CPN Diversity Seminar #11: Police and Diverse Communities- A Theatre Project
The Community Partnership Network (CPN) organized a diversity seminar on "Exploring Relationships between Police and Diverse Communities — A Theatre Project". The June 6, 2016 seminar was hosted at the Pacific Opera Victoria's Wingate Studio.
This engaging three-hour seminar utilized transformational theatre tools to explore and understand the complex relationships between ethno-cultural community members and police. Using real life stories gathered from the Victoria Police Department and local diverse community members, a series of theatre scenes were presented on a range of issues such as bias, cross-cultural misunderstandings, stereotypes, etc. that negatively impact police-community interactions. The seminar was led by facilitators Lina de Guevara, Victor Porter and ICA's Paulina Grainger.
Amanda Edwards- a young, talented Coast Salish First Nation dancer - opened the event while acting Victoria Police Chief Del Manak spoke on the importance of the theatre project in understanding how to build trust in police and community relationships. A Global Cafe activity followed the panel, inviting participants to share ideas and respond to key questions about how our police services can build trust and create better relationships with diverse community members.
Thanks to ICA and Community Partnership Network, in collaboration with the Victoria police department and local actors, for their amazing work. Photos courtesy of Sid Emmanuel.
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