The Inclusion Project

The Inclusion Project (TIP) was 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 developed a four-day inclusive-culture building event. This event welcomed more than five hundred QS students and staff as they began the 2018/19 school year.

What did TIP do?

TIP supported QS in its goal to increase inclusive behaviors, sense of belonging, and connections to community, by providing structured activities that facilitated 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 reached 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!

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