North Bay, Young People's Press is coordinating the community collaborative
consulting on Debwewin initiatives. A committee of senior educators
involving all four school boards, (Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District
School Board, Near North District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique
Franco-Nord and Conseil Scolaire Public due Nord-Est de l'Ontario) Canadore
College and Nipissing University has been active organizing the International
Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Evening of Applause,
Students Who Make a Difference, Anti-Racism Poster Contest and the Nipissing
District Human Rights Hall of Fame since 1988.
group was expanded for the Debwewin project and now includes the City
of North Bay, North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, Blue Sky Economic
Growth Corporation, North Bay Police Service, OPP, MP Anthony Rota's
office, MPP Monique Smith's office, the Union of Ontario Indians, International
Connections, and private citizens.
Curry, CEO of YPP, provides project leadership in the three cities and
Susan Church, General Manger of Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation,
chairs and hosts the North Bay collaborative's meetings.
Timmins, Madeline Chokomolin, a board member of the Timmins Native Friendship
Centre, established a city-wide network for the Debwewin project that
is now actively involved in aboriginal awareness and race relations
issues. It now has a name, RACE (Race and Cultural Education.) She coordinated
phase one of the Debwewin project and is coordinating phase two as well.
Sault Ste. Marie, Unity and Diversity Sault Ste. Marie has been active
for many years promoting anti-racism and diversity in the community.
and Diversity Sault Ste. Marie is a grassroots volunteer-based community
group that will soon be incorporated as a nonprofit organization. Its
mandate is to raise awareness, develop understanding and initiate action
toward making Sault Ste. Marie a more accepting and inclusive community.
It does this by taking the approach that the Sault Ste. Marie community
can be moved to respect, celebrate, and utilize its diverse population
to build a better, safer community. The group's main activities focus
on in-depth education and training, a celebration of the diversity of
arts and culture in the community and building partnerships with other
groups working towards building an inclusive society and ending oppression.
the past Unity and Diversity has received financial support from Canadian
Heritage and the former Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat for its activities.
Cecilia Fernandez coordinated phase one of the Debwewin project and
is coordinating phase two as well.