Tell the City of Kingston How It Can Better Embrace Diversity

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An online survey created by the City of Kingston and the Change the Conversation project is now available for you to say how you may view and experience racism and discrimination in the city.

That feedback will be used to support forming an anti-discrimination and anti-racism awareness campaign for Kingston to create a community that embraces diversity.

“Everyone, regardless of race, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation should feel that they are an integral part of our community,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson, in a release. “The survey is the first step in the creation of an awareness campaign that aims to promote a clear understanding of what discrimination and racism are and how they can be prevented and reduced in our community. We want Kingston to be warm and welcoming to all.”

You can find and complete the survey by Friday, September 15th on the City’s “Get Involved” page (direct link to survey here) .

The Change the Conversation project says it invites Kingstonians to “learn and reflect on what they can do to make our city a place where everyone feels welcome, respected, accepted and valued. The goal of the project is to build awareness of the diverse cultural values, belief and perceptions across our community, to build a culture of inclusion and to build a cross-cultural understanding and support for diversity.”

The Change the Conversation project is a partnership between the City of Kingston, Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC), KEYS Job Centre, Kingston Economic Development Corporation, and the Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’Est de l’Ontario (RSIFEO). It was made possible through funding from the Municipal Fund-Innovative Immigration Initiatives, provided by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

For more information, visit the City’s Change the Conversation project page.

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