HERE Magazine Spring 2016
The Mythbusters: countering cultural stereotypes
It takes a village! We could not do the work we do without strong collaborations on an individual or organisational level. We welcome new collaborations with organisations that share our mandate of supporting cultural diversity and inclusion in the community.
Since 2016, we have partnered with the Professional Communication and Intercultural and International Communication cohorts at RRU, which has resulted in important collaborative multimedia projects highlighting newcomer and immigrant experiences in the Greater Victoria region and introduced RRU students to our community-based work and mandate of inclusion and diversity education.
We partner with UNHCR Canada to share and distribute their refugee stories and photojournalism to a larger readership and potential sponsorship base. Our organisation stands #WithRefugees and supports Canada’s global efforts to aid refugees abroad as well as resettle refugees here in Canada.
In 2016, we partnered with an intermediate-level English Language Learner cohort at Camosun College and mentored students through the writing process to help develop content for our “Mythbusters” Issue, a project aimed at countering cultural stereotypes. This project gave these domestic and international students a unique opportunity to see their writing published and at the same educate the wider community regarding stereotypes and discrimination that they had experienced.
In 2016, we partnered with English Language Learner team leaders at Lochside Elementary School to develop a Youth Issue. These team leaders worked with their newcomer and immigrant k-5 students on various creative writing, photography, and visual arts projects highlighting their cultural heritage and meaningful connections to their countries of origin. These projects culminated in a special printing of our first Youth Issue. Participating students received many copies of the issue to share with friends and family, while 3,000 print copies were also distributed throughout the wider community.
Have an idea for a collaborative project? Send us a message, from anywhere in Canada!
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