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 — was cancelled due to COVID-19. 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 until we can gather for next spring’s event.
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
Ontario Ministry of Health
Government of Canada
Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force
United Way Grey Bruce
M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre
Resources and Supports for Newcomers and Immigrants Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic
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.
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: