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Intercultural Kootenays aims to help build and maintain inclusive and non-discriminatory communities by addressing the root causes of racism, hate and discrimination and building intercultural competencies, while supporting people experiencing inequitable treatment. We believe everyone’s rights flow from the recognition of common humanity and dignity.


Address the root causes of racism, hate and discrimination in our communities by working to build intercultural competencies while supporting people experiencing inequitable treatment.


Communities where all citizens live and work with dignity, equality, respect and intercultural competence.

Intercultural Kootenays will develop an Anti-Racism Community Response Project, which will help the marginalized community in Nelson feel safe and empowered. The Community Response Project has 5 main objectives;  Research & Surveying, Anti-Racism Support Program, Intercultural and Inclusion Assessment, Training and Workshops, Community Connections and Administration of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment.

Research and surveying

We plan to launch a cultural ethnography in our area to allow suppressed voices an equal platform and to clarify the needs of individuals and/or communities who are marginalized and impacted by racism. This ethnography will be conducted within a mixed methods research framework and we will triangulate our data with regional statistics, interviews and/or surveys to produce high level, quality data.

Anti-racism support program

Data gathered through our local ethnography study and other surveying, develop a plan to ensure a platform for the safe support of victims of racism or hate and an action plan from the ethnography study. Central to this plan will be to organize and steward a diversely-populated group that will hear, believe, and support people experiencing racism and hate in our community. This is sorely needed in our region as there is no one providing this service, and even more urgent right now because of heightened racism and xenophobia due to Covid-19.

Intercultural and Inclusion assessment, training and workshops

Focusing on ensuring that Nelson and area educational institutions, union chapters, service organizations, and other major employers, elected officials and influential groups are current in their understanding of the necessity of positive intercultural knowledge, skills and attitudes, and choose to make interculturalization a central value in their organizational and personal cultures.

Community connections

Liaise with other organizations to build relationships and collaborations so that our community organizations are working to ensure inclusion with a heightened intercultural skill set. Already on our list for outreach and collaboration are the Nelson Friends of Refugees, Nelson United Church, Mir Centre for Peace Studies, Nelson and District Youth Centre, Nelson and District Women’s Centre, Transconnect, Nelson Pride and the Nelson Police Volunteer Restorative Justice Program, Nelson Community Services, Nelson CARES, and ANKORS Nelson. We are stronger together.

Administer the IDI

Intercultural Development Inventory survey to willing participants to help them to understand their competency level and then offer growth plans to support them in their competency education, starting with our Kootenay Central Intercultural group.

Discrimination & Harrassment Prevention and Victim Support

Get Support

Intercultural Kootenays is here to listen, provide resources and support you as you choose the best option for you. Anyone who has experienced or witnessed discrmination or harassment, whether it occurred recently or in the distant past can get support with Intercultural Kootenays. Everyone who seeks support from Intercultural Kootenays will be treated with respect and dignity.

Our services are free, confidential, and available to all community members in the Kootenay region. We are here to support you.
Unfortunately, most discriminatory actions are not recorded and therefore this leads to problems being unidentified and solutions not being actively sought after. Help us, change this. Please note data collected from this report will be used for statistical purposes.

Discrimination  Report

Report an Incident Here

If you are a victim or a witness, of racism or discrimination, we can provide emotional support and provide refferals to help in your recovery.  To speak with a victim support worker please complete the report below. You are not alone. We are here to help.

    Report Racism & Discrimination

    Thank-you for taking a first step to report racism and discrimination.

    1. Contact Info

    2. Incident report date:

    3. Type of incident: (vandalism, harassment, slurs, threats, graffiti, hateful material, other )

    4. Motivation for incident:

    5. Was this incident reported to RCMP?

    6. Was this incident reported to the City Police?

    7. Any additional details of the incidents?

    8. Do you want to be contacted after the report has been submitted?

    9. Would you like to anonymously share data for statistical purposes for Intercultural Kootenays and Resilience BC to help combat racism?

    Community Resources

    Mental Health and Crisis Lines

    BC Mental Health Support Line: (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number). It’s free and available 24 hours a day.

    Suicide hotline: If you are in distress or worried about someone else. It’s free and available 24 hours a day.

    Crisis Line Association of BC
    1800SUICIDE (24 hours): 1-800-784-2433 310
    Mental Health Support (24 hours): 310-6789

    KUU-US Aboriginal Crisis Line
    Toll Free (24 hours): 1-800-588-8717
    Adult/Elders Crisis Line (24 hours): (250) 723-4050
    Child/Youth Crisis Line (24 hours): (250) 723-2040

    Youthspace.ca (NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support)
    Youth Text (6pm-12am): (778) 783-0177
    Youth Chat (6pm-12am): www.youthspace.ca

    Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868
    Provides kids and teens access to a professional counsellor by phone to discuss their issue or concern 24 hours a day.

    VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808
    If you or someone you know are a victim of crime and need more information or support, call VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808 for toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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