MLA Claire Trevena welcomes community multiculturalism and anti-racism grants

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CAMPBELL RIVER – North Island MLA Claire Trevena is welcoming $4,000 through the province’s Multiculturalism Grant Program for projects designed to promote multiculturalism and fight racism.

“Newcomers to B.C. bring creativity, innovation, and prosperity,” said Trevena. “This funding will help to ensure immigrants and refugees feel included in their communities in the North Island.”

The Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association will be benefiting from the latest round of grants. Their Passport to Settlement project focuses on connecting and engaging newcomers to North Island communities.

A total of 76 community groups around the province will receive funding though 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.

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