B.C. Government Caucus
January 22, 2016
Funding supports IMSS tackle racism in Prince George
PRINCE GEORGE – As part of a B.C.-wide initiative, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George (IMSS) has received $20,000 from the provincial government toward the delivery of a local anti-racism project.
The funding will be used to develop an anti-racism education campaign and facilitate a series of workshops and dialogues.
“Over the years, IMSS has been involved in a number of exciting projects that brings diversity and anti-racism awareness to community partners and members, especially to the minds of diverse group of youth in the community,” IMSS executive director Baljit Sethi said. “IMSS and its partners have successfully launched several anti-racism initiatives that have impacted the community by raising awareness and conveying the importance of cultural diversity and ethnic inclusivity.”
“Through their many programs, IMSS makes our community a better place to live,” Prince George-Mackenze MLA Mike Morris said. “They effectively deliver programs and services that create a respectful and inclusive environment.”
“The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society has played an important role in helping to create a more welcoming and inclusive community in Prince George. All of us want to ensure that people who live in our community have a sense of belonging and acceptance,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “Racism is unacceptable and these funds will be used by IMSS to support a variety of anti-racism initiatives.”
IMSS is one of 14 B.C.-based organizations that are sharing nearly $263,000 from the provincial government in the latest round of grants to fund local anti-racism projects.
These anti-racism projects include community events, works of art, theatre productions and a variety of other forms of community engagement designed to fight racism.
In November 2015, the B.C. government announced it had provided $240,000 to 14 organizations belonging to the Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) network to support the work they do to address racism in B.C.
British Columbia is Canada’s most ethnically diverse province, with almost 30 per cent of residents having emigrated from another country.