We run programs in five areas of work:

i. Leadership and Systems Change Work

Our LEAD for Change and We All Belong programs promote racial equity, inclusion and cultural awareness in public systems and policies. It aims to address systemic inequities in public institutions, government and service systems so members of ethno-cultural communities can fully participate in economic, social and civic life.  We will implement this using a three-part strategy:

  • Community engagement/organizing
  • Capacity building
  • Systems change work

ii. Healthy Relationships

Our primary prevention approach to domestic violence and building healthy relationships works on three levels:

  • Engaging men in domestic violence prevention and developing role models in healthy relationships
  • Working with young men and boys to create a new generation of men
  • Strengthening Community intervention to encourage healthy families and relationships

We create safe environments for men and boys to talk about how they are impacted by immigration, violence and abuse, and how they can overcome these cycles. We engage communities in conversations, sports activities, family get-togethers and gatherings that focus on values and discuss cultural practices that promote healthy relationships.

iii. Community Connector

We build resident and community capacity for change in the Greater Forest Lawn Area by connecting residents, groups and organizations together to identify community-based assets, opportunities and issues and collectively address these. The initiative supports residents and local organizations to take the lead in creating a resident-driven network of formal and informal supports for individuals, children, families and the community as a whole, including ethno-cultural and indigenous communities. Through the Broker Strategy, residents are trained to become connectors and bridge between neighbours, groups, community organizations, and service providers.

iv. Youth Engagement

We engage racialized youth to inform, create, incubate and implement approaches to address the systemic and day-to-day barriers that they face. This will be a 3-year national collaborative project with the following priority themes:

  • work toward the elimination of discrimination, racism and prejudice;
  • provide opportunities for youth community engagement and involvement; and
  • bring people together through art, culture, and/or sport.

In celebration of ECCC’s 15th Anniversary and Canada 150, we engaged over 50 youth in expressing their experiences, challenges and aspirations for a welcoming society through poetry, spoken word, rap and dance. This culminated in a performance at the Jack Singer Concert Hall attended by almost 700.

v. Research and Policy

We publish policy papers and tool kits that assist ethno-cultural community members to become informed and engaged in systems and policy change initiatives. Our research and policy briefs also inform policy makers of the needs of ethno-cultural communities.

Our research and policy work focuses on participatory research that engages community members and public education and community led action on systems and policy change. For example, we:

  • Conduct research on the effects of changes to the family reunification program on Calgarians.
  • Produce a user-friendly guide on changing immigration policies and provide public education presentations on the topic.
  • Engage with ethno-cultural communities around civic participation.
  • Produce educational policy briefs on issues of concern to ethno-cultural community members.