About Intercultural strategies

How we facilitate genuine and lasting change for a just, sustainable and interconnected world.

Intercultural Strategies

Using our extensive and proven experience in intercultural inclusion and collaboration, conflict resolution, dialogue and facilitation, we give our clients and their members the tools they need to feel empowered, achieve a sense of belonging and work more cohesively together for a common goal.

We offer proven solutions to help your diverse staff and stakeholders do their best work together, generate innovative ideas and ultimately increase your organization’s effectiveness and impact.

Whether you work in corporate, government, health, education, non-profit, or philanthropic sectors, Intercultural Strategies offers a wide range of speaking, training and strategic consulting packages to meet your needs.

About Jessie Sutherland,
Director

An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jessie Sutherland works with organizations and communities to engage diversity, build belonging and ignite intercultural collaboration.


Recipient of BC Community Achievement Award (2023), her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses complex social problems.

Jessie Sutherland - TEDx Speaker
Jessie Sutherland - 2023 Community Award - BC Achievement Foundation - seal
Jessie Sutherland - Director of Intercultural Strategies

Jessie’s work has been delivered in over eight languages and has taken her across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address challenging issues including workplace inclusion, poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement and more. Many of her clients go on to win awards for their work in engaging diversity and fostering collaboration for sustainable and lasting change.

As founder of the organization Intercultural Strategies, Jessie helps leaders and groups build cultures of belonging to create change in an inclusive and positive way. She is the innovator of the award-winning Belonging Matters framework and community change model designed to change mindsets, deepen interconnections, impart greater social capital and build stronger communities.

Jessie holds a M.A in Dispute Resolution, is a TEDx speaker and author of the book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.

Sector-Specific Accomplishments

Community Sector Highlights

Community Projects

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    Designed & facilitated intercultural trainings on these topics:
    - Community engagement & cross-cultural competencies
    - Strength-based approaches to asset inventories  
    - Belonging and inclusion
    - Values-based decision-making & conflict resolution
    - Community engagement & collaborative decision-making
  2. 2
    Project Lead for Belonging Matters approach to raise awareness and generate collaborative action around Cerebral Palsy (2020-2023)
  3. 3
    Project Lead for Richmond Action Committee to address the overdose crisis (2018 -19)
  4. 4
    British Columbia funded project to develop sustainability tools with the goal to scale out Belonging Matters (2015-16)
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    Belonging Matters programs addressing: poverty, building welcoming and inclusive community gardens, and ways to support newcomer settlement and integration (2014-05)
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    Regional Belonging Matters project funded by HRSDC to address elder financial abuse in ethno-cultural communities (2010-12)
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    Friends of Social Policy (HRSDC) Belonging Matters presentation in Ottawa (2009)
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    Neighbourhood Belonging Matters pilot programs for seniors, youth, LGBTQ, newcomers, people with developmental disabilities, street involved elders, Indigenous people, and people living with mental health issues, in 8 languages (2007-09)
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    Concept development and application resulting in a discussion paper, launch of a national dialogue piloting a new values-based problem solving approach (2007)

Education Sector Highlights

Middle School Learners

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    Designed curriculum for middle school teachers on global citizenship for UNESCO, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education and Peace
  2. 2
    Designed & facilitated 12 modules about global social and environmental issues
  3. 3
    Designed & facilitated training to students, parents and teachers for exchanges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, including an online component
  4. 4
    Facilitated social emotional learning modules on bullying & abuse; created the train-the-trainer manual

Youth and Young Adult Learners

  1. 1
    Designed curriculum for middle school teachers on global citizenship for UNESCO, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education and Peace
  2. 2
    Designed & facilitated 12 modules about global social and environmental issues
  3. 3
    Designed & facilitated training to students, parents and teachers for exchanges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, including an online component
  4. 4
    Facilitated social emotional learning modules on bullying & abuse; created the train-the-trainer manual

Post-Secondary Learners

  1. 1
    Developed and delivered trainings for the University of British Columbia:
    - Quality Projects and Proposals: Working Effectively with Nonprofit Agencies
    - Approaches to Solving Problems Together for Planners
    - Community Engagement and Collaborative Decision-Making for Planners
  2. 2
    Developed and delivered training for the Justice Institute of British Columbia:
    - Diversity Training for Community Policing, Concordia University

Education Administrators & Leaders

  1. 1
    Developed and delivered customized Belonging Matters Conversations for Leaders training to a cohort of VPs and school counsellors
  2. 2
    Designed and emceed webinars for BC Council for International Education: Dialogues on Decolonizing International Education

Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Reconciliation Highlights

Reconciliation

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    Researched national reconciliation processes from around the world and created a new framework, described in Jessie’s best-selling book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict From the Inside Out (2001-04)
  2. 2
    Developed and delivered reconciliation trainings and courses to Indigenous, government, post-secondary, church and community leaders across Canada, as well as internationally to Sierra Leonean government, NGO and warlord leaders, and to Australia’s National Sorry Day founding team (2004-07)
  3. 3
    Created & facilitated with an Indigenous colleague, Katsitsionni Fox, cross-cultural curriculum for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal school exchanges for KIDS FROM KANATA and Student Exchange Visits Canada, reaching 20,000 youth per year (2004-06)
  4. 4
    Founded, designed and facilitated Canada’s first national public conversations series on Indigenous and Non-Indigenous reconciliation—digital recordings now housed at Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation National Archives for its pioneering and innovative work and accomplishments (2004-06)
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    Facilitator, educator and group leader for Cree, Innu and Francophone youth exchanges (Chantier Jeunesse, 1997-98); First Nations Youth orientation into 6-month training placements in Indigenous organizations in Pacific Islands (Pacific People’s Partnership, 2001-02); and a facilitator for an Aboriginal residential school survivors’ healing retreat (Mostly Salish Consulting, 2002)

Clients, Funders & Partners

We are grateful and honoured to work with countless clients over the years. We also extend our appreciation to the many funders and partners contributing their genius, collaboration and resources to support our clients with their change efforts.

Where We Give Back

With deep appreciation and gratitude for living, working and collaborating on these lands and with Indigenous communities, we are happy to give back to the following organizations:

What Clients Are Saying About Jessie Sutherland and Intercultural Strategies

Melissa Lyon
Belonging Matters Project Teammate, Inclusion Advocate

[Jessie] brings out people’s strengths and helps her colleagues, employees, and clients to be their best selves.

Jessie has a real gift for making people feel comfortable and valued. Through her exceptional communication skills, she makes people feel at ease, even when discussing difficult topics. I love how Jessie makes everyone feel valued and actively listens to our ideas, then creatively builds upon them. In this way, she brings out people’s strengths and helps her colleagues, employees, and clients to be their best selves.

As a person with a disability, I feel very accepted and empowered by Jessie. The discussion framework that Jessie created is very versatile and effective. Her extensive knowledge of conflict resolution, belonging, and acceptance are evident in everything that she does. She is very enthusiastic and believes in what she is teaching.

Don Walden
Police Recruitment Training, JIBC Police Academy

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.

Morgan Meloche
Registered Social Worker and Outreach Worker Director

Jessie… embodies the very values, practices, and principles that she teaches.

Jessie is such a special teacher/mentor because she embodies the very values, practices, and principles that she teaches. She teaches from her heart and puts a piece of herself into everything that she does. Working with Jessie is not just about learning about Belonging Matters but about experiencing belonging and Belonging Matters in the way that she teaches, supports, and mentors.

Being one of the most supportive people I have ever met, Jessie doesn't just apply Belonging Matters to any situation, she is open and willing to adapt the framework and she trusts those involved to make changes as needed to fit their communities. She provides guidance, support, and much needed laughter throughout the process!

Aditi Pathak
UNESCO MGIEP

What sets Jessie apart is her ability to walk the extra mile to ensure a great learning experience for her participants.

What makes Jessie a great trainer is that she is not only kind and compassionate, but also a very good listener with excellent communication skills. She listens to her audience and responds to them very thoughtfully. What sets Jessie apart is her ability to walk the extra mile to ensure a great learning experience for her participants.

What I have seen while working with students, is that the belonging lens helps them to internalize the issue of global citizenship; they don’t see it as an external issue, thus helping them to understand it better.

Mary Swalla Holmes
Board Member, Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation

Jessie Sutherland has a gift for generating “ah-ha” moments.

Jessie Sutherland has a gift for generating “ah-ha” moments. Her gentle questioning and invitation to go deeper into your self provides a powerful means of transformation. I have benefited by moving toward healthier personal and professional relationships since my participation in her training.

Thanks, Jessie!

Dianne Milsom
Board President of Richmond Addiction Services Society

Jessie skilfully brought together diverse parts of our community...

Jessie skilfully brought together diverse parts of our community to guide us through education and problem solving about how to tackle the opioid crisis in Richmond. She was well prepared, engaging, and inspired us to work together.

About Our Network of Collaborators

Intercultural Strategies works in close collaboration with a number of subject matter experts from diverse cultural communities and backgrounds. In our projects, we have access to collaborating with globally respected leaders, experts, trainers and consultants.

Chief Robert Joseph
Intercultural Strategies
Chief Robert Joseph

A Hereditary Chief of the Gwa wa Enuk First Nation, Chief Joseph is currently the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism at home and abroad.

Dr. Michael Quinn Patton
Intercultural Strategies
Dr. Michael Quinn Patton

Former president of the American Evaluation Association and Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Dr. Michael Quinn Patton is known for his numerous books on evaluation and is recognized as an award-winning leader in evaluation theory and practice.

Dr. Roberta Hunte
Intercultural Strategies
Dr. Roberta Hunte

Dr. Roberta Hunte is a facilitator, researcher, educator, mother, and cultural worker whose focus areas include Black women in the building trades, the impacts of racism-related stress on Black maternal health, Reproductive Justice, and higher education access for adult learners of color.

Justine Hwang
Intercultural Strategies
Justine Hwang

With 20 years of experience designing and facilitating engaging workshops in the corporate and non-profit world, Justine Hwang is a Social Impact Calligrapher who loves empowering people with creative confidence and teaching calligraphy as a tool for mindfulness and community building.

Hussein Janmohamed
Intercultural Strategies
Hussein Janmohamed

Co-founder of the collaborative and diverse choral music group, The Awaaz Ensemble, Hussein Janmohamed is a dynamic choral director, composer, and performer who is internationally renowned for his work in intercultural dialogue through music.

Katsitsionni Fox
Intercultural Strategies
Katsitsionni Fox

Katsitsionni Fox of the Bear Clan from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation is a filmmaker, artist and educator whose work focuses on healing and empowerment of Indigenous women through the sharing of their stories and successes.

Elder Larry Grant
Intercultural Strategies
Elder Larry Grant

Musqueam Elder, Larry Grant, is an Adjunct Professor at the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (UBC) who has been recognized for his continuous intercultural work and for helping to revitalize the hun’q’umin’um’ language.

Kathy Shecapio
Intercultural Strategies
Kathy Shecapio

Guided by the value of her cultural identity, Kathy Shecapio has assisted at negotiations with the federal government, managed a budget of 720 million, implemented customized Cree training programs, and worked in collaboration with the Nishiiyuu Council of Elders to develop alternative medicine services through traditional healing.

Charmaine Hammond
Intercultural Strategies
Charmaine Hammond

Charmaine Hammond, CSP, is a highly sought-after business keynote and workshop speaker (having presented to more than 400 000 people worldwide), entrepreneur, best-selling author, and educator who teaches and advocates the importance of developing trust, healthy relationships, and collaboration in the workplace.

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