2017/02/22 - Safeguarding Our Communities, Upholding Our Shared Values: A Community Forum on Immigration and Racial Discrimination

On February 22, 2017, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. held a community forum in partnership with organizations committed to the elimination of racial discrimination in British Columbia. The forum featured a keynote address by His Excellency Artur Wilczynski, Canada’s Ambassador to Norway.

This forum stood against the recent incidents of racial discrimination towards newcomers and the alarming trend of racially-charged sentiments in the media, and exposed their impact on newcomers, immigrants and long-time residents. Over 200 partners, leaders and communities participated in a reaffirmation of our shared values and acknowledged the historic contribution of immigrants to the prosperity of B.C.

The forum contributed to both the City of Vancouver’s pledge of 101 Days of Action Against Discrimination, and B.C.’s aspiration to be “an inclusive environment for all cultures that celebrates their diversity and refuses to tolerate racism and hatred,” as per Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.

Ambassador Wilczynski’s keynote was preceded by a panel of experts who participated in an informed conversation about racial discrimination in our communities, their historic significance, how local communities might foster healing from racism, and the value of immigrants to the province. Following the keynote was a facilitated call to action to foster integration, inclusion and social sustainability.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. would like to thank Lien Yeung, of CBC Vancouver, for moderating the Forum as well as the following speakers:

His Excellency Artur Wilczynski, Canada’s Ambassador to Norway
Dr. Gurdeep Parhar, Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships & Professionalism, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Chief Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada Ambassador
Dr. Robert Krell, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre Founding President & Outreach Speaker
The Honourable Yuen Pau Woo, Senator, BC
Mrs. Christine Brodie, Education Consultant
Ms. Judith Bosire, Consultant, MNP LLP
Ms. Sarah Al-Qaysi, Program Assistant, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Mr. Travis Chen, President, Yigeda

Learn more about our speakers.


For videos of the speakers and panelists from the Forum, please visit this webpage.

Sustainability Initiatives
To sustain the work of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its community partners that will arise from the Forum, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be launching two initiatives. The goal is to ensure the energy, momentum, and actions arising from the forum will continue to have a lasting impact beyond the event itself and can be shared across communities in British Columbia.

Community Roundtables: In the spring of 2017, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will launch a series of Community Roundtables in communities across Metro Vancouver. These facilitated conversations will bring together community members and provide a platform for them to share and reflect on their thoughts on diversity and inclusion, while engaging them in thought-provoking discussions regarding cultural integration in our community – to build safe, strong and enlightened neighborhoods. Each roundtable session will have a capacity of 20 to 50 participants and would be hosted at one of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.'s local offices or another accessible community location. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be releasing more information about the Community Roundtables soon. Please visit this webpage for updates.

Documentary Video: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will create a one-of-a-kind documentary video, featuring interviews with well-known and respected immigrants, about the value of newcomers and the contributions of immigrants to our communities. The documentary will be an important tool to engage our communities – including high school and post-secondary students – to better understand the important role of immigrants in building our communities. The documentary will be distributed through multiple channels including a special screening video launch, online and social media channels, and grassroots outreach through high schools and universities.

For  information about the Community Forum in other languages:
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)



S.U.C.C.E.S.S. thanks the following supporters for their generous contributions to the Community Forum.


    BCID H rgb pos            CityofVancouver    



Community Roundtable Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

      David and Dorothy
Lam Foundation 
         MNP         UBC 

Major Media Sponsor


Media Sponsors

    FairchildTV     Talentvision      Omni       CanadianCityPost     
     SingTao      CanadianImmigrant      EvergreenNews        GlobalChinesePress    
     Jewish Independent      MingPaoDailyNews      TheVoice        DailyHive    
    Tyee     Roundhouse     SpiceRadio            


Community Supporter Sponsors
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Direction Legal LLP
Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
Vancouver Foundation


Affinity Medical Clinic
Grace and Richard Wong
Peter Guo, Brenda Tan and Family
Township 7 Vineyards and Winery

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