Intercultural Community Building

Building intercultural awareness and understanding is key to equitable community as we all strive to live, work, and play together.

Valuing diversity through cultural sharing and dialogue

Bringing together all community members - adults, children, families from all cultures - allows them to learn about, understand, and value different world views. WMS does this by creating regular opportunities for local cultural sharing and intercultural dialogue.

Every month, WMS brings local newcomers, immigrants and community members together to cook a meal from, and learn about, a different culture. Check out our Multicultural Cookbook, join as a participant, as a chef (sharing a dish or two from your culture), or volunteer to help organize these fun events

2023 was the third year WMS offered a multicultural summer camp for local children aged 7 to 12. In 2024, we're running ProD day camps plus camps in Squamish. Our goal is to introduce children to local cultures in a fun, safe, and enquiring environment. Each Camp is led by local immigrants who customize each day's activities with their own cultural heritage: their language, food, games, crafts, music, song, and dance. 

2023 marked the year the annual Whistler Multicultural Festival, a celebration of local diversity and cultures, came back after COVID. Run entirely by local immigrant volunteers, it was an annual tradition from 2012 to 2019 before going online in 2020. WMS is happy to announce the 2024 Whistler Multicultural Festival will be taking place on Friday June 7. Contact us to get involved!

Building community dialogue and discussion

Key to addressing inequity and racial discrimination is building awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by diverse community members. WMS aims to give voice to immigrants, newcomers, and equity-seeking individuals, to gather and circulate statistics and experiences of racism and discrimination, to grow awareness and understanding of diversity and how to build more inclusive communities. If you'd like to get involved as we continue this work, contact

Inviting dialogue

In January 2022, WMS launched 'Building Inclusive Communities' inviting dialogue on diversity and equity across the Sea to Sky. In March 2024, a second dialogue focused on racism and discrimination took place as part of Resilience Sea to Sky. Focused on the experiences of community members, we aim to bring the voice of diversity to our communities. By encouraging meaningful dialogue, we hope to build greater awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by equity-seeking individuals in our region. If you'd like to get involved as we continue this work, contact

WMS is part of the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network, a province-wide approach to connect communities with information, supports, and training they need to respond to, and prevent incidents of, racism and hate. Subscribe to our Resilience Whistler newsletter to access information, updates and access to training, workshops and other materials and resources to grow your interracial competence and understanding.  If you'd like to get involved in anti-racism activities and initiatives locally, contact

Learning Resources

As part of our work with Resilience BC, WMS maintains a summary of anti-racism education, resources and materials that we have found useful; check it out at Resources

Meet local immigrants and newcomers, find views, news, statistics, information, and learning resources about diversity and equity.

Want to know about local diversity and statistics? Also check out our blog, and youtube channel for articles, interviews, statistics, surveys, and updates on local cultural diversity and equity, discrimination, and bias. 

View the online Building Inclusive Communities dialogues held online in January 2022.


Diversity and Equity