Inclusive Cafe: Lack of Affordable Housing & Islamaphobia
October 19
City Centre Library

How can we address the systemic barriers preventing a livable and inclusive City?

  • Thursday, October 19
  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
  • City Centre Library
  • 1st floor READ-Ability Lounge
  • 10350 University Drive, Surrey
  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Coffee and tea is served

With the current lack of affordable housing in Surrey as well as the growing tide of Islamaphobia in Canada, we need to come up with innovative approaches to deal with these new challenges by engaging community members in collaborative approaches. 

How do we, as residents of Surrey, overcome come of these systemic challenges to make this an affordable, livable city that thrives on creativity and inclusivity by going beyond tolerance and into accepting the "other"? Often, we perceive the "other" as a threat to scarce resources, but in reality, they are people with deep desires to give back to the country and city that has helped them pursue a better life. 

How do we combat this perception?

Join our community dialogue!

Moderators: Zainab Ibraheem and Shamira Virji

Zainab and Shamira are from Nisa Homes, a transition shelter for Muslim women and children fleeing violence or experiencing homelessness in Surrey. Nisa Homes is working to engage community members in collaborative projects such as entrepreneurial and micro-financing workshops and opportunities to make relevant connections with established community organizations. Another collaborative project focuses on radical acceptance, forgiveness, finding voice and creative purpose. 

The Inclusive City Cafes meet every third Thursday of the month and provide a safe and welcoming space for community members to discuss the challenges and opportunities of living in a diverse community. The Cafe was initiated in the fall of 2015. This series is a partnership between the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, City of Surrey, Surrey Libraries, SFU Philosopher's Cafe, and the SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre.