Ever wonder why we celebrate holidays and what they mean to our culture? Holidays serve as a reflection of a society’s shared values, historical milestones, and unique traditions. Holidays offer key insights into cultural identities, showcasing and celebrating how diverse the world is.
But are we reflecting just how diverse and therefore inclusive our holidays are?
Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman thinks we need to add a number of more dates to the holiday calendar. Dr. Abdulrehman, is a clinical psychologist with the Clinic Psychology Manitoba and founder of Lead with Diversity. In our conversation, Dr. Abdulrehman recalls that Winnipeg has been dubbed one of the most racist cities in Canada, and the goal is to make Winnipeg one of the most inclusive. He goes on to say that if we truly celebrate people’s differences and acknowledge where they come from and their holidays, they will feel a sense of belonging.
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Dr. Abdulrehman has a new book coming soon, Developing Anti-Racist Cultural Competence.