A truly welcoming society is one where everyone feels that they can bring their “whole self” to the community and their workplace and where differences are respected and valued. In Canada, religious diversity is growing with the number of people having a non-Christian religion expected to double to 14% of the population by 2031; about half of the non-Christian population would be Muslim.
Respectfully accommodating religious practices such as prayer, dietary needs and clothing requirements as well as religious holy days is also a display of interculturally competent leadership within a community. What does respect look or feel like in a society of people with various faith, religious & spiritual beliefs, values & observances? How can we start a respectful conversation about religious or spiritual beliefs?
This E-Symposium explored innovative approaches to interfaith bridging focusing on collaboration and communication between the settlement service provider agencies, faith organizations, academia and newcomers themselves.
This E-Symposium featured the following speakers:
- Shawkat Hasan, BC Muslim Association
- Dr. Robert Daum, Simon Fraser University
- Parm Grewal, Richmond Multicultural Community Services
To watch the video from this event, click here.