Respect goes beyond mere tolerance. It requires that we not only recognize our differences, but we also allow them, understand them, and invite them. Respect elevates us from merely co-existing to living harmoniously.
SOICS is one of the founding four organizations that came together to represent the North, Central, South Okanagan, and the Thompson region. Together the group signed a Memorandum of Understanding indicating our commitment to develop the Term of References, design a website, develop and share resources, and generate more awareness on this subject matter.
Today there are over 40 members in this organisation who pledge to:
- To share, develop, and create awareness of anti-racism, and anti-hate resources in the region via the development of a website and through jointly planned activities
- To reach out to other communities in the region and get them involved in the Network
- To build partnerships and collaborate on regional anti-racism/hate initiatives
Since its creation, Respect Network SOICS has participated in:
- Taking the Respect Network Challenge:
- Developing its own protocols based on the Critical Incident Response Model:
- Putting on the Respect Lives Here Free Diversity Workshop Series:
In May of 2010 a Youth Forum was held at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Eighty-seven youth aged from 14 to 17 years attended.
The group utilized the Racism Free Edmonton guide to understand and shed light on multiple aspects of this initiative including, recognizing the subtle expressions of racism and what you can do about it.
To learn more about Respect Network visits, http://www.respectnetwork.ca/index.php/
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