"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."
RIVERS OF HOPE
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.