Inclusive City Cafés

Surrey is a very culturally diverse city with 40% of the population foreign born, and receives more Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) than any other BC municipality. This rich diversity brings vibrancy and innovation to the City, however both newcomer and "receiving" communities in Surrey are experiencing challenges in adapting to new ways of being and living such a diverse city. 

The Inclusive City Cafes will provide a safe and welcoming space for community members to discuss the challenges and opportunities of living in a diverse community and to start to explore how we can become a healthier and more inclusive City.

This series is a partnership between the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, the City of Surrey, SFU Philosophers' Cafe, and the SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre.

Surrey City Centre Library (SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre)

Thursdays, 5–6:30 p.m.

(READ-Ability Lounge, 1st floor)

Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20

Note: Café scheduled on May 18 has been cancelled.

Visit Inclusitve City Cafe website for more information.

  • Thu, 16 Feb 2017 5:00 PM
    No Ban. How does the US travel ban affect us?
    Moderator: Patrick Graham and Connie Waterman
    In the last month, Canada has witnessed dramatic changes in the U.S. government and horrific attacks on religious groups in Quebec. How are we affected by the new direction for US immigration policy? Can we draw a straight line between these events, or is it symptomatic of a deeper problem here in Canada? How can we start to address systemic racism? What can we do to counter acts of hate and exclusion and create an environment where we honour and value our diverse beliefs?