inviting you to become Social Scientists with a twist!
Don’t worry! Social Scientists have lots of fun when they use Participatory Action Research to change the world!
Part 1: Participatory Action Research – Learning Through Experience
- Inclusive Leadership, The Fundamentals – learning skills for building inclusive communities, where our differences are valued and everyone feels belonging; 3 sessions (Sept 20th, 27, Oct 4th)
- Awareness and skill building activities- activities that cultivate curiosity, build awareness and skills, and increase acceptance of our differences; 4 sessions (Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1)
Part 2: Participatory Action Research – From Action Learners to Action Researchers
- A Collective Reflective – looking back on the past eight weeks, determine which of the skills and activities were most effective for increasing acceptance of differences and developing inclusive behaviors; 1 session (Nov 8th)
- Research in Action – using the results of our action research, develop, design, and plan the Expanding Our Common Ground workshop; 2 sessions (Nov 15, 22)
- Putting our Research and Development to the Test – host the Expanding Our Common Ground event for 50+ leaders from across the community; presenting/testing our model for creating inclusive communities where defensive reactions and biased related incidents and behaviors no longer find any ground to grow from! Nov 29th* date and time may change for final event
Part 3: Participatory Action Research -Celebrate our Accomplishments!
- A Collective Reflective –evaluation to capture highlights and lowlights and then have a collective appreciation for us and the positive ripples we are creating in ourselves, our homes and our communities!
When: Wednesday, doors open at 3:15, opening circle 4:00, wrap up 5:45
Where: St Johns Anglican Church Hall, 163 First St.
Who: All ages, all cultures, all faiths, all identities, everyone is welcome!
Why: To have fun while creating inclusive and caring communities.
Please contact Linda McDaniels for more information: