REACH Edmonton

How do you feel about people who are different? Your initial answer might not be as truthful as you think. A one-day workshop hosted by REACH Edmonton, the Centre for Race and Culture and the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative shines the spotlight on hidden attitudes, the prevalence of privilege and what it means to be an ally for disadvantaged groups. After hosting a successful event in October, partners are hosting a second training day Dec. 13. Heading into the workshop - titled "Working with Culturally Diverse Communities in Edmonton" - participants have their pre-conceived notions of what it means to be tolerant and inclusive and where they stand in terms of privilege in life. Once the realities in the community are identified and accepted, participants learned how to create change in their own workplace and social circles. To truly understand where another person is coming from and what challenges they are facing, difficult conversations sometimes need to be had. Participants have the opportunity to talk to multicultural health brokers - community workers from within multicultural communities. This enables them to ask questions that they wouldn't feel comfortable asking a client or friend from that community. This workshop gives participants the tools to recognize resistance to change when dealing with issues of difference. Often-repeated phrases like "We're all the same. I don't see the world that way," can actually be a form of passive resistance, defending power and privilege structures that are ultimately unfair to specific groups of people. At the end of the day, participants have a new view of themselves, their peers and their communities, as well as the tools to start making changes where they live. "I want all Albertans to take this training," said one participant. "This was one of the most significant and useful workshops I have done in recent memory." The cost of this workshop is $35 for REACH members and $50 for non-members.?Spaces are limited. Please register by emailing michelle.harvey@reachedmonton.ca.?