36 anti-racism organizations will receive increased funding to be put towards 57 communities in BC, according to the province.
It was announced on Friday morning that an additional $372,500 will be allocated to the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network for one-time funding put towards additional projects that provide anti-racism community engagement, resources, and support.
The 36 organizations, representing 57 communities, will each receive $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 to address the recent increase in anti-Asian and anti-Indigenous hate activity, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Racism is real and it’s pervasive in our communities. We must take action to combat racism in our local communities,” said Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives.
The Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network connects communities with the information, support, and training to respond to and prevent future incidents of racism and hate.
“In response to the recent increases in racist attacks and incidents, this funding increase will help Resilience BC expand our capacity to work with communities to help combat racism,” said Ravi Saxena, executive director of the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George.