Medicine Hat Community Inclusiveness Initiative, by Shalla Shaharayar

Royal Roads Intercultural & International Communications MA student Shalla Shaharayar is trying to connect newcomer professionals to the Medicine Hat community. 

Shalla's project assists in bridging the gap between the mainstream population and new Canadians by creating an awareness of issues or barriers, focusing mainly on the absense of a sense of belonging experienced by newcomers, and thus shedding light on the broader political and cultural context existing in Medicine Hat.

Rural communities such as Medicine Hat need immigration to ensure its long term potential for growth and sustainability. However, the community needs to change attitudes to not only attract newcomers but also to retain them by builing a welcoming and inclusive community.

Watch the SHAW TV piece on the project here: