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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 

What is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development? 

May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This annual celebration, led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights the richness of the world’s cultures, promotes understanding and respect, and underscores the important roles that diversity and dialogue play in working towards peace and sustainable development. 

The importance and significance of this day is deeply felt at Covenant House Vancouver (CHV). We welcome vulnerable youth from all backgrounds, many of whom are originally from other countries, and we are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment that celebrates differences and fosters inclusivity and acceptance. 

CHV’s cultural diversity values are widely shared. In a 2020 Canadian survey, 92% of respondents believed that cultural diversity is a Canadian value. Furthermore, British Columbia is notably the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, with almost 30% of residents immigrating here from other countries. 

How do we celebrate cultural diversity at Covenant House Vancouver? 

At CHV, cultural diversity is more than a simple acknowledgement. We look to participate in, and acknowledge, a broad range of holidays and occasions. Throughout the year, we host celebrations, bond over food, and support the youth we serve in cultural practices that are meaningful to them.  

We also invite youth to connect with team members and our Lead Spiritual Care Practitioner if there are additional days that they would like to recognize. Embracing the multitude of cultures, traditions, and perspectives that youth bring with them, creates an enriched community that enables youth to stay connected to important and meaningful parts of their heritage, uphold their traditions, and share their cultures with other youth. 

Our celebration of cultural diversity extends well beyond World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. It’s a continuous effort that requires ongoing commitment and dedication. Through various opportunities and initiatives, we strive to create a fully inclusive environment for youth to learn from one another, share their stories, and celebrate their cultures with pride. 

Ultimately, it’s diversity that makes our communities the unique and inspiring places that they are. At CHV, we continue to create a space where every young person feels valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential.