Courtyard café: Equity and diversity

 

Summary

  • Current profile of members and supporters does not reflect the diversity in the province
  • Greens may be perceived as not being as diverse as other major parties
  • New Canadians not aware of social and economic elements in BC Greens platform and may drift to parties that purport to have a focus on the economy
  • Some BC Greens’ issues such as environmental issues, drug policies, LGBTQ2+ or socialism do not resonate well with some ethnic groups
  • Few young candidates, most are middle aged

 

  • Current profile of members and supporters does not represent the diversity in the province
  • Other parties are more established, perceived to have a more diverse caucus, and supporters having had a longer time frame to develop effective outreach to ethinic communities
  • Many Green supporters are well-educated, urban and of European heritage
  • Most candidates are middle aged or interested in older issues. There are few young candidates
  • Economic factors are the most important thing to new immigrants,many perceive that BC Greens are not concerned about the economy
  • Public is not broadly aware of the social and economic elements of the BC Greens platform
  • BC Greens associated with issues such as environmental issues, drug policies, LGBTQ2 or socialism which do not resonate well with some ethnic groups (e.g. BC has a pristine environment compared with China!)
  • Single member representative democracy do not lend themselves to being representative

 

Summary:

  • Support candidates through affirmative action
  • Promote our policies and values with various ethnic groups
  • Remove barriers ex.. cost barriers for youth and others, provide resources and support to run as a candidate
  • Reach out to non-profits and community groups
  • Create welcoming and a safe space for people from the different communities
  • Review our policies and branding to determine what may appear exclusive
  • Systems to support candidates through affirmative action
  • Promote our policies and values with various ethnic groups
  • Remove barriers ex. cost barriers for youth and others, provide resources and support to run as candidate
  • Sharing knowledge on systemic biases and their impact on society
  • Reach out to non-profits and community groups
    • Get ambassador in each organization
    • Get into places we wouldn’t otherwise go
    • Connect with local community groups
  • Create welcoming and a safe space for people from the different communities
  • Review our policies and branding to determine what may appear exclusive
  • Address areas where we need to be flexible or look at new policy areas?
  • Having patience — engagement can be a long process need to be committed to doing it
  • Relationships aren’t easy and require compromise. Some relationships won’t fit but need to make space for people
  • Work on our internal culture and learn more about what we don’t know
  • Unpack our own privilege and take down barriers from inside
  • Use people's own connections through work that we do that is more community-based and increase community connections
  • First Nation candidates are important for engaging communities
  • Cultural knowledge, get different ideas from different people
  • Build relationships with specific communities, be focused and put resources into developing the relationship
  • Build bridges with ambassadors and show support for the community
  • Bring in people of diverse backgrounds who are focused on business economy
  • Talk to tradespeople about our vision for value-added industry and jobs
  • Get members out to meet people so they can see what we are actually like
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