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Kitchen Table Conversations for Action on InclusionKitchen Table Conversations for Action on Inclusion

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Enhance Kitchen Table Conversations for Action on Inclusion

Communicating effectively is something we all strive towards, but often it can be far less effective than we would like. We may struggle with new ideas, filter information through our own experiences or fail to recognize the impact of our messages on others. When conversations focus on complex issues of equity and inclusion the efficacy of our communication becomes vital.

In this series of webinars we will explore the explicit and implicit ways that we communicate with one another. Each webinar will help to build awareness, identify strategies and develop skills for improving relationships and understanding ourselves and others.

This is a collaborative project of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) and the Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Programs (ONESTEP), funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's Partnership Grants Program. 

Operating from February 2017 – March 31, 2018, the project aims to develop an organizational culture that values diversity in leadership within small, rural community organizations, and help organizations become more diverse, equitable and inclusive. Recognizing that isolated interventions often fall short of creating a culture of inclusion, ongoing support and engagement is built into the project.

Indigenous inspired approaches and training methods have been incorporated throughout the project including the integration of the medicine wheel evaluation framework to deepen understanding, and encourage story-telling and participation. These “ind-spired” methodologies are effective for all learners, are consistent with and enhance recognized adult education practices and will help foster understanding of reconciliation.

The main component of the project will engage participants, across Ontario, to advance inclusive leadership. They will identify key issues in their communities or organizations and initiate a conversation about it.  

In essence, Kitchen Table Conversations for Action on Inclusion will employ a three-pronged approach: part “train the trainer” part “courageous conversations” and part “action tables.”

The "kitchen table" is a metaphor for a small, informal and safe setting; the convsersation could literally be held by people sitting around a kitchen table, or it would be in a workplace, community centre, library or campfire. It could take the form of a movie night or a book club discussion. These conversations will provide an opportunity for people to express their ideas, opinions and concerns in a safe environment while building and strengthening community and sector networks.

Following the completion of the project, both OHCC and ONESTEP will maintain contact with participants through ancillary training and information sessions, conferences and newsletters.

KTC Introductory Webinars

Five opportunities to participate in a one-hour webinars were presented between April 19-27. This introductory webinar was both an information session and an invitation to participate in the Kitchen Table Conversations for Action on Inclusion project,

View the slides of the webinar.

View a recording of the webinar.

Conversation Leaders' Orientation Session

Nine orientation sessions were held between June and September, 2017, in London, Sudbury, Waterloo, Midland, Peterborough, Cambridge, Thunder Bay, Kingston and Petawawa.

View the slides of the sessions.

Action on Inclusion: A Resource Kit for Community Conversations

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