Between January 2010 and July 2011 the City of Vancouver and community partners convened a project called ‘Dialogues between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities in Vancouver’. The project aimed to increase understanding and strengthen relations among the city’s Aboriginal and newcomer/non-Aboriginal communities.
More than two thousand people participated in the process, which included Dialogue Circles, Cultural Exchange visits, Elder and youth conversations, a web survey, a literature scan, a Photovoice project, and interviews. Common themes emerged from this community-based participatory process. This book records the journey and its findings. It represents a first step in a continuing process of dialogues.
“New Canadians want to know about our Aboriginal peoples because they sense that they have a wisdom, knowledge and history which will help immigrants understand Canada as a land with an ancient human history as well as an incredible natural richness. You cannot come to this country and spend time without realizing that the important relationship we who are newcomers can have with the original inhabitants can only be enlightening and enriching. The Dialogues Project helps to create these connections in a meaningful, personal way. We need Dialogues across the country!”
-The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada