Welcoming & Inclusive
The City of Brooks is proud to present the 2017 to 2020 City of Brooks Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Partnership Plan (PDF). The City of Brooks is committed to building a welcoming and inclusive community and workplace that helps sustain a cultural atmosphere that all residents can enjoy. The Plan outlines a specific Action Plan to address the Canadian Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities' (CCIM) ten Common Commitments. It also provides a three year strategic focus on how the City of Brooks can become more welcoming and inclusive.
The City of Brooks works closely with both CCIM and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) in order to help promote Brooks as a welcoming and inclusive community. A welcoming and inclusive community is one which is free from discrimination and where residents feel able to participate in all aspects of the social, cultural and economic life of the city.
The City of Brooks Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Partnership Plan is closely based on CCIM's resources which is used to provide practical information to support the work of municipalities and their partners in strengthening their local initiatives and policies for inclusive municipalities.
Newell Regional Expo
During the creation of the Partnership Plan a strong partnership was formed with the Newell Regional Expo, a group dedicated to promoting our region as a diversity-friendly and inclusive place for all residents. The Newell Regional Expo has recently released a video that illustrates their accomplishments since its inception.
Along with the partnerships between the City of Brooks and external organizations such as CCIM and AUMA, the City works closely with its residents and businesses to promote a healthy, safe and friendly community for all. This is accomplished through the continued effectiveness and inclusiveness of the City's facilities, services, programs and events.
Welcoming and Inclusive Events and Initiatives
The City of Brooks prides itself on its ability to work with residents and organizations to create fun and educational events and programs. Recent City events/campaigns include:
- Chinese New Year Celebrations;
- Black History Month;
- March 21 - Elimination of Racial Discrimination Campaign;
- Hate Crime Awareness Day;
- Asian Heritage Month;
- Seniors Appreciation Breakfast;
- National Indigenous Peoples Day;
- Ramadan Celebrations;
- Pride Day;
- Learn to Skate Events;
- Alberta Culture Days;
- Womens History Month;
- International Day of Persons with Different Abilities;
- Inclusion Awards;
- Hosting and Attending Various Diversity/Inclusion Forums and Conferences; and,
- Planting a Diverse Community Garden (with various vegetables from around the world).
Residents are encouraged to come to City Hall if they have any special cultural days they would like to celebrate and partner with the City on.