Thursday, July 30, 2020

Funding to fight racism to be shared by northern organizations

The province of British Columbia is stepping up its efforts to take on hate and racism, providing a total of 75,000 dollars to be shared by nine northern British Columbia organizations, allowing them to continue on with their established programs and partnerships.

The announcement made earlier this week will see the funding delivered through the Resilience BC program, with the participating local programs selected after a competitive procurement process, with the successful organizations having demonstrated a strong understanding of racism and hate issues.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice hailed the diversity and multiculturalism that enriches British Columbia communities and how the funding will go towards an effective approach to address the issues across the province.

“The fight against racism in B.C. is urgent. We all have to make sure that no one has to endure racism or discrimination where they live. Together we must uphold the diversity and multiculturalism that makes our communities richer, healthier and better connected. Resilience BC supports groups operating within their own communities and areas of expertise, supported by the expertise of other organizations. This will empower B.C. communities to fight racism in ways that are most effective for them.”

Among the nine organizations selected for this round of funding was North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society in Prince Rupert, the local agency has been active in a number of areas towards bringing members of the community together.

More on their work can be found from their Facebook page.

The other communities to receive funding include Kitimat, Smithers, Terrace, Houston Vanderhoof, Prince George, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Resilience BC which will administer the funding release has recently updated its online portal to offer service in 12 languages, you can learn more about what it has to offer here.

More background on the funding program can be explored here.

For further notes of interest from the Legislature see our archive page here.

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