Celebrating Our Diversity

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Staying at Home / Sharing Our One World

Our tenth Grey Bruce One World Festival — themed Imagining Our Inclusive Future and planned
for June 4th in downtown Owen Sound — has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Since we cannot gather in person to celebrate our diversity this spring, we are inviting everyone
in Grey and Bruce counties to move the festivities to our Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/Grey-Bruce-One-World-Festival-1568360026756913/).
— Please reach out and join your neighbours online by sharing something you’ve created to
celebrate our diversity and build a more inclusive community. Here are some suggestions to get
you started:
• sing a song
• draw a picture
• say “I miss you”
• teach a traditional children’s game
• tell a folk tale
• do a dance
• write a poem
• play a tune on a musical instrument
• tell us about your family’s heritage
• say “We are all at home on Earth — our one world.” in any language
• share a message of hope
—then post it on our Facebook page throughout the month of May.

With best wishes until we see each other next year,
The Inclusive Communities Committee of Grey and Bruce


Information and resources for COVID-19:

Grey Bruce Public Health Information
https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/
Ontario Ministry of Health
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Government of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Grey County
https://www.grey.ca/covid-19

Bruce County
https://brucecounty.on.ca/covid19
Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force
https://povertytaskforce.com/covid-19-community-resources/
United Way Grey Bruce
https://unitedwayofbrucegrey.com/community-information-and-resources/
M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre
https://mwikwedong.com/
Resources and Supports for Newcomers and Immigrants Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic
https://unitedwayofbrucegrey.com/covid-19-resources-supports-for-newcomers-immigrants/


In 2020, the ICC and the Grey Bruce One World Festival became part of Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (welcominggreybruce.ca). Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (WCGB) works to create an inclusive and welcoming Grey Bruce, where differences are celebrated and no one is left behind, by:
— providing local education, counselling, referrals and other support services, including language instruction, employment training, job-search programs, translation services and information programs on regional and Canadian culture and life, for immigrants, refugees and newcomers in need,
— engaging community members in planning and activities to reduce social, racial, cultural and institutional barriers, and support a welcoming and inclusive Grey Bruce, and
— collaborating with public, not-for-profit and private organizations and businesses to ensure that the needs of newcomers to Grey and Bruce are met and to build a welcoming and inclusive region for all residents.

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2020 Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (WCGB) board members are (back row from left) Nicholas Forrester, Waleed Aslam, Muna Shrestha, Manpreet Kaur Sangha, Donald Anderson, Colleen Purdon and David Morris, with staff members (front row from left) Olga Jura and Map Ip from WCGB’s Rural Pathways to Employment for Visible-Minority Newcomer Women program.


— And congratulations to the Grey Bruce One World Festival for receiving a 2017 Owen Sound Cultural Award:image007