“Burnaby is one of the most diverse cities in the province,” said Kang. “When we build understanding between cultures, we allow for our community to grow and become stronger.”
“Working together, and investing in community projects is a great step towards ending prejudice,” said Routledge. “There is no place for hate and intolerance in Burnaby, or anywhere in B.C.”
Organizations in Burnaby benefiting from this latest round of grants include:
- Culture Chats BC Association
- Burnaby Neighbourhood House
- Burnaby Family Life
Each organization will receive $4,000 for a wide range of initiates.
A total of 76 community groups around the province will receive funding through the Multiculturalism Grant Program. The program promotes intercultural trust and understanding by funding projects that bring people together in creative ways to enhance multiculturalism and address racism. The B.C. Government provides $300,000 annually to communities across B.C. through this grant program.
This grant program is just one way the province is tackling human rights issues. In November 2018 the BC NDP government introduced legislative amendments to the Human Rights Code that will re-establish a human rights commission to promote and protect human rights for all British Columbians.