The Townsville Intercultural Centre is hosting a two-day “Unity In Diversity” National Conference in Brisbane in July 2019, bringing refugee and migrant sector agencies, government policy and decision makers, peak bodies, culturally and linguistically diverse community leaders and Elders, religious leaders, academics, human rights advocates and the wider community with lived experience together.
The conference will provide a platform for frank and open discussion about diffusing barriers, creating a new set of discourses and approaches beyond the current multicultural vision.
Key conversations about inclusions, integration, employment, crime prevention, exclusion, identity, mental health, belonging, acceptance, faith and other factors affecting communities Australia wide will be discussed.
Practitioners from Australia-wide will converge for two days giving a better sense of Australia’s multicultural achievements and identifying barriers to social cohesion.
Race relations, pluralism and cultural diversity is one of the most sensational issues in Australia and impacted on the relationships between service providers, government and communities in many different ways. Often there are irreparable and irreversible consequences when a community’s social fabric is ripped apart and communities become divided.
This conference, in line with the past 35 years of the Townsville Intercultural Centre’s endeavours in the community development and community engagement sectors will address multiculturalism issues in an open, inclusive and friendly platform.
When a community works with unbiased and non-judgemental approaches to culture and treats people with dignity and respect, dealing with justice rather than stereotyping and assumptions, there is significant overall benefit to the whole community.
There are significant long-term benefits for providing a safe forum to discuss divisive multicultural and race relations issues. These include: stronger intercultural connections; enhanced sense of belonging to a community; better understanding of and tolerance for interfaith and cultural considerations; enhanced civic duty; more new arrivals becoming Australian citizens; increased tolerance in the community and resistance to stereotyping.
The conference is being supported by like-minded agencies such as Islamic Women’s Association Australia, Welcome to Australia, Queensland Alliance For Mental Health, James Cook University, World Wellness, Health and Medical Group and Multicultural Development Australia.