Cultural diversity in the City of Whittlesea

Uploaded by WhittleseaCouncil on 24.11.2010

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>>The City of Whittlesea is one of the most culturally diverse municipalities in Victoria.
>>We come from different places, bringing with us many languages, faiths, customs and
perspectives. It is this diversity that makes the City of Whittlesea alive, rich and vibrant.
It is our strength.
>>We have a strong, proud and growing Aboriginal community – the fourth largest in Victoria.
>>Nearly half of our residents are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
>>More than one third of our residents are born overseas, representing 140 different
>>We pride ourselves on our welcoming, inclusive and harmonious community. This is something
we need to continuously build on and nurture, now and into the future.
>>90% of Victorians support our communities being made up of people from diverse backgrounds.
Yet, despite this widespread support for diversity, discrimination on the basis of race still
>>Research clearly indicates that people from migrant, refugee and Aboriginal backgrounds
continue to experience high rates of discrimination in everyday life, such as while shopping,
at school, in the workplace, in sporting clubs.
Even when discrimination is expressed in less obvious ways and unintentionally, it can have
devastating effects on people’s sense of belonging, self esteem, life opportunities
and mental health and well-being.
>>It is vital to promote diversity and reduce discrimination in order to build productive,
socially cohesive and inclusive communities. Communities that support cultural diversity
have better health outcomes.
>>People are more likely to have better mental health when they live and work in environments
where diversity is valued.
On the other hand, race-based discrimination is clearly linked with mental health problems,
particularly depression.
>>All Victorians are entitled to mutual respect and understanding regardless of their background.
We all have rights and responsibilities.
>>Freedom from discrimination on the basis of race is one of the human rights outlined
in the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
>>The Charter is a statement about the values and principles of the Victorian community.
It lays out basic freedoms that belong to all Victorians, everywhere, at all times.
>>The City of Whittlesea is one of only two councils funded by VicHealth to trial a new
approach to promoting and supporting diversity and reducing race-based discrimination.
>>Being awarded the Localities Embracing & Accepting Diversity Project, or LEAD for
short, is important recognition of the our strong track record and ongoing commitment
to supporting diversity.
>>The project aims to build community understanding and acceptance of diversity and support local
organisations, such as retailers, workplaces, schools and Council, to be fair, welcoming
and inclusive for all.
>>By acknowledging and respecting our similarities and our differences, and by supporting and
valuing our diversity, we can all reap the benefits of a rich and vibrant community.
>>LEAD – Working together. Saying no to discrimination