Anti-racism Centre for Hamilton Approved after Decade of Effort

November 18, 2015

After more than 10 years of study and delay, Hamilton is finally getting its anti-racism resource centre.

City councillors voted unanimously on Wednesday to set up a centre, which would monitor and track racism complaints, as well as support victims.

The city is partnering with McMaster University and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) for the three-year pilot project. The city will pay $100,000 per year over that time, while McMaster will pitch in $70,000 and the HCCI $30,000.

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Boosting diversity in non-profit boardrooms

July 5,  2015

Minority communities in Hamilton have grown over the past several decades, but that growth hasn’t been seen in boardrooms of non-profit and government agencies. One new program is looking to change that. DiverseCity onBoard is an agency aiming to train and match visible minorities and under-represented communities with non-profit boards.

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The Spoken Word hopes to generate positive social change

“We are committed to building a robust Hamilton through the spoken word and our medium is the youth,” said HCCI event co-ordinator Ismael Traore.

Performances can be done individually or in groups. Topics are chosen based on the experiences or interests of the artist, ranging from politics and religion to family issues, friends, love, sexism, social inequality, education and so on. Read more…

First diversity champion award winners recognized

The first recipient of the Lifetime Diversity Champion Award has made tremendous efforts toward inclusion and diversity, but at 75 Dr. Harish Jain has no plans to take a break.

“I’m still writing papers. It’s very important to me …. I will keep doing it as long as I live,” Jain said Friday. Read more…

Why Hamilton needs a world music festival

ilimone Mabjaia is one of the biggest champions of artistic diversity Hamilton has at its disposal — but that doesn’t mean he was immune to the perils of being a shortsighted teenager.

His father was a musician, and often prodded his young son to learn the music of his native Mozambique. But he refused, clinging to the western songs that resonated with his friends at the time. Read more…

Hamilton reaps benefits from immigrants

Immigrants to Canada are diverse in many ways. They come from different countries, enter Canada under different immigration categories (skilled workers, family class immigrants, refugees and more), and bring a wide variety of life experiences. Despite this diversity, immigrants share their desire for a better life — for themselves and for their families. And, on the whole, including immigrants across all categories, they benefit our economy and community in a variety of ways, including: Read more…

Doing one thing for diversity and inclusion in Hamilton

The steps of city hall were full of dancers, musicians and speakers Wednesday as part of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development — a campaign the United Nations created to “deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.”

The event — which pushes participants to “do one thing for diversity” — was hosted by the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI), and featured performances by musicians like Michael St. George and Katie Bulley, as well as speakers like Mayor Bob Bratina and HCCI Executive Director Evelyn Myrie. Read more…

Celebrating our differences and including each other

“Diversity is a beautiful thing,” Hamilton folksinger Katie Bulley shouts out to the lunchtime crowd. “Without it, this world would be a heck of a boring place.” Read more …