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Indigenous Peoples in Canada: the Dialogues Project

Discover ‘Dialogues between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities in Vancouver’, a project convened by the City of Vancouver, in collaboration with community partners (the Dialogues Project).

Its goal is to promote increased understanding and stronger relationships between indigenous and immigrant communities within the City. The project began in January 2010 and runs until July 2011.

All the details, from the beginning of the journey until the assessment of future directions and reflections, have been captured in this great e-book!

Publications
Increasing opportunities for Aboriginal people in the workplace

How to increase opportunities for Indigenous people in the workplace? Deloitte's Dialogue on diversity report answers the question.

Indigenous people make up the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s labour force. Meanwhile, Canadian companies are having trouble filling job vacancies. So why the disconnect between these two groups? And what can we do to increase opportunities for Indigenous people in the workplace? Deloitte's team posed these questions to a variety of stakeholders as part of their third annual “Dialogue on diversity” roundtables held across the country. They listened and learned from passionate, proactive speakers who shared success stories and best practices, as well as their perspectives on the need for:

  • a long-term commitment to building relationships
  • greater collaboration
  • education
  • accommodation
  • cultural understanding

Deloitte's team has compiled all the insights, ideas and recommendations of these discussions in their third annual Dialogue on diversity report.

Media
Cultures with Vivendi: Intercultural Dialogue

This section provides bridges between continents, invites to learn more about other cultures and fosters a spirit of openness via a number of testimonials and reports.

"Culture(s) with Vivendi" is in line with Vivendi's corporate social responsibility strategy, which aims to promote cultural diversity, facilitate access to knowledge, encourage the expression of talent and participation in cultural life, and promote a spirit of openness.


Launched on 21 May 2012, Culture(s) with Vivendi aims at providing a concrete illustration of the role played by cultural and creative industries in fostering economic growth, enhancing social cohesion and fuelling innovation. The website is composed of four parts:

  • the "Artist Inspiration" section shows the diversity of musical and cinematographic influences that help artistic creativity to flourish;

  • the "Creative jobs" section presents the value chain and the wealth of career paths within the cultural industries, explained by actual professionals in the field

  • the "Intercultural Dialogue" section demonstrates the linkages between culture and mutual understanding;

  • the "De Facto" section puts culture at the heart of sustainable development through facts and figures, testimonies and reports. "De Facto"  is a forum for those to want to highlight the linkages between culture, human development, openness, access to knowledge and fight against poverty. It serves as a resource center gathering the statements on why and how culture should be integrated within the new world sustainable development agenda and the Millennium Goals that will be agreed on for 2015-2030.

Media
See UNESCO’s Newest World Heritage Sites

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization convened in Manama, Bahrain, for the 42nd session of the annual World Heritage Committee. Representatives from 21 States Parties were tasked with selecting new World Heritage sites, monitoring the conservation of current sites, and reviewing the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Nominees must meet one of 10 criteria—six cultural and four natural—ranging from Earth's most biodiverse landscapes to artistic works of universal significance. This year, the committee recognized 19 new sites for their “outstanding universal value,” extended the boundaries of Central Sikhote-Alin, a Russian biosphere reserve, and removed the Belize Barrier Reef from the List of World Heritage in Danger

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations,” according to UNESCO's mission statement. “Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”

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Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance understanding about Africa in the United States.

The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.

Media
Life at the Café

An association of zinc and metal professionals wants to bring the bistros and terraces of Paris into the list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO as both an art of living and a proven form of social connection..

Already, in 2010, it was the gastronomic meal of the French that had integrated the list of intangible cultural heritage. It is not always about high gastronomy but rather the popular ritual of the meal, daily or for special occasions, that of the holidays or the one where we receive guests, the dish of the day at the bistro or the bourgeois cuisine. It is both an art of living and a proven form of social connection. Tomorrow, it is therefore the cafes and terraces of Paris that could be included in the list of Unesco.

 

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Une association de professionnels du zinc veut faire entrer les bistrots et terrasses de Paris au patrimoine culturel immatériel de l’Unesco.

Déjà, en 2010, c’était le repas gastronomique des Français qui avait intégré la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel. Il ne s’agissait pas en l’occurrence de la haute gastronomie mais du rituel populaire du repas, quotidien ou exceptionnel, celui des fêtes ou bien celui où l’on reçoit, le plat du jour au bistrot ou la cuisine bourgeoise. Soit à la fois un art de vivre et une forme éprouvée du lien social. Demain, ce sont donc les cafés et terrasses de Paris qui pourraient figurer dans la liste de l’Unesco. 

 

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Cities leading for immigrant integration

This Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Welcoming America report, authored by the USC Center for the Study of Immigration Integration, explores the quiet revolution taking place in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas, where municipalities are actively devising and implementing strategies to better welcome and integrate new Americans.

Projects and Programmes
Meet My Mama: Enabling Migrant and Refugee Women to Live From Their Kitchen

A social enterprise that detects and values ​​the culinary talents of women. Through culinary meetings and a catering service, Meet My Mom gives them the power to confirm their know-how, and promotes a multicultural vision of the French society.

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Refugee Food Festival

The Refugee Food Festival is an itinerant project led by citizens and founded by the Food Sweet Food association with the support of the UN High Committee for Refugees (UNHCR). The idea of the festival is for restaurants to open and entrust their kitchens to refugee chefs, to share tasty and united moments.

Beyond the annual festival, we are developing activities that support the professional integration of the festival’s cooks: catering services, culinary events, cooking shows, cooking workshops, conferences and testimonials.

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400 good practices relating to intercultural dialogue

In 2015, in light of the unprecedented numbers of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the EU, national culture ministers agreed to create a new policy coordination group on intercultural dialogue, focusing on the integration of migrants and refugees in societies through the arts and culture. This report includes among over 400 good practices relating to intercultural dialogue, cultural activities and diversity.