What is a Values Café?
In order to understand what Canadian Values look like in day-to-day practice we are arranging a number of workshops across Canada.
These Values Cafés are sessions that will be hosted from Halifax to Vancouver where community members can share their thoughts about their values and the values that they want to see shaping the future of their community and their country. Values Café participants will contribute not only their value priorities but also the meaning of those values in everyday life. These gatherings will be led by trained facilitators associated with the Canadian Values Alliance. They will manage the process and ensure that views and values themes will be gathered and included in the national values story. 1
We seek to engage those living in Canada in a process of making their values conscious and shared. We hope that the Values Café will be an open engagement and reflect a willingness to learn from each other. Ultimately, we seek to connect Canadians, highlighting our similarities and respecting our differences!
The Winnipeg Hub of the Canadian Values Alliance hosted a values café on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Canadian Mennonite University Campus in Winnipeg, that provided a model for values cafés that will be conducted across Canada. Participants representing many different cultures and communities were invited to share their values. Facilitators helped small groups express how they would recognize values through behaviour. The conversation is ongoing will follow up activities being planned
1 Participants contributions to values café conversations will be kept anonymous, that is, without personal identification.
Upcoming Values Cafés
Discussions will be occurring across Canada. Locate your regional hub and register for a values café discussion near you.