PRINCE GEORGE – The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George has received $10,000 from the B.C. government to help eliminate racism in Prince George.

“The funding will be used to fund The Prince George Anti-Racism Community Network Program’s activities,” Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George executive director Baljit Sethi said.

Activities include providing Prince George and its surrounding smaller communities with further opportunities to network, mentor with one another, discuss, share, promote and develop anti-racism resources as well as recognizing the value and importance of communities and collaborating with other community service providers to develop resources, share knowledge, information and ideas around anti-racism initiatives.

“Unfortunately racism, while rare, is still present in B.C. It comes in many forms and so do the ways to address it,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “That’s where anti-racism funding can help. Anti-racism funding supports communities and partners in challenging racism and barriers to inclusivity in their own backyards.”

“As Canadians, we want to ensure that our communities are inclusive and welcoming,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Prince George is blessed to be a community rich in diversity and we are grateful for the good work that the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society does to support the elimination of racism.  We want everyone who lives here to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.”

Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George is one of 14 organizations throughout British Columbia participating in B.C.’s Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program.

These 14 organizations are sharing $240,000 in funding from the provincial government towards activities in 24 communities that connect area networks in their common goal of wiping out racism. This includes local outreach, educational events, workshops and community engagements.

To learn more about the Organizing Against Racism and Hate program, go to: embracebc.ca/embracebc/funding/organizing/index.page.