What is the Vancouver Dialogues Project?
The Dialogues Project is a project convened by the City of Vancouver, in collaboration with 27 diverse community partners. The goal of the project is to build increased understanding and strengthened relations between First Nations, urban Aboriginal and immigrant/non-Aboriginal communities.
The first phase of the Dialogues Project ran from January 2010 to July 2011. It included five key initiatives: dialogue circles, community research, cultural exchange visits, a youth & elders program and a legacy project. For more information on the Dialogues Project, check out the book, entitled Vancouver Dialogues: First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities, the video, entitled Sharing Our Stories, which is coming soon, and the project’s website.
Building on the connections made and ideas raised during the first phase of the project, the second phase includes five key initiatives: youth engagement, cultural exchange visits, improving newcomers’ access to information about Aboriginal communities, developing an effective approach in inter-community engagement, and a public art community legacy project.
Key funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, through the BC Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Workplaces Program.