The Other People was formed through the coming together of community leaders and anti-racism organizations across the racial, religious, and cultural mosaic. The mission of The Other People is to empower IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) and Faith Leaders to work together in addressing systemic and individual racism and discrimination across British Columbia.
Our first event was held on Nov 24, 2021 at the King David High School in Vancouver. 97 students from grades 11 and 12 participated in the event and engaged in open conversations regarding race, racism, lived experiences, discrimination and bigotry as experienced by “Other People”.
The interactive program helped students develop cultural competence in engaging with the challenging issue of hate and racism in Canada. We helped to break down the silos of community engagement by facilitating meaningful engagement with leading members of the Indigenous, Black, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, and Asian/Buddhist communities. Students were able to ask tough and open questions as they learned more about personal and media bias and how to critically think of the representation of others.
Part of the intention behind this project is to address individual biases by creating meaningful interactions between students and “Other People”. Research from the Institute for Policy Understanding has shown that those who know a person from an identifiable group are twice as likely to hold favorable views towards that group. We are working together to help break down the silos that prevent us from getting to know the different communities in Canada that form our cultural mosaic.