Category Archives: Inclusive Bridge Building

Responding to Violence With Love and Courage

People around the world are concerned about violence and other forms of exclusion.

What can we do?

One thing we can all do is to learn how shift away from instinctive fight/flight/freeze survival reactions against others.

We can transform ourselves and our communities by developing our skills, awareness and action plans for responding to discrimination, violence and other forms of exclusion with loving, courageous, inclusive Leadership.

In BC, Canada, Cowichan Tribes First Nation, recently decided to respond to youth-against-youth fighting in our community by calling the youth, their families and the wider community together for a Blanket Ceremony of love and courage. “Cowichan Tribes conducted a Blanket Ceremony yesterday for the 6 youth who were involved in the fights on Monday December 4th. The youth all participated fully and it was an uplifting and respectful ceremony that as Albie Charlie stated “healed our spirits so we can walk together as equals, side-by-side”. (Cowichan Tribes, Facebook)

A few months ago, Federal NDP Party Leader, Jagmeet Singh, decided to respond to a heckler by calling on everyone at the rally to help him stay centred and grounded on his campaign platform of love and courage.

“Once allowed to grow, hate doesn’t pick and choose, it spreads like fire. Once we say it’s ok to hate someone based on their religion, we’re also opening the door to hate based on race, gender, sexuality, and more,” he said. “It’s important that we stand united against all forms of hate. “It takes love to understand that we’re all in this together. It takes courage to come together, demand better and dream bigger, so that we can build a world where no one is left behind.” (Jagmeet Singh, Huffington Post).

Responding to difficult situations with love and courage instead of fight/flight/freeze reactions involves intentional learning and practicing of skills for connecting with differences, skills for communicating with compassion, and skills for responding to disconnection with Anti-Discrimination First Aid.

The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative provides experiential education in Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness and action plans for living, learning and leading more inclusively in our diverse communities.

Click here to learn about and register for DISCOVER YOUR INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL ONLINE COURSE January 23 to April 6, 2018.

Click here to learn more about our upcoming February 16 to 18, 2018 Inclusive Leadership Adventure for youth and adults who care about youth.


Inclusive Team Building

Katie Sayers on the left teaching relaxation through yoga poses.

Submitted by Katie Sayers

Did you know that members of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative often facilitate Inclusive Team Building Workshop for work-places and schools? The ILC’s most recent Inclusive Team Building Workshop was with the Cedar Secondary School Student Council, Vancouver Island, BC.

I was the lead facilitator for the first time. In facilitating this workshop, I was absolutely blown away by this next generation of youth leaders; their courage to stand up for inclusion, to expand their boundaries and to open their minds to see our diversity as gifts. Continue reading

Culturally Welcoming Volunteerism

Here is a call to action for Inclusive Leaders everywhere: Search for culturally welcoming volunteer opportunities in your community and get actively involved! If you are already volunteering for a culturally welcoming organization, email us and share your news!

In the Cowichan Region, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, a participatory day of Exploring the Art of being Culturally Welcoming is coming up. There is space for thirty volunteer coordinators and others involved in volunteerism in this workshop being held at Providence Farm on Tuesday, November 7, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Reserve your seat by emailing or phoning 250-748-2133. The $20 registration fee ($30 for two) includes a networking luncheon.

Here is a story that illustrates the value and importance of organizing and participating in Inclusive Leadership experiences such as this workshop on being Culturally Welcoming:

I began volunteering in Canada by a blessed chance. I was exploring art galleries and museums in the small town of Duncan, BC, Canada when I happened to approach a room that I thought was part of a museum. A tall boy with a wonderful smile invited me to enter and see what was going on. I suddenly found myself welcomed by a very heterogeneous group, for age and ethnicity. They told me they were volunteers working on a service project. 

In two minutes, I was one more of the group. It was very natural to sit and have something to do, but when I left the group two hours later I thought, ‘How is it possible that these people make me feel so naturally integrated, and welcomed?’ I decided to return the next week. 

During the days spent volunteering in Duncan, BC, Canada  I could see what happens when cultures are getting to know each other. Definitely, this volunteer experience in Canada changed a lot about my way to see the world. Even now that I have come back to Sardinia, Italy I cant see the world in the same way anymore.” (Excerpt from a story by Iliana Ruggiu, a graduate student from Sardinia, Italy who spent three months studying and volunteering in Canada)

Just as inclusive and welcoming communities are enriched by volunteers from diverse backgrounds, the experience of volunteering is enriched by volunteering in inclusive and welcoming organizations. Inclusive and welcoming organizations are simply wonderful places to volunteer because staff and volunteers deeply value opportunities to get to know who people are as well as what they have to offer. In a culturally welcoming organization, volunteers from diverse backgrounds are not only welcomed, they are celebrated for enriching the organization with their different gifts.

Inclusive Leader Selected For a United Nations Road Trip!

Submitted by Linda Hill and Mohammed Binaz!

Wonderful news! Inclusive Leader Mohammed Binaz is going on the road with the BC Council for International Co-operation as part of the United Nations “Sustainable Development Goals Boot Camp”

As soon as Binaz phoned me to share his news with the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative, I invited him to be sure to carve out the time in his very busy schedule to participate in our February 16 to 18, 2018 Cultivating Inclusive Leadership Weekend and facilitate a UNSDG workshop! We are hopeful that Binaz and other Youth Leaders will bring what they learn to the Inclusive Leadership Community so that we can all explore ways of making the UN Sustainable Development Goals real and actionable everywhere we live, learn, and lead in our own diverse communities. Continue reading

Yes Let’s End Bullying This Year

Submitted by Linda Hill, ILC Co-ordinator

Calling all staff, students, parents, and volunteers in high schools, elementary schools and places for post-secondary education. Click here and get set to shift yourself, your school community and the world in inclusive and welcoming directions by embracing diversity as strengths. 

This year could be the year you help your school put an end to bullying, rejection and other forms of exclusion. Continue reading