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by Eugene Boulanger

Vancouver Skyline from the Fairview Slopes

Di·a·logue   [dahy-uh-lawg, -log] noun, verb -logued, -logu·ing.

noun (from Dictionary.com)

1. conversation between two or more persons.
2. the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
3. an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
4. a literary work in the form of a conversation: a dialogue of Plato.

 

As we begin posting conversations, interviews, podcasts, vlog posts, and other media relating to relationships among Vancouver’s diverse communities, we’re hoping to learn from these communities along the way, especially from the youth.

While facilitating dialogues online with various tools such as Facebook and Twitter, Ejemen and I also hope to solicit Vancouver youth to participate in dialogue offline. Currently, we are developing ideas around Dialogues Youth Sessions, and making preparations to begin planning a conference in June 2012.

One of the main reasons I am working on this project, personally, is to have the opportunity to shed some light on the zeitgeist of modern relationships between Canadians, First Nations, and Urban Aboriginal communities. Vancouver is seen as an academic and artistic hotspot in Canada for all people considered Aboriginal. What better place for this unprecedented project to take place?

In order for Ejemen and I to discern the hot topics, pressing issues, and common interests of these communities, we need to first engage with them. For more information about the Vancouver Dialogues Project, please visit this page.

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