Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
November 16, 2018

Innovative Sharing Our Cultures Program Expands to Four Regions

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced just over $149,000 to support the expansion of Sharing Our Cultures to four regions of the province. Minister Davis made the announcement in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe, Sharing Our Cultures engages students from diverse cultural backgrounds to foster belonging and acceptance regardless of ethnicity, culture, language, ability, or religion. Through weekly meetings in schools and workshops, youth develop friendships and a sense of belonging while improving their skills in language, literacy, and leadership.

With this funding, Sharing Our Cultures is expanding to Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Corner Brook, and Grand Falls-Windsor.

Working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to enhance awareness of multiculturalism in the K-12 school system is a key commitment in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This collaborative, partnership-driven immigration action plan delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“Sharing Our Cultures provides youth with the opportunity to build new friendships, learn from each other, and discover the rich diversity of cultures that call Newfoundland and Labrador home. I am very pleased that this valuable program will now be available to more students in various regions of the province.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

“I commend Sharing Our Cultures for the important work they undertake in our schools and their commitment to enhancing awareness of multiculturalism in our education system. We are seeing increasing numbers of children who come from different countries and cultures. As a government, we are committed to ensuring schools are welcoming places for newcomers, where they feel respected and accepted, and teachers and students demonstrate inter-cultural understandings.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

“As Sharing Our Cultures celebrates its 20th year, this funding provides excellent opportunities for students and teachers throughout the province to benefit from curriculum-based intercultural programs that contribute to the goals of The Way Forward.”
Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe
Founder, Sharing Our Cultures

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Media contacts
Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595
ryancrocker@gov.nl.ca

Tina Coffey
Education and Early Childhood Development
709-729-1906, 728-8650
tcoffey@gov.nl.ca

Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe
Sharing Our Cultures
709-726-1504
lloydetta@sharingourcultures.com

2018 11 16                              12:00 p.m.