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Cultural Diversity Week held in Vanderhoof

Participants got to enjoy colouring pages featuring common winter activities in Vanderhoof as part of the drop-in-art event. (Submitted photo/ Good Neighbours Committee)

Community members had the opportunity to experience Filipino, Syrian, Ukrainian and local First Nations’ cultures through, food, pictures, stories and music on Saturday at the Vanderhoof Tourism & Cultural Centre as the Cultural Diversity Week concluded.

The Open House which was the final event of the Cultural Diversity Week organized by the Good Neighbours Committee (GNC) in Vanderhoof took place on the afternoon of Nov. 25.

The Cultural Diversity Week took place from Nov. 19 to 25 and had daily events for community members to participate, interact with and learn from a diverse group of people who inhabit in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas.

Activities included a nature walk, healing fire session at the newly inaugurated Saik’uz fire arbour, drop-in-art activities and gatherings for newcomers to the area among other events.

The provincial government declared third week of November as multicultural week in B.C. GNC then re-branded it as Cultural Diversity Week in Vanderhoof based on input from Indigenous advocates, said Anti-Racism Coordinator Jasmine Klassen.

“Learning about other cultures helps us understand different perspectives and dispels negative stereotypes and personal biases,”Klassen said, adding, “It’s our hope that offering these opportunities to learn more about each other in a safe, low-pressure environment will help us grow closer as a community.”

As part of the Diversity Week, GNC also launched a new podcast series called Conversations for Change on Nov.21.