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"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

Nelson Mandela

RIVERS OF HOPE 

VISION STATEMENT

Like many rivers joining together, we believe that when compassion and understanding flow between us, we connect. 

 

At Rivers of Hope, we work towards a vision of neighbourhoods, communities, and schools where where young people and adults have empathy and compassion towards one another, forming deep connections across differences.

In these welcoming environments, young people and families from all backgrounds enjoy a sense of safety and belonging. If a member of the community is ever targeted for prejudice or hate, their peers stand up for them and offer support. Steps are taken to support healing and to make sure that it doesn't happen again. 

Our ultimate goal is to build neighbourhoods, communities, and classrooms that are free from prejudice and hate. This includes the elimination of anti-Black racism, anti-Indigeneity, Islamophobia, anti-Asian racism, antisemitism, and all other forms of discrimination. 

 

We believe that this vision is within reach - one person, conversation, and workshop at a time.

Our VALUES

​​Compassion

 

We are driven by compassion towards people who are impacted by racism, prejudice, and hate. This includes (but is not limited to) people who are affected by anti-Black racism, anti-Indigeneity racism, anti-Asian racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, and other forms of discrimination. 

Courage

We are courageous in challenging ourselves and other people to reflect deeply and grow. We also try to foster courage in others by motivating them to safely take action if they witness acts of prejudice or hate.   

Commitment

 

We are committed to building long-term relationships to bring about change. We hold commitments to the communities we are a part of and that we work alongside with. This includes a commitment to maintaining good relationships with Indigenous peoples in our area and challenging anti-Black racism in all aspects of our work. 

 

Collaboration

 

We collaborate with other organizations and groups and amplify their work. We believe that working together is a key strategy for eliminating prejudice and hate from our communities, neighbourhoods, and schools.