Edmonton – The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) initiative is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence in the government and public category.
“We are so proud to receive this award, as it recognizes the significant work that the WIC initiative has been doing to support municipalities in their efforts to embrace Alberta’s increasing diversity and integrate marginalized populations into the social, economic and political fabric of communities,” said AUMA President Helen Rice.
WIC’s goal is to build municipal capacity to combat racism and other forms of discrimination through developing tools and organizing events that facilitate the sharing of best practices. The initiative has also provided support and information to encourage municipalities to join the Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination, and to develop tangible action plans to help them meet their commitments as a signatory.
“This national award recognizes the long-term, complex work being done in Alberta by all orders of government, and by a diversity of organizations and people, who are working together to build communities where all Albertans are welcomed, included and feel that they belong,” says Robert A. Philp, Queen’s Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals.
About WIC Initiative
The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) initiative is a partnership between the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and the Alberta Human Rights Commission to create communities with positive reputations, where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community and the quality of life enjoyed by all residents.