Thursday, April 2, 2009

Talking About Discrimination in GP

I'm packing up to head down to Jasper this afternoon for council's spring strategic planning session. It'll be a quick couple of days with a facilitator and senior administration - we'll be leaving the mountains at 1:00 on Saturday.

In the mean time the FCSS department is planning another "Conversation Café", this time looking at the issue of discrimination in GP. The Conversation Cafés are a informal open house focused around a particular topic where community members are invited to join the discussion and help us come up with ways to address various community issues.

Discrimination Media Release below:

"Conversation Café on Discrimination in Grande Prairie

In an effort to nurture the diverse cultural identity of Grande Prairie, Family and Community Services is holding a Community Conversation Café focusing on racism

The event is set for Monday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion.

Residents can voice concerns and suggest possible solutions to be used to eradicate prejudice in Grande Prairie. All information collected during this discussion will be compiled and used to develop an Action Plan.

“This initiative is a wonderful step forward for our Community,” says Deputy Mayor Alex Gustafson, “It is a sign of our commitment to making Grande Prairie a better place to live. We can capitalize on the strength we have in this City with people from so many cultures and backgrounds.”

The City of Grande Prairie is making a conscious effort to nurture the cultural diversity of our area by partnering with the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD).

Media enquiries may be directed to:
Mitra Zarei, Program Development Facilitator
City of Grande Prairie
mzarei @ cityofgp .com"

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