Workshops: EDI & Social Cohesion

Workshops in two sessions via Zoom

Accueil francophone & Réseau en immigration francophone du Manitoba (RIF MB) are happy to announce that they are at your disposal, and starting in January 2022, a new series of workshops on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).


These workshops are designed to implement AXIS 3 (Diversity and Inclusion) of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) of our Francophone community in Manitoba.


Indeed, the ability to attract, welcome, integrate and retain new members in the Francophone community is an essential condition for its vitality. The richness of Manitoba’s Francophonie is based on the great diversity of its members.


These workshops are based on an innovative pedagogical approach that focuses on the community of practice, that is, the sharing by participants, their multiple knowledge and experiences through the exchanges they develop throughout the workshop.

With this in mind, the seminars will address the following topics:

  • The importance of diversity in our communities.
  • The basics of diversity and inclusion.
  • Exploring conflict in diversity and Inclusion.
  • Facets of racism in the workplace.
  • How to move towards a “harmonious” relationship in our communities.

So, the topics to be defined into two sessions:


  • Workshop 1: Offer an Equitable, Diversity & Inclusive workplace (EDI).
  • Workshop 2: Social Cohesion or Community.

Workshop 1: Offer an equitable, diversity & inclusive workplace (EDI)

Diversity refers to race, gender, country of origin, sexual orientation, religion, age and economic status, etc. It is recognized in Axis 3 (Diversity and Inclusion) of our community’s Strategic Community Plan (SCP) as an essential factor in its vitality. Diversity remains a challenge to integration, equity and inclusion in our community organizations. Yet a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations is believed to drive innovation and performance. Organizations can unlock the potential of their workforce by leveraging their diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds.


This workshop of approximately two hours will help organizations and their employees develop skills and behaviours that support an inclusive culture.



At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define diversity in all its forms and understand the concept of inclusion.
  • Understand the value of diversity.
  • Describe possible grounds for discrimination and exclusion experienced by minority groups (racial, LGBTQ2S+, linguistic, people with disabilities, etc.).
  • Identify behaviors that contribute to valuing diversity in the workplace
  • Implement a diversity strategy in their workplace?



The workshop is open to all employees and managers of any organization.

Content of the workshop

  • What’s mean EDI?
  • Diversity, integration & inclusion.
  • Advantage of EDI
  • How to implement EDI.
  • Barriers experienced by minority groups in the workplace.
  • Identify organizational appearance that limit the engagement of individuals from minority groups (racial, LGBTQ2S+, linguistic, people with disabilities, etc.).
  • Identify situations and interpersonal appearance that reinforce feelings of exclusion.
  • Exercice: Identify your blind spots to better exercise your role as an ally
  • How to be an EDI Champion.

Workshop 2: Social Cohesion or Community

Diversity and inclusion are essential to the development and growth of our Francophone communities today. They are also critical to improving an organization’s ability to grow and provide better programs and services to its members.


The Community Strategic Plan in francophone immigration (FCFA, 2019) focuses on the aspects of inclusion, participation and retention. It should also be noted that Axis 2 of the Réseau en immigration francophone du Manitoba (RIF MB) strategic plan also focuses on the successful integration and retention of people from immigrant backgrounds in our communities, as they are full-fledged members.


Despite the goodwill of all these stakeholders, it seems that the goals of inclusion and community cohesion remain elusive. As a result, this observation leads to a series of questions, namely:

  • What makes it difficult to achieve social cohesion objectives in Francophone communities?
  • Should we question the diversity models developed in Francophone communities?
  • Are there political, economic or identity-based barriers to diversity and social cohesion in Francophone communities?
  • Newcomers and the host community (identity withdrawal) on the other, an obstacle to their own inclusion? If so, why?


At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify barriers to inclusion and community cohesion.
  • Understand the importance of social cohesion in a minority setting.
  • Identify factors that influence community cohesion.
  • Discuss the challenges of Franco-Manitoban identity and values.
  • Develop social cohesion practices.



The workshop is open to all community members who wish to participate in social cohesion within our community.

Content of the workshop


The content will revolve around the discussions in our workshops, as our pedagogical approach emphasizes the community of practice. However, from a general point of view, a few important elements will be addressed.

  • Understanding of some concepts related to social cohesion
  • Challenges related to inclusion and social cohesion
  • Determining factors in the process of social cohesion in the community
  • Practices (means) of social cohesion

Please fill out the registration form to select your workshop:

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In an effort to work more closely with the community, Accueil francophone & RIF MB will continue to develop initiatives that will allow all community organizations to better meet the multiple needs of Francophone newcomers.


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