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The Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness is dedicated to building social connectedness within and between communities to overcome social isolation. We strive to foster connectedness through research, programming, partnerships and advocacy, bringing together the contributions of diverse scholars, students, advocates, and people with lived experiences.

After two long years, the COVID-19 pandemic persists, and we continue to face ongoing challenges both locally and globally. The consequences of social isolation have risen to the global consciousness, and we have witnessed how many individuals and communities have been deprived of respectful relationships with our systems and institutions, resulting in a deep deficit of belonging to which all have the right.

We invite you to join us in this movement of building a society where everyone is valued, seen, and heard, and where everyone is supported in realizing their inherent right to belong.

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Activist and Educator Kim Samuel Calls for End to Social Isolation; Puts Forward Global ‘Right to Belong’ in New Book

In her new book, On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation, Kim Samuel, Founder and Chief Belonging Officer at the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, takes aim at the growing crisis

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Crossroads of Culture: Understanding an Integrated Approach to Building Community with & led by Newcomers to Canada

Social Connectedness Fellow Muhammad Bilal Raza looks at how Asset-Based Community Development – ABCD – can help address barriers to belonging among newcomers.

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Nature-Based Play Therapy as a Path to Healing for Childhood Trauma

How does nature-based play create belonging for children, and help to heal trauma? That’s the question that Social Connectedness Fellow Laura Murphy asked as part of her research project.

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Enhancing the Wellbeing of Children in South Africa Includes Investing in Education Institutions

“Schools can be places of belonging, where children are able to be accepted, valued, included and respected – if we put in the time and investment,” writes Social Connectedness Fellow Unathi Mabena.

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Reconciliation Means Engaging All, Even Newcomers

Paarth Mittal, 2022 Social Connectedness Fellow, tackles the importance of reconciliation, shared struggle and paths forward.

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