COQUITLAM – Coquitlam – Burke Mountain MLA Fin Donnelly says multiculturalism grant funding will help local organizations fight systemic racism throughout Coquitlam. This year, priority was given to projects addressing anti-Indigenous, anti-Asian and anti-Black racism.
“The funding for these projects shows how dedicated our government is to building a safe and inclusive society,” said Fin Donnelly, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. “More people will have access to the resources they need to create the change that is necessary in their communities.”
Multiculturalism Grant funding is provided to non-profit and charitable organizations for projects that build intercultural interaction, trust and understanding, or challenge racism, hate and systemic barriers. MLA Fin Donnelly said that through these projects, people across B.C. will soon have improved access to tools and resources to help them learn about the diverse culture they live.
Projects in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain receiving a grant include:
- re:Naissance Opera: $10,000 – Bringing visibility to Asian-diaspora in the BC performing arts sector
For 2020/21, the Province is providing a $944,000 one-time boost to the grant funding as part of anti-racism initiatives through Stronger BC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan.
This grant program is just one way the BC New Democrat government province is working to subvert systemic racism and protect human rights. The province has taken further action to tackle racism including: reinstating the B.C. Human Rights Commission after it was dismantled by the former BC Liberal government, launching an investigation into allegations of racism in B.C.’s health-care system, and developing a comprehensive, multi-year anti-racism action plan for B.C.’s K-12 education system. A special committee of the legislature is currently undertaking a review of the 45-year-old Police Act to modernize it, with a specific focus on addressing systemic racism. The BC New Democrat government is also committed to introducing a new anti-racism act and legislation on race-based data collection.
For a full list of grant recipients:
For more information about the BC Multiculturalism Grants program, visit:
For more information about Resilience BC, B.C.’s Anti-Racism network visit: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/multiculturalism-anti-racism/anti-racism/resiliencebc