New funding supports anti-racism throughout B.C.

Fort St. James and various communities throughout B.C. have received funding to support the work they do to help eliminate racism.

  • Dec. 9, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Fort St. James and various communities throughout B.C. have received funding to support the work they do to help eliminate racism.

Organizations, representing 24 communities participate in B.C.’s Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program will use the funding for initiatives that connect community networks in their common goal of eradicating racism and discrimination.

This includes local outreach programs in Fort St. James that offer education, workshops and community engagement for anyone in the community regardless of gender, sexual orientation, origin, age, disability or marital status.

Ann McCormick, regional supervisor at the College of New Caledonia says that this funding is a continuation of networking between various community groups.

“We will continue to network, to address issues and collectively work through any matters regarding racism with this funding,” McCormick said.

Fort St, James and other communities received $10,000 while others such as Comox Valley Community Justice Centre Network received $50,000 to provide training programs and workshops to communities and to mentor emerging OARH groups.

The Government of British Columbia has allocated the funding to help strengthen and celebrate the diversity within B.C.

Other communities benefitting from funding this year include: Smithers, Kamloops, Vanderhoof, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Revelstoke, Williams Lake, Powell River, Cranbrook, Fernie, Dawson Creek, Burns Lake, Prince George, Campbell River, Lower Sunshine Coast, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Duncan, Abbotsford and Langley.




Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

B.C. Health Minister announces plan for new hospital in Terrace

“This means more beds, a level three trauma centre, better surgery and better care,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said.

B.C. Family Day to move to third week in February next year

Premier John Horgan said the move is to better align the holiday with businesses and families

B.C. to increase minimum wage to $15.20/hour in 2021

Premier John Horgan says next increase will come in June

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canada rounds out Day 11 earning gold in 2 more events

Comox Valley’s Cassie Sharpe and fan-favourites Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir all earned golds

Trudeau announces two-way $1 billion investment deal with India

Some of India’s biggest companies to invest more than $250 million in Canada in the coming years

’60s Scoop group educates survivors, pushes rejection of federal settlement

Federal government’s compensation proposal includes $50 million for an Indigenous Healing Foundation

As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

At the box office, inclusion is paying — and often, it’s paying off big time

Washington senator wants B.C. to follow suit and phase out net-pen fish farms

An American ban will be less effective in the shared ecosystem of the Salish Sea, senator says

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

Most Read