The Government of British Columbia has just announced grants to 60 organizations in the province under its BC Multiculturalism Grants program. The purpose of the funding is to “help them fight discrimination and improve the diversity of the province,” according to a press release from the province.
Five West Kootenay organizations will receive grants of $5,000.
• Castlegar’s Kootenay Family Place to create Welcome Here, a manual that provides multicultural and racially appropriate information to support immigrants and those who serve them.
• Creston and District Historical and Museum Society, for 40 Years, 40 Voices, an exhibit featuring 40 stories of people with connections to objects of cultural significance in the museum’s collection.
• Nelson’s Intercultural Kootenays for a community anti-racism intervention project aimed at building intercultural skills.
• Nelson’s Touchstones Museum will redesign its exhibit to align with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
• New Denver’s Blood of Life Collective, for a Sinixt Allyship Gathering, an intensive anti-racism lab with educational workshops and discussions.
“Over the past two years, we have seen a staggering increase in racist and hateful incidents in British Columbia,” said Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for the Anti-Racism Initiatives program.
“These grants are one of many steps in our fight against racism, helping organizations on the ground to address systemic racism.”