To address racism and promote multiculturalism, the B.C. government has allocated $250,000 of funding to the BC Anti-racism Network for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Funds for the BC Anti-racism Network are distributed to communities “to support a partnership with local government, local law enforcement, First Nations and other not-for-profit associations to address local incidents of racism.”
Many community groups receive funding to address racism through the B.C. Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program. These funds can be used for “outreach, educational opportunities, workshops and anti-racism community events.” The OARH program has now expanded to include Richmond, Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey.
Input from the BC Anti-racism Network this year will inform the federal Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination.
In addition to allocating this funding, the B.C. government has appointed new members to the Multicultural Advisory Council. This council performs duties as set out by the Multiculturalism Act, RSBC 1996, c 321, including advising the Minister for Multiculturalism on the topics of multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, stated: “Anti-racism funding empowers small communities throughout the province to work together to challenge racism and create positive change. By embracing multiculturalism and fostering respect and inclusion, we can ensure British Columbia’s rich, cultural mosaic continues to thrive for future generations.”