Grant expected to help many embrace racial tolerance in Cowichan

Santa was good to the folks at Social Planning Cowichan.

The organization recently received a $20,000 grant to stage a series of workshops tailored to building cross cultural awareness.

Workshops, with costs subsidized by Embrace BC, will be facilitated by Campbell River Metis Aboriginal Health worker Kathi Camilleri with support from Cowichan Tribes elder Ron George, Robert George and Lucy Thomas of the Hiiye'yu Lelum Society (House of Friendship).

“The purpose of these workshops is not to point fingers or increase divisions in our community,” said Social Planning Cowichan's Michelle Staples. “It is to continue the process of healing to strengthen our community.

"This workshop is an opportunity to take the time to go a bit deeper than we normally do when we learn new information about subjects many people are still uncomfortable hearing about."

Workshops run between Jan. 17 and Mar. 1 and will be experiential, "taking participants through the process of creating a pre-contact village before introducing the rationale, actions and effects of colonization then focusing on how to integrate this knowledge into our work, families, community and how we move forward from a place of deeper understanding."

They're geared for working people, policy-makers, educators, health industry, business workers and owner, volunteers, or anyone else with an interest.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Michelle Staples or 250-709-7972.

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