Research & Policy

Special Projects

Community Development Practice

Anti-Racism and Anti-Islamophobia in Alberta’s Settlement Sector

In June 2016, AAISA initiated the Anti-Racism and Anti-Islamophobia in Alberta’s Settlement Sector project, with the objective of building welcoming and inclusive communities through research and collaborative learning. The project aims to enhance the capacity of settlement practitioners, professionals, and community members who work with immigrants and refugees to advocate for anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia in their practice.

Our hope is that the resources we have developed will help guide you during difficult decision-making, influence how you interact with clients and colleagues, shape your programs and services, to ultimately create safe and welcoming spaces.

Community Development Practice includes several components:


AAISA held a one-day workshop on Nov. 24, 2016 in Calgary, for professionals and community members who work with immigrants and refugees. The face-to-face workshop provided an opportunity to further categorize and discuss current organizational programming, services, resources, and best practices. The outcomes of the workshop helped inform the Practice Guide.

Environmental Scan

The environmental scan examines racism and Islamophobia in Alberta, the capacity of the settlement sector in anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia work, and maps current resources to build inclusive communities.

Read the full report here.

Practice Guide

What you will find in the Practice Guide:

  • Understand the complexity of the problem and how to approach it
  • Key principles to guide thinking and decision-making
  • Case examples of how anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia work can be carried out
  • Strategies to apply practice, including activity sheets
  • Tools and Resources

The full Practice Guide is available here.

Resource List

Find it here.

Other Resources

  • Two-page information sheet about the project
  • Key Definitions around the concepts of culture, bias, and forms of discrimination. These definitions were co-created by members of the community during the Building Anti-racism and Anti-Islamophobia Advocates in Alberta’s Settlement Sector Workshop – November 2016 
  • Checklist to assess organizational diversity, inclusion & equity at your organization

This project will also inform future interactive learning opportunities delivered by AAISA…stay tuned!

Community Development Practice: Anti-Racism and Anti-Islamophobia in Alberta’s Settlement Sector is the result of collaborative efforts among AAISA and its member agencies, government representatives, and community stakeholders, with funding from the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC) through the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund (HREMF ).

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