Diversity & Public Education

For over 20 years, the Association for New Canadians has been delivering workshops and training on cultural diversity to businesses, government agencies, schools and community organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador.

As the number of newcomers to the province continues to grow, our communities and workplaces are diversifying. Therefore, the importance of cultural intelligence and intercultural communication training is becoming increasingly imperative.

Business Diversity Training

Our customized workshops are designed to promote intercultural awareness and understanding while building cultural intelligence to help employers and employees work and interact more effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

Our training offerings include:

Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion
Exploring diversity and why it matters, this module provides an understanding of key concepts and it can be tailored to those working in any of the following contexts: business, healthcare, education and youth, translation and interpretation, criminal justice, and community organizations.

Business Case for Diversity
With the most rapidly aging population in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is increasingly challenged to secure stable and reliable sources of labour. This presentation maps immigration trends and explores the benefits and business value of diversifying the workforce and recruiting internationally-trained workers at all skill levels.

Cultural Competency Toolkit
A comprehensive package developed for employers covering a range of topics related to intercultural communication in the workplace to harness the skills of newcomer employees. The Toolkit is designed to align with the Cultural Intelligence Center curriculum, as a globally recognized standard for intercultural training. There are three individual modules in the Toolkit:

  • Culturally Inclusive Hiring Practices – Guidance for removing bias and discrimination from hiring policies so that employers will hire the right candidate for the position, based on merit and skillset.
  •  Culturally Inclusive Workplaces – Practical tools for developing a positive environment and internal policies that are essential to creating an inclusive organizational culture.
  • Introduction to Workplace Norms for Newcomer Employees – Designed for current or future newcomer employees, to assist them in becoming familiar with workplace norms and expectations in a Canadian workplace

* The Cultural Competency Toolkit workshops can be delivered separately or as a package

Supporting Immigration in Rural NL
Focusing on the importance of immigration for economic and cultural development of rural areas in the province, we will share success stories of communities that have sustained business ventures by attracting newcomer talent, and discuss options for recruiting international workers.

Public Education

Our public education presentations are designed to foster respect for, and understanding of, all individuals in the province. With a special focus on immigration, we promote the benefits of a diversity and inclusion in society.

Promoting Anti-Racism:  Being an Ally *new*
A new, online session specifically tailored to provide an immersive and respectful discussion on Racism and Discrimination. Learn more about the Anti-Racism movement, and the tangible ways to combat racism and support others!

COVID-19 & Racism *new*
We analyze how the spread of the coronavirus brought about – and renewed – discrimination towards East-Asian communities, by walking through accounts of institutional racism in Canadian history, and identify direct and indirect racism when the virus first arrived in Canada

Deconstructing Diversity
Designed to be energizing, interactive and engaging, this module includes activities that are aligned with the specific curriculum goals of the English School District, and are tailored to the needs of youth in Elementary, Junior High and Senior High schools.

Peace and Harmony
This energizing activity and story-based cultural learning module is designed for youth in primary and elementary grades, exploring ideas around diversity, culture, inclusiveness and equality.


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