The Inclusion Project

The Inclusion Project (TIP) is Cowichan Intercultural Society’s response to an incident that occurred in Dec 2017, a brief history is provided below. Working with Quamichan School (QS), and Community Partners (CPs), TIP is developing a four-day inclusive-culture building event. This event will welcome the more than five hundred QS students and staff as they begin the 2018/19 school year.

What will TIP do?

TIP will support QS in its goal to increase inclusive behaviors, sense of belonging, and connections to community, by providing structured activities that facilitate the building of:

● skills for connecting with differences (cultural fluency)
● healthy relationships with students from diverse backgrounds and schools
● connections to caring adults within the school and community
● an inclusive culture grounded in an appreciation of the diverse cultures and identities that make up the QS community.


How will this happen?

As Alden E. Habacon defines in an article written for Cultures West Winter 2012, “The belief for decades has been people from different cultures, when brought together in the same workplace or classroom, figure it out on their own, become friends, and learn to understand and respect other cultural differences-perhaps through osmosis. We now know this to be untrue. It requires intent, design, and resources…

TIP has been, and continues to, reach out to our community to provide the content and resources for this design. CPs already on board and contributing are:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley

Canadian Mental Health Association – Cowichan Valley Branch

Duncan United Church

Inclusive Leadership Cooperative

Social Planning Cowichan

Cowichan Valley Youth Services

O.U.R. Ecovillage

Vancouver Island University

Warmland Women’s Support Society

SD79 Quamichan School

And many community members!

How can you become a Community Partner?

There are multiple ways for CPs to get involved!

We hope you will join us in this community to school initiative to TIP the scales towards a more inclusive school and society!

There are multiple ways for community to get involved!

  • Provide an activity station – TIP cannot happen without community involvement! Whether you are a citizen, or are from an organization, institution, municipality, or business, TIP needs your support! Let us know If you have an activity, project, or workshop you could offer on Sept 10th and/or 11th.
  • Join a TIP facilitator team – be part of the inclusive-culture building facilitation team and help co-facilitate the Inclusion workshop on the 7th. Facilitators must attend a train the trainer on Sept 6th.
  • Become a TIP mentor – be part of the student groupings. Participate in the Inclusion workshop on the 7th, and travel to the activity stations on the 10th and/or 11th.

If you are interested in learning more, or are ready to jump into action, please contact Linda McDaniels at or call 250-748-3112

Brief history of the Cowichan Community Response to the December 4th incident

In Dec 2017, a fight between Cowichan Secondary School (CSS) students involving a First Nation and several Caucasians boys went viral. This event served as a flash point, surfacing racial tensions and biases in our community, as well as highlighting the seriousness of organized fight clubs that have developed at CSS. However, a positive outcome came from this incident, as SD79, Cowichan Tribes, community organizations, civic leaders, community members, and youth made public commitments to address the issue of racism and other forms of bias related behaviors in CSS schools, and beyond. You can view a more detailed timeline with regards to the CCR here.

The Inclusion Project has been generously funded by Coast Capital Savings