The history of Red Deer, like that of Canada, is heavily influenced by immigration from all parts of the globe. While initial immigration advanced the settlement and establishment of the community, subsequent immigration continues to build Red Deer economically, socially and culturally.
As the "face" of the community becomes more ethnically diverse, organizations and agencies in Red Deer celebrate different cultures and build partnerships that support the needs of international newcomers. With increasing numbers of international newcomers, the resources of these agencies and groups are stretched.
To help guide and support a community approach to the integration of international newcomers, The City of Red Deer and Red Deer College realized the need to first look at their own policies and practices. In June 2006 the two joined forces to research and evaluate the extent to which each institution was deemed "welcoming and inclusive."
Results of the study will be used to help The City and College to more effectively meet the needs of international newcomers. In addition, it is hoped the study’s recommendations will be a starting point for stakeholder dialogue aimed at creating a more welcoming and inclusive community in a community-based, collaborative manner.
Welcoming & Inclusive Communities Report
How to Build a More Welcoming & Inclusive Community (Full Colour Version)
How to Build a More Welcoming & Inclusive Community (Print Version)