The Commission on Cultural Diversity, a group consisting of volunteers, multicultural society representatives, federal and provincial government cultural department representatives, artsnb employees and artists from around the province, has released its inaugural report of findings pertaining to discussions of cultural diversity in the province.
“The arts have always served as an important vessel of expression, in particular when introducing diverse cultures to a wider audience, so we made it part of our strategic plan to create partnerships that promote equity and celebrate cultural diversity throughout the province,” explains Akoulina Connell, Executive Director of artsnb, “We want to take a leadership position at artsnb when it comes to promoting diverse cultural inclusivity in New Brunswick, while also empowering others to continue with this dialogue in their own communities.”
A series of three day-long meetings were held by the commission. Topics discussed ranged from creating incentives to inject diversity in our communities and universities; possible strategic interventions by government; removing barriers to access to information and opportunities; creating new opportunities for immigrant populations; overhauling school curriculums to include more culturally diverse educational content and exposure to different cultures; and facilitating partnership opportunities between the Anglophone, Francophone, Indigenous and multicultural communities of the province.
Resulting from the meetings were 10 short-term goals, 8 long-term goals and 15 additional recommendations for improving multicultural sensitization and access to services for culturally diverse populations across the province.
The results of the Cultural Diversity Commission meetings are published online at http://artsnb.ca/site/en/resources/key-documents/. The next meeting of the Commission is expected to take place in fall 2016; a meeting date has not yet been set.