Diversity & Public Education

The Diversity & Public Education team works to promote the positive benefits of immigration and to increase intercultural awareness in the province. We do this in two ways:

  1. Training – For over 20 years, the ANC has been delivering workshops and training on cultural diversity to businesses, government agencies, schools and community organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador. As the number of newcomers to the province continues to grow, our communities and workplaces are diversifying. Therefore, the importance of cultural intelligence and intercultural communication training is becoming increasingly imperative.
  2. Partnerships and Community Engagement – Our team is a point of contact for businesses and the community-at-large to learn more about supporting immigration, creating anti-racist spaces, and collaborating with community partners on increasing newcomer representation in our province. If you would like to explore an idea, project or partnership please contact us at [email protected].

Ideas 2022

Our last Diversity Summit took place on November 17th, 2022!

Business Diversity Training

Our customized workshops are designed to promote intercultural awareness and understanding while building cultural intelligence to help employers and employees work and interact more effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. These sessions are applicable across all workplaces and can be tailored to specific sectors (ie. health, business)

Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion

Exploring diversity and why it matters, this module provides an understanding of key concepts and it can be tailored to those working in any sector or any of the following contexts: business, healthcare, education and youth, translation and interpretation, criminal justice, and community organizations.

Business Case for Diversity

With the most rapidly aging population in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is increasingly challenged to secure stable and reliable sources of labour. This presentation maps immigration trends and explores the benefits and business value of diversifying the workforce and recruiting internationally-trained workers at all skill levels.

Cultural Competency Toolkit

A comprehensive package developed for employers covering a range of topics related to intercultural communication in the workplace to harnessing the skills of newcomer employees. The Toolkit is designed to align with the Cultural Intelligence Center curriculum, as a globally recognized standard for intercultural training. There are three individual modules in the Toolkit:

  • Culturally Inclusive Hiring Practices – Guidance for removing bias and discrimination from hiring policies so that employers will hire the right candidate for the position, based on merit and skillset.
  • Culturally Inclusive Workplaces – Practical tools for developing a positive environment and internal policies that are essential to creating an inclusive organizational culture.
  • Introduction to Workplace Norms for Newcomer Employees – Designed for current or future newcomer employees, to assist them in becoming familiar with workplace norms and expectations in a Canadian workplace

* The Cultural Competency Toolkit workshops can be delivered separately or as a package

Supporting Immigration in Rural NL

Focusing on the importance of immigration for economic and cultural development of rural areas in the province, we will share success stories of communities that have sustained business ventures by attracting newcomer talent, and discuss options for recruiting international workers.

Anti-Racism Training

Promoting Anti-Racism:  Being an Ally

This session is 1.5-hours and is specifically tailored to provide an immersive and respectful discussion on Racism and Discrimination. Anti-racism training is crucial for any organization to create a space where all people feel they belong. Although this session is intended to be 1.5 hours, it can also be tailored to meet the needs of the organization. Learn more about the Anti-Racism movement, and the tangible ways to combat racism and support others.


Mentoring has long been considered an important tool to help new employees become familiar with aspects of the job. The ANC has developed a train-the-mentor program designed to help employers train existing staff to be effective mentors for new immigrant employees that goes beyond the basic logistics of the job. This program will create leaders within organizations who are able to effectively recognize unconscious bias and work with peers to promote understanding and inclusion within the workplace. The aim is to develop the skills needed to be able to help support new immigrant employees and foster relationships within the workplace and community which help integrate not only the new employee but also the entire family.

Training in the Education Sector

NL’s Diversifying Population: Guide for Educators

This presentation explores the province’s diversifying population and supports educators in creating an inclusive multicultural learning environment.

Deconstructing Diversity (Jr/Sr. High students)

Designed to be energizing, interactive and engaging, this module includes activities that are aligned with the specific curriculum goals of the English School District, tailored to explore concepts of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.

Peace and Harmony (Primary/Elementary students)

This energizing activity and story-based cultural learning module is designed for youth in primary and elementary grades, exploring ideas around diversity, culture, inclusiveness and equality.

Anti-Racism Training for K-12

ANC’s Anti-racism modules allow both students and educators to become aware of unconscious bias and systemic racism, and create an action plan for steps that can be taken to implement anti-racism practices in their classrooms, schools, and community. These presentations are tailored to the following grade levels:

  • K-2
  • 3-6
  • 7-9
  • 10-12 

Additional resources are available for educators and students post-workshop to help continue the journey toward true allyship.

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