The Province has decided to take action as racial tensions grow in BC with hate-motivated violence becoming increasingly prevalent.
BC’s goal is to support community organizations to aid the individuals they represent. Money will be provided for those who have fallen victim to crimes motivated by hate such as vandalism.
In addition to this, a ‘racist incident helpline’ is being set up by the government for people to reach out and seek guidance from qualified experts.
This announcement comes on the heels of the tensions that have been arising due to the conflict between Hamas and Israel.
Since the initial attack committed by Hamas, Israel has been bombing Gaza, killing over 10,000 civilians, nearly half of whom were children.
“We must stand together against a deeply troubling increase in acts of hate in our province,” said Premier David Eby.
“No one here should live in fear because of who they are and no one here should be targeted because of the war in the Middle East. Our government is taking action to keep people safe and protect the places that provide comfort and connection for so many of us.”
This funding is not just for victims of hate who are Jewish or Muslim though. The 2SLGBTQIA+ community and many other at-risk groups who are victims of hate will be able to access this funding if they are victimized as well.
Eligible organizations will be able to get up to $10,000 from the Province’s anti-hate community support fund.
Information on how organizations can access the program will be live on November 28th. The helpline will be available by calling 211 in BC.
The Province says that the data gathered from the helpline will anonymously help BC in creating guiding policies when dealing with incidents of racism and bigotry.