BELONGING MATTERS


...is a framework that provides the knowledge, processes and tools to bridge the gap between people with lived experience and system influencers in order to create lasting and sustainable personal and community change.

The Impact of 

Belonging Matters

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As a society, we need to shift from a reactive mode to a prevention mode like what Belonging Matters provides.

The more that we hear the voices of people impacted the most, the more respectful the process and the better the outcomes. We need to support grassroots and community empowerment processes to achieve prevention and real change.

Amanda Brown , RSW, Director, ReAct Adult Protection Program, West Vancouver Community Health Centre
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This is exactly what has to happen.

That concept of finding that home, that serenity, that reference point from which you can build your hope and can in fact provide future generations with an ability to do more is absolutely essential.

Honourable Senator Roméo Dallaire , Former UN Force Commander, Former Senate Member
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Jessie’s uncanny talent for teasing out self-realizations will undoubtedly transform your approach to resolving conflicts.

Engaging and energetic, Jessie Sutherland personalizes global challenges through enabling a true understanding of conflict transformation. I left her workshop with a greater understanding of how to bring about successful reconciliation at both the personal and political levels. Jessie’s uncanny talent for teasing out self-realizations will undoubtedly transform your approach to resolving conflicts.

Nabila Alibhai , Kenya
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...the greatest potential for bringing about the needed healing and reconciliation...

Jessie Sutherland’s worldview skills may well be the insight that provides the greatest potential for bringing about the needed healing and reconciliation that must take place. It has the potential to provide the spark required to bring real peace, balance, and harmony…

Robert Joseph , Hereditary Chief, Gwa wa Enuk First Nations

How changemaker Justin Hwang integrated the Belonging Matters approach in her own work...

How We Can Help You

Access the support you and your organization need to engage diversity, build cultures of belonging, and ignite collaboration to effectively address your priority challenges.

Jessie Sutherland speaking on "How to Belong in a Rapidly Changing World" at TEDx Talks, WhiteRock

Speaking

An internationally respected speaker, Jessie Sutherland offers keynote addresses, seminars, panel discussions and presentations on the power of building a culture of belonging to foster high levels of engagement, collaboration and innovation. Jessie’s presentations can be offered virtually and in person.

If you are looking for a distinctive and energizing event with interactive learning and engagement to reach your customized outcomes, connect with us.

Jessie Sutherland and leaders engaged in deep conversation about Indigenous and non-Indigenous reconciliation worldwide

Training

Intercultural Strategies provides customized training solutions for workplaces and teams, communities, and organizations working in diverse communities. Our proven approach and model of training engages diversity, fosters intercultural collaboration and generates innovation. Customized training programs are supported by learning guides, step-by-step resources and educational tools. 

Discover how our proven approach can create a culture of belonging and inclusion that mobilizes sustainable change at many levels within your unique context.

Key stakeholders plan their strategy to address the overdose crisis in Richmond, BC (process designed and facilitated by Jessie Sutherland).

Consulting

Access strategic consulting to create a customized roadmap that includes facilitation, training and mentoring. Organizations that use our Belonging Matters framework build a culture of belonging that catalyzes and mobilizes personal, organizational and community change. 

We ensure your teams and organization continue to leverage and utilize the learning and skill development by embedding reflective learning practices to internalize the Belonging Matters values, principles and framework. 

What People Are Saying About the Work of Intercultural Strategies

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...new steps to humanize the planet to its highest degree!

Bringing human consciousness to a higher degree of vision is a guarantee of better understanding, better communication, better common vision and thus the seeds of lasting peace and serenity… The work of Jessie Sutherland is an exceptional contribution - so needed new steps to humanize the planet to its highest degree!

Dr. Ihab Banibila , PhD in European Law, University of Montpellier, France
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Jessie’s work is at the frontiers...

Jessie’s work is at the frontiers of critical academic research and civic activism today.

Dr. James Tully , Author of Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity
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Our community enjoyed enormous success with the Belonging Matters Initiative, connecting with over 70 youth and youth service providers and amongst other things completing the Westside Youth Asset Mapping Project.

Catherine Leach , Executive Director, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
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...she gives students the encouragement they need to “hang out” in the scary spaces between the paradigms…

Jessie Sutherland’s approach dissolves outdated paradigms regarding human conflict and misunderstanding. She offers hope for the development of a new and more useful paradigm, and she gives students the encouragement they need to “hang out” in the scary spaces between the paradigms, while the old one dissolves and the new one develops. It is an amazing and exhilarating journey.

Faith Magwood , Former chair of Aboriginal Neighbours and retired social worker
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She turned one of the most challenging topics in our police training program into one of our most effective.

Jessie Sutherland was the lead Diversity instructor in our Police Recruit Training Program. Jessie was able to draw on her unique experience building inclusive communities to develop and deliver an innovative four-stage values-based approach to Diversity. She turned one of the most challenging topics in our police training program into one of our most effective.

Don Walden , Police Recruitment Training, JIBC Police Academy
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