VANCOUVER, October 30, 2020
Strengthening diversity and inclusion is fundamental to building a consciously more inclusive society, where everyone is able to participate fully. Racism and all forms of discrimination are some of the main causes of social and economic barriers for many Canadians. While progress has been made, much more remains to be done.
Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, along with the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, highlighted 13 anti-racism projects in British Columbia that were recently announced as part of the Anti-Racism Action Program. Examples of these projects include:
- Tools for Equity: ICA Equity Training Program, led by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. This project is a multi-layered diversity, equity, and inclusion training program for businesses and organizations in Victoria. It will support the development of workshop modules and organizational audit tools, with the goal of providing an all-round service for local businesses and organizations to increase their diversity understanding and inclusionary practices in an authentic and lasting way.
- Knowledge is the road to empowerment: a digital campaign to empower Muslim women to experience meaningful and positive participation in Canadian society. The NISA Foundation will work with young Muslim women, aged 14 to 25, who are living in communities with a low Muslim population and limited access to culturally appropriate resources, often making it challenging to fully participate in society. This project will focus on three main areas where these young women face particular challenges: community legal education, digital media literacy, and community leadership building.
- Holding Space for QTBIPOC Artists and Audiences, delivered by the Pride in Art Society, is a project that will address barriers to employing and engaging QTBIPOC artists and communities, as well as provide opportunities to strengthen Indigenous and racialized LGBTQ2 artists, whose intersectional identities often present additional barriers and increased marginalization. The project will also support the continued development of QTBIPOC artists through the coordination of workshops and exhibits that will highlight QTBIPOC artists and their intersecting identities, and provide opportunities to educate the community on the lived experiences of QTBIPOC people, as well as the historical roots of racism and discrimination in Canada.
These important initiatives will support communities in British Columbia to engage in critical work needed to create meaningful change and lasting impact on a number of systemic issues, including barriers in the workplace and equity in the arts.
The $15-million Anti-Racism Action Program funded 85 local, regional, and national initiatives, as well as outcomes-based activities that address racism and discrimination in all forms. This support is an important way that the Government of Canada is implementing its anti-racism strategy to continue the work of combatting systemic racism and building an even stronger and more consciously inclusive society.